The Pac-12 must have breathed a sigh of relief Thursday when the Big Ten announced if there are fall sports, it will be conference-games only.
The Pac-12 prefers to lead from behind and now has a template if it chooses to play in the fall.
By coincidence, Pac-12 presidents and atheltic directors are meeting today and can discuss how to follow the Big Ten’s decision.
It’s win-win for Clay Helton, who probably won’t face Alabama and might not even have to play Notre Dame. Plus, if there are no fans at games, he can’t get booed.
- Do you think Alabama is talking to TCU now about replacing USC? Remember how some downplayed Paul Finebaum’s report the Crimson Tide were lining up the Horned Frogs as a replacement for USC just in case?
- USC announced Thursday that it and men’s golf coach Chris Zambri agreed to “mutually part ways” after 14 seasons. Let’s see, we are in the middle of a pandemic and 19 schools have dropped 57 sports teams. Kind of an odd time for a coach to decide to mutually part ways.
- USC list time: What Trojan tailbacks have gained the most yards in the NFL?
Marcus Allen, 12,243 yards
O.J. Simpson, 11,235
Reggie Bush, 5,490
Mike Garrett, 5,481
Sam Cunningham, 5,453
Jon Arnett, 3,833
Clarence Davis 3,640
Frank Gifford, 3,609
Justin Fargas, 3,369
Charles White, 3,075
Ricky Bell 3,063
Who is surprised Fargas outgained White?
- Just a couple follow-ups on Brad Pye, Jr., who died July 5 and was the first recognized African-American sports writer in Southern California. Pye told me several years ago how USC’s first All-American, Brice Taylor, was not even listed in the football media guide until the 1950’s.
Pye said he and statistician Deke Houlgate Sr. started a campaign to recognize Taylor and he was eventually included in the list of USC All-Americans.
- In 1960, USC became the first Coliseum tenant to allow African-American sports writers in the pressbox and gave Pye a credential. Prior to that, African-American sports writers were given tickets to attend games.
“UCLA made a stink, the Rams didn’t care,” said Don Simonian, the former USC sports information director who made the decision to desegregate the pressbox. UCLA and the Rams were also Coliseum tenants at the time.
“UCLA complained because they didn’t want to give credentials to a weekly newspaper (the L.A. Sentinel). They said they would have to credential every weekly newspaper if they did.”
- If you want to know why people want USC to rename Cromwell Field, here is an interesting article from the Forward.
Excerpt: “Researching his most recent book, “Hitler in Los Angeles,” a history of Nazi activity in southern California before and during World War II, Ross said he found another post-Olympics account of Cromwell speaking, at the German Day Picnic in Von Hindenburg Park, a section of Crescenta Valley Park in Glendale that had been named for the president of Germany who appointed Hitler as chancellor in 1933. The area had been a site for pro-Nazi rallies.”