Clay Helton did not have a press conference on Signing Day earlier this month, the first time USC has skipped one in probably 40-50 years.
But we now know Helton underwent three hours of oral surgery that day, according to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, who interviewed him that night.
With that mind, give Helton credit. He looked pretty chipper on the Pac-12 Network’s Signing Day show that day. Almost good enough to do a press conference.
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- Is there a greater indictment of USC basketball coach Andy Enfield than the fact the Trojans are below UCLA in the Pac-12 standings? UCLA has actually improved. USC is fine in games as long as it has much-better talent. Is USC actually on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament?
- Enfield did not spare sophomore Elijah Weaver after the game. Weaver took an awkward shot on one of USC’s final possessions.
“We drew a play up and put all five guys in position and he went to the wrong side as a point guard,” Enfield said.
“If he wants to be an elite guard in this league, you have to be able to come out in a game time situation and follow directions and go to the right side of the floor so we can get the ball to our big guy.
“Everyone else was in the right position. I’m not going to make excuses up if you want to win games on the road and be an elite guard in the Pac-12, you’re going to have to follow the darn board on the timeout and come out and execute.”
- Did you see the report by CBS2 reporter David Goldstein on the nine student deaths last semester? Goldstein obtained seven autopsy reports: Three students died by suicide, one student was hit by two cars while walking on the 110 Freeway and three students died from fentanyl overdoses. Full story here.
- And now for some history:
When O.J. Simpson first showed up at USC in 1967 from City College of San Francisco, he actually spent some time at split end in spring practice.
USC was shorthanded at receiver as Bob Klein was injured and Ron Drake played baseball.
After about a week, USC coach John McKay said, “We should know pretty much where and how we’ll use him (in another week).”
McKay figured it out.
- Here’s the list of celebrities who were supposed to show for the Rose Bowl pep rally on Dec. 13, 1967 before USC played Indiana. The rally was followed by the gala grand opening of the new grill at the Student Union.
- Before the Rose Bowl, Tommy Trojan was splashed with red and white paint by Indiana students.
- Two days after USC beat UCLA in 1968, Bob Hope had a star-studded show at the Sports Arena that featured John Wayne, James Garner, Glen Campbell, Vic Damone, Juliet Prowse and Barbara McNair among other guests. Proceeds went to provide financial assistance to disadvantaged students.
- For fans who were around in the late 1950’s, Marlin and Mike McKeever embodied USC football. But there were reports at the time the twins planned to go to UCLA until assistant coach Jim Myers left to become head coach at Iowa State.