After weeks of roster overhaul, a familiar subject cropped up this week when it comes to USC football.
- I’ve spoken to some coaches inside the McKay Center and there’s still a feeling of apprehension about the offensive line, which the coaching staff intends to put under the microscope during spring practice.
- If they have a rough spring, you could efforts to find another transfer. Remember last week, Lincoln Riley mentioned the offensive line as an area he was excited about
- Ever since USC hired Riley, it’s been said the money Riley is being paid ($90-$100 million) demonstrates how serious the university is about winning football games.
But I’ve heard that Riley is being paid with money donated by the late mega-booster Wayne Hughes.
- TCU defensive end Ochaun Mathis, who is in the transfer portal, announced a top five of USC, Texas, Mississippi, Nebraska and Penn State.
- I’m perfectly fine not knowing the latest endorsement deals for Caleb Williams.
- I hear UCLA approached former USC assistant coach Ken Norton for its defensive coordinator’s position but he was not interested. Norton never seemed to be interested in coaching at UCLA whenever he’s been approached. Maybe he doesn’t want to be held accountable by UCLA fans?
- Do USC fans really enjoy these 8:30 p.m. tipoffs like Thursday night vs. Washington? Especially when it is only on the Pac-12 Network?
- Who is more likely to finish last in the Pac-12 South next season: Arizona State or Colorado?
- Former USC tight ends coach Seth Doege has been hired as an analyst at Mississippi.
- Thursday was the birthday of the late USC baseball legend Rod Dedeaux, who was born in 1914.
- In a 1959 interview, Dedeaux, who won 11 NCAA titles, discussed what made USC teams great?
Q: Of all the traits that have made SC’s teams great, which one would you say is No. 1 with respect to giving us victories? Inspiration? Ability? Coaching?
A: The shirt with the name ‘Trojans’ on it is responsible for SC’s athletic success. I don’t care what sport it is — baseball, football, basketball every athlete that wears a Trojan uniform knows he is representing a great institution. There is no greater athletic heritage than here with the Trojans. It is this heritage that makes a Trojan.”
- Did this crowd really happen last season?
- USC won the annual Pac-12 Zero Waste Challenge where universities, athletics departments and sustainability offices collectively compete to stage a zero-waste home game. USC was selected as the overall winner of the challenge for the 2021 football season by a three-judge panel that included Bill Walton.
- Former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo is currently playing for BC UNICS, a pro team in Kazan, Russia. Kazan is the fifth-largest city in Russia.
Here is Mayo hitting the game-winning shot in triple OT vs. CSKA Moscow last week.
O.J. MAYO FOR THE WIN IN 3RD OVERTIME 🥶🥶🥶 pic.twitter.com/ZYEwhqKIyS— VTB League (@VTBUL) February 7, 2022
FREEZING COLD TAKES
And now for some history:
- Last week I wrote about John Block, who should be in the USC Hall of Fame but is not despite averaging 20.3 points per game in 1966.
- I will always list Clint Chapman (35) as an underrated USC player too. In 1972-73, Chapman averaged 15.2 points and 8.4 rebounds. Isaiah Mobley currently leads USC at 14.6 points per game.
Chapman’s 1972-73 season included 19 points and 16 rebounds against Washington State; 27 points vs. Washington and a pair of 26-point performances (Stanford, Hawaii). He also had 18 points and 17 points in two games against 30-0 UCLA, which was led by Bill Walton.
- Do you know what event is taking place in the above picture? Answer is at the bottom.
This is a good 1951 photo to show where the old Bovard Field used to be located. It was next to the historic P.E. Building, which still stands at USC.
The Annenberg School for Communication currently sits right where the baseball field was located. Bing Theatre and the Norris Cinema are also located where the field once stood along with other buildings where the football field was.
The small field across from the baseball field is where Heritage Hall was built.
Jefferson Blvd. is the big street at the bottom of the photo.
This photo is of the landmark Biltmore Hotel in downtown L.A. before it opened in 1923. The USC football team used to stay in the Biltmore the night before home games and often held its football banquets at the historic hotel until the early 2000’s.
This is from comedian Georgia Carlin’s first HBO special, which was recorded at USC’s Bovard Auditorium in 1977.
Before one segment, HBO had the following message:
“THE FINAL SEGMENT OF MR. CARLIN’S PERFORMANCE CONTAINS ESPECIALLY CONTROVERSIAL LANGUAGE, PLEASE CONSIDER WHETHER YOU WISH TO CONTINUE VIEWING.”