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									                     WHAT IT MEANS TO BE MEANS

                               TO BE A TROJAN


                                 PETE CARROLL

AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S GREATEST PLAYERS

BY STEVEN TRAVERS

Triumph Books
                               www.triumphbooks.com

                      A division of Random House Publishing


STEVEN TRAVERS

Copyright, 2009
                                 CONTENTS



Always Compete By Pete Carroll
Foreword: What It Means to Be a Trojan by Pete Carroll
Editor's Acknowledgements
Introduction


The THIRTIES

       NORMAN BING, AMBROSE SCHINDLER


THE FORTIES

       BILL GRAY, JIM HARDY, GORDON GRAY


THE FIFTIES

       FRANK GIFFORD, AL "HOAGY" CARMICHAEL, TOM NICKOLOFF, SAM "THE TOE"

       TSAGALAKIS, MARV GOUX, JON ARNETT, C.R. ROBERTS, MONTE CLARK, RON
      MIX



The SIXTIES

      "Prince Hal" Bedsole, Willie Brown, Craig Fertig, Bill Fisk Jr., Tim Rossovich,

      Ron Yary, Adrian Young, Mike "Razor" Battle, Steve Sogge, John McKay


The SEVENTIES

      John Vella, Sam "Bam" Cunningham, Allan Graf, Rod McNeill, Manfred Moore,

      J.K. McKay, Richard "Batman" Wood, Clay Matthews, Frank Jordan, Paul

      McDonald



The EIGHTIES

      Keith Van Horne, Roy Foster, Jeff Brown, Michael Harper. Tim Green, Steve

      Jordan, Jeff "Breeg" Bregel, Rex Moore, Mark "Aircraft" Carrier, John "J.J."

      Jackson



The NINETIES

      Todd Marinovich, Scott Ross, Derrick Deese, Matt Gee, Taso Papadakis, John

      Robinson



The NEW MILLENIUM

      Kevin Arbet, Brandon Hancock. Tom Malone, Mario Danelo


DUSTCOVER
Throughout the 20th Century, it was considered an article of faith that the University of

Notre Dame had the greatest collegiate football tradition of all time, but under Coach

Pete Carroll, the University of Southern California Trojans have caught up to, and indeed

surpassed, the Fighting Irish as the greatest historical program in the land.

        Now for the first time in one book are all the great first-person stories, as told by
the legendary Men of Troy themselves, in this modern college football version of The
Glory of Their Times. Two names surface throughout: Marv Goux, the late, legendary
assistant coach who symbolized What It Means to Be a Trojan, and Coach Carroll, who
sought out Goux in his later years to get to "the essence of what the University of
Southern California is all about."
        The stories told by the men in these pages tell the tale of a unique university,
experience and football past that seemingly mirrors the words of General George Patton
when asked his opinion of Morocco: "It's partly the Bible, and partly Hollywood."
Indeed, Trojan football over the decades has resembled something beyond exciting, albeit
miraculous, while at the same time symbolizing movie star glitz and glamour. No man
has better suited this persona than Coach Carroll himself, a man referred to by Trojan
alum and college football broadcaster Petros Papadakis as "the Prince of the City."


PETE CARROLL
(with photo)

After years as an assistant coach (including defensive coordinator of the San Francisco

49ers) and head jobs with the New York Jets and New England Patriots, Pete Carroll

found his niche at USC, where he has compiled one of the greatest records in the history

of collegiate grid annals. His Trojans won consecutive national championships (2003-04),

two Orange Bowls, three Rose Bowls, and from 2003-06 were ranked number one a

record 33 consecutive weeks while compiling the second-longest winning streak in the

modern, major college era (34 games). A three-time Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the

Year, Carroll was the National Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004. Despite his busy

schedule, Carroll has shown amazing dedication to the inner city community that

surrounds the USC campus and has risen to a level of popularity and respect in Southern
California matched by few figures in sports or any other field of endeavor. He and his

wife Glena are the parents of a daughter, Jaime, an ex-Trojan volleyball player, and son

Nate, a USC student. His older son Brennan is an assistant coach with the Trojans.



STEVEN TRAVERS
(with photo)

Steven Travers was born in the same city (San Francisco), grew up in the same county

(Marin), attended the same high school (Redwood), was coached/mentored by the same

men (Al Endriss, Bob Troppmann), and later graduated from the same college (USC) that

Pete Carroll attended and/or established his coaching legend at. They are not the same

age, but many of the younger brothers of Carroll's friends played with and were friends of

Travers a few years later. An ex-professional baseball player, he is the author of the

best-selling Barry Bonds: Baseball’s Superman, nominated for a Casey Award (best

baseball book of 2002). He is also the author of The USC Trojans: College Football’s

All-Time Greatest Dynasty (a National Book Network “top 100 seller”); One Night, Two

Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed a Nation (subject of a

documentary and major motion picture, a 2007 PNBA nominee); and five books in the

Triumph/Random House Essential series (A’s, Dodgers, Angels, D’backs, Trojans).

Other Triumph/Random House books include: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Los

Angeles Lakers; The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Oakland Raiders; The Good, the Bad &

the Ugly San Francisco 49ers, and What It Means to Be a Trojan. His other books

include The 1969 Miracle Mets; Pigskin Warriors: 140 Years of College Football's

Greatest Games, Players and Traditions; Dodgers Baseball Yesterday and Today; and A

Tale of Three Cities: New York, L.A. and San Francisco in October of '62. Steve was a
             columnist for StreetZebra magazine in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Examiner. He

             also penned the screenplays The Lost Battalion and 21. Travers helped lead the Redwood

             High School baseball team to the national championship his senior year; attended college

             on an athletic scholarship; was an all-conference pitcher; and coached at USC,

             Cal-Berkeley and in Europe. He also attended law school, served in the Army, and is a

             guest lecturer at the University of Southern California. A fifth generation Californian,

             Steve has a daughter, Elizabeth Travers and still resides in the Golden State.



             BOOKS WRITTEN BY STEVEN TRAVERS


                    ONE NIGHT, TWO TEAMS: ALABAMA VS. USC AND THE GAME THAT CHANGED A

             NATION (ALSO A DOCUMENTARY, TACKLING SEGREGATION, AND SOON TO BE A MAJOR

             MOTION PICTURE)

A’S ESSENTIAL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE A REAL FAN!

                    TROJANS ESSENTIAL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE A REAL FAN!

             DODGERS ESSENTIAL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE A REAL FAN!
ANGELS ESSENTIAL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE A REAL FAN!

                    D’BACKS ESSENTIAL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BE A REAL

THE USC TROJANS: COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S ALL-TIME GREATEST DYNASTY

                    THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY LOS ANGELES LAKERS

             THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY OAKLAND RAIDERS
             THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
             BARRY BONDS: BASEBALL’S SUPERMAN
             PIGSKIN WARRIORS: 140 YEARS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S GREATEST GAMES, PLAYERS AND
             TRADITIONS
             THE 1969 MIRACLE METS
             DODGERS BASEBALL YESTERDAY AND TODAY
             A TALE OF THREE CITIES: NEW YORK, L.A. AND SAN FRANCISCO IN OCTOBER OF '62
                     GOD'S COUNTRY: A CONSERVATIVE, CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW OF HOW HISTORY

              FORMED THE UNITED STATES EMPIRE AND AMERICA'S MANIFEST DESTINY FOR THE 21ST

              CENTURY

                     Angry White Male

The Writer’s Life



              Praise for Steven Travers


              Steve Travers is the next great USC historian, in the tradition of Jim Murray, John Hall,

              and Mal Florence! . . . The Trojan Nation needs your work!

                     - USC Head Football Coach Pete Carroll



              I knew you loved USC, but you really love USC! This is a book about American society. It

              sheds incredible light on little-known events that every American must know to

              understand this country . . . In 20 years, people will say of this book what they said about

              Roger Kahn's The Boys of Summer.

                     - Fred Wallin, CRN national sportstalk host



              STEVE TRAVERS COMBINES WIT, HUMOR, SOCIAL PATHOS AND HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE WITH

              THE KIND OF SPORTS EXPERTISE THAT ONLY AN EX-JOCK IS PRIVY TO; IT IS REMINISCENT OF THE

              WORK OF JIM BOUTON, PAT JORDAN AND DAN JENKINS, COMBINED WITH JIM MURRAY’S TURN

              OF PHRASE, HUNTER THOMPSON’S HARD-SCRABBLE TRUTHS, AND DAVID HALBERSTAM’S

              UNIQUE TAKE ON OUR NATION’S PLACE IN HISTORY. HIS WRITING IS GREAT STORYTELLING, AND

              THE RESULT IS PURE GENIUS EVERY TIME.
                 - WESTWOOD ONE SPORTS MEDIA PERSONALITY MIKE MCDOWD



          STEVE TRAVERS IS A GREAT WRITER, AN EDUCATED ATHLETE WHO KNOWS HOW TO GET INSIDE

          THE PLAYER’S HEADS, AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, GREATNESS OCCURS. HE’S GONNA BE A

          SUPERSTAR.

                 - SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER



          STEVE TRAVERS IS A PHENOMENAL WRITER, AN ARTIST WHO LABORS OVER EVERY WORD TO GET

          IT JUST RIGHT, AND HE HAS AN ENCYCLOPEDIC KNOWLEDGE OF SPORTS AND HISTORY.

- STREETZEBRA MAGAZINE



          STEVE TRAVERS IS A RENAISSANCE MAN.
                       - JIM ROME SHOW



          TRAVERS' NEW BOOK FINALLY EXPLAINS THE PHENOMENON . . . THE BONDS TALE IS SPELLED

          OUT IN THE MOST THOROUGH, INTERESTING, REVEALING, CONCISE MANNER EVER REACHED.

                 - MAURY ALLEN/WWW.THECOLUMNISTS.COM, GANNETT NEWSPAPERS



          TRAVERS APPEARS TO HAVE THE RIGHT CREDENTIALS FOR THE TASK: HE IS A FORMER MINOR

          LEAGUER WHO ALSO PENNED SCREENPLAYS IN ADDITION TO A COLUMN FOR THE SAN

          FRANCISCO EXAMINER. HE CALLS ON THAT BACKGROUND IN CRAFTING A STRAIGHTFORWARD,

          WARTS-AND-ALL PROFILE THAT REMAINS TRUTHFUL WITHOUT BECOMING A MEAN-SPIRITED

          HATCHET JOB . . .

                     - USA TODAY BASEBALL WEEKLY
THIS IS A FASCINATING BOOK WRITTEN BY A MAN WHO KNOWS HIS SUBJECT MATTER INSIDE AND

OUT.

           - IRV KAZE/KRLA RADIO, LOS ANGELES



Get this book. You've brought Bonds to life.

        - FRED WALLIN/SYNDICATED SPORTSTALK HOST, LOS ANGELES


This promises to be the biggest sports book of 2002.

           - Greg Papa/KTCT Radio, San Francisco



This cat struck out Kevin Mitchell five times in one game. I'll read the book for that

reason alone. Plus, he hangs out with Charlie Sheen. How do I get that gig?

           - Rod Brooks/Fitz & Brooks, KNBR Radio, San Francisco



. . . GOSSIPY, EASY-TO-READ TALE . . . EXPLORES THE SPORTS CULTURE THAT INFLUENCES THIS

DISTINGUISHED SLUGGER . . . ENTERTAINING.

       - LIBRARY JOURNAL



WARTS-AND-ALL . . . TRAVERS EXPLORES BONDS' MERCURIAL TEMPER AND PLACE IN BASEBALL

HISTORY.

       - NOVATO JOURNAL



                 … THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF BARRY BONDS.
                             - BUD GERACIE/SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS


Travers thought he hit the jackpot . . .

       - FURMAN BISCHER, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION



TRAVERS…HIT THE BIG TIME . . . TRAVERS . . . ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS A WRITER OF MANY

DIMENSIONS . . . A NATURAL . . . YOU WERE AHEAD OF YOUR TIME WITH THE BONDS BOOK. I

STILL THINK IT IS THE BEST BIOGRAPHY OF HIM I'VE SEEN. IT DOES MORE TO CAPTURE HIS

PERSONALITY THAN ALL THE STEROID BOOKS AND ARTICLES.

        - John Jackson/Ross Valley Reporter


Travers is a minor league pitcher-turned-sportswriter, and therefore qualified to evaluate

[Larry] Dierker's thought process in ordering all those walks regardless of the score or

the situation.

            - Stan Hochman/Philadelphia Daily News



. . . looks at all of Barry's warts, yet remains in the end favorable to him. Not an easy

balancing act. This is not your average sports book. It is edgy and filled with laughs . . .

and inside baseball. Good, solid reading.

            - www.Amazon.com


It's a great read.

            - Pete Wilson/KGO Radio, San Francisco



This is a good book that really covers his whole life, and informs us where Bonds is
coming from. His entire life is laid out. He is very qualified to continue to write books

such as this one. Good job.

            - Marty Lurie/Right off the Bat Oakland A’s pre-game host



. . . A QUALITY PIECE . . . (TRAVERS) USES HIS EXPERIENCES IN BASEBALL . . . PROVIDING A

HUMOROUS GLIMPSE INTO THE LIFE OF A PLAYER. WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK?

ABSOLUTELY . . . LAUGHED OUT LOUD SEVERAL TIMES AT TRAVERS' UNIQUE WAY OF EXPLAINING

HIS EXPERIENCES. THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY WORTH THE TIME.

               - John Kenny/www.esportnews.com


Travers’ account mentions everything from cocaine to sex to car crashes to what Bonds

said he would do to Roger Clemens . . . more than a “hit” piece.

            - Johnson City Press



TRAVERS' BOOK DOES DO A MORE WELL-ROUNDED JOB OF SOLVING THE MYSTERY OF WHO

BONDS IS . . . APPEALING . . . IS THE MORE INSIDE LOOK AT BONDS IN TRAVERS' BOOK.

        - SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS



. . . TRAVERS' WORK IS EVERY BASEBALL AFICIONADO'S DREAM.

       - FAIRFIELD DAILY REPUBLIC



YOU'VE CREATED QUITE A STIR HERE AT THE STATION, WITH THE GIANTS, AND THROUGHOUT

BASEBALL.


                -                                                                          RICK
                  BARRY/HALL OF FAME BASKETBALL STAR AND SPORTSTALK HOST,

                  KNBR RADIO, SAN FRANCISCO



YOU'VE STIRRED A HORNET'S NEST HERE, MAN.

         - J.T. “THE BRICK”/SYNDICATED NATIONAL SPORTSTALK HOST



This is a controversial subject and a controversial player, but you've educated us.

           - Ron Barr/Sportsline, Armed Forces Radio Network



A BASEBALL PLAYER WHO CAN WRITE . . . WHO KNEW? THIS ONE SURE CAN!

         - ARNY “THE STINKIN’ GENIUS” SPANYER/FOX SPORTS RADIO, LOS ANGELES



YOU KNOW BASEBALL LIKE FEW PEOPLE I'VE EVER SPOKEN TO.

         - ANDY DORFF/SPORTSTALK HOST, PHOENIX, PHILADELPHIA & NEW JERSEY



CONGRATULATIONS . . . A TOUR DE FORCE.

         - KATE DELANCEY/WFAN RADIO, NEW YORK CITY



I CAN'T STAND BONDS, BUT YOU'VE DONE A GOOD JOB WITH A DIFFICULT SUBJECT.

