Entering the 1969 football season, USC’s defensive line became known as the “The Wild Bunch” based on the now-classic Western movie that came out that year.
The Wild Bunch consisted of defensive ends Jimmy Gunn and Charles Weaver, tackles Al Cowlings and Tody Smith along with middle guards Willard ‘Bubba’ Scott and Tony Terry.
But USC coach John McKay wasn’t thrilled with the group entering the 1969 season-opener against Nebraska.
“I don’t know what they’re wild about,” McKay said.
But McKay made it clear he expected them to play well against Nebraska.
“If they don’t, I won’t come back with them,” McKay said.
USC defeated Nebraska, 31-21, after leading 28-7 with 6:31 left in the game. The defense allowed opponents to average 2.3 yards per carry that season.
- The Boston Celtics announced the death of K.C. Jones today. Jones won an Olympic gold medal, two NCAA titles and 12 NBA titles as a player/assistant coach/head coach.
But this is the craziest thing I never knew about Jones: He created football’s bump-and-run defense after being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. Read it here.
Jones scored eight points when the University of San Francisco defeated USC, 58-42, on Dec. 3, 1955.
USF led, 43-16, when Bill Russell left the game early in the second half after he scored 24 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and blocked 10 shots in 25 minutes. At one point, Russell scored 10 straight points and USF raced out to a 16-2 lead. He made 11 of 16 shots in the game.
Jack Dunne, a 6-3 forward, led USC with 11 points while team captain Tony Psaltis added 10.