If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

The decision of JT Daniels to enter the transfer portal reminded me of a story from the USC recruiting dinner in 2018.

Clay Helton told a USC donor that Daniels was the best QB prospect he had ever seen at his age.

Since Helton played quarterback in college and coached the positon since 2007, he must know something, right? Helton later said it was his years of coaching quarterbacks that convinced him Daniels should start the week after Jack Sears passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut vs. Arizona State.

Well, Helton was wrong, wrong, wrong.

Helton made a deal to start Daniels when Daniels was at Mater Dei and then destroyed his credibility by unnecessarily pumping up the prospect to fans and saying his coaching experience led him to start Daniels.

Whatever he saw, it did not materialize at USC.

  • I hear Washington, Michigan and Michigan State are three schools to keep an eye on with Daniels. Some have mentioned LSU but I don’t think the Tigers will be interested.
  • Around 1,500 solar modules have been placed on the roof of the Galen Center this spring and will provide about 15 percent of the arena’s electricity.

Now, it’s time for “I still can’t believe” . . .

  • I still can’t believe Clay Helton and Andy Enfield have not taken pay cuts.
  • I still can’t believe the over/under for USC regular-season wins is only eight games.
  • I still can’t believe Helton is making videos from home that rekindle the anger of USC fans.
  • And now for some history:
  • When you see a current coach at USC bragging on twitter about getting a commitment, tell them to get back to you when they can produce this array of national title rings from 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1974. Plus a Rose Bowl ring thrown in too.
  • The decline of the junior-college football player at USC is sad when you consider the contributions over the years. One reason is how hard USC admissions makes it to get a JC transfer to school.

In 1976, USC had two all-conference linebackers: Rod Martin (L.A. City College) and David Lewis (San Diego City College). Both were JC transfers.

That team also had three players from East L.A. College (tailback Lynn Cain, QB Walt Ransom, LB Ed Gutierrez). There were also future NFL players; wide receiver Calvin Sweeney (Riverside City College) and cornerback Larry Braziel (Compton College).

You might not remember Gutierrez but he intercepted two passes that season. That’s better than most USC cornerbacks these days.

Braziel played in the NFL from 1979-85 while Sweeney played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1979-87.

Do you remember Mark Wulfemeyer?

He averaged 36.5 points per game at Troy High School in Fullerton in 1974, when he was named Southern Section 4-A player of the year. He scored 2,608 points in his career, which was third-best in Southern Section history. He scored 50 points in a Southern Section championship game.

Troy games had to be moved to Cal State Fullerton because crowds would line up at 4 p.m. for an 8 p.m. game.

He came to USC and played two seasons from 1975-77, averaging 5.4 points and 2.1 assists. Wulfemeyer was also a good pitcher and signed with the Angels out of high school but was sidelined with arm problems. He left USC and finished his career at an NAIA school.

16 thoughts on “If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

  1. You’re such a loser and so much like Trump, Wolf, that you cannot fathom it. Even if JT ended up a first round QB, Super Bowl MVP, and NFL HOF player– you’d still find a way to keep your narrative alive. You know why? Because you obviously were slighted when you requested a private interview with JT. His father thought you looked strange and had never heard of your blog.

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    1. ” Even if JT ended up a first round QB, Super Bowl MVP, and NFL HOF player–”

      LMFAO!

      Wolf won’t ever have to worry about that happening

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    2. You’re a complete idiot with zero experience to comment!!
      If you don’t like what Scott writes, then don’t read ot and shut up!
      Start your own blog and wait for twits like you to comment!

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  2. I can’t believe USC’s football recruiting is doing so well at this point!!

    I can’t believe UCLA has not hired a new AD who will be hired solely to permanently disbanded their athletic programs.

    I can’t believe OWNS/CHARLIE BUCKET is not the same poster!!

    I can’t believe Eric Garcetti is not a member of the LGBTQ group!!

    I can’t believe WOLF hates USC and still has a BLOG!

    I can’t believe I click on this site 2 times a day!!

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  3. Scottie, the history sections are terrific. Thx for posting these. Yes, the JC ranks brought some great players. Lynn Cain was one of the unsung heroes. He didn’t get many carries at USC , which was understandable, but I believe he did have a 1,000 yard season, or close to it, in the NFL.

