I’m pretty sure USC didn’t know who Texas baseball assistant Troy Tulowitzki was before the coaching search.
But USC likes splashy hires. Remember when Michael Cooper was hired as women’s basketball coach. At one time, Mike Garrett wanted to hire as the men’s basketball coach.
It was almost like USC used college baseball web sites to conduct its search. The key for Tulowitzki will be who he hires as his assistants because he needs to hit the ground running.
- USC will host Vermont at the Galen Center in men’s basketball next season. The Catamounts!
RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
In 1964, the cool cats went to Daddy-O Drive-In on 35th and Vermont.
- One of the all-time greats, running back Hugh McElhenny, died last Friday. He was 93.
McElhenny wanted to go to USC.
In 1948, McElhenny graduated from Washington High School in Los Angeles. If you talk to anyone who was around in those days, they can tell you about McElhenny’s exploits in football and track.
McElhenny wanted to go to USC but did not have the grades. So he went to Compton College, coached by former USC player Tay Brown. But after just one season, he learned the University of Washington could accept him immediately. USC needed him to go another year to Compton.
McElhenny went to Washington, became an All-American, rushed for 296 yards and 5 TD’s vs. Washington State and returned a punt 100 yards for a TD vs. USC. He then became the ninth player selected overall in the 1952 NFL Draft and was selected for the Pro Bowl six times.
- A USC student during the early 1960’s told me about his first trip to New York City, when he stopped by P.J. Clarke’s restaurant and bar on Third Avenue.
All of a sudden there was commotion around two guys who walked in: The USC student recognized them immediately, as NFL stars Frank Gifford and McElhenny.
“The women flocked to them,” the USC student said.
- And now for some history:
There have been a lot famous people who attended USC football games over the years. But look at this picture from 1933 USC-Stanford game at the Coliseum.
Here are Babe Ruth (center) and President Herbert Hoover at the game with USC president Rufus von KleinSmid. A crowd of 95,000 attended the Homecoming game.
Probably got a bigger reception than when Will Farrell attends a game.
During the week, festivities included a performance from The Three Stooges on campus.
Recognize anyone in this photo? It’s the 1934 Junior Prom at USC and the guy on the far right is Rod Dedeaux, who went on to became a legendary baseball coach. Dedeaux was in charge of the “decorations” for the event, which took place at the Biltmore Bowl.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
This weekend marks the return of Glastonbury Festival in England after a two-year hiatus because of COVID-19.
With that in mind, here’s a classic performance by David Bowie in 2000. The unappreciated part is how American musician Gale Ann Dorsey holds her own performing the Freddie Mercury part in “Under Pressure.”