USC ranks No. 67 in strength of schedule this season per ESPN. And people think Lincoln Riley wants to play in the Big Ten?
- Former USC tennis coach Peter Smith, who won 5 NCAA titles, will be inducted into the ITA Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.
- Former USC tailback Aaron Emanuel has joined Taft High School in Woodland Hills’ coaching staff to coach running backs.
- The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between Oregon and Georgia is officially a sellout.
- Football coaches being overpaid was an issue 100 years ago too.
- And now for some history (with an emphasis on 1965):
PICTURE OF THE WEEK
- USC vs. UCLA in 1965. No. 10 is QB Troy Winslow of Inglewood High School. It’s hard to make out some of the other numbers. It looks like the center is Paul Johnson of St. Anthony. And all in glorious color!
- In the spring of 1964, John McKay taught his good friend, Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, the intricacies of the “I” formation offense. Arkansas went 11-0 in 1964 and 10-1 in 1965.
There was a difference, though. McKay’s ” I” was a two-back offense. It split an end to the weak side and placed a flanker to the strong side.
Broyles ran a three-back I, which featured a star end, Bobby Crockett. They also had wingback Harry Jones (pictured above), who led the NCAA with 7.7 yards per carry in 1965.
- Here’s a tradition that fell by the wayside. Wide receiver Rod Sherman (sporting the U-bar) and tailback Mike Garrett speak to the crowd after the Trojans defeated Pitt, 28-0.
- A fight stopped play during the 1965 USC-Stanford game. The Trojans won, 14-0.
- The USC basketball team celebrates a 74-72 upset over No. 2-ranked Vanderbilt after John Block made 2 free throws with 19 seconds left at the L.A. Classic Tournament at the Sports Arena.
- In 1965, USC athletic director Jess Hill hired Bob Boyd as men’s basketball coach.
- In October, 1965, broadcast legend John Chancellor made an appearance on radio station KUSC.
- Talk about a different world. The Daily Trojan won the CIPA Newspaper Sweepstakes Award, which was presented to them by 1965 Playboy Playmate of the Year Jo Collins! Editorial director Steve Harris and editor Mary Garber accepted the award.
- Did Traveler or Richard Saukko ever look more glorious?
- The Homecoming Queen and her court ride to the Coliseum. That’s Cathy Crosby, who became known as Cathy Lee Crosby when she became an actress.
- Otto the ice cream man was a fixture on campus, here taking advantage of long registration lines.
- Speaking of ice cream, last week I mentioned the Currie’s Ice Cream at USC. I since found out it was located on University Ave. and Jefferson St., which was a great location.
- USC students play bridge in the Grill.
- In concert news, violinist Jascha Heifetz and pianist Lillian Steuber performed at Hancock Auditorium.
- A young-looking Tom Kelly calls a USC basketball game for KNX-AM (1070).
- So here’s a harmless photo of the USC-Cal game in 1965. But that sure looks like Tom Selleck on the far left.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Here’s a wonderful video with first-class musicians and it’s live! The Old Grey Whistle Test show ran on the BBC from 1971-88. It featured top live performances and this one features Al Stewart’s “Year of the Cat” in 1976. The band can all handle solos but don’t overplay and work together perfectly.
And then there’s the lyrics:
On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime
She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running
Like a watercolor in the rain