Would you say USC looked well-coached in the final minutes vs. Washington on Thursday night?
Andy Enfield on USC’s season-high 23 turnovers: “If they want to advance any further, we have to do a better job at taking care of the basketball.”
Stat guru Ken Pomeroy gives USC a 27 percent chance of beating UCLA tonight.
- I’ve heard strong praise for Lincoln Riley from Southern California high school coaches. Riley might seem a little, for lack of a better word, dull in media settings but coaches say in one-on-one settings he is quite good.
- USC is hosting six recruits this weekend, including five-star cornerback Cormani McClain of Lakeland, Fla., five-star wide receiver Carnell Tate of Bradenton, Fla., and four-star cornerback Tony Mitchell of Alabaster, Ala.
- I’d still like to see more offensive linemen lining up visits.
- If we all had a dollar for every lazy media take on Riley’s new house that said something like “this vs. Norman, Okla.” How original!
- Steve Sarkisian had his giant koi pond at his Palos Verdes estate. Riley has a dry sauna, steam room, tennis court and putting green (pictured).
- There are at least nine former USC players still in the NCAA Transfer Portal. The fact is there are a glut of players in the portal and getting a college offer is no longer guaranteed. Safety Chase Williams actually started for USC last season and I know he’s been turned down by at least one Pac-12 school.
- Who approved those awful cardinal uniforms worn by the Trojan Dance Force on Thursday night at the Pac-12 Tournament? The cheerleaders (not the song girls) wore some odd looking cardinal uniforms too.
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And now for some history:
- John Naber will be inducted today in the Pac-12 Hall of Honor. Naber and the 11 other inductees will be introduced at halftime of the Arizona-Colorado game tonight.
The most decorated swimmer in USC history, Naber won 10 individual NCAA titles during his collegiate career, the second-most in collegiate history, while also leading the Trojans to four-straight NCAA team titles. He won four gold medals and one silver at the 1976 Olympics.
- USC and Hollywood in the 1920’s were an unstoppable force.
- Here’s a 1928 photo of film star Anita Page getting ready for “talkies” (movies with sound) at her first speech class at USC. On the left is famed director George Stevens, who directed “Shane,” “A Place in the Sun” and “Giant” among a long list of distinguished films.
And on the right is now-controversial USC president Rufus von KleinSmid, who always seemed to get into photos.
- You don’t believe me about von KleinSmid? Well, here he is with one of the biggest silent film stars in the world, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., at a USC Cinema class.
Fairbanks Sr. was a member of the USC Fencing Club and founding member of the Cinema School. George Lucas put a statue of him in the courtyard of his cinema buildings.
- When I saw the clip below, my first thought was it might be a USC pole vaulter. And sure enough, Lee Barnes went to USC and was gold medalist at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. He performed this famous stunt for legendary comic Buster Keaton below.
One of only two stunts in his silent films Buster Keaton didn't do himself— Silent Movie GIFs (@silentmoviegifs) June 5, 2017
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- We’re not done with restaurants.
- Who remembers the Kettle in Anaheim? This was one of the restaurants that offered bus service to Rams games in the 1950’s.
- How about the Jolly Jug in El Monte (hometown of Fred Lynn and open since 1946).
- How about Chip’s restaurant in Hawthorne (open since 1955).
- This picture from the 1930’s shows how close Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds were to each other.
- In 1951, the Trojans played in the original Yankee Stadium against Army and won 28-6 as Frank Gifford rushed for 138 yards and passed for 50.
Johnny Williams returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown and fullback Harold Han scored a touchdown.
The New York Times wrote, “Neither rain nor mud nor the scrappiness of a hopelessly outclassed cadet 11 could stay the amazingly gifted and elusive Frank Gifford and his Trojan teammates.
“It was one of the worst drubbings a West Point 11 has ever suffered. In this unveiling here, Gifford demonstrated he is every inch the great football player he has been labeled.”
A 16-piece USC band and group of fans greeted the Trojans at the airport when they returned from New York.
- Here’s a feat that will never be broken. Did you know a player kicked field goals for and against USC? And did it in high school?
- On November 6, 1909, Courtney Decius kicked a 45-yard field goal for USC at Occidental. That set a USC field goal record for distance that lasted until Chris Limahelu’s 47-yard field goal against Ohio State in the 1974 Rose Bowl.
Decius also held, for many years, the record for most field goals in a single game AGAINST USC. Playing for Los Angeles High School, Decius, on October 10, 1908, kicked three field goals (then worth four points each) against USC, two from the 35-yard line near the sidelines, and one from the 27-yard line.
That record, tied several times, stood for 65 years, until Nov. 10, 1973, when Rod Garcia kicked four field goals for Stanford against the Trojans.