Today is the 44th anniversary of John McKay’s final game at USC, a 20-0 victory over Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl.
USC was 7-0 and ranked No. 3 in the nation when McKay announced he would go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Trojans promptly lost four straight games.
Ricky Bell scored on a 76-yard swing pass. Vince Evans threw a 65-yard pass to Randy Simmrin that set up another TD.
That Texas A&M team featured two All-American defensive backs familiar to long-time Rams/Raiders fans: Lester Hayes (Raiders) and Pat Thomas (Rams).
When McKay coached at USC, he had a suite at a hotel on Wilshire Blvd. so he would not have to drive home. Some nights when he didn’t use the suite, legendary assistant coach Marv Goux would get the key and hold parties there.
If you wonder what the parties were like, here’s a recap of one crazy night at Julie’s restaurant involving McKay and his coaching staff.