         - GRANT NAPIER/SPORTSTALK HOST, SACRAMENTO



STEVE'S A LITERATE EX-ATHLETE, AN EX-TROJAN AND A VETERAN OF HOLLYWOOD, TOO.

         - LEE “HACKSAW” HAMILTON/XTRA RADIO, SAN DIEGO
A GREAT BOOK ABOUT A GREAT PLAYER.

          - KTHK RADIO, SACRAMENTO



A GEM.

          - ROSEVILLE PRESS-TRIBUNE



HERE'S THE MAN TO TALK TO REGARDING THE SUBJECT OF BARRY BONDS.

          - JOHN LOBERTINI/KPIX TV, SAN FRANCISCO



HE'S ENLIGHTENED US ON THE SUBJECT OF BONDS, HIS FATHER, AND GODFATHER, WILLIE

MAYS.

          - BRIAN SUSSMAN/KPIX TV. SAN FRANCISCO



I HATE BONDS, BUT YOU'RE OKAY.

             - Scott Ferrall/Syndicated national and New York sportstalk host


One of the better baseball books I've read.

             - KOA Radio, Denver



. . . the "last word" on Barry Bonds . . .

             - Scott Reis/ESPN TV



. . . a hot new biography on Barry Bonds . . .
             - Darian Hagan/CNN


. . . one of the great sportswriters on the current American scene, Steve Travers . . .

           Joe Shea/Radio talk host; Bradenton, Florida and editor,

www.American-Reporter.com



TO A REAL PRO.

          - JEFF PRUGH, FORMER LOS ANGELES TIMES ATLANTA BUREAU CHIEF



It was a good read.

            - Lance Williams/Co-author, Game of Shadows



You’ve done some good writin’, dude.

       - KFOG Radio, San Francisco



A very interesting read which is not your average . . . book . . . Steve has achieved his

bona fides when it comes to having the credentials to write a book like this.

       - GEOFF METCALFE/KSFO RADIO, SAN FRANCISCO



STEVE TRAVERS IS A TRUE USC HISTORIAN AND A LOYAL TROJAN!

       - FORMER USC FOOTBALL PLAYER JOHN PAPADAKIS



PETE CARROLL CALLS YOU “THE NEXT GREAT USC HISTORIAN,” HIGH PRAISE INDEED.

        - ROB FUKUZAKI/ABC7, LOS ANGELES
YOU’RE A GREAT WRITER AND I ALWAYS ENJOY YOUR MUSINGS . . . PARTICULARLY ON SC

FOOTBALL - HUGE FAN!


       -     OAKLAND A’S GENERAL MANAGER BILLY BEANE



A'S ESSENTIAL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO BE A REAL FAN OFFERS A BREEZY HISTORY
(WITH EMPHASIS ON THE OAKLAND YEARS), PLAYER BIOGRAPHIES, TOP 10 LISTS, TRIVIA
QUESTIONS AND MORE ABOUT THE ATHLETICS' FRANCHISE THAT HAS RESIDED IN
PHILADELPHIA, KANSAS CITY AND, SINCE 1968, OAKLAND.
       - BRUCE DANCIS/SACRAMENTO BEE



STEVEN TRAVERS IS ONE OF THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED SPORTS JOURNALISTS IN OUR NATION
TODAY . . .
       - STRANDBOOKS.COM



WOW WHAT A GREAT JOB!!!! . . . I LOVE THE BOOK . . . IT'S ONE OF THOSE YOU LOOK FORWARD

TO READING AT SPECIAL TIMES . . . I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH!

   - LONNIE WHITE, LOS ANGELES TIMES



STEVE IS THE USC HISTORIAN WHOSE METICULOUS ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS A REVELATION. HE

IS THE BEST CHRONICLER OF USC EVER.

       - Chuck Hayes, CRN “Sports Corner”



This is fabulous, just a terrific look at our history. Travers is one of the best writers

around.

       - Rod Brooks, “Fitz & Brooks Show,” KNBR/San Francisco
You have created a work of art here, an absolutely great book. We love your work.

        - Bob Fitzgerald, “Fitz & Brooks Show,” KNBR/San Francisco



When it comes to sports history, this is the man right here.

        - Gary Radnich, KRON/4, San Francisco



Steve combines . . . social and historical knowledge in his writing.

        - University of Southern California



Author Steven Travers discusses his new book . . .

        - Orange County Register



. . . Join Steve Travers . . . at the Autograph Stage . . .
          - ESPN Radio



. . . Steve Travers, author of One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game

That Changed a Nation . . .

        - LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS



STEVE TRAVERS, A SPORTS HISTORIAN . . .
       - LOS ALAMITOS NEWS-ENTERPRISE



HERE THIS DYNAMIC SPEAKER TELL HOW THIS FAMOUS GAME CHANGED HISTORY.
      - FRIENDS OF THE LOS ALAMITOS-ROSSMOOR LIBRARY
    TRAVERS PRESENTS THIS PARTICULAR GAME IN 1970 AS A METAPHOR FOR THE PROFOUND

    CHANGES IN SOCIAL HISTORY DURING THE EMANCIPATION OF THE SOUTH.

            - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY



    . . . EXPLORED IN RICH, PAINSTAKING DETAIL BY STEVE TRAVERS.
                    - JEFF PRUGH, L.A. TIMES BEAT WRITER WHO COVERED THE 1970

                        USC-ALABAMA GAME



    This is a fabulous book.

                    -   Michaela Pereira/KTLA 5, Los Angeles

    You're a prolific talent.

                    -   Curtis Kim, KSRO Radio, Santa Rosa



    Is there anything you've not written?

                    -   VERNON GLENN. KRON/4, SAN FRANCISCO



                   TO TIM TESSALONE FOR ALL YOUR HELP ALL THESE YEARS

                                AND TO SEARGANT GARY ANDRADE,

    WHO ROOTED FOR THE TROJANS WHILE FIGHTING LIKE ONE IN IRAQ


PHOTO CAPTIONS



                                       CONTENTS
ALWAYS COMPETE BY PETE CARROLL
FOREWORD: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TROJAN BY PETE CARROLL
EDITOR'S ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
THE TWENTIES

      The Duke


THE THIRTIES

      Norman Bing, Ambrose Schindler


      Glory Days



The FORTIES

      Bill Gray, Jim Hardy, Gordon Gray


The FIFTIES

      Ed Demirjian, Frank Gifford, Al "Hoagy" Carmichael



      He Was Flower of SF Sports Past



      Tom Nickoloff, Sam "the Toe" Tsagalakis, Marv Goux, Jon Arnett, C.R. Roberts,

      Monte Clark, Ron Mix



      A Tale of Two Pitchers



The SIXTIES

      Bill Redell, "Prince Hal" Bedsole, Willie Brown, Craig Fertig, Bill Fisk Jr., Bob
     Svihus, Tim Rossovich


     The Re-Incarnation of Christy Mathewson


      Ron Yary, Adrian Young, Mike "Razor" Battle, Steve Sogge


     Spaceman Re-Visited



     Tom Kelly, John McKay


     An Unsung Hero



The SEVENTIES

     Mike Walden, Clarence Davis, Sam Dickerson, Jeff Prugh, Bruce Rollinson, Bud

     "The Steamer" Furillo, Dave Levy, John Vella


     Mr. Smith Goes to Bucharest


     Dave Levy, Dave Brown, Cliff Culbreath, Sam "Bam" Cunningham, Allan Graf,

     Charles "Tree" Young, Rod McNeill, Manfred Moore, Anthony "A.D." Davis, Pat

     Haden, J.K. McKay


     Rich McKay


     Richard "Batman" Wood, Gene Lawryk, Rod Martin, Clay Matthews, Frank

     Jordan, Otis Page, Paul McDonald


     The Houdini of Bovard
The EIGHTIES

       Keith Van Horne, Jim Perry, Roy Foster, Mike Roth, Jeff Simmons, Scott

       Tinsley, Jeff Brown


       Mickey Meister Was My Friend


       Michael Harper


       Sham or Slam?



       Tim Green, Steve Jordan, Brent Moore


       Big Unit Was Bay Area Boy of Summer



Jeff Bregel, Rex Moore, Martin Chesley, Mark "Aircraft" Carrier, John "J.J." Jackson

       A Line Drive Hitter



The NINETIES

       Gene Fruge, Todd Marinovich, Scott Ross, Derrick Deese, Matt Gee, Tim "Mad

       Dog" Lavin


       Past and Future Play Winning Tennis at Mercedes


       Taso Papadakis


       It's Too Early to Hype Palmer for Heisman . . . Or Is It?
      Barry Zito Is Key to Oakland's Re-Emergence



John Robinson

      "For Real!"

A Reliquary For Real Baseball Fans


The NEW MILLENIUM

      Kevin Arbet


      The Heir Apparent to Flo Jo

      This Vandy Dandy Is Now a Trojan


      Brandon Hancock

      Making His Own Legend



      Tom Malone



      The Forrest Gump of Baseball

      MARIO DANELO

      ****

MARK SPINO


                              ALWAYS COMPETE




                                INTRODUCTION
NOBODY EMBODIES THE MAGIC, THE CHARISMA, THE SPIRIT AND THE EXCITEMENT OF WHAT

IT MEANS TO BE A TROJAN MORE THAN HEAD COACH PETE CARROLL. THIS IS QUITE A

STATEMENT, BECAUSE THE LIKES OF JOHN "DUKE" WAYNE, ROD DEDEAUX, FRANK

GIFFORD, BILL SHARMAN, JESSE "BIG DADDY" UNRUH, NORMAN TOPPING, JOHN MCKAY,

MARV GOUX, GEORGE LUCAS, TOM SELLECK, TOM SEAVER, BILL LEE, BOB SEAGREN, C.

CHRISTOPHER COX, SAM "BAM" CUNNINGHAM, PATRICIA NIXON, JOHN NABER, MARCUS

ALLEN, RONNIE LOTT, JOHN ROBINSON, RANDY JOHNSON, CINDY MCCAIN, DR. STEVEN

SAMPLE, AND MIKE GARRETT ARE JUST A FEW OF THOSE WHO HAVE ALSO EMBODIED WHAT

IT MEANS TO BE A TROJAN. BUT COACH CARROLL HAS TAKEN IT TO A NEW LEVEL. HE IS THE

"PRINCE OF THE CITY" IN LOS ANGELES, A MAN WHO COULD BE MAYOR, MAYBE EVEN

GOVERNOR AS PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN ALABAMA, HAD HE CHOSEN TO

TRY. THIS IS A MAN WHO HAS ATTAINED THE RESPECT PREVIOUSLY RESERVED FOR SUCH

LUMINARIES AS JIMMY STEWART, VIN SCULLY AND JOHN WOODEN.

       So, for me personally, watching Pete Carroll rise to this level has been a particular

thrill ride. You see, the first time I ever heard of Pete Carroll was my freshman year at

Redwood High School in Marin County, a leafy suburb of San Francisco, located just

north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The tradition at Redwood was to hang photos of

baseball, football and basketball captains in the boys' locker room. One would look up

and see the visage of young sports heroes of previous years. I noticed that Carroll graced

not one but three photos on that wall. He was pictured as captain in his football,

basketball and baseball uniforms. I immediately deduced that he must be a special athlete

and leader. For young athletes like myself, guys like Pete Carroll were something to
aspire to, to emulate.

