USC wide receiver Drake London holds his Pro Day today.
It’s more to assure NFL teams than anything else because his stock is high. But NFL teams want to evaluate his speed.
“He’s really a can’t-miss guy,” said an NFL scout. “But everyone wants confirmation of their belief of what he can do.
“And let’s face it, if it wasn’t for some of the people who coached at USC before, there might be fewer questions until he gets out on the field.”
- Defensive end Solomon Tuliaupupu is getting a lot of build-up in spring practices.
“I don’t think there’s anyone that has true USC blood more than Solomon,” defensive line coach Shaun Nua said. “He loves this place.”
Tuliaupupu is a redshirt senior who has never actually played since he arrived in 2018 because of various injuries. I think it would be great if he has a successful season. At the same time, people should probably wait to see if he gets through training camp in the summer before making pronouncements.
- How many players were “gold-plated” this week? Not Josh Conerly.
- The USC basketball banquet was Thursday and it’s always interesting whenever Andy Enfield gives out awards. For several years, he didn’t give out a team MVP award.
The curious part Thursday was Enfield did not give any awards to Ethan Anderson or Max Agbonkpolo. But he did give the best defensive player award to Kobe Johnson.
Anderson and Agbonkpolo each averaged 21 minutes per game. Johnson played seven minutes per game. The awards shutout for Anderson/Agbonkpolo couldn’t have anything to do with their transferring? Of course not.
By the way, if Johnson was the team’s best defensive player, why didn’t he play more than four minutes in the Miami game when USC needed some defensive stops? Thanks, Enfield.
- USC graduate Rachel Scott of ABC News (above) will deliver the commencement address for the Annenberg School next month.
- Tyler Lozano became the first USC baseball player since 2010 to hit 3 homers in a game. And the Trojans lost, 14-12, to Arizona State on Thursday night.
- And now for some history:
- One of the things I love writing about USC history is the way I stumble across more stories. I’ve written before about Stubby Shaw, who opened “Stubby’s Trojan Barrel” in 1955. Around 1965, Shaw sold it to Marlin and Mike McKeever and in 1975 it was bought by Julie Kohl and became “Julie’s Trojan Barrel.”
- This story came from an alum:
One night, in the early 1960’s, a customer kept giving Shaw a hard time, making rude comments and threats. As the customer prepared to leave, Shaw ran out the back entrance of the bar and went to the front entrance, which had two swinging doors like a Western saloon in the movies.
When the customer exited, Shaw punched him so hard, he flew back into the bar through the swinging doors. “Don’t ever come back here again!” Shaw growled.
If you look at the photo, I’m not sure why anyone would antagonize Shaw.
- I’ve been writing about cartoonists recently like Art Brewster.
Here’s one of the most-famous artists, Karl Hubenthal, who worked for the Los Angeles Examiner and then the Herald-Examiner. Hubenthal designed the uniforms, helmets and original Norseman logo for the Minnesota Vikings.
- And here’s an illustration of Ricky Bell by Alan Maver.
- Here’s a photo of a captured Japanese midget submarine displayed at the USC-UCLA game at the Coliseum on December 12, 1942, about a year after the Pearl Harbor attack. As always, the Coliseum clock stands out.
- Here’s one of those rare times where USC wore its cardinal jerseys for a road game. This was the USC-Georgia Tech game in 1973. The No. 1-ranked Trojans won, 23-6. Anthony Davis is pictured.
- Talk about a crystal-clear color photo. Here’s Charles White vs. Cal in 1976. USC won, 20-6. The Bears should wear these uniforms again.
- This game program is a collector’s item. USC vs. Notre Dame on Dec. 6, 1930. It turned out to be Knute Rockne’s final game as coach at Notre Dame.
- Just in case you didn’t believe that USC professor Frank Baxter has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A USC professor called me last week after I wrote about Baxter. “You know you crushed a few egos here,” he said, referring to some USC professors who fancy themselves as the most prolific in school history.
- Nothing to see here, just director Frank Capra (It’s A Wonderful Life), Frank Baxter and Eddie Albert (Green Acres) on the set of “Our Mr. Sun” in 1956.