USC may have a bye but the notes column never rests.
- USC baseball has upgraded its schedule by hosting Auburn for three games this season. Auburn made the College World Series last year. This is already a better home series than anything Jason Gill scheduled last season.
- Rick Caruso has put more than $80 million of his own money into the campaign to be the next Mayor of Los Angeles.
- USC is off this weekend but the Coliseum will be busy. A crowd of 30,000 is expected tonight for the East L.A. Classic between Garfield and Roosevelt. The Black-Eyed Peas are scheduled to perform a halftime show. The group’s founder, will.i.am, grew up in Boyle Heights and his uncle, Lynn Cain, played running back at Roosevelt, East L.A. College and USC.
Speaking of Roosevelt graduates, here’s Mike Garrett in 1965.
- When Arizona coach Jedd the Fisch hired former USC assistant coach Johnny Nansen as defensive coordinator, I was shocked. Nansen had never been a defensive coordinator before.
Well, the results have been shocking so far. Data scientist Rob Bowron says Arizona statistically has the worst defense among Power Five conference teams, which makes Nansen is statistically the worst defensive coordinator.
Arizona’s defense currently ranks No. 123 in Beta_Rank, which is the worst in the Power 5 and would give up 3.78 more points per game against the same opponent and field position as the next worst Power Five defense.
Did I mention USC plays Arizona next week?
- UCLA All-American men’s volleyball player Kevin Kobrine has transferred to USC. The opposite hitter is not the first member of his family to do this: His brother, Sam, transferred from UCLA in 2021 to play for USC in the 2022 season.
- John Shea, a billionaire who might be best known for owning Shea Homes, the largest privately held homebuilder in the country, died this week at age 96.
Shea was also a Trojan and member of the 1946 NCAA championship men’s tennis team. He played tennis at USC in 1944, 1946, 1948 and 1950. His brother, Gil, played in 1948, 1950 and 1953.
- Boogie Ellis and Drew Peterson will represent USC at Pac-12 basketball media day on Oct. 26 in San Francisco
RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
Teddy Havas Cafe
Jefferson Blvd. used to be teeming with places to eat. Here’s a 1950 ad for the Teddy Havas Cafe, where you could get a hamburger, fries, soup, dessert and coffee for 50 cents.
- And now for some history:
- I’ve written before about USC’s 1964 highlight album featuring commentary from Tom Kelly and the university’s most famous professor, Frank Baxter. But this is the first time I’ve seen an ad for the album.
The ad features this comment from Sid Ziff of the Los Angeles Times: “Dr. Baxter’s commentary carries the right amount of warmth. Kelly is only moderately hysterical, and as Dr. Baxter dryly observed at one point during the ND game, completely without predjudice. Never was anything spoken more in jest.”
So people made fun of Kelly in 1964? Imagine USC running an ad today that made fun of its radio broadcast? Like last week during the Utah game when the broadcaster said the Yankees won that day. They lost!
- The Wilshire Hyatt House was the place for USC fans/staff to be during the late 1960’s/1970’s. As the ad says, “Headquarters for USC Trojans” and “Cardinal and Gold Parties.”
USC coach John McKay had a suite at the hotel where he could stay during the season when he didn’t want to drive home. And when McKay wasn’t there, Marv Goux would borrow it and throw parties.
“The suite had quite a bar and we used it liberally,” a USC athletic dept. employee said.
- Here’s an Art Brewster illustration of Mike Garrett.
- Remember when TV Guide used to print rosters for the big games? Here’s the 1964 USC-UCLA game with Chick Hearn and Frankie Albert.
- It didn’t get bigger than Homecoming at USC in the 1940’s and 50’s. Today? Not so much.
Here’s Bob Hope in 1945 hosting his annual USC Homecoming show at Bovard with band leader Skinnay Ennis in the background.
- Singer Frances Langford also performed at the 1945 USC Homecoming show. She frequently toured with Hope, especially during his World War II shows entertaining troops.
- A marine squadron buzzes the Coliseum in 1945.