USC Winners And Losers Of The Week

WINNERS

Lane Kiffin

Having Mike Leach around actually makes Kiffin the good guy in Mississippi.

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USC athletics

Only one positive result out of 69 athletes in the first round COVID-19 tests.

Clarence Davis

The former star USC tailback and Super Bowl champ turned 71 on Sunday.

LOSERS

USC Alumni Assn.

The university’s main alumni organization united its alumni against them by dissolving 45 alumni clubs across the nation and implying you must donate to be a volunteer.

The Pac-12

So Under Armour dropped UCLA and appears to be dropping Cal, but still has Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Maryland, Boston College, Utah, Hawaii, Auburn, Texas Tech, Navy, South Carolina, Northwestern, Colorado State, Cincinnati and Temple?

Is the Pac-12 that bad?

USC baseball

Shortstop Tank Espalin of Orange Lutheran committed to USC in the eighth grade. But because of the pandemic, there is a scholarship squeeze as players return that were expected to depart. So Espalin is now headed to Indiana.

USC band

It isn’t just the football team that is feeling the effect of the coronavirus. Will there be a summer band camp? Will they go to road games? Will they perform on the field at the Coliseum? Who is the next director?

39 thoughts on “USC Winners And Losers Of The Week

  1. I can’t believe that Clarence Davis is 71 years old, I remember watching him when he played for the Raiders more so then the USC Trojans. And I don’t blame Under Armour for trying to get out of their contract with UCLA, because it’s a two way street, and they’ve done nothing to promote the brand. That’s what they get for getting involved with any PAC 12 team, other than Oregon.

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  2. MY TEAMMATE ON THE 1969 10-0-1 TEAM ,,, THE CARDIAC KIDS AND WILD BUNCH.
    AWESOME RB AND GREAT GUY. AS A LB, HE WAS VERY HARD TO TACKLE IN PRACTICES AND IN SPRING BALL. YOU KNEW HE WAS SPECIAL!!

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    1. Are you talking about Tank? I don’t think he was born yet.
      Did you know your caps lock is on?
      MY BAD I FORGOT THAT PEOPLE WHO TYPE IN ALL UPPERCASE ARE ALWAYS RIGHT AND NEVER WRONG. DO YOU KNOW MY BOY TBONER? WE ARE REAL PROUD OF HIM. HE NEVER PLAYED BUT LIKES TO PRETEND HE DID. WHY DOES A SUCCESSFUL DENTIST AND NATIONAL CHAMPION USE SO MANY DIFFERENT IDs? YOU MUST BE really really kool IF YOU CANT FIT ALL THAT COOL INTO LESS THAN THREE DIFFERENT IDs OR MAYBE SO OLD YOU CANT REMEMBER WHO THE HELL YOU ARE.

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      1. Just want to say that there’s nothing like a little Tboner in the morning to wake a momma up!! His favorite song was on this morning while he was flossing my belly rolls so I thought I’d share it with you.

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  3. Hey Scotty, it’s obvious that you haven’t checked the Tank’s high school stats from last year. The big guy hit a whopping .268 with three doubles and nine RBI’s. He’s another product of the pay to play showcase circuit where mommy and daddy fork out big bucks so their kids get favorable ratings without having to put the numbers up. This is the primary reason why the USC baseball program is in the crapper. When you buy into the hype on these kids without really checking them out, you’re going to be in trouble.

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  4. This is getting to be worse and worse every day. Who are these people? Why would a troll spend all his time putting a school down….especially when they’re off the national radar already? I don’t know except it’s been years (50+) since the ruins won anything and the zeros have NEVER won a damn thing. I guess when you wannabe you gotta cry like the bitches you are… KMA trollboy

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    1. There are no words to express how upset I am with Coach Leach thinking he had the right to touch Coach Kiffin’s mask. I will be forever grateful that Lane ignored Leach [& quickly readjusted his own mask to the proper position before lives were lost]…….

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      1. Probably wouldn’t have caused near the stir had the pirate decided to play with Lane’s zipper, huh?

        Not that there’s anything wrong with it….

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      2. Ha! Regarding the Under Armour repudiation of everything bruin, Scott asks the Big question: “Is UCLA THAT bad?” I don’t think that’s a very nice way to put it (why hurt Owns’ feelings without having to)? I think a better of way of saying it is that Navy and Boston College and Northwestern and Colorado State are just that much better than UCLA.
        #ThatWorksForEveryone…
        #Win/Win

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      1. MG, did you see that former ruin WR Cormac Carney just resigned as Chief Federal Judge for using the verboten phrase “street smart”?

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      2. “A simple apology would never suffice!”
        #”Never”IsRight,Judge!
        #…. SomeSinsCanNEVERBeForgiven….Never,Never,Never…
        #[IfOnlyAllOtherCountriesWereSoEnlightened…
        #…WhatAGreatWorldItWouldBe]…..

