New defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was out recruiting today and among his stops was Orange Lutheran High School. I said yesterday the only time I saw someone jump in the swimming pool at Julie’s restaurant was when USC basketball coach Stan Morrison promised to do it if the Trojans made the NCAA Tournament. Below are photos of the plunge. Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton, … Continue reading USC Night Notes
A long-time USC fan told me that in the 1950’s and early 1960’s, if you headed over to Julie’s Restaurant after a game, the crowd would become more and more boisterous. Eventually, there would always be some fully-clothed fans who would jump into the swimming pool in the back patio. “People were cheering and celebrating,” the fan said. “Sooner or later, they would jump into … Continue reading Who Jumped Into The Julie's Pool?
Here’s the famous Craig Fertig-to-Rod Sherman touchdown catch that provided the winning points as USC upset No. 1-ranked Notre Dame, 20-17, in 1964 at the Coliseum. Notre Dame led 17-0 and 17-7 entering the fourth quarter. The winning touchdown pass came with 1:43 left, and more importantly, on fourth down and 8. “I studied the Notre Dame-Stanford film for six hours last night and I … Continue reading USC Picture Of The Night
In my annual Christmas tradition, here is my all-time favorite USC picture.Hollywood screen legend Greta Garbo was sent to USC in 1926 to pose for some publicity photos with the track team. Garbo initially refused until MGM deducted $25 from her salary, which convinced her to head to campus and don a USC track singlet. Continue reading Merry Christmas!
After I wrote about the 1975 Liberty Bowl yesterday, I received a call from a member of that USC team. USC was ranked No. 3 and undefeated but went into a tailspin and lost 4 straight games after John McKay announced he was going to Tampa Bay. “McKay announced the Friday before we got on the bus to leave for Cal that he was leaving … Continue reading About That 1975 USC Season
Today is the 44th anniversary of John McKay’s final game at USC, a 20-0 victory over Texas A&M in the Liberty Bowl. USC was 7-0 and ranked No. 3 in the nation when McKay announced he would go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Trojans promptly lost four straight games. Ricky Bell scored on a 76-yard swing pass. Vince Evans threw a 65-yard pass to … Continue reading It's Anniversary Of John McKay's Final USC Game