       BOB TROPPMANN WAS STILL COACHING FOOTBALL AT REDWOOD WHEN I ARRIVED
THERE. HE HAD BEEN THERE SINCE THE SCHOOL OPENED FOR BUSINESS IN 1958 AND HAD
BUILT IT INTO A BAY AREA POWER. COACH TROPPMANN, AS IT TURNED OUT, WAS AN OLD
FAMILY FRIEND. MY FATHER, DONALD TRAVERS, HAD BEEN A GREAT TRACK AND CROSS
COUNTRY COACH AT LOWELL AND BALBOA HIGH SCHOOLS IN SAN FRANCISCO. COACH
TROPPMANN HAD COME OUT OF THE MARINE CORPS, GOTTEN HIS TEACHING CREDENTIAL,
AND WAS A YOUNG TEACHER/COACH AT LOWELL WHEN HE MET AND BEFRIENDED MY
FATHER.
       BY THE TIME I ENTERED REDWOOD, MY DAD HAD BECOME AN ATTORNEY AND
COACH TROPPMANN HAD MOVED ACROSS THE BAY TO MARIN. HE WAS A GENUINELY NICE,
APPROACHABLE MAN AND I OFTEN SOUGHT HIM OUT FOR KNOWLEDGE OF ONE KIND OR
ANOTHER. ONE OF MY FIRST QUESTIONS CONCERNED PETE CARROLL, WHO IMPRESSED ME
FOR HAVING CAPTAINED THREE VARSITY TEAMS. COACH TROPPMANN JUST SMILED WHEN
REMINDED OF CARROLL, WHO HAD SINCE GONE ONTO THE UNIVERSITY OF PACIFIC ON A
FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP, MADE ALL-CONFERENCE AS A DEFENSIVE BACK, AND WAS A
PROMISING YOUNG COACH, MOVING UP THE RANKS. THE AFFECTION AND INDEED
ADMIRATION COACH TROPPMANN FELT FOR PETE CARROLL WAS OBVIOUS EVEN THEN.
       OVER THE YEARS, I ASKED MANY OF THE COACHES AT REDWOOD WHO HAD
MENTORED PETE CARROLL ABOUT HIM. JESS PAYAN, PHIL ROARK, DICK HART, AL
ENDRISS; ALL HAD POSITIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE PETE CARROLL, BUT ONE STORY REALLY
STANDS OUT. COACH ENDRISS WAS A BASEBALL LEGEND, AND IN FACT MY JUNIOR YEAR HE
WAS NAMED NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR. IN MY SENIOR YEAR WE WERE
THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS OF PREP BASEBALL.
       TODAY, REDWOOD HAS A NEW STATE OF THE ART FACILITY, BUT IN MY DAY OUR
FIELD WAS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BETTER YARDS IN THE AREA. OUR CENTER FIELD
FENCE CIRCLED HIGH OVER THE ADJACENT TRACK. OFTEN TRACK MEETS WERE HELD
DURING BASEBALL GAMES, AND A HIGH HOME RUN MIGHT DISRUPT PROCEEDINGS, BUT IN
PETE CARROLL'S DAY THERE WAS NO FENCE. EXTRA-BASE HITS SLAMMED OVER THE
CENTER FIELDER'S HEAD WOULD LAND ON THE TRACK AND BOUND ONTO THE FOOTBALL
FIELD, WHICH SERVED AS THE LOCATION FOR EVENTS SUCH AS THE SHOT-PUT AND THE
DISCUSS THROW. A BOUNDING OUTFIELDER WOULD TRAIPSE INTO THE MIDST OF THIS
SCENE, GRAB THE BALL AND THROW IT BACK TO THE INFIELD, OFTEN AMID MUCH CURSING
AND YELLING.
       MY FAVORITE PETE CARROLL STORY SOMEHOW SEEMS TO SYMBOLIZE THE
SERENDIPITY THAT IS HIS LIFE. HE WAS ROAMING THE CENTER FIELD PASTURES WHEN A
LONG DRIVE WAS HIT OVER HIS HEAD. PETE HEADED BACK FOR IT, INTENT, CONCENTRATING
ON THE BALL. HE IGNORED THE CEMENT CLEFT SEPARATING THE TRACK FROM THE
OUTFIELD GRASS, THE RUNNING LANES A SORT OF "WARNING TRACK" THAT HE PAID NO
ATTENTION TO.
       A RELAY RACE WAS IN MOTION AND AS PETE CHASED THAT BALL DOWN, A BEVY OF
RUNNERS, MAYBE THREE OR FOUR TIGHTLY BOUND TOGETHER, CAME SPRINTING AROUND
THE TURN, HEADING STRAIGHT FOR PETE CARROLL.
       NOBODY - NOT THE RUNNERS, PETE OR THE BASEBALL - PAID ANY ATTENTION TO
EACH OTHER. A GASP WENT UP, FROM THE WATCHING TRACKSTERS, FROM THE BASEBALL
PLAYERS SHOUTING A WARNING, AND THE FANS IN THE STANDS. TWO LOCOMOTIVES WERE
ABOUT TO COLLIDE IN A MASSIVE TRAIN WRECK!
       AS QUICKLY AS IT DEVELOPED, IT ENDED. PETE CAUGHT THE BALL, WHIRLED, AND
MADE A WILLIE MAYS-STYLE THROW BACK TO THE INFIELD. THE TRACK RUNNERS
CONTINUED TO KICK DOWN THE STRETCH. EVERYBODY - THE BASEBALL OUTFIELDER, THE
RUNNERS AND THE BALL - HAD MISSED EACH OTHER BY INCHES, ALL AS IF CHOREOGRAPHED
LIKE A BEAUTIFUL BALLET.
       FOR SOME REASON, THIS STORY IS THE STORY OF PETE CARROLL'S CHARMED LIFE.
GOOD TIMING COMBINED WITH SKILL. A LITTLE LUCK AND A LOT OF FOCUS. IN THE END,
EVERYTHING ALWAYS SEEMS TO TURN OUT JUST RIGHT WITH THIS MAN.
       I FOLLOWED COACH CARROLL'S COACHING CAREER. HE WAS MENTORED BY SUCH
TOP-NOTCH FIGURES AS LOU HOLTZ AT ARKANSAS, EARLE BRUCE AT OHIO STATE, MONTE
KIFFIN AT NORTH CAROLINA STATE, BUD GRANT AND JERRY BURNS IN MINNESOTA,
BRUCE COSLET IN NEW YORK, THEN GEORGE SEIFERT AND BILL WALSH IN SAN
FRANCISCO. AT SOME POINT IN THE LATE 1980S OR EARLY '90S, CARROLL'S NAME BEGAN
TO SURFACE ON THE SHORT LIST OF HEAD COACHING CANDIDATES IN THE NATIONAL
FOOTBALL LEAGUE. IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME, AND IN 1994 HE WAS ELEVATED
FROM DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR TO HEAD COACH OF THE NEW YORK JETS. THE GUY FROM
MY HIGH SCHOOL WAS NOW ON THE SPOT IN THE FISH BOWL THAT IS THE BIG APPLE,
COACHING THE SAME TEAM THAT "BROADWAY JOE" NAMATH HAD ONCE TAKEN TO THE
SUPER BOWL. WHEN THE JETS FALTERED AND PETE WAS UNFAIRLY LET GO AFTER ONLY
ONE SEASON, IT SEEMED THAT HIS HIRING BY HIS HOMETOWN TEAM, THE SAN FRANCISCO
49ERS, WAS THE BLESSING DISGUISED BY HIS DISMISSAL.
       THE 49ERS WERE COMING OFF A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON AND WERE STILL IN
THE MIDDLE OF A DYNASTY PERHAPS UNMATCHED IN NFL ANNALS. ONE OF THEIR STAR
PLAYERS WAS KEN NORTON JR., AN ALL-AMERICAN LINEBACKER FROM UCLA, AND NOW
AN ALL-PRO. IT APPEARED THAT PETE WAS THE HEIR APPARENT TO BECOME THE HEAD
COACH OF A FRANCHISE THAT HAD WON FIVE SUPER BOWLS IN THE PREVIOUS 14 YEARS.
BILL WALSH WAS STILL A MAINSTAY IN SAN FRANCISCO'S FRONT OFFICE, AND HE TUTORED
PETE TO FOLLOW THAT VERY PATH.
       THIS PLAN, HOWEVER, DID NOT MATERIALIZE. THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
NEEDED A HEAD COACH, AND THEY WENT AFTER PETE CARROLL, SO IT WAS BACK TO THE
EAST COAST FOR THE CALIFORNIA KID. BOSTON IS, AND BACK THEN ESPECIALLY WAS, A
BASEBALL TOWN. THE "GREEN MONSTER" AT FENWAY PARK SEEMED TO LOOM
MENACINGLY OVER PETE. COACH CARROLL WAS THERE FOR THREE SEASONS (1997-99).
THE PATRIOTS WERE 10-6, 9-7 AND 8-8. THEY MADE THE PLAY-OFFS TWICE, BUT DID NOT
ATTAIN THE BRASS RING. CARROLL HAD A PLAN, BUT IT WAS ALWAYS IN CONFLICT WITH
THE VISION OF THE OWNER, THE GENERAL MANAGER, THE SCOUTING DEPARTMENT, THE
MERCENARY PLAYERS, THE NATURE OF FREE AGENCY, EVEN THE FANS AND BOSTON MEDIA.
THEY ALL BEGAN TO HARP THAT PETE'S YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE, HIS SANDY-BLONDE HAIR
AND 1960S BEACH BOYS DEMEANOR WAS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH HARDSCRABBLE, EAST
COAST-STYLE PRO FOOTBALL. THEY WANTED BILL PARCELLS, NOT BRIAN WILSON.
       BUT PETE'S FIRING WAS THE SILVER LINING INSIDE A DARK CLOUD, BECAUSE IT LED

HIM TO USC. HIS FUTURE WAS NOT WITH THE 49ERS, AS PREVIOUSLY SUSPECTED, NOR WAS
IT IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. AT USC, CARROLL TOOK OVER A FOUNDERING

SHIP. THE HERITAGE OF TROJAN FOOTBALL WAS NOW YESTERDAY, ITS TROPHIES

COLLECTING DUST, ITS LEGACY SEEMINGLY ANCIENT HISTORY. IT WAS THE MILLENNIUM

YEAR AND RETROSPECTIVES WERE BEING WRITTEN ABOUT THE CENTURY THAT WAS.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WAS DECLARED TO BE THE "ATHLETIC PROGRAM OF THE

CENTURY." ROD DEDEAUX, WHO GUIDED TROY TO 11 OF THEIR COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

TITLES, WAS NAMED "COLLEGE BASEBALL COACH OF THE CENTURY," AND THE USC

BASEBALL PROGRAM WAS UNQUESTIONABLY THE GREATEST HISTORICALLY, HAVING

             TH
ADDED A 12        NATIONAL TITLE UNDER MIKE GILLESPIE IN 1998. USC CONTINUED ITS

AMAZING RUN OF GOLD MEDALS AT THE 2000 SYDNEY OLYMPICS. A TROJAN HAD WON

GOLD AT EACH GAMES HELD SINCE 1904.

      BUT THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM WAS IN DISARRAY. IN 1982, USC HAD SEEMINGLY

"CAUGHT UP TO" NOTRE DAME. THAT YEAR THEY BEAT THE FIGHTING IRISH FOR THE FIFTH

STRAIGHT SEASON, AND HAD ONLY LOST TO THEM TWICE SINCE 1966. THE HEAD-TO-HEAD

RECORD OF THE TWO SCHOOLS WAS NEARLY EVEN. MARCUS ALLEN HAD WON USC'S

FOURTH HEISMAN TROPHY THE PREVIOUS SEASON, AND THE 1978 NATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIP WAS TROY'S NINTH. JOHN ROBINSON, MARV GOUX AND ROD DEDEAUX

WERE STILL COACHING, BUT IN TRUTH IT WAS THE END OF A GOLDEN ERA; AN ERA IN WHICH

JOHN MCKAY AND ROBINSON HAD LED USC DURING A PERIOD IN WHICH IT SEEMED THAT

THEY, NOT NOTRE DAME, WAS THE NEW, MODERN "CHAMPIONS" OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL

HISTORY.

       BUT AFTER THAT 17-13 TROJAN WIN OVER THE IRISH IN 1982, THE ROOF FELL IN,
BIG TIME. ROBINSON ANNOUNCED HE WAS GOING TO THE LOS ANGELES RAMS AND
BRINGING GOUX WITH HIM. THE NCAA LEVIED PENALTIES AGAINST USC. TED TOLLNER
WAS BROUGHT IN, BLASPHEMOUSLY CHANGING THE OFFENSIVE CULTURE OF TROJAN
FOOTBALL FROM GROUND-ORIENTED DOMINANCE TO BRIGHAM YOUNG-STYLE AERIAL
FINESSE. THE "AIR" WAS QUICKLY LET OUT OF THE TIRE. LOU HOLTZ WAS HIRED AT NOTRE
DAME AND THE FIGHTING IRISH NEVER LOST TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FROM 1983 TO
1995.
        EVERYTHING SEEMED TO GO WRONG. PEOPLE STARTED TO CALL USC "YESTERDAY
U." SYMBOLIC POWER SHIFTS AND BAD OMENS WERE EVERYWHERE. BY THE 1990S, USC
WAS A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM, BUT NOBODY'S IDEA OF A POWERHOUSE AS IN THEIR STORIED
PAST. NOTRE DAME, ALABAMA, OKLAHOMA, NEBRASKA; NEW CHAMPIONS AT MIAMI AND
FLORIDA STATE; IT SEEMED THAT THESE SCHOOLS HAD ACHIEVED A LEVEL THAT WAS NO
LONGER A REASONABLE EXPECTATION FOR TROJAN FANS.
        DR. STEVEN SAMPLE WAS BROUGHT IN AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY, AND HE
OVERSAW A HUGE UPGRADE IN ACADEMIC STANDARDS. IT SEEMED THAT A TRADE-OFF HAD
BEEN MADE IN WHICH USC HAD CHOSEN TO BE A GREAT UNIVERSITY INSTEAD OF A GREAT
FOOTBALL TEAM. THE TWO WERE INCOMPATIBLE, PEOPLE SAID.
        LOS ANGELES AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, ONCE THE CENTER OF THE AMERICAN
POLITICAL UNIVERSE, THE PLACE THAT HAD PRODUCED PRESIDENTS RICHARD NIXON AND
RONALD REAGAN, ALONG WITH NEARBY ORANGE COUNTY - THE EPICENTER OF THE
CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT - NOW SAW A SHIFT TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE RAMS
AND THE RAIDERS BOTH DESERTED LOS ANGELES, WHILE THE 49ERS WERE A DYNASTY.
BOTH USC AND UCLA NO LONGER DOMINATED CALIFORNIA AND STANFORD AS THEY HAD
FOR DECADES. IN THE 1990S, THE ONLY CHAMPION, PRO OR COLLEGE, TO EMERGE FROM
L.A. WAS UCLA'S BASKETBALL TEAM IN 1995.
        ATTENDANCE AND ENTHUSIASM WAS DOWN EVERYWHERE. AN EARTHQUAKE
SHOOK THE SOUTHLAND. A DRIVE-BY BULLET DURING PRACTICE GRAZED A TROJAN
FOOTBALL PLAYER. RIOTS SURROUNDED THE CAMPUS IN 1992. ORANGE COUNTY
DECLARED BANKRUPTCY.
        BUT PETE CARROLL'S HIRING IN 2000 CAME NEAR THE BEGINNING OF A MAJOR
REVITALIZATION IN LOS ANGELES. IT STARTED WITH MAYOR RICHARD RIORDAN'S
GENTRIFICATION CAMPAIGN OF THE 1990S. CRIME WAS REDUCED IN THE CITY. NEW
BUILDINGS, BUSINESSES AND IMPROVED NEIGHBORHOODS REPLACED BLIGHT. THE
CORRIDOR BETWEEN USC AND DOWNTOWN L.A. WAS IMPROVED DRASTICALLY, FIRST BY
THE BUILDING OF STAPLES CENTER IN 1999, LATER FOLLOWED BY OPENING OF THE
GALEN CENTER AT USC. THE NEIGHBORHOOD SURROUNDING THE USC CAMPUS WAS
IMPROVED BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS. CRIME WAS REDUCED. AIR QUALITY STANDARDS PAID
OFF, AND SMOG IN THE L.A. BASIN WAS CLEANED UP.
        CARROLL OVERSAW A HERITAGE RESTORED, LEADING USC TO NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2003 AND 2004, THREE HEISMAN TROPHIES, TWO ORANGE BOWL AND
THREE ROSE BOWL VICTORIES, 33 STRAIGHT NUMBER ONE RANKINGS, A 34-GAME WINNING
STREAK, AND AFTER SIX STRAIGHT WINS OVER NOTRE DAME IN 2007, CLEAR PROOF THAT
USC WAS NOW THE GREATEST HISTORICAL COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL DYNASTY OF ALL TIME.
MOST IMPORTANT, CARROLL HAD ASCENDED TO A PLACE OF LEGENDARY STATUS ON PAR
WITH THE LIKES OF KNUTE ROCKNE, POP WARNER, HOWARD JONES, FRANK LEAHY, BUD
WILKINSON, JOHN MCKAY, BEAR BRYANT, AND TOM OSBORNE, ALL THE WHILE
MAINTAINING THE HIGH ACADEMIC STANDARDS SET BY DR. SAMPLE IN THE YEARS BEFORE
HIS HIRING.
        BUT THAT WAS NOT ALL. PETE CARROLL WAS THE HEAD COACH OF A UNIVERSITY
LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INNER CITY. MANY OF HIS PLAYERS WERE FROM THOSE
MEAN STREETS. THE SCHOOL'S FAN BASE WAS IN LARGE PART FROM THOSE
NEIGHBORHOODS. PETE CARROLL, THE ANOINTED ONE, THE GOLDEN BOY, THE FORTUNATE
SON AND FOOTBALL DEITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, WAS MAKING MILLIONS, LIVING THE
DREAM, IN CHARGE AT A PRESTIGIOUS, MONEYED PRIVATE INSTITUTION. BUT INSTEAD OF
CONCENTRATING ONLY ON GRIDIRON GLORY, HOB-NOBBING WITH FAT-CAT ALUMS AND
THEIR TROPHY WIVES, PETE CARROLL KNEW HOW LUCKY HE WAS AND WANTED TO PASS
THAT LUCK AROUND.
        MANY PEOPLE PERFORM VARIOUS FORMS OF "COMMUNITY SERVICE." OFTEN THAT
MEANS ATTACHING ONE'S NAME TO SOME FOUNDATION OR ANOTHER, OR SHOWING UP AT A
RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY. THERE IS RARELY ANY REAL "SERVICE," AND WHAT THERE IS
OFTEN IS RESERVED FOR THE TV CAMERAS OR SOUND BITES, ALL IN A CONCENTRATED
PUBLIC RELATIONS EFFORT TO POLISH AN IMAGE.
        BUT PETE, WHO GREW UP IN WEALTHY MARIN AND HAD NEVER KNOWN WANT,
DECIDED TO TRY AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. HE BEFRIENDED A LOCAL COMMUNITY
ACTIVIST IN SOUTH-CENTRAL LOS ANGELES WHO DROVE THOSE MEAN STREETS
REGULARLY, LATE AT NIGHT, IN AN EFFORT TO GET KIDS TO QUIT DRUGS, QUIT THE GANG
LIFE, TURN AWAY FROM CRIME, TO FIND MEANING, TO FIND GOD, TO RIGHT THEMSELVES
AGAINST ALL ODDS. THE MAN INVITED PETE CARROLL TO RIDE ALONG WITH HIM ON HIS
DANGEROUS SOJOURNS. PETE SAID SURE, AND THE MAN THOUGHT, "YEAH, RIGHT." THEN
ONE NIGHT PETE CALLED HIM UP AND SAID, "LET'S GO."
        SO THEY DID. NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE, BUT REPEATEDLY. INSTEAD OF BREAKING
DOWN FILM, RECRUITING, SCHMOOZING OR LOOKING FOR ENDORSEMENT DEALS, PETE
CARROLL WAS SHOWING UP AT LIQUOR STORES, STREET CORNERS AND CRACK HOUSES
WHERE YOUNG BLACK AND HISPANIC MEN WERE GATHERING DIRECTLY IN HARM'S WAY.
THE MEN WOULD WARILY LOOK AT THE CAR PULLING TO A STOP, FIGURING IT TO BE AN
UNDERCOVER NARC, A BUST, A DRUG BUY. THEN PETE CARROLL WOULD GET OUT AND
APPROACH THEM, AND THEY WOULD NOT BELIEVE THEIR EYES.
        PETE HAS A REAL QUALITY TO HIM THAT CANNOT BE MANUFACTURED. EITHER YOU

HAVE IT OR YOU DO NOT. A WHITE, MIDDLE-AGED SUBURBAN MAN IN A GOLF SHIRT AND

BLOW-DRIED HAIR LACKS ANY STREET CRED IN SOUTH-CENTRAL, BUT WHEN PETE OPENED

UP WITH, "HEY GUYS, I'M PETE CARROLL," HE HAD IMMEDIATE PANACHE. GRAVITAS.

