There was a rowdy crowd in John Parker Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 18, 1969 packed in to see LSU guard Pete Maravich. “They would bust windows to get in to watch us play,” Maravich said. “One night against Southern Cal, for example, they busted windows out. They got ladders. They would climb through the windows. They knocked over a security guard. Fifty fans did that.” … Continue reading About The Time USC Faced Pistol Pete Maravich
With USC tailback Marcus Allen celebrating his 60th birthday today, here’s a picture of Brad Budde (71), Allen (33), Charles White (12) and Paul McDonald (16). That’s a Lombardi Award winner and two Heisman Trophy winners in the photo. Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day
Here’s some highlights of the 1951 game between USC and the New York Yankees, which drew a huge crowd to Bovard Field. It features Phil Rizzuto, Hank Workman, Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, USC pitcher Tom Lovrich and USC center fielder Tom Riach. There’s no mention of Mantle’s supposed-650-foot home run. One of the outfield fence markers says 439 feet. Continue reading USC-New York Yankees Video
For decades, the Achilles’ heel of the USC basketball program was that it lacked an on-campus arena. It always seemed like USC did nothing, content with playing in subpar facilities (Shrine Auditorium, Pan-Pacific Auditorium, the Sports Arena). But I recently came across an actual effort for a state-of-the-art fieldhouse that would be built on campus. In 1946, some boosters started a drive and drew support … Continue reading Did You Know USC Tried To Build On-Campus Arena In 1947?
The way things are going right now, are you confident USC will be playing football in September in a stadium full of fans? If USC does play Alabama on Sept. 5, will fans even be allowed? Will college football games be played in empty stadiums? There are just too many questions at the moment. Well, at least the stadium should be full of fans vs. … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column
Continuing the Hollywood theme, here is author William Peter Blatty, who is best known as the author of “The Exorcist.” He also wrote the screenplay for the film version of his book and won an Oscar. But as this picture shows he worked as the chief of the USC News Bureau in the late 1950’s. Continue reading USC Picture Of The Day