Is the USC marathon media blitz still going?
Mike Bohn spoke to Channel 5 on Thursday night. “At USC, our football enterprise represents 85 percent of our revenue,” Bohn said.
Also Thursday, Clay Helton spoke to NBC Sports and Bohn’s right-hand man, Brandon Sosna, was the subject of a thorough profile in the Athletic. Everything written about Sosna has been very positive.
On the other hand, I’ve heard in NFL coaching circles that people thought Sosna needed to be more mature and more professional in the way he conducted USC’s search for a defensive coordinator in January.
The main complaint was poor communication and a lack of polish on USC’s end.
A USC coaching search with poor communication? How unusual. Maybe that’s why Kris Richard walked away from a potential deal.
- Among the athletes who are graduating from USC this week is former linebacker Chris Claiborne, 20 years after he won the Butkus Award.
- Quite a few USC athletes were part of the 30 seniors invited to join the Skull and Dagger Honor Society: Michael Pittman (football); Anna Cockrell, Angie Annelus and Matthew Katnik (track and field); Louise Hansson (swimming); Ashleigh Plumptre (soccer player); Angela Kulikov and Brandon Holt (tennis).
It used to be such a big deal to make Skull and Dagger that when John Wayne was admitted in the 1960’s, he enthusiastically showed up for the initiation ceremony and the dinner.
- Did you watch “Celebrity Watch Party” on Fox on Thursday night? Reggie Bush and his family on the show, where guests apparently watch the most interesting shows of the week. Bush will also be on next Thursday.
And now for some history:
- When USC signed the worst-ranked recruiting class in school history, one of the excuses Helton made was that it was a small class with 13 players.
USC signed only 11 players on Feb. 21, 1979, the first day you could sign a letter-of-intent that year. Who signed? Don Mosebar, who was regarded by some as the top offensive lineman in the nation in his recruiting class; Bruce Matthews, an offensive lineman who played in 14 Pro Bowls; defensive lineman George Achica, an All-American who was a Lombardi Award runner-up and Morris Trophy winner (top lineman in Pac-10); Joey Browner, a safety who was USC MVP in 1982 and a first-round pick; wide receiver Malcolm Moore, a second-round NFL draft pick; Fred Cornwell, a tight end who caught the game-winning TD to beat No. 2 Oklahoma in 1981; tailback Anthony Gibson, fullbacks Bob McClanahan and Tom Jefferson; offensive lineman Steve Enright and defensive back Tim Shannon.
Now other players signed in the ensuing days but I mention those 11 to show that, yes, you can sign a pretty nice class no matter the size.
- I’ve written articles about the shameful integration history of USC basketball under Coach Forrest Twogood. USC didn’t even have its first African-American player until 1959 (Verne Ashby).
When USC played No. 1-ranked San Francisco with Bill Russell and K.C. Jones in 1955, the Dons had five African-American players. USC had none.
- This week, I came across a 1952-53 USC freshman basketball team photo. It appears the team had one African-American player, Carl Kinsey. But he did not play varsity basketball the following year. Now maybe he didn’t want to or didn’t make the team.
But whatever the reason, Twogood does not get the benefit of the doubt given his dubious history.
- Have you ever been to a Roger Dunn Golf Shop? Dunn played golf at USC and was the Pacific Coast Conference Champion in 1951.