USC often reminds its fans that it doesn’t always know best.
Let’s remember two years ago when it basically dismantled the alumni clubs and wanted everything (money) funneled directly to the university.
I was reminded of this when thinking about how if you donated money to BLVD, 50 percent would go to the general fund. So you might give money for football and less than 50 percent would go to football (at least 55 percent goes to the general fund and administrative fees).
That bugs donors. USC says it is changing that policy but it waited too long to prevent some aggresive donors from forming a collective on their own.
- Who are the only two teams to beat twice Lincoln Riley twice? Answer posted five paragraphs below.
- The USC band will perform for the second time this summer at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night. The show will feature a “Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks.”
- I’ve focused on the 1972 team but USC was supposed to honor the 1997 football team (25th anniversary) at the Salute to Troy. One player showed up.
- Brianna Navarrosa, a junior on the USC women’s golf team, defeated No. 4-seed Kelsey Bennett to advance to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Women’s Amateur tournament.
- No. 17-ranked Pepperdine women’s soccer defeated No. 15-ranked USC, 2-0, in an exhibition Thursday in Malibu.
- Iowa State and Kansas State beat Riley twice. Probably not the first two teams people assume.
RESTAURANTS OF THE WEEK
- I couldn’t resist running this ad for Julie’s Trojan Barrel because it says, “Come on in and meet Julie. She probably knew your parents when they were at USC.”
It also should have said it will be so dark inside you might never find Julie.
- Restaurant No. 2 is Don’s Burger Boy.
- And now for some history:
- The USC band (in classic uniforms), a Coliseum night game and fireworks in 1975. Does it get any better?
- Big Ten preview: USC played Purdue at the Coliseum in 1975. The Trojans won, 19-6.
- The game also featured a classic game program cover.
- Who remembers University Sporting Goods in the University Village?
Imagine a sporting goods store that actually sold shoes and not just overpriced/overrated food like at the current USC Village?
- This ad invites “all of the armchair USC quarterbacks” to come to Monday Morning Quarterback. Do you think an ad for Lincoln Riley would be so sarcastic?
- I’m probably the only person crazy enough to recognize USC guard Casey Jones along with UCLA guard Andre McCarter and referee Booker Turner in 1976.
Turner, a graduate of Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles, officiated in five Final Fours and two championship games (1981: Indiana vs North Carolina; 1984: Georgetown vs Houston).
- Let’s bring this season in color with Bob Trowbridge, the Crescenta Valley High School graduate who averaged 11.1 points and 6.7 rebounds that season. I miss the uniforms, including the socks.
- In 1975-76, the speakers at USC included Fred Astaire, Groucho Marx and Ray Bradbury. Better speakers in the 70’s.
- The United States Bicentennial was obviously a big event in 1976. But at USC, students grew weary of the hype. The Songfest Committee even went so far as to ban any entries in the all-university musical with a bicentennial theme.
- David Letterman appeared at USC in Oct. 15, 1981. For $3 if you were a student. See what I mean about better speakers, performers? Let’s remember George Carlin taped his first HBO special at USC in 1977.
- Do you remember Michael Harper’s phantom touchdown vs. Notre Dame in 1982. This is a great photo of the play from the Tom LaBonge Collection, so I believe the photo was taken by the future Los Angeles City Councilman (2001-15).
USC won the game, 17-13.
- Bob Hendren was a 6-foot-8 right tackle at USC from 1946-48. He was all-Pacific Coast in 1947 and played in the NFL with Washington from 1949-51. He also served in World War II from 1943-46.