USC bolstered its offensive line Thursday when it secured a commitment from Cooper Lovelace of Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas.
It’s a necessary addition but what I want to know is whether Lovelace can do more than bolster the line? USC needs some stars on the line. Not just at the skill positions. But five-stars that can come in and start right away.
For too long, it has brought in linemen who seem to do nothing but add depth.
- USC guard Boogie Ellis worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
- NBA team basketball executives selected Memphis Grizzlies Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations/GM Zach Kleiman as winner of the 2021-22 NBA Basketball Executive of the Year Award. He is a USC graduate.
- USC men’s volleyball will add Dillon Klein of Loyola High School next season. He is the grandson of former USC and Rams tight end Bob Klein.
- NBA great Bob Lanier died this week. He was a big man with a soft outside touch, who could easily play today. I doubt a lot of today’s players would enjoy going against Lanier and his size 22 sneakers. In 1971, he averaged 25.7 points and 14.1 rebounds for the Pistons.
“Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes,” Roger Murdock (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) famously said in the movie, “Airplane.”
Also, let’s remember that Lanier’s daughter, Khalia, was an All-American volleyball player at USC.
- This was the scene Thursday night before Tottenham played Arsenal in London. I don’t know why USC can’t get its student section to do something like this at a game, albeit on a smaller scale.
- USC used to be able to pull off card stunts in 1977.
- And now for some history:
- Here is the cover of the USC-Purdue game with a nice illustration of Howard Jones and John McKay.
- In case you think this is just a illustration, here is the actual photo of Jones that was the cover was based on.
- This is a picture of Frank Gifford breaking a tackle from Johnny Williams in the USC spring game, circa 1951. Now I’m running this photo more to show the crowd. Looks pretty decent. We don’t know how the entire Coliseum looked. But this is why I didn’t like USC claiming a record crowd a few weeks ago when no one even checks what the crowds were from the past.
- USC holds its graduation today so here is a picture of student Christa McCluggage and her dog, Joker, who graduated together in 1975 and reportedly attended every class together.
- When James Hong got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it made me wonder who else from USC has one? I previously mentioned Jerry Buss, Ward Bond, Tom Selleck, John Wayne and professor Frank Baxter.
This is not a complete list but people I know of who were USC students. Or had a strong connection to USC: Herb Alpert; LeVar Burton; Elmer Bernstein (Academy Award-winning composer and professor in the USC Thornton School of Music); Buster Crabbe; Stan Chambers; Nina Foch (Actress, USC professor); Will Ferrell; Ray Harryhausen; Conrad Hall; Chick Hearn (USC announcer), Alfred Newman (composer of Conquest from Captain from Castile, which he bequeathed to USC), David Nelson, Marlo Thomas, Judge Joseph Wapner, Forest Whitaker and Robert Zemeckis.
- Did you ever see the episode of The Rockford Files filmed at USC? The campus is featured prominently, especially the Student Union building because Rockford visits the school paper and the Student Union is where the Daily Trojan is housed.
- Let’s take a look at 1982-83:
- ET visited Cromwell Field.
- 1982 was part of the Golden Age of the band, song girls, etc.
- And the great USC helmet cart
- Paula McGee helped lead USC to its first NCAA title in women’s basketball.
- George Carlin performed on campus at Bovard Auditorium.
- The Browner brothers (Joey, Keith) celebrate a play during the 1982 season.
- USC players celebrate during 12-0 victory over Oklahoma.
- Here’s a photo you won’t see every day. It’s Mike Garrett, Marcus Allen and O.J. Simpson.
- And finally, look at the Christmas shoppers on Broadway St. in Los Angeles in December, 1937.