With USC opening training camp today, you can literally name any player you want as someone to watch without being questioned.
You can even say the offensive line is underrated. And no one will remember it in four weeks.
That’s the beauty of training camp.
Let’s see if someone tries to get away with saying USC is actually well-coached but doesn’t get the credit it deserves in that dept.
- Isn’t it amazing how quickly USC decided to sell beer at the Coliseum when it takes so long to make decisions on other things? For example, USC is still delaying a decision on whether to rename Cromwell Field.
- I hear people who own Coliseum suites currently don’t know how many people will be allowed in them for the upcoming season based on COVID-19 guidelines.
- You have four QBs from Southern California in these Heisman odds but not the University of Southern California QB? That’s what happens when you don’t play for a marquee program.
- It’s time for another week of “what is Washington State thinking?”
Eastern Washington basketball star Kim Aiken Jr. was denied admission into Washington State’s graduate program for political science despite having a 3.48 GPA. Cougars coach Kyle Smith told the Spokesman-Review it was a “tough pill to swallow.”
Aiken Jr. is now going to Arizona. Why is Washington State denying admission to anyone? Ever? Does it want to survive in the Pac-12? Stunning decision.
- USC won its second gold medal of the Olympics on Thursday night when April Ross and her partner, Alix Klineman, won beach volleyball.
- Three-time Olympic medalist Carmelita Jeter will be assistant sprints coach for new coach Quincy Watts at USC.
- This interview with JT Daniels is worth watching.
- And now for some history:
- When legendary ticket manager John Morley ran the USC ticket office from the 1940’s-70’s, “Aspirin Alley” was the pet name for Morley’s office, because as dispenser of tickets to all of USC’s athletic contests, great quantities of aspirin were consumed.
- There’s no need for Aspirin Alley today. Who wants football season tickets? Who wants any tickets the way USC is flogging mini-game plans? Who wants a $496 tailgate permit?
- Here are the USC Olympians from the 1952 Helsinki Games: From left: Sim Iness (gold medal, discus); Art Barnard (bronze medal in 110 hurdles; Willis O. Hunter (athletic director, Olympic official); Parry O’Brien (gold medal, shot put); Charlie Simms (gymnastics); Marvin Simms (water polo, fourth place); Jack Davis (silver medal, 110 hurdles; tied world record); Jim Norris (water polo, named all-Olympic goalie); Jack Beckner (gymnastics); John McCormick (diving, fourth place) and Harry Bisbey (water polo). Not pictured: Wally Wolf (swimming, 1948 gold medalist) and Allen Gilchrist (swimming).
- Wolf was part of the 1952 gold-medal winning 4×200 relay team but in those days, you only won a medal if you swam in the final race.
- If you were a USC music student in 1960, you could take a class from composer Miklós Rózsa, who was nominated for 17 Academy Awards and won three times, including the 1959 film, “Ben-Hur.”
- When John Rudometkin graduated in 1962, he was USC’s all-time leading basketball scorer and the record stood until 1985. But this fact caught my eye this week: He scored 35 points against Indiana All-American Walt Bellamy in 1960 at the Sports Arena.
- Did you know the house from the 1960’s TV show, “The Addams Family” was only 1 mile from USC?
The house, located at 21 Chester Place, was owned by oil tycoons Edward and Estelle Doheny. When Estelle Doheny died in 1958, she willed all the land in Chester Place (including the Doheny Mansion) to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, who made it a new satellite campus of Mount St. Mary’s College in 1962.
The house was demolished in 1967 and today the land serves as the track and field for LAUSD’s Frank D. Lanterman High School.
For the show, features were painted on to the house for the exterior shots to give it a more Victorian look:
- Here’s another story on Stubby Shaw, who owned Stubby’s Trojan Barrel, which later became Julie’s Trojan Barrel.
“He had a real red face, he was always red,” said a USC student from the early 1960’s. “He looked like a football player. I think he played for the L.A. Dons (the first pro team to play in the Coliseum from 1946-49). He really kept the place in order. The McKeever twins really wanted the place and eventually bought it from him.”
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- Here’s a 1953 ad for Carl’s Restaurant, which we’ve featured before, where you could eat inside or at your car.
- Does anyone have the Trojan Horse collector’s bottle that Vendome sold in 1975?