USC Saturday Notes: Paul Westphal Appreciation

I want to start off today’s notes with an appreciation of Paul Westphal.

Westphal was on the 1971 USC men’s basketball team that had a 24-2 record. He was a first-team All-American the following season. He averaged 16.9 points a game in his career with a high of 20.3 in 1971-72. Westphal scored 12,397 points during his 12-year NBA career and averaged 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game in his career.

  • USC defeated Utah, 64-46, at the Galen Center. Evan Mobley did not take a shot in 30 minutes. Mobley is the first player at USC in the past 25 years to play 30 minutes and not have a field-goal attempt. Perhaps it’s a top-secret Enfield strategy.
  • As previously reported, defensive end Korey Foreman signed a letter of intent with USC and officially announced it today. Defensive back Ceyair Wright of Loyola also committed to USC. The Trojans’ class is ranked No. 8 by 247 and No. 12 by Rivals.

14 thoughts on “USC Saturday Notes: Paul Westphal Appreciation

    1. Fucking idiots keep repeating that Clay Helton’s buyout is $20 million dollars.

      Fucking morons…LMFAO!




      1. So let’s get this straight. Scott puts up a nice appreciation of Paul Westphal following his death, and post some profanity laden comment that has nothing to do with this. You really need to consider getting medical help.

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      2. And the person doing it, who goes by the name Charlie Bucket, is the board moderator and he spams the site with scores of sock puppets and impersonates posters. Several posters here figured it out.

        Trojandude207 1d ago Well this IS interesting. I am not sure if this site is for me anymore. Each email address used generates a unique symbol that represents the email address. One person on this page has 10 such symbols generated for his username. That is some next level trolling. And none of messages upon this thread has anything to do with the the purpose of the thread. It has developed into a prepubescent name calling.


    2. I just started following USC sports in 1969, and–of course–hoops was owned by UCLA back then. I do recall Westphal guiding the Trojans to some great seasons.

      Evidently PW reached legendary status in Phoenix as a player, coach and–most importantly–as a charitable community member. Great Trojan.

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      1. The 1971 hoops battles between USC and the ruins were ones for the ages. We had Westphal, Mackey, Anderson, Nash, Pagett and Riley and the ruins had Wicks, Rowe, Patterson and Bibby. I remember watching the ruin- SC games with the neighbor kid who was a ruin fan and being heartbroken at the close losses. Back then there was no NCAA berth for second place. It was the best men’s USC basketball team ever.


  1. RIP Coach Westphal.

    Really wish you could have been hired to coach your alma mater but the hire ups gave us Raveling, Parker, Bibby, Saia, Floyd, O’neill, Cantu and Andy. At least we were privileged to have you as a color man for Prime Ticket etc.

    One of the all time greats in USC basketball and NBA history.

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    1. I was going to not mention that but it’s true, Westphal repeatedly expressed interest in coaching at his alma mater and obviously would have been the most qualified coach we’ve ever had, but the egos in HH are something else.

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  2. RIP-Paul Westphal
    Great basketball player even better person. That team with Paul, Dennis Mo Layton, Joe Mackey, Dans Padgett, Chris Schrobilgen, Ron Riley, Monroe Nash, Bill Taylor, and George Watson was the greatest team ever in USC basketball- 24-2 (2 losses only to the National Champion UCLA)
    He choose USC over UCLA out of Aviation High School in Los Angeles. His brother Bill also played basketball at SC.

    I know he always wanted the USC job very badly, and USC should be embarrassed they turned their backs many times, and instead hired Raveling, Bibby, and Kevin ONeil. Paul, knew basketball and was a great coach so it is also sad he never got the chance to lead Trojan basketball.

    You will never be forgotten!

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  3. Incredible player … Wooden/Gilbert offered him more money than any recruit besides Alcindor. Watch the game 7 of 1974 final between Bucks and Celtics. Westphal dominated that game for Celtics.


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