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

USC coach Clay Helton spoke on Thursday about how supportive Mike Bohn has been to him the past few months.

And he gave some examples but one stood out:

“Whether it’s pouring water on me after the Cal game,” Helton said on AM-570.

USC celebrates wins over Cal with water? (Shudder). The Trojans just beat a 5-5 team with its backup QB and are pouring water on the coach? That’s more of a Colorado move. And I feel like I am disrespecting Colorado.

  • Northern Illinois AD Sean Frazier and football coach Thomas Hammock are taking a 10 percent pay cut for the 2020-21 academic year. You already know who isn’t.
  • How many people can name five members of next year’s USC basketball team without looking it up?
  • Did Carol Folt give her State of the University speech from her $8.5 million house in Santa Monica?
  • With so much attention on J.T. Daniels, it’s easy to forget USC basketball wants Long Beach State transfer Joshua Morgan to be eligible next season. Morgan can get a waiver but needs Long Beach’s approval.
  • Helton said this week USC would have an open QB competition even if Daniels does not return. He hasn’t really had an open competition the past 2 seasons so why should this year be different?
  • And now for some history:
  • Offensive linemen never get enough attention. So here’s a mini-appreciation for Tony Slaton, a 1983 All-American and member of the Playboy All-American team. Slaton was also a three-time first-team conference selection.

He played with many of the great USC offensive linemen (Roy Foster, Bruce Matthews, Don Mosebar, etc.) but also spent a year with Ted Tollner, so in some ways it feels like he gets overlooked.

USC center Tony Slaton
  • Back in the days before everyone seemed to transfer, it could feel devastating whenever a USC basketball player transferred to another school.

In 1976, forward Earl Evans left USC after his sophomore season. Evans averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds. But after an 11-1 start, the Trojans lost their final 15 games.

Evans went to high-flying UNLV, and averaged 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Rebels. His senior year was even better as he led UNLV in scoring and rebounding (17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds).

“Earl was a very good player and a tough guy,” UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian said. “He transferred from USC, and I thought he was really going to be one of our best players ever. When he got eligible, he didn’t play quite as well as I thought.” 

Tough analysis from Tarkanian for a guy who led the team in rebounding two seasons and scoring one season.

USC foward Earl Evans
  • Former USC wide receiver Timmy White (1980-82) went to Asbury Park High School in New Jersey.

“I’ve played the drums since I was about four years old,” White said in the USC media guide, “and started playing in groups in grammar school. I was hoping to major in music at USC, but the class schedules prevented me from doing that and playing football.”

When White was kid, he played with a New Jersey musician you might have heard of named Bruce Springsteen.

“He used to practice in a cellar and we would go down and play on the instruments,” White said. “Sometimes he would come down and play with us.”

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

  1. I’d like to see Ted Tollner, Paul Hackett, and Clay Helton all in a room at the same time, because I’m convinced they’re the same person. Tollner immediately turned the Trojans into a soft WAC team, and their offense resembled San Diego State, and BYU . And not only does Helton physically resemble Hackett, but both are tone deaf, lacked leadership, and full of excuses. 😂😂

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    1. Appreciate bringing up Tony Slaton.
      Great guy.
      He lived in my dorm Residence West.
      Amazing to think of all of those in Res West back then:
      Randy Johnson
      Dwight Andersen
      Jack Del Rio
      Sean Salisbury
      Duane Bickett
      Michael Harper
      Mark Boyer
      Keith Browner
      Great memories!!

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    2. I’ll give Tollner a pass since he survived a plane crash and I’ll give
      Hackett a pass since he was employed by Bill Walsh though both sucked as head coaches.

      Gomer sucks as a head coach and no one will hire him unless they need a gofer to get coffee and doughnuts.

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      1. Clay Helton is the plane wreck.


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      2. karma — Throw in Nikias, Austin and Swann & you have a train wreck….at least…..

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  2. If the Trojans lose to Alabama (assuming the game is even played) by anything less than 46 points this time around then you’ll see a huge celebration on the USC sidelines and Bohn will pour water on Helton once again to celebrate the moral victory. They’ll announce “this is proof something special is going on at SC!”

    Loser Mentality + Lack of Competitive Spirit = Loser Program.


    1. I actually believe that, because the expectations are as low as you can go at USC. I read an article on social media about the Trojans coaching staff are so excited, and patiently waiting on a decision from an offensive lineman from Hampton Institute, who plans on transferring…. Really? 😂😂


      1. “Expectations as low as they can go at USC”? We must be the only school ranked in the pre- season top 12 that feels that way….

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