USC’s been pretty pro-active when it comes to sending a message on its philosophy during the recent protests.
With that in mind, it is reasonable to assume the odds of the next USC football coach being African American are better than at any time in school history.
It’s kind of shameful USC’s never had an African American defensive coordinator, let alone a head coach. It has had three African American offensive coordinators (John Jackson, Hue Jackson, Tee Martin).
For a school in Los Angeles, it is not a proud moment that five Pac-12 schools currently have African American coaches (most in the nation) while USC has never had one. I can’t even remember USC being close to hiring an African American football coach.
I’m sure some reading this are already getting riled up. To be clear, USC needs to hire the best candidate (how many times has that happened again?). But it also needs to give African American candidates a fair-and-equal chance, which it hasn’t done in the past. That shouldn’t be a controversial position.
- I’m hearing USC’s coaching staff might not be allowed on campus until late July, about two weeks before the start of training camp.
- Looking for good news? According to a University of Washington spokesperson, there were zero positive COVID-19 cases among the 80 student-athletes tested Monday. USC players are scheduled to be tested next Monday.
- USC’s leading hitter this past season, Ben Wanger, who hit .410, has transferred to Miami. A first baseman-pitcher, Wanger also had three saves and a 0.00 ERA.
- The USC Alumni Assn. has upset some graduates by taking away automy from around 45 regional chapters and alumni clubs. That means these clubs would no longer control their scholarship funds or even events, according to some alumni.
- And now for some history:
The picture below is notable for two reasons: It features Addison Hawthorne (upper left), the first African-American player at USC since 1925. And the Notre Dame players on the sidelines appear to be wearing pith helmets. Was it that hot on Nov. 29, 1953?
- Did you know the famed movie director Sam Peckinpah got his master’s degree in drama from USC in 1950?
Peckinpah was known for his Westerns: The Wild Bunch (1969); Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) and Ride The High Country (1962) to name just three. He also directed The Getaway (1972) with Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw.
Here’s the McGee twins, Paula (left) and Pam, after winning the 1984 NCAA title at Pauley Pavilion. Photo by the great Jon SooHoo, who is also a USC grad.