THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS SERVICE

William Randolph Hearst was born on April 29, 1863, in San Francisco. After graduation from Harvard his father, George Hearst, gave him the San Franciso Examiner. In 1895 he bought the New York Journal. The lnternational News Service was founded in 1909 to serve his newspapers. By 1937 he owned 25 large daily newspapers. The 1941 movie Citizen Kane was based on the life of William Randolph Hearst.

On May 24, 1958, the United Press and International News Service joined forces around the world in the creation of a single news agency named United Press International. So, in fact there were no UPI national champions from 1950 to 1957 since the UPI did not exist until 1958. The correct term was UP, not UPI, from 1950 to 1957.

Concerning the season of 1953, Stanley Woodward wrote in his 1954 Football Magazine published by Dell that Maryland had been selected by all three news services as the nation's number one team of 1953, indicating the INS poll had attained a measure of respect among poll watchers.

According to the 1956 INS football handbook, the INS weekly top ten were voted on by a panel of experts which included coaches and writers. Among the voters listed were Bernie Bierman, Andy Ken, Francis J. Powers, John Barrington (who was INS sports editor), Bob Considine, and Harry Wismer. The total number of voters in the final 1954 and 1956 INS polls was only six.

The final INS polls were always pre-bowl.


   1952                               1955
 1 Georgia Tech                     1 Oklahoma
 2 Michigan State                   2 Maryland
 3 Oklahoma                         3 Michigan State
 4 Notre Dame                       4 UCLA
 5 USC                              5 Ohio State
 6 Alabama                          6 TCU
 7 Mississippi                      7 Georgia Tech
 8 Tennessee                        8 Auburn
 9 UCLA                             9 Notre Dame
10 Maryland                        10 Mississippi

   1953                               1956
 1 Maryland                         1 Oklahoma
 2 Notre Dame                       2 Tennessee
 3 Michigan State                   3 Georgia Tech
 4 UCLA                             4 Iowa
 5 Oklahoma                         5 Texas A&M
 6 Illinois                         6 Miami FL
 7 Georgia Tech                     7 Michigan
 8 Army                             8 Michigan State
 9 Rice                             9 Syracuse
10 Texas                           10 Minnesota

   1954                               1957
 1 Ohio State                       1 Ohio State
 2 UCLA                             2 Auburn
 3 Oklahoma                         3 Michigan State
 4 Notre Dame                       4 Oklahoma
 5 Navy                             5 Iowa
 6 Mississippi                      6 Mississippi
 7 Army                             7 Navy
 8 Wisconsin                        8 Rice
 9 Miami FL                         9 Texas A&M
10 West Virginia                   10 Notre Dame

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