There is something for everyone this weekend.
There are a ton of high school recruits visiting the campus; USC plays UCLA on Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion; five USC players are at the NFL Combine and there is the usual spring array of other sports.
It’s the busiest weekend since then-athletic director Lynn Swann skipped out for an autograph show.
How do you handicap the USC-UCLA basketball game? Is USC going to play great after being embarrassed by Arizona? Or does UCLA have the motivational edge because it doesn’t want to lose its sixth straight to the Trojans?
- One thing insiders at the McKay Center tell me about new QB Caleb Williams is that he has been polite and not shown an ego while interacting with others.
- That said, why does the gullible media (and USC of course) make such a big deal out of Williams giving headphones to the women’s basketball team? It’s a great free ad for the headphones and Williams, who is already getting paid handsomely by the company. A small gesture would be nicer if it was done without all the pre-planned ways to publicize it.
- USC is supposed to open spring practice the week of March 21.
- The USC baseball program will be honoring former player/coach Mike Gillespie, who passed away in July of 2020, with a pre-game number retirement ceremony on Saturday, April 9.
USC hosts Oregon State at 2 p.m. on April 9, with the pre-game ceremony for Gillespie starting at 1:30 p.m. Gillespie’s number 19 will be retired on the outfield wall at Dedeaux Field and the USC program will remember his legacy throughout the afternoon.
- Fortunately for new UCLA offensive line coach Tim Drevno, no one remembers this tweet:
- And now time for some history:
- Imagine being a USC/Rams fan and the NFL team took Jon Arnett (1957) and Marlin McKeever (1961) as its first-round draft picks.
Here’s a postcard of the Coliseum, likely a Rams game. The year is unknown.
- Last week’s discussion of Los Angeles restaurants was popular so let’s continue that talk.
- Is there anyone who didn’t look forward to the arrival of a Helms Bakery truck and its fresh donuts?
- When I was a kid, going to Ontra Cafeteria was always a treat. I can still remember the roast beef and endless desserts.
- Speaking of food, here’s a wonderful 1961 photo of Audrey’s taken by William Claxton at 3 a.m. Audrey’s was located on the corner of Olympic Blvd. and Alvarado St. about 2 miles from USC. Kind of looks like Audrey Hepburn in the photo.
- Here’s a 1968 ad for Dixie Fried Chicken that features an endorsement from Jim Healy! “If Jim Healy says it, you’ve got to believe it.”
- Scandia on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood was the site of college football press conferences in the 1950’s and some infamous drinking sessions after the press conferences.
- The Tail o’ the Cock had locations on La Cienega Blvd. in Beverly Hills and Ventura Blvd. in Studio City.
- I know Jack Dempsey had a famous restaurant in New York City but this wasn’t far from MacArthur Park.
- Little Joe’s was the only Italian restaurant in Chinatown.
- In 1945, if you bought a weekly pass for the Los Angeles Transit Lines it included the Coliseum schedule. If you notice, USC and UCLA played each other twice that season, in the first and last games.
- In 1932, USC defeated Notre Dame, 13-0, at the Coliseum, en route to the Trojans’ second straight national title and third in five years.
- Here is some great film of the 1925 USC-Idaho game in Moscow, Idaho.
This was the first season of Coach Howard Jones and the Trojans won, 51-7, before 5,000, as you can see in the film. Moscow is 8 miles away from Pullman, Wash., where Washington State is located.
- There was a time when the USC band was considered the gold standard. Hard to argue this well-known Ohio State performance doesn’t show times changed.