Purdue is hiring Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator after a year at West Virginia, which ranked ninth out of 10 teams in total offense in the Big 12. Failing upward!
Maybe JT Daniels can go to Purdue.
- USC linebacker Ralen Goforth is taking an official visit to Washington.
- Western Michigan defensive lineman Braden Fiske is visiting USC this weekend.
- The NCAA is an employer of college athletes (jointly with Pac-12 and USC), and violated federal law by misclassifying them as mere “student-athletes” rather than employees, according to a U.S. Labor Board.
The National Labor Relations Board’s Los Angeles region has found “merit” in an unfair labor practice charge seeking employee recognition for USC football and basketball players.
NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo said the region’s findings were based on a determination that USC, the Pac-12 and the NCAA have collectively “maintained unlawful rules and unlawfully misclassified scholarship basketball and football players as mere ‘student-athletes’ rather than employees entitled to protections under our law.”
If USC, the Pac-12 and the NCAA do not settle the case, which is unlikely, the case would next go before an administrative law judge.
- The USC women’s basketball team lost to UCLA, 59-56, on Thursday night before 3,109 at the Galen Center. It was respectable showing for USC, which had played only cupcakes prior to this game. The crowd was also respectable because a lot of free tickets were given to youth teams.
- And now for some history:
- I had just about given up on finding a color photograph from the 1981 USC-North Carolina game so this is a pleasant surprise. It’s an amazing find as Sam Perkins attempts to dunk the ball while Michael Jordan looks on — against USC!
But for me, it’s just as big a highlight to see Ken Johnson (44) appear to possibly block the shot while James McDonald (33) watches. The Trojans gave the Tar Heels a game, losing 73-62 at Greensboro Coliseum, in the second game of the season.
North Carolina was ranked No. 1 at the time, went 32-2 and won the NCAA title with a memorable victory over Georgetown.
This was one of my favorite USC teams. Guard Dwight Anderson averaged 20.3 points, forward Maurice Williams 14.5 points and there were a pair of promising freshmen forwards: Johnson averaged 9.5 points and 7.9 rebounds while Wayne Carlander averaged 8.6 points and 6.3 rebounds.
Johnson averaged 29.8 points, 19.3 rebounds and 6.2 blocked shots his senior year at La Jolla High School and was named a Parade All-American.
The highlight of the season was an 86-71 victory over UCLA before 12,480 at the Sports Arena. Things looked rosy a year later as athletic freshman forward Gerry Wright joined the team. But in typical USC basketball fashion, it all quickly fell apart as Johnson transferred to Michigan State and Wright transferred to Iowa.
McDonald did not play football at USC but ended up playing tight end with the Rams from 1983-85 and in 1987. He was also with the Detroit Lions in 1985.
- Dwight Anderson goes to the basket for USC during the 1981-82 season.
- Marcus Allen poses with his Heisman Trophy at Heritage Hall in 1981.
- Here’s Mike Garrett meeting the media on campus with his mother after winning the 1965 Heisman Trophy.
And if you need Garrett in color to fully appreciate him, here you go.
What time is it? Time for another Art Brewster illustration celebrating USC’s Football Class of ’82.
- The funny part of a lot of photos capturing Erik Affholter’s TD catch vs. UCLA is they often feature Todd Marinovich (upper right) in the background.
- They don’t do things like this anymore. This 1971 game program is a nice tribute to Jess Hill. He really was Mr. USC. The cover captures his football career (fullback on 1928 national champions, and 1930 Rose Bowl champs, Pacific Coast Conference rushing leader); his track career (national champion in broad jump in 1929); his baseball career (played for New York Yankees in 1935 and Hollywood Stars 1930-31).
Hill became USC football coach (1951-56) and was the first person to play for and coach Rose Bowl champions. He was USC athletic director from 1957-72. He was also USC’s track coach in 1949-50 and won national titles both years. Like I said, Mr. USC.
- The same game program offered a Brewster illustration featuring wide receiver Edesel Garrison.
- This is the 1975 USC-Stanford game.
If you are a fan of the TV show “Emergency!” you know this game served as a setting of the 1976 season premier titled, “The Game.” In the episode, Squad 51 is assigned to work the USC-Stanford game at the Coliseum.
Among the problems Gage and DeSoto deal with are a choking victim, a man with breathing difficulties, an injured photographer and a TV announcer (played by local broadcaster Larry Carroll) with heart trouble.
The actual game was full of drama too. Stanford upset No. 9-ranked USC, 13-10, as Mike Langford kicked a 37-yard FG as time expired. Langford had missed three field goals before this but also hit a 55-yarder. This was one of four straight losses USC suffered after John McKay announced he would resign. Ricky Bell gained 195 yards in 35 carries.
PICTURES OF THE WEEK
Singer Mel Torme and model June Bright watch Dizzy Gillespie perform at Billy Berg’s (1356 N. Vine Street) in Hollywood in 1948.
- I’m still in awe of photos from the day after Thanksgiving of shoppers on Seventh and Broadway in Downtown L.A. in 1953.