With each passing week in the NFL, more people wonder how Clay Helton didn’t win more games at USC when he had Amon-Ra St. Brown, Michael Pittman and Drake London at wide receiver.
- USC might finally land a four-star offensive lineman. Elijah Paige of Phoenix decommitted from Notre Dame on Thursday and USC is believed to be his new favorite.
- Are you a K-Pop fan? Free concert tonight at USC!
RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
Pool’s Sandwiches, 6920 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
There’s something about a well-lit restaurant circa 1938. Especially when you could get chili and beans for 20 cents. Nothing is more than 50 cents and besides sandwiches, you could get spaghetti and a 1/2 fried spring chicken. And complete fountain service!
- And now for some history:
- Is this really USC’s last-ever game in Corvallis?
It would be a shame if it is. It’s a unique, cozy little town and a great place to watch a game.
Here’s a photo from the 1969 USC-Oregon State game. The Trojans won, 31-7.
- And here’s the Trojans playing the Beavers in 1981. No. 1-ranked USC defeated Oregon State, 56-22. No. 53 is linebacker John Berry.
- Then there was the famous fog game in 2004. USC fell behind 13-0 and you could barely see what was happening if you were watching the game from the pressbox.
USC eventually took a 14-13 lead in the third quarter and then Reggie Bush had a 65-yard punt return for a TD that gave the Trojans a 21-13 advantage en route to a 28-20 victory.
The secret of that game was if you were on the field, the fog wasn’t nearly as bad as it appeared on TV.
- I remember joking with Oregon State coach Mike Riley before the 2008 game that he could come back to USC if he upset the No. 1-ranked Trojans. The Beavers took a 21-0 lead and held on for a 27-21 victory that cost USC a national championship.
After the upset, an Oregon State official asked me and another member of the media if we would be OK after the lost? I guess it was understandable to ask since some of the fanboy media members looked like they wanted to cry after the game.
- Let’s take a moment to remember UCLA guard Greg Lee, who passed away Thursday. Here he is against USC in 1972.
- Here is a rare color photo from when Martin Luther King spoke at the Coliseum in May, 1964. The photo was taken by Jay A. Brown, who worked as an assistant to Congressman Thomas Rees. But it went undiscovered until it was found a drawer by Brown’s daughter about 50 years later.
- The photo below features actor Dick Van Dyke on the far left.
- A John McKay era assistant coach told me about 20 years ago that Marv Marinovich got into the most fights of any USC player during that time.
“I can still remember the time Marinovich got into a fight with (USC football player) Lloyd Winston,” a former classmate told me in April. “It started in Marks Hall, went through the kitchen and ended in Trojan Hall. They were both bloody. No one wanted to break it up because they didn’t want to get beat up.”
Another time, Marinovich, who was a defensive lineman, wanted to show offensive lineman Hudson Houck how to shed a block. Marinovich hit Houck so hard he went through a door to the weightroom, knocked the door off its hinges with Houck laying on top of it.
Houck, of course, went on to become perhaps USC’s best offensive line coach and one of the best offensive line coaches in NFL history.
- There was a time at USC when running for student body president was a huge deal and meant the world to the winners. And for years the students suspected elections were fixed.
In 1963, USC lineman Pete Lubisich was asked to run for school president by fellow students Dwight Chapin and Donald Segretti. Lubisich asked John McKay if he could run and McKay told him it would be a distraction.
When Lubisich told the duo he would not run, they said, “That’s OK. We could have a monkey run and win.”
They weren’t kidding.
Chapin and Segretti belonged to a group called Trojans for Representative Government. According to reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, members of TRG stuffed ballot boxes with false votes, planted spies in other student political organizations and spread false campaign literature about other candidates during the student elections.
Chapin later served nine months in a federal prison for lying to a grand jury the Watergate scandal. Segretti served 4.5 months after investigations into Watergate revealed his role in extensive political sabotage.
Lubisich was not your typical football player. He was a pianist trained by his father, who performed in nightclubs around Southern California. Lubisich later became a dentist.