It’s time for some Friday USC notes and history.
- The best thing I heard from a USC administrator on the Caryl Smith Gilbert-Mike Bohn negotiations before she left for Georgia, where Bohn never made a counter-offer.
“Bohn got tricked by her, thinking she was bluffing,” the administrator said. “She wasn’t.”
Don’t be surprised if Smith Gilbert tries to steal a couple athletes (sprinters) from new coach Quincy Watts.
- Ronnie Lott, Anthony Davis, Clay Helton, Kedon Slovis and John Jackson III were among those who attended the Lott Trophy Watch List luncheon on Tuesday.
A USC booster who attended the event said Helton kept his head buried downward when a former staffer Helton fired was introduced at the luncheon.
- Pac-12 Football Media Day will be held in-person on Tuesday, July 27 at the W Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Commissioner George Kliavkoff, Senior Associate Commissioner of Football Operations Merton Hanks and Vice President of Officiating David Coleman will be there along with all 12 head coaches, two players from each team and all 12 athletic directors.
- Would you be happy if USC ever played in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl?
- Former USC WR Amon-Ra St. Brown has signed a contract with the Detroit Lions. Chargers running back Josh Kelley, who was Pick 112 last year, signed a four-year deal worth a little more than $4 million with a base salary of $610,000.
- Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson didn’t seem overly concerned about the NCAA investigation in an interview with the Arizona Republic.
“We’re going forward. That’s something that we can’t control,” Anderson said. “It can’t be something that bogs us down. We’re heading forward with our off season.”
- Actor James Hong, who has had more than 600 acting roles over six decades, is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hong was a civil engineering major at USC.
- And now for some history:
- When the Pro Bowl was held annually at the Coliseum, USC was Ground Zero. In 1958, the East team practiced at Cromwell Field and Frank Gifford, who played for the East, was the guest speaker at the Phi Sigma Kappa athletic alumni banquet. Gifford received an award and narrated film of a New York Giants game at the dinner, which drew more than 150 to the fraternity.
- In 1957, the USC Homecoming Dance drew 1,700 to the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The crowd was so big the Homecoming Chairman was forced to ask the hotel for another ballroom.
- There will be no Marv Goux items this week!
- Oddsmaker Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder made UCLA two-point favorites before the 1969 Crosstown Rivalry vs. USC.
“I think the whole difference is at quarterback,” Snyder said. “The Trojans don’t have a passing attack, and that’s worth the two points. No college quarterback is worth much more, certainly not as much as seven.”
USC won the game, 14-12, on a 32-yard touchdown pass from QB Jimmy Jones to WR Sam Dickerson with 1:32 left to play.
It was a controversial play with UCLA fans believing Dickerson did not catch the ball inbounds but two refs signaled a TD.
- Here was a pre-game quote from UCLA wide receiver Mike Garratt.
“I just hope USC’s luck runs out against us this year,” Garratt said. “If we play our normal game and they play their normal game, and don’t get any of their ridiculous breaks, I think we could beat them pretty badly.”
Imagine how Garratt felt after the game?
Here’s a nice photo of tailback Clarence Davis vs. Oregon State in 1969. Davis gained 181 yards against the Beavers. I always liked the old school single bar face mask worn by the Oregon State player (center).
This is the Playboy All-American defensive team in 1965. Yes, the defense. And that’s Heisman Trophy winning tailback Mike Garrett at halfback (cornerback).
“Garrett is not to be found on Hugh Hefner’s offensive team. Instead, the Playboy pollsters invited Mike to Chicago to have his picture taken as a defensive halfback — a position Mike would love to play, but can’t because of Coach John McKay’s conforming platoon system,” a newspaper report said at the time.
The tailbacks who made the Playboy team were Floyd Little of Syracuse and Nick Eddy of Notre Dame. Little and Rodger Bird of Kentucky were the Parade magazine team running backs.
Here’s the Playboy 1965 offensive All-Americans.