The last time Arizona State played in the Rose Bowl…

It’s been 25 years since the Arizona State Sun Devils made it to the Rose Bowl. What has changed since?

Not only has Arizona State gone through many changes during this time, but the whole world is different from the last time ASU faced the Big 12 (then Big 10) in the 83rd running of the Rose Bowl.

Now I was about 4 months old when this game was played, but thanks to the power of the internet I had fun looking at what was happening in the world at the time and comparing it to the lives we lead today. .

The president of the United States

US President Bill Clinton (Photo by Mark Wilson/Newsmakers)

Starting at the very top, the President of the United States on January 1, 1997 was Bill Clinton. His second term was due to begin just weeks after the Jan. 20 Rose Bowl.

Clinton had not yet reached the most infamous period of his presidency, namely the impeachment process for perjury in connection with the Monica Lewinsky incident. He would survive impeachment and serve his second full term until his departure in 2001.

Governor of Arizona

Arizona Governor Fife Symington

Arizona’s state governor in early 1997 was Fife Symington (R). The most enduring legacy of his nearly six years in office was the drama surrounding his eventual resignation in September 1997 after being convicted of “extortion, false financial statements and bank fraud”.

Symington was pardoned by President Bill Clinton in January 2001 in the usual series of presidential pardons granted before the end of a presidency.

President of Arizona State University

ASU President Lattie F. Coor (far right)

Former president Lattie F. Coor, who served in that role from 1990 to 2002, led the Arizona State University Sun Devils in 1997.

The university’s fifteenth president, Coor developed the school beyond its home campus and was a leading voice in encouraging undergraduate research and development. Under his leadership, in 1994, Arizona State University was granted Research I status by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which opened up a whole new world of research grants and funding that helped propel the school into the future.