Knute Rockne To USC?

History is usually on Fridays but I came across an article today that says Knute Rockne agreed to take the USC job in 1924 because he was fed up with Notre Dame’s failure to build a stadium.

“Many lesser programs than Notre Dame had new stadiums, including USC in Los Angeles, where the 75,000 seat Coliseum helped entice Rockne to agree to leave Notre Dame and coach the Trojans.

“That deal was set to go through in the early spring of 1924 when officials at Notre Dame were leaked details of the secret accord and threatened legal action to enforce Rockne’s contract in South Bend.

“Despite the awkward, failed coup between them, the Irish and USC began their annual intersectional series in 1926. The first five games of that new rivalry attracted more than 450,000 paying customers, an average of more than 90,000 spectators per game, including 115,000 at Soldier Field in Chicago where Notre Dame went to play its biggest home games in order to satiate the demand for tickets.”

The picture above is from 1922, when the Coliseum was still under construction. It opened in 1923. So USC had the state-of-art stadium Rockne desired.

And you thought it was a big deal when USC hired Lincoln Riley.

You might remember in 1950 that USC offered the job to Bear Bryant.

Gloomy Gus Henderson was the coach at USC from 1919-24. Howard Jones took over in 1925.

40 thoughts on “Knute Rockne To USC?

  1. Rockne won 3 National Championships at ND starting in 1924. Died in 1931. Interesting article including the attendance aspect. Wouldn’t have thought it would’ve been so popular then.

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    1. Hi Charles that 115000 is usually reported as 120000+. It is an estimate. They stormed the gates. They sat on the roof. When security was re established there were an estimated 20000 left mulling around outside the stadium My dad went to the game and got in early.

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      1. Hi MG. HEY. SEE MY THANX ON THE PREVIOUS THREAD. RE ROCKNE I DUNNO. THAT GUY WAS REALLY GREAT. LOOK AT HIS WON LOSS RECORD. HE PLAYED THE TOP TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY USUALLY ON THE ROAD TOO. ITS ALWAYS HARD TO COMPARE DIFFERENT ERAS THO. REALLY IMPOSSIBLE

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      2. Knute was great…but all Lou Holtz had to do to beat Knute’s win total was put up with Bob Davies’ backstabbing bullshit for one more season….
        #…InsteadHeSaidAdios&HeadedToSouthCarolina

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      3. Hey mg. Just look at Rocknies won loss percentage. And he had one bad year. If you toss that out his won loss percentage would have been incredible And against the best in the nation. Check out the movie Knute Rockne All American starring Pat O’Brien with a young Ron Reagan as George Gipp—— SHAKE DOWN THE THUNDER FROM THE SKIES !!!

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    1. Yes. Jones did win four. 1928. 1931. 1932. And 1939— re the Rockne story coming to SC I’ve heard that story all my life. I’m not sure but I think it must be true—- finally in 1950 I’m positive SC offered the job to Ray Elliot of Illinois but he turned it down. They decided to go in house with Jess Hill a former great Trojan athlete. He was my coach. He acted exactly like a college professor when he coached us

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      1. G. T.
        What a life you’ve led. [I’m pretty sure we’ve got enough for a 2 hour movie — maybe that dog who starred in “The Artist” would be interested in playing you]…

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      2. HI MG. MORE LIKE LADY AND THE TRAMP. ME BEING THE TRAMP. LIKE CHARLIE CHAPLIN. FOR THE LADY HOW ABOUT BRIDGITTE BARDOT. ???OR MERLE OBERON. TO REACH A LITTLE FURTHER BACK ??? You will again direct ??????

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      3. George,
        It’s gonna be difficult to get Merle….
        #ButWhatA”Presence”InHerDay

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      4. MERLE HAD THOSE EYES. AND. SHE SEEMED SO SWEET. CATCH HER IN WITHERING HEIGHTS. YOURE GONNA CRY AT THE END. !!

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      5. Voted NC’s, not via a NCAA NC Championship game. There’s a difference Tirebiter – opinion vs on-the-field CFB competitive NC victory.

        In Trump’s opinion he’s GOAT POTUS.
        Or, Clown U FB is an elite program – yeah sure.

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  2. More stupidity from the Carol Folt era. USC just arrested a long term custodian for robbery after jumping to conclusions the employee was guilty which appears to not be the case. Lynn Swann, Clay Helton, and Pat Haden robbed the University for years, and yet they got away from it. Just like Bru McCoy, and others at USC you are first guilty of a crime, and must pay a severe penalty BEFORE being proved innocent. Here’s the story.

    LOS ANGELES – Students, faculty and staff at USC are asking for a formal investigation into the arrest of a beloved campus custodian.

    Faculty and students in the department of psychology released a letter Thursday demanding answers and asking for support after custodian Francisca Trigueros was arrested in March on allegations of felony grand theft.

    According to the department of psychology, Trigueros found a backpack containing a large amount of cash while cleaning a classroom on the 6th floor of the Seeley G. Mudd building.

