USC band director Art Bartner had an interesting comment Thursday at the athletic graduation ceremony.
“I had to fight with (senior associate athletic director) Steve Lopes to get the band to the (women’s water polo national championship),” Bartner said.
Kind of weak that USC still resists sending the band all the way to Stanford for an NCAA championship event. Bartner said Lopes and Lynn Swann eventually came through and the band will be at the tour.
What happens next year with a new band director? Will they have the pull like Bartner to get the band somewhere?
- Former USC quarteback Matt Fink participated in Thursday’s graduation ceremony, as expected. But I didn’t expect to see quarterback Jack Sears also up on the stage. Is he getting his degree too and free to pursue a graduate transfer?
- One of the crazy things for some USC athletes is they graduate Friday morning and then rush off to compete in their sports. Besides women’s water polo at Stanford, the track and field teams are competing in the Pac-12 championships this weekend in Tucson. The baseball team is also competing in Tucson against Arizona tonight in a three-game series.
- Who controls USC’s twitter account? I’m still appalled they thought it was necessary to find a 10-month-old tweet from quarterback Bryce Young committing to USC to retweet last Sunday, when quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei committed to Clemson.
- USC, a huge university and gigantic football program full of adults, decides to attack a 17/18-year-old’s commitment to Clemson on his mother’s birthday? It’s classless and pathetic. Only the homers could like it. I’m sure the people behind the tweet will have a, “What’s the big deal?” reaction. I don’t follow Alabama but do they bottom-feed by trolling prep recruits?
- How many USC fans that criticized cornerback Chris Steele when he decommited and subsequently signed with Florida are now cheering for him to transfer to USC?
- USC assistant coaches Graham Harrell, Mike Jinks and Joe DeForest were in Texas this week visiting high schools.
- In the 1950’s, it was common for college football players to get “jobs” in the summer to make money. One summer, USC’s famous McKeever twins got a job at an agricultural farm in Bakersfield.
A close friend of the duo said the job didn’t actually involve much work.
“They may have thrown a crate or two,” he said. “That was about it.”
- I’ve previously written about John F. Kennedy speaking at USC on Nov. 1, 1960, exactly one week before he was elected President.
But I recently found out then-Senator Kennedy also visited USC on Nov. 2, 1959, before he officially ran for President. Kennedy spoke to a capacity crowd in Bovard Auditorium.
“The duty of scholars — educated men and women — is to submit themselves to the self-discipline of self-government and to give the world the benefits of their education,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy was considering a run for the White House. And look at the Daily Trojan headline the day after his speech.
Below is a picture of Kennedy speaking during his USC visit in 1959. This may be at the USC Law School, where he met with students that day. On the left is political consultant Joe Cerrell, who graduated from USC in 1957, became friends with Kennedy and invited him to campus. Cerrell also taught at USC for 15 years.