WHATEVER HE HAD, IT CANNOT BE BOUGHT. IT IS JUST NATURAL.

       PETE WOULD ASK THE YOUNG MEN ABOUT THEIR LIVES, THEIR TROUBLES, THE

DIFFICULTIES OF SURVIVAL. HE WOULD LISTEN, TRY AND HELP, AND FOLLOW UP INSTEAD

OF PAYING LIP SERVICE. AFTER THE FIRST NIGHT, HE ASKED TO DO IT AGAIN . . . AND AGAIN

. . . AND AGAIN. IT WENT ON LIKE THAT FOR A LONG TIME. PETE ARRANGED FOR SOME OF
THE YOUNG MEN HE MET TO GET JOBS AT THE UNIVERSITY. HE MADE A CONCERTED EFFORT

TO HELP THEM. ALL OF THIS HAPPENED UNDER THE RADAR. PETE TOLD FEW PEOPLE ABOUT

IT. THE PRESS NEVER GOT WIND OF IT. IT WAS NOT A PUBLIC RELATIONS GAMBIT. IT WAS

REAL.

        ONE NIGHT IN 2007, A WRITER FROM LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE ARRIVED AT

HERITAGE HALL TO DO A PETE CARROLL PROFILE. AS THE INTERVIEW WOUND DOWN, THE

MAN WHO DROVE PETE CARROLL AROUND THE INNER CITY ARRIVED FOR ONE OF THEIR

SOJOURNS. THE MAGAZINE WRITER HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS HAPPENING. PETE NEVER

TALKED ABOUT, NEVER BRAGGED ABOUT WHAT A HUMANITARIAN, WHAT A "LIBERAL" HE

WAS. THERE WAS A BRIEF PERIOD OF CONFUSION, IN WHICH PETE TRIED TO HIDE WHAT WAS

GOING ON FROM THE WRITER, BUT AFTER A FEW QUESTIONS IT BECAME CLEAR WHAT THE

COACH OF THE TROJANS WAS UP TO. PETE RELENTED. HE RELUCTANTLY INVITED THE

WRITER TO RIDE ALONG, AND SO HE DID. WHEN THE ARTICLE APPEARED LATE IN THE

SEASON, THE CAT WAS OUT OF THE BAG. WHEN PETE WAS QUESTIONED ABOUT IT AT

ALUMNI GATHERINGS, HE DISPLAYED GREAT KNOWLEDGE OF INNER CITY LIFE; STATISTICS,

PROGRAMS THAT WORK VS. THOSE THAT DO NOT, A TRUE DEVOTION TO THE CAUSE. IT WAS,

LIKE ALL OTHER THINGS IN HIS LIFE, REAL.

        This is why Coach Carroll succeeds. He has a rare, natural ability to get along

with everybody, whether it be the inner city black kid, the suburban blue chipper, the

country boy; old, young, rich, poor, male or female. To be recruited by Pete Carroll is to

be mesmerized by his charm and truthful qualities, and it invariably means deciding to

cast one's lot with this man. Parents instinctively want their children to be a part of the

Trojan family.
        Pete Carroll is New Age. He is Marin County cool, talking the talk of a surf dude,
yet he still has a deep, resonant respect for the traditions of the University of Southern
California. He knows the John McKay story. He loves that Sam "Bam" Cunningham and
the Trojans went into the Deep South and helped to end segregation. He is proud of the
legacy of his school and carries it on. He got to know Marv Goux and took the time to
find out the essence of this place, this hallowed shrine. But Pete treats everybody the
same, whether you are Marv Goux or a student intern.
        Another Pete Carroll story. In October of 2007 I was doing a series of book

signings, guest lectures in classes, and speeches at USC for my book One Night, Two

Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed a Nation. It was a Monday

afternoon in the middle of the season. I went to Pete's office at Heritage Hall to drop off

a signed copy of my book, figuring he was busy and I would just leave it with his

secretary. I identified myself and asked if he had just a minute to come out and say hello.

His secretary entered his office, then came back out and said, "Pete wants to talk to you."

I sat on the sofa in the main lounge for a minute or so, and then out bounded Pete Carroll,

simultaneously recruiting a kid, planning practice and getting ready for Saturday's

opponent. He shook my hand and spoke with me for a few minutes as if I was important.

This is not an unusual Pete Carroll story. Everybody who meets him comes away with a

similar experience. It is the biggest secret of his success. How he does it, I do not know.

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THIS BOOK IS NOT A MERCENARY EFFORT. I AM PROUD TO CALL MYSELF A TROJAN, AND

MORE TO THE POINT, I AM VERY LUCKY TO BE A TROJAN. SOME YEARS AGO I WAS A

PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER WITH THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AND OAKLAND A'S

ORGANIZATION WITH A COUPLE OF LACKLUSTER YEARS OF COLLEGE "EDUCATION" UNDER

MY BELT. WHEN THE A'S RELEASED ME, I WAS LITTLE MORE THAN A COLLEGE DROPOUT. I

HAD ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO USC, BUT MY GRADES, MY BASEBALL TALENTS; ANY WAY

I LOOKED AT IT, I WAS A CUT BELOW THE STANDARD. HOWEVER, A GREAT TROJAN, DR.
ART VERGE, HELPED ME PUT TOGETHER A PACKAGE - TRANSCRIPTS, AN ESSAY, LETTERS OF

RECOMMENDATION, EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACHIEVEMENTS - THAT I COULD PRESENT TO THE

UNIVERSITY IN AN EFFORT TO TRANSFER IN. I MADE AN APPOINTMENT WITH DELORES

HOMISAK, A COUNSELOR WITH THE SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES. SHE TOLD

ME SHE WOULD TAKE A CHANCE ON ME; THAT I COULD TRANSFER INTO USC ON A

PROBATIONARY STATUS. I NEEDED TO MAKE FIRST-CLASS GRADES IN ACADEMIC COURSE

WORK DIRECTED TOWARDS A DEGREE IN COMMUNICATIONS. I BUCKLED DOWN, MADE THE

GRADES, AND WAS MATRICULATED. TWO YEARS LATER I HAD A BACHELOR'S DEGREE.

THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF ME THAT CANNOT BELIEVE I MADE IT, THAT I HAVE TO

PINCH MYSELF, AND THAT I STILL DO NOT REALLY BELONG, BUT I'M IN AND I'M NOT LETTING

GO. TO ME, THE FOUR BOOKS I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN

CALIFORNIA ARE MY WAY OF PROVING THAT I AM A TROJAN!

       What It Means to Be a Trojan means being a member of the Trojan family. That

family extends well beyond the borders of Los Angeles County and Southern California.

For me, it not only extended to but also thrived in Marin County, California. This is

Berkeley and Stanford country, but Golden Bears and Cardinal fans are forced to observe

proud Trojans within their midst.

       IT STARTS, FOR ME AT LEAST, WITH MY FATHER, DONALD E. TRAVERS. HE WAS A

KID IN SAN FRANCISCO WHEN USC PLAYED NOTRE DAME IN 1931. THE GAME WAS

BROADCAST ON NATIONAL RADIO, A HUGE EVENT AT THE TIME. THE CATHOLIC FAMILY

WHO LIVED DOWNSTAIRS HAD A RADIO, AND MY DAD ASKED IF HE COULD LISTEN IN. THE

IRISH FANS CHEERED NOTRE DAME AND PUT DOWN THE TROJANS, LIBERALLY

INTERSPERSED WITH ROSARIES AND PRAYERS BASED ON THE CONCEPT THAT THEY WERE,
INDEED, FAVORED BY THE LORD. MY FATHER TOOK EXCEPTION TO THE NOTION, AND WHEN

TROY RALLIED TO WIN, 16-14, HE CHEERED JUST TO SPITE THE CATHOLIC FAMILY (WHO

PROBABLY NEVER LET HIM LISTEN TO THEIR RADIO AGAIN). A TROJAN FAN WAS BORN.

FAST-FORWARD TWO DECADES. A STAR BASKETBALL PLAYER (KEN FLOWER) AT THE SAME
SCHOOL, LOWELL HIGH OF SAN FRANCISCO - WHERE MY FATHER AT THE TIME WAS A
TEACHER AND TRACK COACH - WENT TO USC AND STARRED ON THE HARDWOOD. HIS GOOD
FRIEND, BOB TROPPMANN, WHO HAD PLAYED AT LOWELL A FEW YEARS EARLIER, WAS A
YOUNG TEACHER/COACH AND COLLEAGUE OF MY FATHER'S. COACH TROPPMANN AND KEN
FLOWER HAVE BEEN FAMILY FRIENDS EVER SINCE. COACH T WAS LATER PETE CARROLL'S
COACH AT REDWOOD HIGH.
       FAST-FORWARD ANOTHER DECADE-PLUS. MY DAD WAS NOW AN ATTORNEY AND

PROFESSOR AT CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO. A YOUNG JUNIOR COLLEGE SUPERSTAR

NAMED ORENTHAL JAMES SIMPSON WAS DOING PHENOMENAL THINGS THERE, AND WHEN

HE MOVED ON TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, I STARTED FOLLOWING THE

TROJANS WITH MY FATHER. LIKE CRAZY.

      ANOTHER FAVORITE TROJAN WAS THE NEW YORK METS' HALL OF FAME PITCHER

TOM SEAVER. HE REPRESENTED THE ULTIMATE ROLE MODEL IN MY MIND: SUPERSTAR,

NEW YORK ICON, HANDSOME, INTELLIGENT, A WELL-EDUCATED CALIFORNIAN. I LOVED

THE FACT THAT HE WENT TO USC ALMOST EVERY OFF-SEASON FROM 1967 TO 1976 IN

ORDER TO GET HIS DEGREE.

I GOT A FULL DOSE OF TROJAN FOOTBALL LONG BEFORE I EVER MATRICULATED AS A
STUDENT. WHEN ANTHONY DAVIS WENT BALLISTIC AGAINST NOTRE DAME IN BOTH 1972
AND 1974, OUR NEIGHBORS ALMOST CALLED THE POLICE, MY DAD AND I WENT SO
BERSERK. IN 1978 HE AND I WERE IN THE STANDS WHEN FRANK JORDAN'S FIELD GOAL BEAT
NOTRE DAME, 27-25. I WAS PLANNING EVENTUALLY TO GO TO SCHOOL THERE, WHICH I
PROUDLY INFORMED THE ATTRACTIVE YOUNG WOMAN SITTING NEXT TO ME AT THE
COLISEUM. WHEN JORDAN'S KICK SPLIT THOSE UPRIGHTS I HUGGED HER SO HARD THEY
ALMOST HAD TO MARRY US.
      A YEAR LATER I WAS ATTENDING A THANKSGIVING WEEKEND PARTY IN MARIN

COUNTY WHEN AT MIDNIGHT MY PAL DINO LOBERTINI AND I DECIDED TO DRIVE ALL NIGHT

AND ATTEND THE NEXT DAY'S USC-UCLA GAME. EVERY ACT OF SERENDIPITY AND
TROJAN GOOD FORTUNE WAS WITH US. WE ARRIVED IN LOS ANGELES AND FOUND MY

FRIEND PETE COOPER'S APARTMENT WITHOUT DIRECTIONS; FOUND MY FRIEND BRAD COLE

BY PURE LUCK; WERE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME WHEN HIS BROTHER DARREN

JUST HAPPENED TO PROVIDE US WITH TWO FREE TICKETS LIKE MANNA FROM HEAVEN;

TRUDGED A HUGE CONTAINER OF "TONY THE TIGERS" (VODKA, OLDE ENGLISH 800,

ORANGE JUICE) INTO THE COLISEUM; AND BY THE TIME USC STOMPED THE BRUINS, 49-14

UNDER A 90-DEGREE LATE FALL SUN, I WAS QUITE CONVINCED THAT IF GOD WAS NOT A

TROJAN, HE AT LEAST HAD AN APARTMENT ON WEST ADAMS BOULEVARD. OF COURSE,

OPERATING ON ALCOHOL AND SLEEPLESSNESS FOR 24 HOURS CAUGHT UP WITH ME, BUT I

STILL LUCKED OUT WITH A SPARE BED AT COOP'S APARTMENT OFF THE ROW, WHERE I

CRASHED WHILE A WILD ALL-FRAT PARTY RAGED OUTSIDE THE WINDOW. I SWEAR THAT

THE ORIGINAL STEPPENWOLF PLAYED THAT CONCERT. I CAN VAGUELY REMEMBER JOHN

KAY SINGING "BORN TO BE WILD," BUT I MANAGED TO SLEEP THROUGH MOST OF IT.

       Redwood High School, where Coach Troppmann was still coaching by the time I

got there, has a long tradition of Trojans. The Redwood/USC connection was started by

Mike Woodson in 1959. Mike was one of the famed USC Republicans who worked for

Richard Nixon, a group that included Donald Segretti, Dwight Chapin, Gordon Strachan

and Bart Porter.

       In my senior year at Redwood, we were the national champions of high school

baseball. Our coach, Al Endriss, the National Coach of the Year one season earlier, had

been Pete Carroll's baseball coach and an assistant on the football team that Pete played

on. Two prep All-American teammates of mine, outfielder Jim Connor and pitcher

Mickey Meister, played for Rod Dedeaux at Southern California. We made a trip to San
Diego and played Lincoln High School, whose third baseman was Marcus Allen. Our Joe

DiMaggio League summer team played the Long Beach Jets in the state tournament. A

former track star at USC coached the Jets, and the team featured both Tony and Chris

Gwynn.

       Jim Connor led USC in hitting as a sophomore and is now a very successful real

estate executive in Westlake Village. His son, Trevor, is a talented, aspiring sportscaster.