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  5. Having given a little thought to the move by Underwear Armor I finally understand why they want out of a deal with UCLA and Cal. Because the bears and their southern branch have been underwhelming, the general public isn’t as likely to buy officially licensed merchandise. This leaves the real fans and team players making purchases . About 35,000 people attend games played at the rose bowl (including parents) and if half came from the other side, they aren’t selling a lot of jerseys.
    I have pointed out, in the past, that thrift stores and discontinued stores such as DD’s carry a disproportionate number of unsold UCLA garments. Usually I pointed this out as a joke, but it is a grim truth that is hard to hide.
    Add in the fact that UCLA allows non licensed use of their logo and colors and you have a case for dropping them as an exclusive licensed client.
    Now before you roll on the floor laughing, think back to your last trip to the coliseum. My last walk from campus for encountered so many pop up vendors as to make me wonder if USC has a license agreement with fruit of the loom. The bottom line for Trojans is performing this year we keep our Nike (or whatever) contract. Play Heltonball and the fan base may dip into the fruit of the loom licensing area too.

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    1. Yes, Truman —we Trojans need to stop reveling in bruin misery. “Ask not for whom the licensing agreement is ended….it could end for you if Helton leads your team against Alabama…..”
      #Donne?

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    2. I have to say that I love my Fruit of the Loom T-shirts imprinted with the ever popular “westwood sucks” and “fucla”. I’d have bought the Nike or Tommy Bahama varieties had they been available….

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      1. They WERE available, Pudly…..at least the Tommy Bahama variety. The reason you’re not seeing them is my friend Owns bought out the first run (at $198 a pair for “ultra soft Tommy Bahama 100% cotton” who could resist)?
        #BackInStoresOnSeptember5th!
        #[GladTheyRetainedSamePriceTheyUsedToChargeFor100%Linen]

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      2. Those shirts just don’t have the same look with the giant strip of duct tape over the offensive lettering….but it apropos for ruins..

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  6. Clarence Davis, perhaps the most underrated RB among Trojans?.

    He ran for close to 1400 yards in the ’69 10-0-1 season, which should IMHO have been a natty. TX (1) and Penn State (2) were 100% one dimensional run-only teams. I believe that neither would have had much of a chance against the Wild Bunch.

    Check out the ’69 Heisman voting, Clarence didn’t even finish in the top 10. But Ohio State had 3 guys in the top 10. Not saying that Clarence should have won that year, but his season was way better than many of the guys who finished in front of him.

    Rex Kearn, who finished 3rd, completed 50% of his passes, threw about 13 passes per game, for 9 TD and 10 INT. That is a 3rd place finish?

    https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/awards/heisman-1969.html

    Those were the days that the Pac Coast was really discriminated against. The east coast writers didn’t see the games, true, but they could have at least read up on the west coast schools to see which players should have been considered.

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    1. Very nice piece, 67. [I would like to point out, though, that I’ve never seen ANY QB begin a fake hand off with his right hand, transfer the ball to his left hand, transfer the ball back to his right hand behind his back and, then, throw for long gainers better than Rex Kearn. As youngsters, my brothers and me practiced doing this for hours at a time]…

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      1. Michael, Rex did have some sleight of hand. Where was Wayne Woodrow Hayes when those shenanigans were going on?

        #3YardsAndACloudofDust

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    2. Back then Sports Illustrated, which was published in Chicago, Illinois, held sway over college football. Also it is hard to believe but back then satellite technology was so primitive that only one college game was shown on Saturday on ABC, so unless SC was playing ND or the ruins, it was hard to get national attention. The classic 26-24 USC-Stanford game against Jim Plunkett and Randy Vataha was inexplicably played at night and was no televised live so no one on the East Coast even knew the score Sunday morning in those pre-internet days. The 15-14 Texas-Arkansas game was hyped as the Game of the Century so the Trojans never had a chance at #1 that year.

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      1. Thanks for the reminder, gt! I had forgotten that —back in those days– the Sunday New York Times Sports section sometimes published only the FIRST half scores of late afternoon USC games …
        #…NiceToRememberThatNYTSuckedEvenBackThen….

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      2. I can remember living in the Midwest in the late 1970s and having to call a sports scoreline to get the quarterly SC scores on Saturday afternoons!

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      3. Those were the days, gt. These young kids are spoiled by getting instant scoring….. we had to WORK for scores!
        #ICanRecallStayingWithKABCRadioFor2HoursToGetAFightResult…
        #IfTheyDidn’tReportItAtFirstYouHadToKeepWaitingIn15MinIntervals….

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      4. They would show a 3 hour tape (loaded with commercials of Cal Worthington Ford and his dog Spot) of the SC football games on Sundays on one of the local stations, was it Channel 5, 9 or 11? I think those are the tapes that still survive in some form on the internet.

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      5. I jus don’t git the big deal about ole Cal. An why does everyone think it was so damn special that he said “I’ll eat a hug to make you a deal”? My little tboner has been eating bugs since he was a little critter. I did have to get him wormed a few times cause I couldn’t stand watching him drag his ass across the floor. Now mind you the ass draggin wasn’t what put us off so much as havin to yank the splinters out his wrectum. Terribul, simply terribul.

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  7. I feel for the ss that was committed since the 8th grade but do we really want him if he is now with Indiana? I mean Indiana!
    Plus don’t ask me why because I’m still puzzled by this but it says we signed 4 shortstops in the latest recruiting class. Yeah. Can’t have too many shortstops.

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