I’m starting to wonder how many people working in the USC athletic dept. are looking over their shoulders?
Or are at least a little wary of the schism created by Mike Bohn, where people from the University of Cincinnati are now working throughout the dept.
You have a hush-hush husband-wife team of administrators (one replacing Steve Lopes) and Bohn’s shadow (Brandon Sosna), then there is the new strength coach, Robert Stiner and his minions. At least five employees came from Cincinnati.
Already, at least two people appear to have been demoted (in duties, if not title) in favor of the Cincinnati crowd. That can’t be good for morale.
Clay Helton should be looking over his shoulder. Not rank-and-file employees. That shows how backward USC can be.
- I might be in the minority but I don’t get making a big deal out of recruits making visits to USC in June. What out-of-state prospect doesn’t want to visit Southern California in the summer? Let me know when the same prospects are making official visits (which can also just be a free trip, to be fair) or better yet, signing a letter-of-intent (and then transferring).
- USC failed to convince Arkansas offensive line coach Brad Davis to work for Graham Harrell/Helton. But Davis agreed to become LSU’s offensive line coach Thursday.
LSU fired its offensive line coach James Cregg, who was the USC offensive line coach under Lane Kiffin. Cregg was national offensive line coach of the year in 2019 at LSU. Things change fast in the SEC.
- I’m more inclined to go to the UCLA-LSU game than the USC-San Jose State game on Sept. 4. Just being honest.
- Here’s a job at USC that Helton should try instead of coaching.
- I told a USC donor that Andy Enfield says he could leave after this season. “Tell him not to wait,” the donor said.
- Rayah Marshall of Lynwood scored 43 points on Wednesday night in a playoff game vs. Mater Dei. Marshall, a McDonald’s All-American, will be a freshman at USC next season for new coach Lindsay Gottlieb, who owes a thank you to former coach Mark Trakh. Gottlieb got her first commitment this week from guard Isabella Perkins of Fairfax, Va.
- How’s this for taking advantage of the transfer rules: Guard Both Gach played at Utah in 2019-20; played at Minnesota in 2020-21 and will be back at Utah for 2021-22.
- USC third baseman Ben Ramirez, who had 54 RBI, and catcher Garret Guillemette (.299 average) were named the All-Pac-12 baseball team. Pitcher Quentin Longrie (1.73 ERA) was honorable mention.
- USC four-time water polo All-American Maud Megens was named National Player of the Year. USC water polo coach Marko Pintaric was named National Coach of the Year.
- And now for some history:
Do you recognize the player above?
He’s another one of those underappreciated Trojans who would probably have a much-higher profile if he played today when everything gets inflated via social media.
John Robinson called cornerback Ricky Odom “one of the best one-on-one cover men I’ve ever seen in college football.”
Odom finished the 1976 season with five interceptions, the second-best total in the Pac-8. He also broke up eight passes. Odom’s highlight came when he intercepted three passes in the first half against Stanford.
Odom picked off two passes by Stanford QB Guy Benjamin, then made a brilliant diving interception on a reverse play where Benjamin handed off to wide receiver James Lofton, who threw a pass.
Odom also made 35 tackles that season. He was an All-City Section wide receiver/defensive back at Los Angeles High School and MVP of the Southern League.
“My three favorite athletes are Paul Warfield, because of his moves; Gus Williams, because of his quickness and Steve Garvey, because he’s a hitter.”
- Here’s another note on last year’s player in the spotlight, Rich Dimler. When USC went the Beef Bowl prior to the 1977 Rose Bowl, Dimler ate three prime rib steaks, which was the second-highest mark on the team. Only offensive lineman Chris Foote, who ate four, bested Dimler.
- Our latest edition of restaurants that used to be around USC takes a look at the 32nd Street Cafe and Saloon, which was located in the University Village.
It was open from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. and had an unusually varied menu. You could order omelettes, French toast, Mexican food, sandwiches, burgers and more.
Of course, the students headed upstairs to the bar, which featured photos of the Olympics and USC athletics. And it sometimes got rowdy.
In 1984, a USC men’s volleyball player was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon in an incident that occurred at the 32nd Street Saloon. The volleyball player allegedly hit another student on the head with a beer bottle. The victim was the son of John Severino, who was vice president of ABC’s owned-and-operated television stations and long-time general manager of KABC-TV (Channel 7). The case eventually was dropped.
It was surprising how you had two places (California Pizza and Pasta, 32nd Street Saloon) right near each other that featured good food, considering how often people said/say there is nowhere to eat around USC.
And here are two more places to jog some memories:
- Who went to Substation on Figueroa St.?
- How about Perry’s Pizza in the University Village? The Perry’s Pizza in the San Fernando Valley was where Jennifer Jason Leigh and Phoebe Cates worked in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”
- They didn’t have the Trojan Specials at the Valley location.