We get letters . . .
Here is what USC sent us about its plans to honor past teams (1969, 1994, 2009) on August 17:
“USC will host those 3 teams with a pre-scrimmage BBQ (complimentary for the ex-player and a guest) in a special setup just outside the Peristyle end of the Coliseum. The 3 teams will be brought down to the field and introduced individually to the fans prior to the scrimmage’s start, and we have created a special video tribute honoring each team that will be shown on the Coliseum video boards.”
However, two starting linebackers from the 1969 team, Bob Jensen and Greg Slough, are not expected to attend and other players will probably skip it because they don’t think a scrimmage is an appropriate venue.
“The Athletic Department is doing a minimal ceremony for us as a sideshow,” Jensen said. “My teammates do not want to be honored at a scrimmage.”
They also view it as a slap in the face that USC suddenly wants to include the 2009 team when it only gave the 25th and 50th anniversary teams recognition in the past.
“The Athletic Department was shamed into adding the past 25 and 50 year teams to their Fall event,” Jensen said. “Now they even watered down the event by adding the 2009 team.”
- On Saturday night, a group of former USC players will send off former coach John Robinson “the Trojan Family Way” before he goes to LSU.
- A friend at ESPN tells me it will run a story soon on USC QB Jack Sears working out this summer at Wild Card Boxing in Hollywood. The gym is owned by famed trainer Freddie Roach.
- You could compile a pretty interesting list of guys who wanted to play quarterback at USC but never really did and went elsewhere or switched positions.
- Mike Holmgren threw 27 passes in two seasons (1967-68) but was behind starter Steve Sogge and then Jimmy Jones.
- Jim Fassel went to USC in 1969 and could not get on the field and transferred to Long Beach State.
- Hal Bedsole, who was 6-5, was told by John McKay he was too tall to play QB in the early 1960’s. McKay made him play wide receiver and Bedsole became a College Football Hall of Fame receiver. But when the McKay Center opened, Bedsole walked by the statue of McKay and kicked it, still upset about not getting to play QB.
- Dennis Shaw never earned a letter at USC and transferred to San Diego State, where he passed for 3,100 yards, 39 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in 1969. Shaw was a second-round draft choice and spent eight years in the NFL.