The USC Alumni Club of San Diego sent out an email at 9:48 a.m. today for a Game Day watch party in Old Town that starts at 11 a.m.
Nothing like a last-minute invitation. I didn’t expect a watch party 7 miles from the stadium in San Diego. Maybe the alumni realized even its members weren’t thrilled about going to the game.
If you want to go, it’s at the Old Town Tequila Factory at the Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel.
- This will be a topic to examine after the season but exactly who will be the starting offensive tackles next season? Austin Jackson is expected to go pro and Drew Richmond is a senior. There isn’t exactly a cupboard of four-or-five star linemen waiting in the wings.
- Here is a history lesson for Mike Bohn, who talks about “intensity of interest” with USC fans.
Homecoming used to be a week-long event around USC. A parade in downtown Los Angeles drew 65,000 and was televised locally two days before USC played Stanford in 1949.
The homecoming queen or “Helen of Troy” was crowned the same night at Bovard Auditorium by a jury headed by actor Kirk Douglas (pictured below with winner Virginia Tongue).
Comedian Bob Hope also showed up for the ceremony and then performed a show at Bovard on Friday night that featured singer/actress Doris Day.
- Julie’s restaurant wasn’t just a place to go and drink (and maybe eat) for USC football coaches. In the late 1950’s, assistant coach Al Davis used to diagram plays on the table cloths. Davis sometimes brought his little boy to the football offices in the student union. That would be current Raiders owner Mark Davis (fill in your own punchline).
- Below is a picture from the 1961 USC spring game at the Coliseum. This was the craziest spring-game ever. Former USC players, many in the NFL, came back to play the current team. Marlin McKeever, Mike Henry, Jim Sears and Al Carmichael were among the former players.
- The great tailback Jon Arnett told me he only served as a coach because he realized someone would get hurt and none of the current Trojans wanted to face McKeever or Henry.
- Wide receiver Hal Bedsole, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame, tole me he played quarterback for one play and got crunched by McKeever and Henry. Two weeks later, he was in severe pain and an X-ray revealed he had three holes in his stomach. He underwent surgery that night.
- McKay decided to never hold another game vs. the alumni.
- In the mid 1970’s, a home-run contest at Dedeaux Field saw the legendary Mickey Mantle (who retired in 1968) take on some USC players. The winner was outfielder Steve Kemp, who was the No. 1 pick in the 1976 major league draft.
Read here about Mantle’s supposed 650-foot home run that he hit at USC in 1951.