Mickey Meister was a piece of work. One of the best pitchers in the Pac-10 as a

sophomore, the first time I got a load of his act at USC was a happening Thursday night

at the 32nd Street Bar and Grill in the University Village. He and All-American shortstop

Dan Davidsmeir simply owned that place. Mick was 6-5, 220 pounds and looked like a

member of The Beach Boys. He "let" me trail him like a sycophant while he worked the

room in the manner of Frank Sinatra at The Sands, walking from table to table where a

coterie of blondies who, in my memory at least, all looked like Christy Brinkley, fawned

over him: "Hiii, Mickeee" . . . "Mickeee, why didn't you call me?" Meister finally just

turned to me, shrugged his shoulders and announced, "I dominate!" Davidsmeir: "Gotta

give it to you: you dominate." High-fives. Beyond that I cannot print.

        Other high school classmates of mine who attended USC included Darrell Elder
(the conference discus champion for the Trojans), Linda Sorgen (whose dad, a USC grad,
became head of Pac-10 referees), Peter Cooper (now a corporate executive in San
Francisco), Greg Farber (who started the famed "Women of USC" calendars of the
1980s), Jeffrey Cole (now a multi-millionaire real estate executive living in Corona Del
Mar, California) and his brother Darren Lee Cole (a leading off-Broadway New York
theatrical producer; Killer Joe starring Scott Glenn and Amanda Plummer). Jeff and
Darren came from a great USC family. Their father, Jerry (a stockbroker) and mother, Dr.
Joan Cole (an educator) were Trojans. Rob Monaco took over his family's video
production business in San Francisco.
        I was "recruited" to USC by Tony Santino, who had played baseball for Coach

Dedeaux (the best man at his wedding). His children, Cara and Tony (who worked for the
Golden State Warriors) are great Trojans who went to Redwood. The lovely Jasmine

Wittoff went to USC. Dan Andrade's dad, Leo, had gone to USC. Then there is Kevin

McCormack, my best friend in the world. Kevin went to his dad's alma mater, Notre

Dame, then transferred to USC. Nice.

        Later, Chad Kreuter starred on the baseball and football teams at Redwood. He is
now USC's head baseball coach, meaning that the football (Carroll) and baseball coaches
at the University of Southern California are both Redwood graduates. Jim Saia, who was
the Trojans' head basketball coach in 2005, went to Marin County rival Sir Francis
Drake. Drake's famed track coach, Bill Taylor, ran track for Jess Mortensen at USC.
Then there was Bill "Spaceman" Lee, who was a Terra Linda Trojan before he was a
USC Trojan and then a Boston Red Sock. Brent Moore was a football player from San
Marin High who played at USC when I was there. He went to the Green Bay Packers.
        Then there was Bill Bordley. Bill was from the Palos Verdes peninsula and had

been a baseball superstar at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance. In 1977 he

was 14-0 as a freshman at USC, and in 1978 he pitched the Trojans, considered at the

time to be the greatest college team in history, to the national championship. Roy Roth

was a Pac-8 umpire who also worked many of my high school games, and when the big

league umps went on strike he worked as a replacement. He was a St. Louis Cardinals'

"bird dog" scout credited in part with signing me to a professional contract. Roy told me

flat out that Bordley was the greatest pitcher he ever saw, at any level; "better than Sandy

Koufax!"

Bill signed with the San Francisco Giants but was injured. He lived in Marin at the time
and worked out under a strength coach at the local high school, where I met him during
his rehabilitation. I later knew Bill at USC, where he was the pitching coach under Rod
Dedeaux after injuries forced his early retirement. Bill became a Secret Service agent and
in 2000 I interviewed him at length about this transition. That article, "A Tale of Two
Pitchers," detailed how USC All-American pitcher Bruce Gardner failed to handle his
injury, and Bill Bordley did. I may write a book about it someday.
        Any description of Marin Trojans is not complete without mention of my good

pal Gary Hendricks, a renowned developer in the county. Gary started at USC but

transferred to UCLA, yet remains to this day a total, loyal, dedicated USC football fan.
Go figure! This is not that unusual. I do not mean to put down UCLA, but I know

several UCLAns who do not have nearly the same enthusiasm for their school that USC

folks have for ours.

       WHEN I WAS A MINOR LEAGUE PITCHER IN THE OAKLAND A'S ORGANIZATION, WE

PLAYED A SPRING TRAINING EXHIBITION GAME AGAINST THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS AT

PHOENIX MUNICIPAL STADIUM. SOMEBODY HIT A SUREFIRE HOME RUN OVER THE RIGHT

FIELD FENCE. BOB SKUBE, A FORMER TROJAN STAR, MADE WHAT MAY TO THIS DAY BE THE

GREATEST CATCH I HAVE EVER SEEN, TO ROB US OF A HOME RUN.

       WHEN I ARRIVED ON CAMPUS, I HAD TO PINCH MYSELF TO MAKE SURE I WAS NOT

DREAMING. I WAS, IN FACT, LIVING MY DREAM. ALL MY SENSES WERE HEIGHTENED, TOO. I

PAID ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING; EVERYBODY I MET, ALL MY CLASSMATES, FAMOUS

NAMES, GREAT ATHLETES. THE VERY FIRST PERSON I MET WHEN I MOVED INTO THE REGAL

TROJAN ARMS ON WEST ADAMS BOULEVARD WAS JOE KONDASH (TODAY PRESIDENT OF

THE SCRIPTWRITER'S NETWORK), THE ROOMMATE OF MICHAEL HARPER. HARPER WAS THE

RUNNING BACK WHO MOST LIKELY FUMBLED (BUT IT WAS NOT CALLED) WHILE SCORING

THE WINNING TOUCHDOWN AGAINST NOTRE DAME IN 1982, 20-17. WE ARE STILL FRIENDS.

HE IS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA. JOE INTRODUCED ME TO

THE SECOND PERSON I MET, TERRY MARKS. MY FAVORITE TERRY MARKS STORY

CONCERNS HIS FIRST DAY AT THE SCHOOL. AN IRISH CATHOLIC LAD FROM A LARGE FAMILY

OF NOTRE DAME FANS IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, TERRY VENTURED WEST SIGHT UNSEEN

TO PLAY BASEBALL FOR ROD DEDEAUX. HIS ONLY VISUAL OF THE CAMPUS HAD BEEN A

DECEPTIVE VIDEO THAT MADE IT LOOK LIKE VERMONT AVENUE WAS THE PACIFIC OCEAN

STRAND, COMPLETE WITH SONG GIRLS. HIS $40 CAB RIDE FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE
CAMPUS HAD HIM CONVINCED HE HAD BEEN TAKEN "FOR A RIDE" INTO BAD

NEIGHBORHOODS, UNTIL HE SAW THE COLISEUM.

       WITH ABOUT $30 TO LAST A MONTH HE NEEDED GROCERIES SO HE WENT TO THE

32ND STREET MARKET, BUT EXITED THE WRONG DOOR. HAVING LOST HIS BEARINGS HE

VENTURED SEVERAL BLOCKS BEFORE HE REALIZED HE WAS LOST ON THE MEAN STREETS OF

SOUTH-CENTRAL L.A. GANGBANGERS, PREDATORS AND HOMELESS BUMS EYED HIM. THE

SEARING LATE SUMMER HEAT, THE SMOG, BUS FUMES, COPENHAGEN CHEW, LACK OF FOOD

AND JET LAG PLAYED TRICKS ON HIS MIND. HIS VISION OF SONG GIRLS, BIKINIS, TRAVELER

AND FRED LYNN BANGING HOME RUNS SEEMED A CRUEL TRICK. TERRY BEGAN TO IMAGINE

THAT HE HAD DIED AND GONE TO HELL, DAMNED BY GOD BECAUSE HE HAD CHOSEN THE

GLAMOUR OF USC OVER THE PIOUS CHRISTIANITY OF HIS OWN RELIGION, NOTRE DAME.

RIGHT THEN AND THERE HE DROPPED HIS BAGS AND SAID THE LORD'S PRAYER, THEN

BEGAN WALKING, TRUSTING THAT GOD WOULD SEE HIM THROUGH. 10 MINUTES LATER HE

WAS SAFE AT HIS APARTMENT.

       Terry pitched for Coach Dedeaux and became my roommate. We put our empty
Copenhagen cans on the windowsill, and it eventually blotted out the Sun. Terry was the
best man at my wedding, the Godfather of my daughter, Elizabeth, and is today president
of Coca-Cola/North America. He wrote the foreword of my book Trojans Essential:
Everything You Need to Be a Real Fan! (2008). Not bad so far!
       TERRY INTRODUCED ME TO ANOTHER OF MY GREATEST LIFELONG FRIENDS,

ANTHONY "BRUNO" CARAVALHO, A BASEBALL PITCHER AS WELL. BRUNO HAD PLAYED

WITH JACK DEL RIO AND RANDY JOHNSON BACK HOME IN HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA. LATER

HE OWNED THE FAMED 502 CLUB (CALIFORNIA PIZZA & PAST COMPANY) AT THE CORNER

OF JEFFERSON AND MCLINTOCK, NEXT TO THE BANK OF AMERICA IN THE UNIVERSITY

VILLAGE. THE "FIVE-OH" CLOSED IN 1993. A YOSHINOYA BEEF BOWL UNFORTUNATELY

OCCUPIES THE SITE TODAY.
       MOST OF MY BEST PALS WERE TROJAN BASEBALL PLAYERS. THIS INCLUDED

PITCHER PHIL SMITH (TODAY HIGHLY-PLACED IN THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT).

HIS OLDER BROTHER, DAVE TOOK JIM CONNOR'S JOB FROM HIM AS THE FIRST BASEMAN.

THEN THERE WAS RANDY ROBERTSON, WHO GREW UP WITH MARK MCGWIRE IN

CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA. RANDY LATER PITCHED IN THE PADRES' ORGANIZATION.

SOUTHPAW (IT FIGURES) PITCHER BOB GUNNARSSON WOULD DO AN ACT CALLED "THE

SPIDER" AT THE "FIVE-OH." THIS ENTAILED WALKING ON THE PALMS OF HIS HANDS. HE

PLAYED MINOR LEAGUE BALL A FEW YEARS. SID AKINS WAS AN OLYMPIAN IN THE 1984

L.A. GAMES (COACHED BY ROD DEDEAUX). HE WAS A GREAT TALENT.

       Steve Heslop was a hard-throwing southpaw from the desert. He seemed to be a

fish out of water; quiet and unassuming, yet he roomed with the ultimate "party animal,"

Mickey Meister. Mick, Hes and Kevin McCormack had a pad over at Ellendale, which

was a dangerous neighborhood. Hes would just stay in while Mick and Mac would drag

Randy Robertson, Alby Silvera, Tony Walczuk, a young Damon Oppenheimer, and

Randy Gabrielson (whose dad, Len, was a Trojan great and big leaguer) to the "Nine-oh,"

the "Three-two" and the "Five-oh." Weekends meant "road trips" to the Golden Bear in

Huntington Beach; the hot spots of Manhattan; or Chippendales in Westwood, where we

would show up after the male strippers were done and Mick said the girls were "primed."

Oh Lord have mercy.

       Mark Schultz was a walk-on pitcher for the Spartans, the junior varsity team, but

his nose was always in a book. He is a medical doctor now. Pitcher Spiro Psaltis's father

had been a star basketball player on the 1952 Trojan Final Four team. I did not know

Spiro very well (he finished before I got there), but he was a good friend with Jim Connor
and I did drink beers with him one night at the 901 Club.

THIRD BASEMAN CRAIG STEVENSON WAS MARK MCGWIRE'S ROOMMATE ABOUT FIVE
DOORS DOWN FROM MINE AT THE REGAL TROJAN ARMS. HE PLAYED IN THE HOUSTON
ORGANIZATION AND IS NOW AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER. HIS DAD HAD PLAYED FOR
DEDEAUX BEFORE A PRO CAREER, THEN BECOMING A FIGHTER PILOT. OUTFIELDER MARK
STEVENS WAS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE GUYS FROM THE
ROBERTSON-MCGWIRE-CLAREMONT CONNECTION. HE IS AN ATTORNEY IN NEWPORT
BEACH NOW.
      MCGWIRE WAS THE NEATEST, MOST-ORGANIZED, DISCIPLINED COLLEGE STUDENT I

HAVE EVER KNOWN. HIS GIRLFRIEND, KATHY, WAS A TROJAN BATGIRL. HE WAS THE

SPORTING NEWS COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND WENT ON TO GREAT FAME IN

OAKLAND AND ST. LOUIS. RANDY JOHNSON WAS AS WILD AS A MARCH HARE. I WOULD

LOVE TO SAY I PREDICTED HIS HALL OF FAME CAREER, BUT I DID NOT. YEARS LATER WHEN

I WAS A COLUMNIST WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, "THE BIG UNIT" GRANTED ME A

LONG, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW IN PHOENIX THAT BECAME A THREE-PAGE SPREAD IN THE

NEWSPAPER. BRIAN COHEN WAS NO GREAT SHAKES IN BASEBALL, BUT HE BECAME A

BIG-TIME SPORTS AGENT WORKING WITH DENNIS GILBERT (BARRY BONDS'S

REPRESENTATIVE) WITH THE BEVERLY HILLS SPORTS COUNCIL. JEFF BROWN, THE CAPTAIN

OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM, WAS A CATCHER ON THE BASEBALL TEAM AND A FRIEND. HE

BECAME THE FOOTBALL COACH AT PORTERVILLE (CALIFORNIA) HIGH SCHOOL. THE OTHER

CATCHER, JACK DEL RIO, COULD EASILY HAVE BEEN A MAJOR LEAGUER, BUT THE

ALL-AMERICAN LINEBACKER CHOSE FOOTBALL, EVENTUALLY LEADING HIM TO THE

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AND THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, WHERE HE IS THEIR HEAD COACH

NOW.

