I have to add a bit more about USC offensive lineman Pete Adams, who was an All-American and first-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns in 1973.
I heard from several former players Monday about what a ferocious blocker and character Adams was at USC.
For me, the stories about the stray dog he adopted were something no one forgot. Imagine rough-and-gruff John McKay allowing a dog at practices and games.
“McKay was superstitious,” a teammate of Adams told me. “He wanted that dog around.”
The cheerleaders even took care of the dog during the Notre Dame game before he made a famous post-game appearance in the black-and-white photo below.
“I think Turd runs with the JV’s because he figures he can beat them in wind sprints,” McKay said. “I have the utmost respect for him.”
Turd was the only dog allowed around the team during the McKay era. The dog even ate steak at the team’s training table. When cafeteria workers objected, assistant coach Marv Goux said Turd was the team mascot and could eat as much as he wanted.
Adams found the dog wandering around on the Row during training camp.
“Everybody can have a beautiful, but not everybody can have an ugly
— fight on forever (@gouxforever) April 8, 2019
- That is the 1972 Playboy All-American team in the photo at the top. The other USC player is tight end Charles Young.
- Yo Hang Cho, a member of the USC Board of Trustees, died in a Los Angeles hospital after a brief illness. He was a USC graduate and became chairman of Korean Airlines. He also built the tallest building in Los Angeles, the Wilshire Grand Center. His three children went to USC.
Now for the other part: He was indicted for embezzlement and tax evasion and two weeks ago, shareholders voted to remove the 70-year-old from the company’s board over a series of scandals surrounding his family.
A daughter was involved in the “nut rage” incident, where she berated a flight attendant when she was served her macadamia nuts in a bag instead of a porcelain bowl as their plane prepared to take off. Heather Cho demanded the plane return to its gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport so the flight attendant could be removed.
She served five months of a one-year prison sentence. His other daughter, Emily Cho, was fired after she allegedly insulted an advertising executive and threw water in his face. And his wife was interviewed by police about allegations she abused and assaulted employees.