Are you excited for the football season?
This is usually the time when I am most bullish on USC, especially because the Trojans have not yet played an actual game. That’s when the warning signs kick in.
- USC has won 25 straight games when it is favored by 10-or-more points. I’ve mentioned before that Clay Helton is a flat-track bully which is actually a problem for the program because he cannot compete with the nation’s elite teams.
- The Pac-12 is just 18-13 against the Mountain West Conference since 2017 but none of these numbers pertain to USC. The Trojans are 34-1-1 vs. Mountain West teams since losing to Fresno State in 1992. USC has won its past 21 games vs. Mountain West opponents.
- Former USC coach George Raveling asked Martin Luther King for the original copy of his “I Have A Dream” speech as King left the podium at the March on Washington in 1963. I remember Raveling showing me the speech when he was at USC.
Raveling received offers for the speech over the years but decided last week that his alma mater, Villanova, would be the next steward of the speech.
- The Colts signed wide receiver Tyler Vaughns to the practice squad. The Colts also waived former USC safety Marvell Tell.
- Mike Bohn showed the USC basketball team what its rings would look like for making the Elite Eight. The funny part in 2001 was an assistant coach decided to get “Bibby’s System” inscribed on the rings as tribute to Henry Bibby. One player told me he didn’t want the ring after seeing that.
- Former USC tailback Stafon Johnson, who is now at Dorsey High School, was named the Chargers’ Los Angeles County High School Coach of the Week.
- USC water polo player Maud Megens became the eighth Trojan woman to win the Peter J. Cutino Award, which is the top award in the sport.
- I guess LSU survived and can put out a hype video without the guys USC hired (who subsequently left).
Tomorrow is promised to no one.— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) September 2, 2021
WIN the game today! pic.twitter.com/NbX2vhEB0u
- Now for an experiment regarding the quality of publishing within the Pac-12: Which depth chart is from a national traditional power and which is from one of the run-of-the-mill schools? The answer is shocking, really.
- And now for some history:
- When John McKay was also USC’s athletic director, you never knew what he might say. He certainly didn’t give pablum answers like Mike Bohn.
- In 1974, before the Trojan Classic basketball tournament, McKay told the Los Angeles Times, “You know what a basketball classic is? That’s when the home coach invites three clubs he knows he can beat to come to town.”
- The previous year, when USC coach Bob Boyd tried different promotions to get fans like T-shirt giveaways, McKay was overheard saying, “Why doesn’t Boyd try winning some bleeping games?”
- McKay wasn’t exactly engaged with football either. After he announced he was resigning and going to Tampa Bay, this incident took place, relayed by a USC player on the 1975 team.
- “We had a bowl practice and McKay wasn’t there and the ball boys said he was asleep in his office,” the player said. “We said (forget) it and didn’t listen to him after that. Even when he was at practice, he wasn’t there. We played for ourselves.”
- Below is a picture of tailback Dwight Ford from Bell High School. Ford had a lot of speed and was a possible starter at tailback until a converted linebacker/fullback named Ricky Bell started playing tailback.
- Bell gained 1,957 yards in 1975 while Ford had 157 yards.
- Don’t bother me, I’ll be at the Redd Foxx Show in 1975.
- And finally . . . here’s actor Jack Oakie, who sometimes still has an award named him at the USC football banquet. I gave his history a couple weeks ago and how he donated his ranch to USC.
Oakie, who knew all the USC football coaches and presidents in his lifetime, was a Trojan. Especially compared to some of the player-parent trolls on social media that think they are Trojans.
Alice Faye with Jack Oakie & June Havoc performing "The Dance of the Grizzly Bear" in HELLO, FRISCO, HELLO (1943) dir. H. Bruce Humberstone pic.twitter.com/TzQKQeGAVn— Dancer on Film (@DancerOnFilm) August 31, 2021