Basketball player Purvis Miller was a good pal who wanted me to be his agent. I hung out
with a lot of football players, too. We were all regulars at the "Five-oh." Quarterback Tim
Green was a fun-loving guy. Later we were neighbors in Redondo Beach, California and
he loved running into me at P.J. Brett's, because I told everybody who would listen that
he was the 1985 Rose Bowl Player of the Game. Today he is architect in Los Angeles.
Linebacker Rex Moore was so crazy I was half-afraid to say anything to him.
Quarterback Scott Tinsley and defensive back Tim Shannon (son of St. Louis Cardinals'
ex-player and current broadcaster Mike Shannon) roomed at the Moon Apartments. Let's
just say they were popular with the ladies. Tim became an attorney. I once saw another
quarterback, Sean Salisbury, a blue-chipper out of San Diego, arrive at a party dressed in
a golf sweater like he was 45 years old. I was told, "He's Mormon," as if that explained it.
He played for the Vikings and became an ESPN pro football analyst.
Don Mosebar starred for the 1983 world champion Los Angeles Raiders. Bruce
Matthews became a Hall of Famer with the Houston Oilers. Tony Slaton, Duane Bickett
and Jeff Bregel were all stars in the program when I was there. I never really knew
place-kicker Steve Jordan, but I later became friends with his brother Frank, star of the
1978 27-25 win over Notre Dame. Frank is a historian who gives World War I and World
War II battlefield tours in France every summer. He once proposed an idea for a World
War I screenplay I wrote called The Lost Battalion. The story is a roundabout one, but
that movie was eventually made, starring Rick Schroder.
Tom Hille was a good friend. He was a graduate assistant who worked for strength coach
Jerry "attababy" Attaway. He went to work for the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. I
had a literature class with a lineman named Mike Roth. Mike was a nice guy and very
Christian. That class also changed my life. We read Rabbit Redux by John Updike; Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov; the works of Saul Bellow and Isaac Bashevis Singer; and other
classics. I was blown away and it launched what eventually became a writing career.
Most college kids return their used books at semester's end for a partial refund. I decided
to hold onto my books. They now had value, and they are permanent fixtures in my
library to this day, dog-eared from many a reading with my college phone number still
written inside.
I took a fabulous communications class, and one of my assignments was to interview
somebody who had the job I someday wanted. I chose Steve Brener, the media relations
director of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was a thrill to drive out to Dodger Stadium and
spend an hour with him. In another class on debate and speech rhetoric, we studied John
Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in 1963; the 1980 Ronald Reagan-Jimmy Carter
debate; and I did a presentation on the social impact of the 1960s. Legendary assistant
football coach Marv Goux's daughter, Linda, was in that class. Dr. Bernard Pipken's
oceanography course included a great cruise beyond Los Angeles harbor along the Palos
Verdes coastline.
        I was at that time becoming spiritually awakened, and part of this maturation

came when I took a wonderful class on religion. I learned about diverse faiths as well as a

deeper understanding of my own Christianity. Professor Andrew Casper taught a class on

film appreciation that was a barnburner. Even though I majored in communications, not

film, I took enough classes in the School of Cinema-Television to plant the seeds of what

eventually would be authorship of 15 screenplays.
MY COUNSELOR IN THE COMMUNICATIONS SCHOOL WAS THE ESTIMABLE DR. KEN SERENO,
WHO IS STILL AT USC. HE TAUGHT A GREAT COURSE ON COMMUNICATIONS THEORY. I WILL
NEVER FORGET THE DAY HE MAPPED OUT THE CLASSES I NEEDED TO TAKE IN ORDER TO
ATTAIN MY BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE. FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME I COULD SEE THE
"LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL" AND REALIZED I WOULD GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE.
ONE HAD TO QUASH COLD BEERS AT THE "FIVE-OH" IN ORDER TO COMBAT ACADEMIC
STRESS AND MID-90S HEAT, AND MANY A FORMER TROJAN WOULD APPEAR IN THERE. IT
WAS LIKE GOING TO A BAR AT THE HALL OF FAME. ONE NIGHT EX-FOOTBALL GREAT RICH
DIMLER, RECENTLY OF THE GREEN BAY PACKERS, CAME IN WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND, WHO
WAS BLONDE AND A 12 ON A SCALE OF ONE TO 10. NATURALLY THE TRAVS HAD A COUPLE
AND MADE SOME MOVES, ENGENDERING MUCH ANIMOSITY FROM DIMLER, WHO WAS ABOUT
7-5, 462 POUNDS COMPLETE WITH BEARD AND SCOWL. I TALKED HIM DOWN WITH TROJAN
FOOTBALL KNOWLEDGE.
ON ANOTHER OCCASION, ANTHONY DAVIS ORDERED A PITCHER OF BEER FROM THE
BARTENDER, AN IRASCIBLE CUBS FAN FROM CHICAGO NAMED BERNIE. ANTHONY JUST
TOOK THE BREW AND DEPARTED.
"THAT'LL BE TWO BUCKS," DEMANDED BERNIE.
"I'M A.D.," SAID A.D., AS IF THAT MEANT A FREE LUNCH, OR AT LEAST FREE BEER.
"I DON'T CARE IF YOUR JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF," SAID BERNIE, "THAT'LL BE TWO BUCKS."
       CLARENCE CULBREATH WAS A LITTLE-KNOWN USC FOOTBALL PLAYER IN THE

EARLY 1970S, ONE OF THE GREATEST PERIODS OF GLORY IN SCHOOL HISTORY. C.C. WAS A

SOCIAL WORKER IN L.A. AND WOULD COME TO THE 502 CLUB AFTER WORK, WHERE HE HAD

MORE STORIES THAN CARTER HAS PILLS. HE SAID A.D. PARKED A SHINY CADILLAC

CONVERTIBLE, APPARENTLY A BOOSTER'S GIFT, IN FRONT OF THE STEPS AT HERITAGE

HALL, WHICH IS NOT A PARKING LOT. APPARENTLY NOBODY DARED TOW OR TICKET. IT

WAS C.C. WHO FIRST TOLD ME HOW PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT SUPPOSEDLY SAID SAM "BAM"

CUNNINGHAM WAS "WHAT A FOOTBALL PLAYER LOOKS LIKE" AFTER USC BEAT ALABAMA,

42-21 IN 1970. THAT STORY TURNED ME INTO A TROJAN SPORTS HISTORIAN AND

EVENTUALLY BECAME ONE NIGHT, TWO TEAMS: ALABAMA VS. USC AND THE GAME THAT

CHANGED A NATION, WHICH IS NOW IN PRODUCTION TO BECOME A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.

ONE OF C.C.'S PALS WAS AN EX-FOOTBALL PLAYER FROM MUIR HIGH SCHOOL IN

PASADENA, ALSO NAMED CLIFF. ODDLY ENOUGH, IT WHAT WAS IN THAT ENVIRONMENT

WHERE CLIFF QUOTED SCRIPTURE. YEARS LATER, I PARTIALLY CREDIT CLIFF WITH
INSPIRING ME TO READ THE HOLY BIBLE AT LEAST FIVE TIMES.

       Dave Lyttle was a good "Five-oh" pal. Dave, who lived in Palos Verdes Estates,

was a probation officer with Los Angeles County whose wife was a Superior Court

Judge. He was a leading Trojan booster and "coach" of the rugby team, who seemingly

made visits to the 502 Club a mandatory conclusion of each practice and game.

       THE LOS ANGELES EXPRESS OF THE UNITED STATES FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYED

AT THE NEARBY COLISEUM IN THOSE DAYS. I RECALL ONE AFTERNOON SEEING LEE

MAJORS, WHO HAD PLAYED THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN ON TELEVISION - I THINK HE

WAS AN EXPRESS CO-OWNER OR SHAREHOLDER - HAVE A FEW TOO MANY COCKTAILS AND

ALMOST GET INTO A FIGHT.

       We often used the pay phone at the 502 Club to call hotels where visiting big

league teams stayed in Los Angeles, inviting the likes of Tom Seaver or Carl

Yastrzemski for "beer and pizza on us." We actually reached these guys but the invites

were politely turned down.

         I enjoyed the friendship of female athletes at USC, as well. Two good friends

were excellent players on the unbeaten, national championship women's tennis team

(1983), Kathleen Lillie and Anna-Lucia Fernandez. Cheryl Miller was a basketball

wunderkind when I was in school. I also had a very brief internship in the sports

information office (a job the actor Will Ferrell later also had). Jim Perry, a terrific fellow,

was the SID. Nancy Mazmanian, now the PR director for the Los Angeles Angels, was in

charge of baseball media. Tim Tessalone, who succeeded Perry and is still the SID,

worked in that office. So did my good friend Chris Wildermuth, a great guy. Once Chris

cut off Vin Scully on Sunset Boulevard when we were driving to Dodger Stadium.
      "Oh my God I just cut off Vin Scully," exclaimed Chris.

TERRY MARKS AND I TURNED AND WAVED APOLOGETICALLY TO VINNIE, WHO WAVED
BACK, ABSOLVING US OF OUR SINS LIKE A FRIENDLY PRIEST. SCULLY HAD A UNIQUE EFFECT
ON ME TO THIS DAY. IF I AM IN MY CAR AND EVEN THINKING OF DOING ANYTHING THAT
MIGHT BE, SAY, NOT MORALLY UPRIGHT, JUST THE SOUND OF HIS RADIO VOICE SAYING,
"HELLO EVERYBODY, PULL UP A CHAIR" CAN MAKE ME THINK TWICE ABOUT IT.
ANOTHER CLOSE FRIEND WAS BOB KARL. BOB WAS A CLASSIC INDIVIDUAL WHO ALWAYS
DID THE DRIVING WHEN WE VENTURED FOR A SATURDAY NIGHT RUN TO BARNEY'S
BEANERY, THE RAINBOW OR SLOAN'S. NO MATTER HOW MUCH TRAFFIC, HE ALWAYS
MANAGED TO FIND A SPACE RIGHT IN FRONT. WE WENT TO COUNTLESS DODGERS AND
ANGELS GAMES, AS WELL. BOB'S BROTHER, JON, HAS BEEN A NATIONAL REPORTER FOR
DIFFERENT NETWORKS.
TONY PITARO WAS AN INTELLECTUAL FROM LAS VEGAS VIA BOSTON. HIS FRIEND, JOEL
FARBSTEIN, ARRANGED FOR US TO MAKE A FEW EXTRA BUCKS WORKING AS "PRODUCTION
ASSISTANTS" FOR ABC. ONCE WE WERE "RUNNERS" AND "SPOTTERS" FOR AN IRONMAN
TRIATHLON COMPETITION. FRANK GIFFORD, THE EVENT'S TV ANNOUNCER AND A USC
ICON, FOUND OUT WE WERE ALL TROJANS. WE FOUND OURSELVES SITTING ON LAWN
CHAIRS AT SANTA MONICA BEACH, DRINKING BEER WITH THE GIFFER. A FRAZZLED
CREWMEMBER CAME RUNNING DOWN YELLING THAT SHE NEEDED A "RUNNER," SOMEBODY
WHO RELAYS INFORMATION ON THE RACE, IMMEDIATELY. TERRY, PIT AND I JUST SAT
THERE DRINKING BEER WITH GIFFORD. THE CREWMEMBER DEMANDED TO KNOW WHY WE
WERE NOT DOING OUR JOB.
"WE'RE SPOTTERS, NOT RUNNERS," EXPLAINED TERRY.
OH.
I KNEW PEOPLE FROM ALL FOUR CORNERS OF THE WORLD AT USC, BUT THAT COULD GET
DICEY. I BEFRIENDED A FELLOW WHO CLAIMED TO BE A PRINCE OF SUDAN'S ROYAL FAMILY
(?), BUT HE GOT INTO IT HOT AND HEAVY ONE NIGHT WITH A GUY FROM A RIVAL CLAN.
ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS FOUND THEMSELVES TO BE FELLOW TROJANS AT USC.
        OFFSPRING OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS, THE KIND-OF FAMOUS, OR THE EVENTUALLY

FAMOUS, HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A STAPLE AT USC. CHICAGO CUBS SUPERSTAR ERNIE

BANKS HAD A SON THERE. THE ACTRESS ALLIE SHEEDY HAD RECENTLY BEEN AT THE

SCHOOL. THERE WAS ALSO A RUMOR THAT TOM CRUISE WAS ENROLLING WHEN RISKY

BUSINESS HIT IT BIG, CAUSING HIM TO CHANGE HIS PLANS AND PURSUE SCREEN STARDOM.

SOMEBODY TOLD ME HIS TOP GUN CO-STAR KELLY MCGILLIS WAS A TROJAN, BUT I NEVER

COULD CONFIRM THAT. ONE OF THE HOTTIES FROM THREE'S COMPANY WAS A TROJAN, AS

WAS MALE STAR JOHN RITTER. THEN THERE WERE THE GIRLS OF TROY. OH, MY, THAT THEY

WERE. JEANNIE BUSS, THE DAUGHTER OF LAKERS OWNER JERRY BUSS, WAS FINISHING UP
WHEN I ARRIVED. SO WAS ACTOR JIM GARNER'S DAUGHTER. JACK NICHOLSON'S

DAUGHTER, JENNY, WAS A STUDENT.

The beautiful Denise Moreno was a girl who caught my eye. She is now an advertising
executive in Chicago. Football coach Ted Tollner had a daughter, Tammy, at USC. A
"wild child" from Rolling Hills Estates, Rebecca Reeves looked like the actress Lynda
Carter, who played Wonderwoman. Rebecca could have been a supermodel if she had
wanted to. Joyce Lara and Ruth Juechter were friends. I met my ex-wife at USC, too.
        Then there was Cecile Poppen and Tamara Rubinoff, two of the best-looking girls

on campus. What a pair they were! Trouble, I called 'em, but I never got anywhere with

either of them. One day I was at a film school party. Terry was getting a few bucks to

work the door. Cecile was there, and she told me she would pay me whatever Terry was

making if I would take his place, so she could spend time with him. I agreed but did not

take her money. I take credit for introducing them, however.

A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER, THEY WERE MARRIED AND THEY NOW LIVE IN ATLANTA,
WHERE TERRY WAS THE PRESIDENT OF COCA-COLA/NORTH AMERICA. THEY HAVE THREE
KIDS. I THINK TAMARA WORKS FOR THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION.
        I ALWAYS SAID I WAS AT USC AT THE END OF WHAT WAS STILL A GOLDEN AGE.

JOHN ROBINSON AND MARV GOUX WERE STILL THERE. MARCUS ALLEN HAD JUST WON THE

HEISMAN TROPHY. THE GREAT THING ABOUT USC IS THAT YOU CONTINUE TO BE A

MEMBER OF THE TROJAN FAMILY LONG AFTER GRADUATION. ROD DEDEAUX, WHO CALLED

EVERYBODY TIGER, WAS STILL AT USC. A COUPLE OF YEARS AFTER I GOT OUT, I WAS A

VOLUNTEER BASEBALL COACH WITH THE SPARTANS, THE JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM. PHIL

SMITH AND TERRY MARKS WERE ALSO COACHES. DON BUFORD, A FORMER USC BASEBALL

AND FOOTBALL HERO WHO ONCE HIT A HOMER OFF FELLOW USC MAN TOM SEAVER IN THE

1969 WORLD SERIES, SHARED THE LOCKER ROOM WITH US. YEARS LATER, I GOT TO KNOW

ROD BETTER AND WANTED VERY MUCH TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT HIM, WHICH BILL

"SPACEMAN" LEE SAID SHOULD BE TITLED THE HOUDINI OF BOVARD. I FOUND A PUBLISHER
AND STARTED RESEARCHING, BUT IN MID-STREAM THE PUBLISHER THREW ME A CURVE:

MAKE IT JUST A CHAPTER ON ROD, AND SEPARATE CHAPTERS ON GREAT COLLEGE BASEBALL

COACHES LIKE SKIP BERTMAN OF LOUISIANA STATE, CLIFF GUSTAFSON OF TEXAS, RON

FRASER OF MIAMI, AND THE LIKE. THAT WAS A SUBSTANTIALLY DIFFERENT PROJECT THAN

THE DEDEAUX BIOGRAPHY, AND THE BOOK WAS NEVER COMPLETED.

Speaking of Spaceman, he may be the most egalitarian big-time athlete ever. In 1987-88
he was running for "President" on the whimsical Canadian Rhinoceros Party ticket. A
true Don Quixote, that one. I was a member of the buttoned-down, ever-so-serious
Orange County Young Republicans, assigned to inviting guest speakers. I arranged for
Spaceman to address our large group. People looked at this guy like he was crazy and
wondered, "Why is he speaking to the OCYRs?" But Space held them in thrall,
announcing, "I'm more conservative than you. I'm so conservative I eat road kill." Then:
"I'm so far to the right I'm standing back-to-back with Chairman Mao." Take it from me,
this may not sound funny, but when Spaceman says it, it is. People were literally rolling
in the aisles. Afterward Bill worked the room, wooing some blonde USC debutante with
stories about how he beat the Southern Illinois Salukis in the 1968 College World Series.
She had this quizzical look on her face. Salukis?
Later, Bill introduced me to his Aunt Annabelle, the model for the women baseball
players in A League of Their Own. I wrote a magazine column about her. Bill stayed at
my home in Orange County but when I got up at six in the morning, he was gone. He was
doing tai chi with my 90-year old Chinese neighbor. That day he hit the road with me. I
stopped at an attorney's office but he stayed in the car while I conducted business.
Suddenly the secretary rushed in saying, "Call 911, call 911, there's a man having a heart
attack in the parking lot." I looked out the window and it was Bill doing his afternoon tai
chi.
        I invited Bill to the 502 Club and told Terry, Chris Wildermuth, Phil Smith and

Bruno Caravalho to meet us. Terry, an enormous Red Sox fan, was convinced Spaceman

would blow us off. Then he arrived and regaled us for several hours with Bosox stories.

