Former USC football player Marv Marinovich, a member of the 1963 national championship team, died Thursday. He was 81.
Marinovich had been battling Alzheimer’s. Most fans today remember him for being the father of former USC QB Todd Marinovich.
Marinovich lettered at USC in 1959, 1961 and 1962 and was a two-way lineman.
He was known for his volatile personality and got kicked out of the 1963 Rose Bowl. It was one reason USC was short-handed on the defensive line during the game and Wisconsin QB Ron Vander Kelen passed for 401 yards in the Trojans’ 42-37 victory between the nation’s top two teams.
He was a co-captain of the 1962 team and named the team’s most inspirational player.
A John McKay era assistant coach told me about 20 years ago that Marinovich got into the most fights of any USC player during that time.
“I can still remember the time Marinovich got into a fight with (USC football player) Lloyd Winston,” a former classmate told me in April. “It started in Marks Hall, went through the kitchen and ended in Trojan Hall. They were both bloody. No one wanted to break it up because they didn’t want to get beat up.”
In the photo above, Marinovich (No. 70) is the lineman standing on the left during the 1962 USC-UCLA game.
Funeral services are pending.