Former USC offensive tackle Tony Boselli was finally named a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday night.
It was his sixth time as a finalist and Boselli became the first Jacksonville Jaguar in the Hall of Fame.
Boselli is now in the College Football Hall of Fame; NFL Hall of Fame and Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.
- Inside the Galen Center, people are talking about how hard Andy Enfield is going after the Maryland job.
Even though Enfield recently received a three-year contract extension, his relationship with the USC administration is frayed.
- Marcus Allen and Anthony Munoz visited USC this week. It might be Allen’s first visit to campus since 2016. Sources told me USC sent Allen and Rick Caruso to personally court Lincoln Riley so he is ready to assume a role again at USC.
- USC forward Isaiah Mobley (broken nose) is expected to play Saturday night vs. UCLA.
- UCLA coach Mick Cronin was sympathetic to USC nearly losing to lowly Pacific earlier this week.
“Trying to motivate your team to play Pacific between Arizona and us might be the toughest task in the history of coaching,” Cronin said.
Who scheduled the Pacific game, Mick?
- USC women’s basketball has lost seven straight games. And is paying Lindsay Gottlieb $1 million.
- Former USC assistant coach Tony Bland is the basketball coach at St. Bernard High School. He was making about $365,000 at USC, which makes it even crazier he lost his career over what he admitted was a $4,100 bribe.
- Former casino magnate Gamal Abdelaziz received the longest prison term of any “Varsity Blues” sentence so far, with Judge Nathaniel Gorton giving a sentence of a one year and one day after Abdelaziz was convicted of paying a $300,000 bribe to get his daughter into USC.
- And now for some history:
- Here’s a picture of Pete Carroll at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif.
Carroll was only 5-foot-4 as a freshman and eventually grew to around 5-11. But he always had big hands so palming a basketball wasn’t a problem.
But the real reason I’m writing this is because also in the Class of 1969 at Redwood was a cross country runner/drama student named Robin Williams.
And more importantly (to me), a year ahead of Carroll was actress Erin Gray, best known for being in the TV show, “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.”
- The Super Bowl is back in Southern California, so let’s remember the first Super Bowl in 1967 at the Coliseum, with a gorgeous photo of the classic clock atop the scoreboard.
- This week’s fashionable USC assistant is Mel Hein, who was NFL MVP in 1938. As a center! Hein played in the NFL for 15 seasons (1931-45) before being an assistant coach at USC from 1951-65.
The photo with the sharp flower tie is from 1951. Hein was named to the NFL’s 50th, 75th and 100th anniversary all-time teams.
- A booster who attended USC in the 1960’s said actor Kent McCord was a member of the football team but John McKay ran him off because he was married. McCord then transferred to Utah.
- In 1970, No. 3-ranked USC defeated No. 16-ranked Alabama, 42-21 in the season-opener and much has been written about that game.
The following week, USC hosted No. 9-ranked Nebraska at the Coliseum. The Cornhuskers led 21-14 before USC tied the game with about seven minutes left. Neither team scored the rest of the game.
Nebraska All-American linebacker Jerry Murtaugh offered this story in a recent interview.
“Now at the end of the game, one of the trainers comes up there and said, ‘There’s two guys from Southern Cal outside who want to talk to you.’ I’m thinking, ‘Oh (no), I got to go out and fight,’ ” Murtaugh said. “I got ready and I went out and there’s their two captains, Greg Slough and Clarence Davis. Slough was a great linebacker All-American, Clarence Davis was the running back, also an All-American. They said ‘We wanted to shake your hand. We had no right being in that game with you guys.’ ”