Bill remains a good friend to this day and should be in the Trojan Athletic Hall of Fame.

After we all graduated, many of us continued to live in the Los Angeles area. I was
married in 1985, had a daughter, Elizabeth, and bought a home in Orange County. Later,
after I was divorced, I moved to the south bay area of Redondo and then Hermosa Beach.
Bruno bought the 502 Club and I frequented the place. For a brief time I even managed it.
Sundays after Los Angeles Raiders games were always an adventure, what with Raiders
players, Raiderettes, and USC players co-mingling.
        I got to know a whole new group of Trojan athletes, among them baseball players
Brett Boone, Jeff Cirillo, Mark Smith, Randy Powers, Danny Gil, Brett Jenkins, John

Cummings, Mike Robertson and Jackie Nickell. Damon Buford was a friend whose dad

was the aforementioned Don Buford. Several were crossover baseball-football stars, like

Rodney Peete, John Jackson and Rob Johnson. I later saw several of these people, now

big leaguers, in my professional duties as a sports columnist at Dodger Stadium, Edison

Field (now Angels Stadium), San Francisco's Pac Bell Park (now AT&T) and Oakland's

McAfee Coliseum.

Some of the football players I be-friended were Scott Mills, Gene Fruge, Scott Ross,
Todd Marinovich, Martin Chesley, Cleveland Colter, Junior Seau, Mark Carrier, Matt
Gee, Chris Hale and Mike Salmon. Fruge, Mills, Ross and Gee, I think, shared a home
near the Coliseum. One night they had a party and I decided to crash on their couch.
Fruge owned a pitbull who was friendly so long as he saw that I was Gene's friend. In the
middle of the night I awoke and needed to go to the bathroom. I arose and heard a
menacing growl from the dog. I held my own until one of the guys "rescued" me. I lived
in the south bay and later Marinovich moved down there. I liked Todd, despite his
troubles. He, Bruno and I spent some time in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well. Todd's
cousin, Mark Fertig (the son of Craig Fertig) played on the baseball team.
        TIM RYAN WAS AN ALL-AMERICAN WHO MARRIED A RAIDERETTE. I ALMOST GOT

IN A FIGHT ONE NIGHT WITH DON GIBSON AND HIS BROTHER, CRAIG. BRUNO'S BROTHER,

DOUG - A DIPLOMATIC TYPE - SMOOTHED THINGS OVER.

YES, O.J. SIMPSON AND HIS BOMBSHELL WIFE, NICOLE, WOULD COME INTO THE "FIVE-OH,"
OFTEN TO HANG OUT WITH MARCUS ALLEN, AND YES, MY COP BUDDY PHIL SMITH ONCE
BROUGHT HIS COP BUDDY MARK FUHRMAN INTO THE PLACE. IN RETROSPECT, IT SEEMS
ALMOST SHAKESPEAREAN.
FOR A WHILE, I PURSUED COACHING. I WAS A COLLEAGUE OF DAVE LAWN, WHO WAS MIKE
GILLESPIE'S PITCHING COACH AT USC FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. MIKE AND I BECAME
FRIENDS, IN PART BECAUSE I HAD KNOWN HIS SON-IN-LAW, CHAD KREUTER, SINCE CHAD
WAS A KID.
       AFTER COACHING I WAS, FOR A BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME, A SPORTS AGENT. I CALL

THIS MY "WILDERNESS YEAR." I FORMED A COMPANY THAT REPRESENTED PITTSBURGH

PIRATES OUTFIELDER AL MARTIN. MARTIN'S STORY IS TELLING OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A

TROJAN, OR PERHAPS WHAT IT MEANS NOT TO BE A TROJAN! BEFORE AL PLAYED PRO
BASEBALL, HE WAS RECRUITED TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR THE TROJANS OUT OF WEST

COVINA. HE ARRIVED AT TRAINING CAMP, WHICH OPENS EVERY YEAR A MONTH OR SO

BEFORE SCHOOL. AL WAS A "TROJAN" ABOUT A WEEK WHEN HE QUIT OR WAS KICKED OFF.

HE DID NOT HAVE WHAT IT TOOK TO BE A TROJAN.

Later, when my sports agency folded I thought it was a disaster. Al was gone from my
life. It was a blessing. Al was a man-child. Details are not printable, but after we parted
company his character was revealed in national stories that ran in the late 1990s. First, Al
told the media he had played in the Rose Bowl, when as I mention he got booted from
Trojan football after a week or so or practice. That was nothing compared to what he then
did. Martin carried on a bigamous relationship with a mistress while still legally married
and a father. When the "other woman" threatened to hold him to his "vows" in a drunken
Vegas "wedding," Martin threatened to "O.J. you." By then I had, to quote a Robert
Downey movie title, Less Than Zero to do with Al, who had no idea What It Means to Be
a Trojan.
         The break-up of the sports agency had a silver lining beyond separation from the

"man"-child Martin. I met the baseball player Bo Belinsky and wrote a screenplay about

his life. That got me into writing, my true passion. In researching Bo's life I met Bob

Case, a true USC fan who grew up in Glendale with Rod Dedeaux's son, Justin.

       As I matured and got into the writing game, I made valuable professional

associations, many through my USC connections. One was the respected Los Angeles

public relations man Carl Terzian, a great Trojan. When I wrote for the Los Angeles

Times, the two main people I worked for were Trojans, Bob Rowher and Gary Klein. Bob

once told us, "Give it to me straight. I don't want to hear about any 'Four Horsemen' or

'Thundering Herds.' "

Jim Watson, a USC man, once interviewed me in the Fox Sports studios for an hour
about a long article I wrote on the greatest high school athletes in Los Angeles-Orange
County history. A great guy, Jimmy. My editor with the sports magazine I worked for in
Marina Del Rey was a fine Trojan named John Simerson, who is now at KTTV/11. Steve
Randall, a USC grad and novelist, was an editor at Playboy magazine. He assigned the
Playboy interview to me: Barry Bonds. I was going to co-write Bonds's authorized
autobiography, but when Barry turned down the money offers from publishers, the
Playboy interview fell through, too.
In recent years, I had the pleasure of meeting Lindsay Soto (USC '98) of Fox Sports at
alumni gatherings. I also became friends with Chuck Hayes, who along with Harvey
Hyde co-hosts "Trojan talk" on the radio. Both great guys. What It Means to Be a Trojan
means rejoicing in the success of others, and none is more deserving than Garry
Paskiewitz with www.wearesc.com. Radio reporter Marna Davis is a fine Trojan. I first
met Mike Garrett at the 2000 Pac-10 media day, and spoke with him at length about his
college baseball buddy, Tom Seaver.
A GOOD FRIEND FOR YEARS WAS BUD "THE STEAMER" FURILLO, A MEMBER OF THE MEDIA
WING OF THE USC ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME. I FIRST WORKED WITH BUD WHEN I WROTE A
SCREENPLAY ABOUT THE BASEBALL PLAYER BO BELINSKY AND ENJOYED HIS COMPANY IN
THE COLISEUM PRESS BOX. I MAY REVIVE THAT SCREENPLAY, ONCE HE WAS AN ANGEL, OR
TURN IT INTO A BOOK. I AM ALSO A FRIEND WITH HIS EX-WIFE, CHERIE KERR. I WAS
SADDENED BY HIS PASSING, WHICH OCCURRED RIGHT AFTER BUD WROTE THE FOREWORD
TO MY BOOK DODGERS ESSENTIAL.
In conducting interviews and research I have been fortunate to get to know some terrific
folks. Patty Goux, the widow of Marv Goux, was very helpful and gracious to me. I once
heard from people who worked at USC's bookstore in the South Coast Plaza in Costa
Mesa that she was reading my book The USC Trojans: College Football's All-Time
Greatest Dynasty in the store and began to cry, overcome at emotion over the words
about her departed husband. Former player and coach Willie Brown I found to be a real
gentleman. Former All-American lineman John Vella offered to have me do
booksignings at his sporting goods store, Vella's Locker Room. I met Rod Sherman and
John Lambert at alumni gatherings. Dwight Chapin, who once covered Trojan football
for the Los Angeles Times, became a friend. His colleague, Jeff Prugh, both a sportswriter
and bureau chief for the Times, is a very dear friend and great pro.
        I interviewed Barry Zito when he was just coming out of USC and was not yet a

Cy Young Award-winner, maintaining a friendship with he and his dad, Joe, and sister

Sally, a musician. Bill Redell, who played football at USC before transferring to

Occidental College (he is in the College Football Hall of Fame now) had discussed

writing a book about football and faith with me. I may tackle that with Bill at some point.

I once wrote a magazine article about Petros Papadakis, and was later invited by his
father, John, to dinner at Papadakis Taverna with the great Sam "Bam" Cunningham and
Fox Sports producer Mark Houska.
        Prior to this book, I have written three books about the University of Southern

California: The USC Trojans: College Football's All-Time Greatest Dynasty (2006),

Trojans Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan! (2008), and One

Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed a Nation (2007).
When the latter book was published, I got a phone call from my good friend and great

Trojan, Lloyd Robinson of Suite A Management in Beverly Hills.

His client, a wonderful USC graduate named Jim Starr, was friends with Trojan legend
Anthony Davis. A.D. wanted to help produce my book into a film. This led to meetings
and an eventual production partnership with Kerry McCluggage, USC '75, a leading
Hollywood player, whose team includes credits like Patch Adams, Star Trek: The Next
Generation, Miami Vice, Catch Me If You Can, and the Indian Jones sequel. Kerry's
assistant, Sebastian Twardosz, is a USC film school graduate who will eventually make a
big name for himself in show biz. The film will be based on my book and another one
written by John Papadakis and Sam "Bam" Cunningham.
        A typical example of how thoroughly USC dominates Tinsel Town was

demonstrated one day when Lloyd, Jim, A.D. and I took a meeting at the office of Magic

Johnson's longtime agent, Lon Rosen, at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills.

There were eight people in the room; all were Trojans.

       In recent years, I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Trojan

football players of the Pete Carroll era. Some of these fine young men include Justin

Fargas, Brandon Hancock and Tom Malone. Walking out of the Coliseum one fine

afternoon I struck up a conversation with an interesting young fellow named Sunny Byrd.

I also wrote a magazine column about Carson Palmer before Carroll was hired. In that

column I was the first scribe I am aware of to predict Palmer would win the Heisman

Trophy. It took Carroll and Norm Chow to make that prediction come true.

As an active member of the alumni association, I have had the pleasure of getting to
know some wonderful Trojans, including Dr. Keith Matsuoka, Jamie McGinley, Mark
Gonzalez, Jim Restrich, Walt Wellsfry, Robert "Red" Smith, Meribeth Farmer, Mark
Wleklinski, Lindsey Lautz, Dale Komai, Gordon Pitts, Carl Holm, Kathy Yaffe, Bob
Whitehill, Marni Lovrich, Nick Racic, Cynthia Christian, Shannon Abraham, Don
Leisey, the Prince family, Chuck and Rene Lamb, and Bruce and Heath Seltzer. Our
alumni dinners have allowed me to meet such great Trojans as Mike Garrett, Tim Floyd,
Rudy Hackett, Paul McDonald, Justin Dedeaux, Michele Dedeaux Engemann and Dr. Art
Bartner.
THROUGH MY WRITINGS AND INTERVIEWS WITH NUMEROUS USC FOOTBALL PLAYERS, I
HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MEMBERS OF THE TROJAN FOOTBALL ALUMNI
CLUB, AN EXCLUSIVE GROUP THAT MEETS JUST NORTH OF THE PERISTYLE ENTRANCE TO
THE L.A. COLISEUM BEFORE GAMES. AMONG THE WONDERFUL GUYS I HAVE HAD THE
PLEASURE TO MEET, IN ADDITION TO MANY OF THE PLAYERS INTERVIEWED IN THIS BOOK, IS
THE ALL-AMERICAN MARVIN MCKEEVER, WHO PASSED AWAY FAR TOO YOUNG. I HAVE
ALSO THOROUGHLY ENJOYED RIKI ELLISON'S TAILGATES HELD ANNUALLY AT EITHER CAL
OR STANFORD. THAT GUY IS UNIQUE!
       Finally, my career as a professional writer has hinged in large part on my

association with my alma mater, the University of Southern California. I have found

opportunity in large measure because I am a proud Trojan. In writing what is now four

books about Trojan sports history, I have earned the following words from Coach Pete

Carroll himself: "Steve Travers is the next great USC historian. The Trojan Nation needs

your work!"

Because of this, I have had the honor of addressing the freshman at parent's weekend,
with thanks to Tina Orkin. I have become a yearly guest lecturer at the Annenberg School
of Communications' class "Sports, Culture and Society," thanks to my good friend
Professor Dan Durbin. I have done book signings at Annenberg, at USC Collections in
Orange County, at the bookstore on campus, and in front of the peristyles at the
Coliseum, thanks to the great work of Cecil Brown, Veronica Callehas and Rosemary
DiSano. I have enjoyed meeting Danielle Harvey.
My books have led me to friendships with such legends as Craig Fertig, Tom Kelly,
Allan Graf, and J.K. McKay. In the case of Manfred Moore, Charles "Tree" Young, Dave
Brown, Rod McNeill and Sam Dickerson, this friendship has become true Christian
fellowship. I also be-friended soldiers in Iraq, like Sergeant Gary Andrade, a Trojan fan
from Anaheim who emailed to tell me that he was chasing terrorists every day and kept
my USC book in a plastic wrap to keep dust out of it. It was the only thing he looked
forward to every night. It was through emails from great Americans like Sergeant
Andrade that I learned we were winning the Iraq War long before that fact became well
known. When Gary finished his tour of duty and returned to his family, I helped arrange
for him to meet the team.
Finally, there is my daughter Elizabeth. As she has flowered into womanhood, I have had
the great pleasure of sharing our mutual love for USC football. Many times I have
enjoyed attending Trojan games at the Coliseum with Elizabeth, just as I was able to
attend baseball and football games with my dad when I was growing up. It does not get
any better than that.
        So there you have it. Had I, when I entered USC - a transfer, lucky just to be

there, grateful to Delores Homisak for giving me a chance - could have had the picture

painted I have just described, well, folks, I would have taken that! Beyond family,

country and God, USC remains something I love with true passion.
        This book is really about the essence of USC, as told by the men who forged its

greatness, its glory and its splendor. These men tell their stories, and all of them share my

passion for the University of Southern California. USC is a modern Rome, a sports

empire of conquerors, of football gladiators who have trod the green plains of stadiums

east, west, north and south, bringing victory home for the Trojan Nation. USC is

American excellence and exceptionalism, a shared experience of love, faith, pride and joy

rarely found in this life. Herein are the stories, the tales, of this love, faith and pride, as

told by some of the men most responsible for these truths. Herein is What It Means to Be

a Trojan.

        Fight On!


