There’s a weird dynamic some feel at USC when it comes to the running of the football program.
Although Mike Bohn is the athletic director, his No. 2, Brandon Sosna, is viewed as the “general manager” of the football program.
“He’s the one who hires and fires people,” a source said. “He’s got his little clique of (football support staff) people he talks to in the McKay Center and they seem to make the decisions. Most people don’t hear a word from him.”
You can see that in different ways. When USC recently offered the tight ends job to Arizona State wide receivers coach Prentice Gill, he was obviously recommended via the clique to Sosna. The same when assistant coach Donte Williams was hired last year.
Sometimes, Bohn/Sosna rely on their own experience. When USC needed a strength coach, it hired Robert Stiner, who was at Cincinnati in 2017, where Bohn and Sosna worked.
You notice who is missing from this? Clay Helton.
“A lot of people are trying to set themselves up as being necessary even if there is a coaching change, which they expect at some point,” the source said. “They want to make sure they are viewed favorably by the general manager (Sosna).”
- Will Johnson, a five-star cornerback from Grosse Point, Mich., will announce his college choice on Feb. 28. His final three schools are Michigan, Ohio State and USC.
- Wayne Nunnely, who coached the running backs at USC in 1991-92 and then returned in 2001 under Pete Carroll, died this week. He was 68. Nunnely, who graduated from Monrovia High School, was head coach at UNLV from 1986-89.
- Former USC defensive lineman Wes Horton is an assistant coach at his alma mater, Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
- USC has had the daughters of sports announcers Joe Buck, Jim Nantz and Hannah Storm attend the university in recent years.
- It’s been nearly three years since former USC volleyball coach Mick Haley filed an age discrimination and harassment case against the athletic dept. An arbitration hearing is scheduled for October.
And now for some history:
- Ben Lardizabel had quite a lengthy career. He played in 1945 and the 1946 Rose Bowl. Then his next appearance in a USC game was in 1956. He also played in 1957. He was 31-32 years old and believed to be the oldest Trojan to play football. His college career was interrupted because of naval service.
Lardizabel was an All-City offensive lineman in 1944 at Manual Arts High School.
- Who was the youngest player? Hard to say but I came across a 1945 roster that showed linemen Andy Anderson and Larry Frantz were 16 years old. Neither player lettered that season.
- Let’s take a brief visit back to 1969.
- If quarterback Jimmy Jones or tailback Clarence Davis were Big Men on Campus in 1969, Roberta Crescenti (above) was certainly a Big Woman on Campus. She was Fullerton College Homecoming Queen in 1967, then transferred to USC and was Helen of Troy in 1969, in addition to being an early USC song girl.
- The 1965 “Helen of Troy” was Cathy Crosby (white dress), who as an actress became known as Cathy Lee Crosby. She was the first “independent” Helen of Troy at USC, meaning she did not belong to a sorority.
Ironically, in 1975 she played Helen of Troy in an episode of “Kolchak: The Night Stalker.” Crosby, who was a tennis player, also played at Wimbledon twice between 1967-70.
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