    Department officials say Trigueros attempted to locate a staff member who runs the lost and found area to turn in the backpack. However, she couldn’t locate a staff member and locked the backpack in her supply closet for safekeeping. In the meantime, the student who owned the backpack filed a report with USC’s Department of Public Safety.

    According to the statement from the department, Trigueros was arrested on campus by LAPD officers five days later for grand theft, she was then transported to the 77th St. Regional Jail.

    Department officials say prior to her arrest, no faculty or staff members were interviewed about the missing backpack. Trigueros was immediately suspended without pay.

    “She has since been fired for her good faith effort to keep a student’s missing possessions safe,” a statement from the department read.

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    “Faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Psychology have entrusted Francisca with our offices and lab spaces (containing computers, technical equipment, data, and specimens that are critical to our scientific careers) for decades. Despite 24 years of service to the university, she has now lost her livelihood and is facing further legal complications due to a simple misunderstanding that could have been easily resolved with a five-minute conversation,” the statement went on to say.

    The department is now requesting a formal investigation into her on-campus arrest and termination. They are also asking the university to reinstate her employment and ask for protection for faculty, staff and students from wrongful on-campus arrests.

    Trigueros is a longtime employee of Aramark and worked at the university for years.

    More than a hundred signatures have been collected in her support.

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  3. If you look closely at the picture you can see that the 110 Freeway doesn’t even exist yet. A great picture of a moment in time.

    And, if you want to talk what could have been coaches, would love to see the Blogger recount the tale of when Joe Gibbs of the Redskins was nearly hired by USC in the 1980’s. That’s a good one, too.

    #FightOn!

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    1. THE PASADENA FREEWAY OPENED IN 1939 THE HOLLYWOOD AND HARBOR OPENED AFTER WORKD WAR TWO. THOSE WERE THE FIRST ALONG WITH THE SAN BERNARDINO AND SANTA ANA. THE PASADENA FREEWAY WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED THE ARROYO SECO FREEWAY

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      1. Related [but not really] Department:
        My buddies and I used to ride our bikes on the Santa Monica Freeway (the Sawtelle portion) before it was finished… I seem to remember riding the overpass — which was pretty fricking far off the ground….
        #Crap,WeWereStupid

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      2. Not that it matters…but……maybe that overpass was part of the San Diego Freeway (around Sawtelle and National Boulevard)…

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      3. Saw the first episode of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. It told a slightly fictionalized story of evicting Latino families out of their homes so they could build LA’s first freeway. Set in 1938, of course. Nathan Lane being one of the stars should be enough for anyone to know it’s worth a watch. Great actor! He’s supposed to be even better on stage.

        We don’t have Showtime, so I never saw the rest of season 1, nor the 2 seasons that followed. Looked really good though.

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      4. Did they mention the eminent domain doctrine…which assures “fair market” compensation to those being zoned out of their homes?
        Not a perfect system by any stretch of the imagination but it’s better than what businesses got under crazy Joe’s “mandates”….

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      5. “Assures fair market value”!!

        Uh uh, same as the indians giving up their weapons and the U.S. government looking out for their interests. Same as the promises we made to defend Ukraine if they gave up their nukes.

        I needed a good laugh to start the weekend!

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  4. That was Anthony Wiener ex congressman. He had a cute wife before they divorced. I forget her name. Abadeen. Something like that. But you wouldn’t like her as she worked for Hillary. On the other hand you would like her because her husband’s computer was bad news for Hillary. Remember?? Comey opened the e mail probe just days before the election. Then announced two days before the election there was nothing there to hurt Hillary. Name was Seema Abedin. By I think my spelling is way off.

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    1. Never want to see anybody get sick —but, yeah, Nancy has done more harm than anybody else to America. Her mission? Do as much harm to a verified ballot system as she can…. as fast as she can… before something called senility takes her outta the game….

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  5. Hi LJ. I’m old. I’m old and it just dawned on me. You were trying to pull my leg. I know you knew the Biter and Robin were one and the same. Old dog ain’t what he used to be.

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  6. HEY MG. IM SURE YOU KNOW CARLOS WAS WEINER. I THINK YOUJUST WANTED TO TAKE A SHOT AT ROMNEYTHE G O P PRESIDENTAL NOMINEE IN 2012. Haha. I bet you voted for him?? Haha. I never reveal my political shit tho I will say I am strongly pro life.

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    1. I actually voted for Obama the first go around…..but, yeah, after 4 years of mediocrity I went with Romney (Pierre Delecto) …
      #Remember:MyVoteWasCastBeforePierreWentCrazy…

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    1. This isn’t necessarily “evolution.” Yes, it’ll up Caleb’s NFL stock —-but USC actually needs him to play as spontaneously loosey-goosey as he did at Oklahoma for us to keep drives going….
      #HeltonForcedSamToGoThruSame”Evolution”B/W2016&2017

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  7. Today Clownsters, former USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic was found guilty of conspiracy and fraud for soliciting and accepting bribes to facilitate admissions of students in the USC sports scam.

    Just another bozo criminal headed to the Graybar resort.

    You have to admit Clownsters, when it comes to former toejam felony convictions, SUCC is truly the # 1 US University.

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