Lincoln Riley said incoming freshman Tackett Curtis is the No. 1 linebacker recruit in the nation. Does that mean he’ll start?
- Here is what USC defensive coordinator Alex Grinch said in his review of the season:
“The feeling is you feel awful and if you’re not careful you’re going to point fingers. Take ownership in it. We didn’t finish. And we haven’t done that for 13 games, by and large. It didn’t hurt us in 11 of them. It hurt us in two.”
- USC defensive lineman Tyrone Taleni, an unsung hero this season, said he will return next year.
- Cal QB Jack Plummer, who threw for 3,095 yards, 21 TDs and completed 62.5% of his passes, is transferring to his third school in three years. That used to be unusual. Now, it’s normal. What will Cal do? They might take Boise State QB Hank Bachmeier.
- And now for some history:
- I would love to see a USC-Notre Dame game where the teams wore throwbacks from 1981.
Malcolm Moore (22) and Don Mosebar blocking for Marcus Allen, who took the handoff from John Mazur. USC won the game, 14-7 as Allen was held to a “season-low” 147 yards.
- USC defensive lineman George Achica gets double-teamed by Cal in 1981 and probably went through it.
- USC fullback Bob McClanahan runs behind All-American guard Roy Foster against Oklahoma in 1981.
- The Cotton Bowl is hardly the biggest meeting between Tulane and USC. The teams met in the 1932 Rose Bowl in a game that had national championship implications.
Tulane was 11-0 while USC was 9-1 and coming off a 60-0 thrashing of Georgia. Because of that lopsided victory, USC was favored by as much as 28 points in the game. A crowd of 83,000 attended the contest, the largest crowd to date at the Rose Bowl.
USC won 21-12 as Trojans’ halfback Erny Pinckert scored two touchdowns. After the game, USC won the Erskine Trophy, which was given to teams recognized as national champions.
- To protect his kidney injury, Tulane All-American Jerry Dalrymple wore a special pad during the game. It was reported USC captain Stan Williamson told the referee to allow Dalrymple as much time as he needed to adjust the pad during a timeout in the name of sportsmanship.
- USC’s victory over Georgia in 1931 was believed to be the first by a Western team over a major representative of the South.
Gus Shaver knocks down a pass intended for a Tulane player in the 1932 Rose Bowl.
- USC’s 16-14 victory over Notre Dame that season was voted the greatest team achievement of the year by a group of Associated Press sports editors, beating out the St. Louis Cardinals’ seven-game victory over the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1931 World Series, which I’m sure you all remember.
Johnny Baker’s field goal with less than two minutes remaining gave USC the victory and handed Notre Dame its first loss since 1928. The Trojans won the national championship that season. More than 300,000 attended a ticker-tape parade in Los Angeles to celebrate the Trojans’ victory.
- Most USC fans cannot name either man in this picture. It’s USC basketball captain Jack Gardner and Coach Sam Barry. They are both in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. I’ve written many times about Barry, who created the center stripe and 10-second rule in basketball.
Gardner was the first coach to lead two different schools (Kansas State, Utah) to the Final Four and one of a handful who went to the Final Four multiple times with two schools (1948, 1951, 1961, 1966). Gardner was considered an expert in the fast-break offense and had a career record of 486-235. As a scout for the Utah Jazz, he was credited with discovering John Stockton.
Gardner was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and 10 other hall of fames. You know what Hall of Fame hasn’t inducted him? USC. Of course.
- Remember when it was just a given USC football games would be on KNX Newsradio?
- Times change. In 1982, you could get free Coors at the USC-Stanford water polo match.
- Women’s basketball had a higher profile in 1982 with Pam and Paula McGee, Kathy Doyle, and Thera Smith among the standouts. Cynthia Cooper was a freshman.
- I always say USC got better speakers in the past, like Michael Palin in 1982.
- And for that matter, so were the concerts at the Coliseum.
The Clash opening for The Who in 1982. Amazing. T-Bone Burnett actually performed before The Clash and the crowd was estimated at 95,000.
PICTURES OF THE WEEK
Continuing our series of Christmas shoppers in Downtown L.A., here’s the scene in 1928 on the corner of Broadway and 5th.
- Here’s the view from 7th and Grand on Dec. 4, 1941. A man and two women walked in front of the camera during its long exposure.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
It’s not often a live performance sounds even better than a recorded song, in fact today it’s rare if it sounds as good, but Jennifer Warnes nails it here with perfect vocals . . . like she always does.