I’m going to start off this week with a something about perhaps the greatest tailback in USC history, Charles White. And from a statistical standpoint, White is the greatest tailback.
Specifically, I want to address the obituary that USC produced when White died. You can read it here.
I’m mentioning it because it’s about what you would expect from any other USC player who passed away. Nothing special. Nothing memorable. Nothing befitting a great player. Nothing that a Heisman Trophy winner merits.
Why is this galling? It’s not what White deserved. But also, the long-time sports information director Tim Tessalone has found plenty of opportunities to stick around like being the spotter for the radio broadcast at the Cotton Bowl. But he didn’t seem to contribute to White’s obituary despite knowing him as a player and coach.
There are less and less people in the athletic dept. who actually know and appreciate the traditions and it shows.
- Bronny James, the son of LeBron James, has his three college finalists: Ohio State, Oregon and USC. according to the LA Times. From some basketball experts I talk to, it’s debateable whether he will be an impact player.
- Arizona State has taken 25 transfers since it hired Kenny Dillingham.
- I can’t describe how short-sighted Carol Folt and her USC student affairs minions are for their decision to kick the Daily Trojan out of its historic city room in the Student Union building.
Folt thinks the cultural centers are all that matters, apparently. I’m not sure why those centers can only gain by ruining the Daily Trojan tradition, or kicking the ticket office out of the second floor or the pharmacy from the ground floor.
This is what the city room looked like in 1960 as students wrote stories for the paper.
And here’s the sports editor of the Daily Trojan circa 1964, Allan Malamud, who later became a widely read columnist for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and L.A. Times. He’s reading the wires in the same newsroom used today by the Daily Trojan.
- I wonder if former Seattle Mariners owner Jeff Smulyan knows about this? He was a Daily Trojan sports writer and is a current member of the Board of Trustees. People like Smulyan are the type that need to complain to Folt.
- And now for some history:
- I’m convinced that in the 1950’s there was a banquet, dinner or lunch held daily at USC.
Here’s a congratulatory lunch held in 1951 to celebrate the appointment of Jess Hill as USC football coach. A large photo of Hill has been unveiled behind a sheet and the band is seated behind Hill.
- Actor Ke Huy Quan won a Golden Globe last week for best supporting actor in a motion picture for his role in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
He is probably best known for his role in “Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom.”
But this is the important part: He graduated from USC in 1999.
- In January, 1944, the Coliseum was the site of the Army-Navy War Show, where the military and Hollywood studios created a battle on a South Pacific atoll. The show’s purpose was to bolster support for the war after three years amid fears the public was getting weary.
The show was a resounding success as 100,000 attended the first night and 105,000 the second night. Admission was free
- Time for a little appreciation for former USC basketball player John Block with his bio from the Kansas City-Omaha Kings media guide.
This media guide certainly wouldn’t fly today with the last sentence, which discusses Block’s plans after basketball with the sarcastic comment, “It shouldn’t be in the too distant future.”
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
- Singer P.P. Arnold is from Los Angeles but enjoyed more success in the United Kingdom. Here she performs “The First Cut Is The Deepest.” She was an Ikette for Ike and Tina Turner but quit after they toured with the Rolling Stones and started a solo career with the encouragement of Mick Jagger.