Dogs, food and perhaps the greatest USC football team of all time. That’s a pretty good trifecta of subjects for this week’s notes column.
- It will be hard not to be hungry after reading the Restaurants of the Week section today.
- Spencer Harris, director of player personnel at USC, is going to work for BLVD/Stay Doubted. He was probably best known to fans as the guy Donte Williams was always talking to and snickering with on the sideline last season.
The question is whether moving to BLVD is a move up or sideways these days? Lincoln Riley has revamped most of the recruiting staff since he got hired so that might provide the answer.
- The official title for Brandon Sosna with the Detriot Lions is senior director, football administration. Sosna’s last day at USC is July 10.
- Suzanne Nora Johnson, who became chair of the USC Board of Trustees on Thursday, is the first woman to hold that position.
- Actress Eden McCoy of General Hospital is a student at USC and on the roster of the beach volleyball team.
- USC women’s basketball has rehired Beth Burns as associate head coach. Burns was associate head coach at USC from 2014-17 and applied to be head coach when Mark Trakh was rehired. She was head coach at San Diego State from 2005-13.
RESTAURANTS OF THE WEEK
- Just look at the options for Thanksgiving Dinner around USC in 1935. And when I say around USC, some places were literally across the street.
RESTAURANTS OF THE WEEK, PART II
If you didn’t want turkey, you could go to The Hub Cafe or Harry’s Malt Shop on Thanksgiving.
AND NOW FOR SOME HISTORY
- Staying in year 1935, the Trojan Theatre on Jefferson showed USC-Notre Dame game highlights for four days the week after the game, including on Thanksgiving Night.
- Where did teams stay when they played USC before flying became commonplace? When Pitt played USC at the Coliseum in 1935, the Panthers did not come to Los Angeles but instead took a special train from Pittsburgh to Colton. They stayed at the Lake Norcoian Club in Norco and practiced on the resort’s golf course. They didn’t leave Norco until Saturday morning and beat the Trojans, 12-7.
- USC will honor the 50th anniversary of the 1972 team during Saturday night’s Salute to Troy. The Trojans were 12-0 and national champions. So we’ll focus a bit on that golden year.
- 1972 was definitely the Year of the Dog at USC.
A USC song girl dances with a bear in 1972.
- Outside of George Tirebiter, no dog was more popular at USC than this stray (lower left) that showed up on campus and was adopted by offensive lineman Pete Adams.
The dog would accompany Adams to games and practices and even went to the 1973 Rose Bowl.
The dog would run wind sprints at the end of practices with Adams, who would introduce it to female students on campus. They would say it was cute and ask its name? “Turd,” Adams would reply.
- I’m going to save this for another day but tailback Rod McNeill deserves more appreciation. He gained more than 1,700 yards in his career.
Quarterback Mike Rae scrambles for yardage vs. Cal.
The season culminated with a 42-17 victory over Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
By the end of the 1972 season, John McKay was 100-33-6 at USC.
USC had a men’s soccer team in 1972.
Fred Lynn was a first-team All-American in 1972.
THE MAN WHO BUILT USC
John Parkinson was involved in designing seven buildings at USC, including Bovard Administration building, the Student Union, the P.E. Building, the Law School and Bridge Hall.
You might remember Parkinson also put the bear holding a football on the outside of Bridge Hall.
Parkinson and his son, Donald, designed the Coliseum and Union Station. John Parkinson also co-designed City Hall and Grand Central Market. He died in 1935.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
You know Tom Jones. You know Cher. But do you remember Esther Ofarim? They all performed together in 1969.