Purdue upset No. 15-ranked USC, 3-0, in women’s soccer on Thursday before 3,217 fans. Welcome to the Big Ten.
- When offensive lineman Maximus Gibbs entered the transfer portal, he became the seventh player out of 22 from Clay Helton’s final recruiting class (2021) to enter the portal.
- USC is getting a lot of hype in the preseason and ranked in the top 15 in the polls. But ESPN analyst Samuel Acho said the Trojans are overrated.
“Yes, Lincoln Riley is now their head coach, but at the same time, they have over 40 new players on their team as freshmen and transfers. I’ve talked to Lincoln Riley and Caleb Williams, at their Pac-12 media day and they said there’s going to be a lot of new faces and so I don’t think there’ll be able to overcome the defensive deficiencies that they had last year overnight. Yes, you have star power at offense, but defensively there are many, many, many question marks.”
- Eight fraternities disassociated themselves from USC in the past week. Who are some famous alumni of the houses that cut ties? John Wayne, Tom Selleck and actor/swimmer Buster Crabbe were in Sigma Chi.
Golfer Dave Stockton, golfer Al Geiberger, film director Taylor Hackford, pitcher Tom House and golf innovator Roger Cleveland (founder of Cleveland Golf) were Kappa Alphas. Entrepeneur Marc Benioff and Olympic gold medalist discus thrower Sim Iness were in TKE; Businessman Ed Roski was a Beta Theta Pi.
- Joe Starkey, the radio voice of Cal football since 1975, will retire following this season. His most famous moment was calling “The Play” in the 1982 Stanford-Cal game.
RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
Campus House, 3218 Hoover St., Los Angeles
In the 1950’s, the Campus House was a well-known restaurant located where the USC Village is today. It’s hard to argue there were better eating options back in the old days.
- And now for some history:
- Here is a trivia question: In the 1985 USC-UCLA game, Rodney Peete completed 8 of 15 passes for 101 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. All eight completions were to the same player. Can you name him? Answer below.
The Beach Boys performed after the USC-Cal game in 1988.
- Linebacker Michael “Tex” Williams goes for the interception as No. 4-ranked USC defeated No. 3 Oklahoma, 23-7, in 1988. Cornerback Chris Hale is making the tackle on the ground.
- Cal and UCLA might be quarreling now but things were different in 1957 when the Bruins supported the Golden Bears’ decision to bolt the Pacific Coast Conference for the American Association of Western Universities. UCLA, USC and Washington joined Cal, followed by Stanford, which caused the PCC to disband. The AAWU later became the Pac-8.
- Speaking of bolting conferences, when I was a USC student, the dominant women’s sports league was the WCAA (Western Collegiate Athletic Assn.) and consisted of USC, UCLA, Stanford, San Diego State, Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State and Arizona.
In 1985, the WCAA broke up as the five Pac-12 schools formed their own conference, the Pac-West.
It was a big deal and the Daily Trojan story included this illustration of then USC associate athletic director Barbara Hedges.
Hedges asked a USC official, “What does it look like I’m doing?”
The official responded, “It looks like you are screwing the WCAA.”
The illustration was drawn by Dan Povenmire, who later created the animated series, “Phineas and Ferb.”
- TRIVIA ANSWER: Peete’s eight completions were all to tight end Joe Cormier. USC won the game, 17-13.
Now some trivia on Cormier. He married his college girlfriend, song girl Lynda Mohr, who is second from the right in Row 1 in this picture of the 1986 USC Song Girls. They had a daughter who played soccer at Loyola Marymount.
- USC needs to bring back that helmet cart. A USC quarterback memorably drove it down Figueroa St. one night during his senior year with a bunch of his teammates hanging on to the helmet.
- Look at this glorious color film of Frank Gifford at USC.
- You want to talk about an athlete generally ignored by USC?
How about Lillian Copeland? Untl 2012, she was the only American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the discus. Copeland won gold at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and silver at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.
Copeland, who was Jewish, boycotted the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. She set world records in the discus and javelin. Copeland is in the USA track and field Hall of Fame.