With ticket sales struggling and some reports season tickets are down 35 percent, it reminds me of a story from 1962.
USC had a legendary ticket manager named John Morley back then who was univerally liked and respected. It really was a different era!
Anyways, USC went 4-5-1 in 1961 but then midway through 1962 the Trojans were 6-0.
Morley started getting up at 3 a.m. to meet ticket demands from alumni he had not heard from in 10 years.
Can history repeat itself?
It will if you believe any of the strength-coach videos or USC-centric pundits who claims things are 100 percent better without setting foot on campus.
(The photo above shows Willie Brown in the 1963 Rose Bowl).
- A booster called me Sunday and said he was told new USC president Carol Folt would call him today regarding the athletic dept.
Do I believe it? No. Does he believe it? Not really.
So we will see.
- In another era at USC, this was the time of year when some USC assistant coaches would do work as extras in Hollywood. Marv Goux appeared on the TV shows “Medical Center,” “Columbo,” “Banacek” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
He also was in the movie “Spartacus” among others. Below is one of Goux’s appearances on “Columbo,” where he portrayed a football coach (of course).