With USC facing Notre Dame, it’s worth revisiting this story on former USC president John Hubbard.
Hubbard led a colorful life. But this story only adds to the legend.
A former USC athletic dept. official told me that after USC played Notre Dame in the early 1970’s, Hubbard flew back to Los Angeles on the team plane.
But then he disappeared for two weeks.
“They couldn’t find him,” the official said. “They eventually found him in Germany on a bender.”
Those were the days. Before social media. Or cell phones. A member of the Board of Trustees at the time told the official that Hubbard was warned to change his behavior after the incident.
By the way, here is an interesting recent account of how Hubbard threatened to pull USC out of the Pac-8 in the 1970’s in order to get Arizona and Arizona State admitted into the conferenc.
Here’s a bonus story:
- After USC lost to Notre Dame, 51-0, in 1966 at the Coliseum, John McKay had little desire to go to the old Sheraton-Town House hotel on Wilshire Blvd., where he would go after home games to talk to boosters.
- McKay stayed in the locker room for so long after the game that stadium staff informed him they were turning out the lights. When McKay and assistant coach Dave Levy walked up the tunnel, there were no fans around. Or even wives, who had cars.
- Instead of trying to get a taxi or going back to USC, McKay and Levy walked to the Town House via Vermont Ave. That’s about 4.5 miles. By the time the pair got to the hotel, there were about 15 boosters left to hear McKay speak.