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  4. Here’s Some USC History – Anthony Davis RB

    Anthony Davis was a college football All-American in 1974, and led the USC Trojans in rushing, scoring and kick return yardage for three consecutive seasons. He is especially remembered for scoring 11 touchdowns in three games against Notre Dame. In a 45-23 USC win on December 2, 1972, he scored six touchdowns which set a school single game record. Two of those scores came on kickoff returns. He returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown after Notre Dame won the coin toss and chose to kick. Later in the game after Notre Dame scored on a short pass and narrowed the Trojans’ lead, he returned the following kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. In this game, Davis had three kickoff returns for a total of 218 yards giving him an average of 72.7 yards per return. This set an NCAA record for the highest average gain per return in a single game. In his career as a Trojan he returned 37 kickoffs for 1,299 yards, an NCAA record 35.1 yard average. His six career kickoff returns for touchdowns set an NCAA record which stood until 2009, when it was broken by C. J. Spiller of Clemson University . Davis’ kickoff return average of 42.5 yards in 1974, is the highest kickoff return average for any single season leader ever. He was also the first Pacific-8 Conference player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons – 1,191 in 1972; 1,112 in 1973 and 1,469 in 1974. For his career at USC he carried the ball 784 times for 3,772 yards and 44 touchdowns. In his senior year (1974) he was a unanimous Consensus All-American selection. Davis was also a two-time (1973–1974) first team All Pac-8 Conference selection. He was also the third multiple recipient of the W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy, awarded each year to the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast. Davis won the Voit trophy in 1972 and 1974.

    On November 30, 1974, he started an amazing rally which brought the USC Trojansback from a 24-0 second quarter deficit against #4 ranked Notre Dame to a 55-24 win. Just before halftime he scored on a 7-yard lateral pass from quarterback Pat Haden. Davis found paydirt a second time on a 102-yard kickoff return to open the second half. With only 3:25 elapsed in the third quarter Davis scored a third touchdown on a 6-yard run. Then with still 8:37 left in the same quarter, Davis added his fourth and final touchdown of the game on a 4-yard dash, dropped to his knees, went into his “endzone dance”, then added a two-point conversionand the Trojans had the lead 27-24. Incredibly, Davis had scored 26 of the Trojans’ first 27 points.

    In 1974, Heisman Trophy ballots were due prior to the end of the season and before that year’s USC-Notre Dame game. Anthony finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Archie Griffin. From that day forward, Heisman voting would take place after all the regular season games had been played. From 1972–1974, with Davis as the tailback the Trojans compiled a 31-3-2 record, three conference titles, two Rose Bowl victories in three appearances and two national championships. Upon the completion of his career, he accumulated 24 school, conference and NCAA records, including over 5,400 all-purpose yards and 52 touchdowns.

    Anthony Davis’ talents were not just limited to football, he was also successful in baseballas an outfielder and switch-hitter on USC’s 1972, 1973 and 1974 College World Serieschampion baseball teams.[1] Playing with wood bats at the time, Davis hit .273 with 6 home runs, 45 RBIs and 13 stolen bases for the Trojans’ 1974 National Championship Baseball team.

    During his Trojan career, Davis won five National Championships – two in football, three in baseball.

    The sad part of it all is that USC never promoted Anthony Davis for the Heisman Trophy Award, the reason for that was because during his days at USC Anthony Davis was dating John McKay’s daughter and that didn’t sit well with John McKay.

    Sad.

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    1. You are wrong about the Heisman for AD. He lost because the votes
      were cast before the Notre Dame game in those days. In another
      matter stop using the name Obama you hypocrite.

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      1. I’m not wrong and you’re not too bright.

        “stop using the name Obama”, huh?

        Yeah, I’ll do that because you say so.

        LOL!

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  5. OJ was a JC transfer
    Aaron Rodgers was a JC transfer
    Chuck Muncie was a JC transfer
    So was Joe Roth but most of you guys probably never heard of him.

    #NotEverybodyIsA5*At18.

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  6. When Clay Helton was an assistant coach under Lane Kiffen, and Steve Sarkisian, he was a FIGUREHEAD, so why would he know anything about coaching quarterbacks? 🤔…😂😂 That’s why that clown 🤡 made the assessment about JT Daniels 😂😂

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    1. Helton was known as 7 Win Sark’s “Errand Boy”. The only position at USC that Clay Helton has ever been qualified for.

      #Maybe

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  7. USC’s Outland Trophy winner Ron Yary (Cerritos) and Clarence Davis (East L.A), O.J.’s successor, were JC transfers. And so was QB Vince Evans (LA City).

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