                -   Steven Travers

            (415) 455-5971

            USCSTEVE1@aol.com



                                               The

                                         TWENTIES


THE DUKE

From Trojans Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan!, 2008



USC's Hollywood connection



Nate Barrager went to work for RKO Pictures and became a top production manager on
such hits as The Greatest Story Ever Told and, of course, John Wayne films like Hondo,

The Fighting Seabees and The Sands of Iwo Jima. He also worked closely with Bob Hope

on television specials.

       Barrager was part of a long tradition of ties between USC, their football team,

and Hollywood. As big a reason as any for this, aside from the geographical proximity, is

the fact that John Wayne played football for Howard Jones.

"HE HAD ALL THE FOOTBALL ABILITY IN THE WORLD," SAID LEO CALLAND. "HE HAD SAVVY, A
GREAT BUILD AND THE EQUIPMENT."
"DUKE WAS A GOOD GUARD," SAID NORMEL C. HAYHURST, HIS COACH AT GLENDALE HIGH
SCHOOL. "HE PLAYED A BIG PART IN OUR WINNING THE CENTRAL LEAGUE AND THE SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA CHAMPIONSHIP. HE WAS ONE OF SEVEN PLAYERS SELECTED FOR A FOOTBALL
SCHOLARSHIP AT USC. OUR 1924 TEAM WAS A GOOD ONE."
OTHERS, HOWEVER, SAID THAT WAYNE WAS NOT AS DEDICATED TO FOOTBALL AS HOWARD
JONES REQUIRED THEM TO BE. PHOTOS OF WAYNE AT USC REVEAL A BIG, GOOD-LOOKING GUY
WITH BLACK, CURLY HAIR AND A GREAT BUILT WHO "HAD TO FIGHT THE GIRLS OFF."
THE WAYNE VISAGE IS ONE OF A ROUGH 'N' TOUGH MILITARY MAN OR COWBOY, MORE
RUGGEDLY MACHO THAN HANDSOME, BUT MANY FILM FANS ARE ONLY FAMILIAR WITH MOVIES
HE MADE IN HIS 40S AND BEYOND. IN HIS 20S, THE MAN WAS NOTHING LESS THAN AN ADONIS.
WAYNE'S TEAMMATE AT USC WAS WARD BOND, WHO WOULD GO ON TO A LONG FILM CAREER.
HIS TYPICAL ROLES WERE OF IRISH PRIESTS OR SIDEKICKS, FIGHTING WITH AND AGAINST
WAYNE, USUALLY WINDING UP SHARING A SHOT OF WHISKY AS A CONCILIATORY GESTURE. BOND
HAD GREAT DESIRE BUT LACKED WAYNE'S PHYSICAL ABILITIES. OBSERVERS OF THE TWO SAID
THAT IF WAYNE'S TALENT AND BOND'S DESIRE COULD BE MORPHED, THE RESULT WOULD HAVE
BEEN AN ALL-AMERICAN.
GENE CLARKE, A LINEMAN WHO PLAYED FOR JONES, CLAIMS TO HAVE HAD A HAND IN MAKING
WAYNE A PICTURE STAR. BY ACCIDENT. WAYNE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING THE
STARTING RIGHT TACKLE IN HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR.
"DUKE AND I USED TO GO DOWN TO BALBOA BEACH AND RIDE THOSE BIG WAVES," SAID
CLARKE. BALBOA BEACH IS IN NEWPORT, AND THOSE "BIG WAVES" ARE PART OF THE
NOTORIOUS "WEDGE," WHICH HAS PRODUCED INJURED SURFERS FOR DECADES. IT IS NOT
UNCOMMON TO OBSERVE WISTFUL MEN IN WHEELCHAIRS STARING AT THE OCEAN WEARING
T-SHIRTS THAT READ, "VICTIM OF THE WEDGE."
"ONE DAY WE'RE ALL ON THE SAND WITH PRETTY COEDS ALL AROUND. YOU KNOW HOW
EVERYONE LIKES TO SHOW OFF, PARTICULARLY DUKE AND ME.
"THESE BIG WAVES STARTED TO COME IN. WE CALLED THEM, 'BUTT-BUSTERS.' I MEAN, THEY
WERE BIG! THEY WERE WASHING THE BOTTOM OF THE PIER. DUKE SAYS, 'COME ON, LET'S GO
AND RIDE THEM.' I SAID, 'YOU GOTTA BE NUTS, THEY'LL KILL US.' HE SAID, 'COME ON, YOU'VE
GOT NO GUTS!' AND I SAID, 'DAMMIT, IF YOU'RE CRAZY ENOUGH, I'LL GO.' "
15 MINUTES LATER, CLARKE AND WAYNE WERE OUT PAST THE BREAKERS.
"I WARNED DUKE THAT THE BREAKERS CUP HARD," SAID CLARKE, BUT DUKE WAS CAUGHT IN
ONE. THE LAST HE SAW WAS DUKE GOING DOWN.
"HE HIT THE SAND," SAID CLARKE, "AND IF HE HADN'T PULLED HIS HEAD TO ONE SIDE HE
PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BUSTED HIS NECK. AS IT WAS IT DISLOCATED HIS SHOULDER."
THE BODY SURFING ADVENTURE HAD OCCURRED THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF
FALL FOOTBALL PRACTICE.
"HE WAS PLAYING RIGHT TACKLE IN THE OLD HOWARD JONES POWER PLAYS," SAID CLARKE,
"AND IN THIS SYSTEM YOU USED YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER BLOCKING ALL THE TIME."
WAYNE WAS INJURED AND UNABLE EFFECTUATE THE BLOCKING PATTERNS
""THE OLD MAN WOULD GIVE HIM HELL FOR IT," SAID CLARKE. "WITH JONES YOU SLEPT, ATE,
AND DRANK FOOTBALL 365 DAYS A YEAR. HE WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND ANYONE GETTING HURT
IN A FOOLISH ACCIDENT LIKE THAT. WELL, WHAT HAPPENED WAS THE OLD MAN THOUGHT
WAYNE DIDN'T HAVE ANY GUTS. HE DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE SHOULDER INJURY, OF COURSE.
SO HE PUT HIM DOWN ON THE FOURTH OR FIFTH TEAM. TOOK WAYNE OFF THE TRAINING
TABLE, AND HE HAD TO SCROUNGE FOR HIS OWN MEALS. HE OWED THE FRATERNITY HOUSE SO
MUCH DOUGH THAT THEY HAD TO ASK HIM TO MOVE OUT UNTIL HE COULD PAY. HE DROPPED
OUT OF SCHOOL AND WENT TO FOX STUDIOS."
BORN MARION MICHAEL MORRISON ON MAY 26, 1907 IN WINTERSET, IOWA, THE SON OF A
DRUGGIST AND A MOTHER OF ATTRACTIVE IRISH PIONEER STOCK, YOUNG MARION MOVED TO
THE CALIFORNIA DESERT WITH HIS FAMILY WHEN HE WAS SIX. "DOC" MORRISON HAD LUNG
PROBLEMS AND IMPROVED IN THE WARM CLIMATE.
IN THAT ENVIRONMENT, MORRISON OFTEN FANTASIZED THAT HE WAS A COWBOY ON A
DANGEROUS MISSION. HE RODE A HORSE EVERY DAY JUST TO GET GROCERIES AND RUN
ERRANDS. HE WOULD SCARE HIMSELF INTO BELIEVING HE WAS CHASING OR BEING CHASED BY
OUTLAWS.
WHEN DOC MORRISON'S HEALTH IMPROVED HE MOVED THE FAMILY TO THE LOS ANGELES
AREA. GLENDALE IN THOSE DAYS WAS STILL OPEN COUNTRY, AND MARION LIVED A PERFECT
BOYS LIFE, FISHING AND SWIMMING. MORRISON GOT THE NICKNAME "DUKE" FROM A LOCAL
FIREMAN BECAUSE HIS DOG'S NAME WAS DUKE AND THE FIREMAN DID NOT KNOW MARION'S
REAL NAME. AT FIRST HE WAS "LITTLE DUKE," BUT WHEN HE GREW TO 6-4 IT WAS JUST DUKE.
AT GLENDALE HIGH, DUKE DID NOT ONLY STAR IN FOOTBALL, BUT HE PERFORMED
SHAKESPEAREAN DRAMAS. HE WAS AN HONOR STUDENT, PRESIDENT OF THE LETTERMAN
SOCIETY, SENIOR CLASS PRESIDENT, AND A TOP DEBATER. HE LOVED TO DANCE AND GIRLS
WENT FOR HIM.
DESPITE HIS FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP AT USC, HE NEEDED TO EARN EXTRA MONEY AND
BECAME A TOP SCALPER. HIS SCALPING TOOK HIM TO THE HOLLYWOOD ATHLETIC CLUB, AND
HE ALSO DID WORK FOR THE PHONE COMPANY ON MOVIE LOTS. IT WAS HOWARD JONES,
HOWEVER, WHO GOT HIM STARTED IN HOLLYWOOD, SO TO SPEAK, WHEN HE ARRANGED FOR
MORRISON AND DON WILLIAMS TO "TRAIN" ACTOR TOM MIX FOR A COWBOY MOVIE CALLED
THE GREAT K AND A TRAIN ROBBERY. THEY CONDITIONED MIX AND MOVED SETS FOR $35 A
WEEK.
MORRISON MET FAMED DIRECTOR JOHN FORD, WHO MADE HIM A PROP MAN AND LIKED HIS
RUGGED FILM PRESENCE ENOUGH TO CAST HIM IN 1928'S HANGMAN'S HOUSE.
FORD LATER MADE A FOOTBALL MOVIE ABOUT THE NAVAL ACADEMY, SALUTE, AND WANTED
USC PLAYERS FOR IT. HE NEEDED THEM FULL-TIME BEFORE THE END OF THE SEMESTER, AND
MADE MORRISON HIS GO-BETWEEN. MORRISON OVERCAME MAJOR ADMINISTRATIVE HURDLES
IN GRANTING PERMISSION FROM SCHOOL OFFICIALS, WHICH IMPRESSED FORD. HE LED A
DELEGATION THAT TRAINED EAST IN MAY, 1929, AMID MUCH FANFARE. THE PLAYERS
INCLUDED CLARK GALLOWAY, RUSS SAUNDERS, JACK BUTLER, TONY STEPONOVICH, JESS
SHAW, FRANK ANTHONY, AL SCHAUB, MARSHALL DUFFIELD, AND NATE BARRAGER. THE TRIP
DID CAUSE SOME CONCERN THAT THE WORK CONSTITUTED PROFESSIONALISM, SINCE THE
PLAYERS BENEFITED FINANCIALLY BY VIRTUE OF THE FACT THAT THEY PLAYED FOOTBALL AT
USC.
       DIRECTOR RAOUL WALSH GAVE MORRISON THE NAME JOHN WAYNE WHEN HE STARRED

IN A $2 MILLION SPECTACULAR CALLED BIG TRAIL IN 1929. IN 1939 HE BROKE THROUGH WITH

JOHN FORD'S STAGECOACH. HE WAS NOMINATED FOR AN OSCAR AS SERGEANT STRYKER IN

THE SANDS OF IWO JIMA, AND BY 1949 WAS THE TOP BOX OFFICE ATTRACTION IN THE WORLD.

HIS VISUAL APPEARANCE, HOWEVER, WAS SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT BY THEN THAN IT HAD

BEEN IN THE 1920S, WHEN HE WAS MORE PRETTY AND HANDSOME THAN RUGGED. WAYNE LIKED

TO PULL A CORK IN REAL LIFE JUST AS HIS SCREEN CHARACTERS DID, WHICH MAY EXPLAIN THIS.

Other classic Wayne films include The Quiet Man and The Longest Day. In 1969 he
finally earned a Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit.
        Even though he left school early without making a mark on Howard Jones's

football team, and never graduated (although he was awarded an honorary doctorate),

Wayne is inexplicably tied to the school and its football tradition. Through Wayne, Jones

arranged for USC players to work as extras on movies. Aside from Salute, extravagant

Hollywood productions of the era often featured Trojan players in the roles of Roman

Legionnaires, Napoleon's Grand Armee, or Biblical flocks. This was prior to the NCAA,

and while there was grousing about "professionalism," there never were repercussions.

The Hollywood connection was an enormous recruiting advantage that Jones made use
of. Not only did the players make much-needed extra money, but they were introduced to
the beautiful actresses. As any recruiting coordinator could tell you, no inducement is
greater than pretty girls.
One story that made the rounds and was written about in a late 1990s issue of Los
Angeles magazine concerned Clara Bow, the "it girl" of the silent film era. A gorgeous
brunette, Bow apparently had an insatiable sexual appetite, and allegedly used Duke
Wayne to arrange wild orgies at her Hollywood Hills mansion. This was the kind of
extracurricular activity that schools such as Iowa or Duke, where Jones had toiled
previously, could not offer.
Wayne maintained a strong association with USC until his death in 1979. When he
visited his friend Gene Clarke at the Sigma Chi fraternity house, he noticed a derby that
had been given Clarke as a member of Southern Cal's 1931 team.
"Don't you wear it?" asked Wayne.
Clarke thought it was silly, but Wayne was so taken with the memento from SC's stirring
victory over the Irish that he "wore that derby for the longest time, hardly ever took it
off."
Nick Pappas developed a very close relationship with Wayne, and used Duke many times
in his role as director of Trojans' Athletic Support Groups.
        "He's a fraternity brother of mine, and the night before a big game with Texas in

1966 we were having cocktails together," Pappas said in Ken Rappoport's book The

Trojans: A Story of Southern California Football. The interview took place prior to

Wayne's 1979 passing.

        "This is in Austin, see, and he had come in just for the game," said Pappas. "We

drank until about four in the morning - Wayne's drinking scotch and soda all this time.

All the guys at the party had gone to dinner and come back and then gone to bed, and

we're still in there drinking.

"In the course of our conversation, he says, 'Pap, I want to talk to the kids at breakfast
tomorrow.'
"I told him, 'You're in, Duke,' without thinking. I hadn't asked anyone whether it would be
all right for Wayne to talk to our football team on the morning of the game. It was a big
one, a season opener with Texas ranked number one and us number two.
"But I remembered that Coach John McKay loved John Wayne movies. He used to talk
about his big evening - sitting home with a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of
chocolate milk and watching a John Wayne movie. And he never met him. I also
remembered that McKay would awaken early on the day of games, he was always up by
six o'clock, and read the papers. Have breakfast, and go over his diagrams. He was
constantly working on football.
"So I call McKay and tell him I had a problem. 'Look, John,' I said. 'I was with John
Wayne last night. He asked me if he could talk to the kids, and I said, yeah.' And before I
could finish, McKay says, 'Geez, great…bring him down.'
"The kids are all assembled in the locker room at 10 in the morning, and in walks Wayne.
Damn, he was fantastic. He walks in with this white 20,000-gallon cowboy hat and black
suit - he looked just beautiful. The kids look up, and their eyeballs pop. Here's the REAL
John Wayne. And Wayne walks over to the coach and gives him a big hello and squeezes
him - you'd think he and McKay were long lost buddies. They had never met before.
"It was beautiful. A former player and all, Wayne gives one of the greatest fight talks
you've ever heard - and the kids got all fired up. We win the ballgame 10-6, and back in
the locker room after the game, McKay says, 'Hey, guys, how about it? Let's give the
game ball to John Wayne.'
"For a moment Wayne stands there - nonplussed. It was probably the first time in his life
that he couldn't think of anything to say. Then he looks at the ball for a minute and pumps
it like a quarterback. Then he puts the ball under his arm, and the kids break into a
cheer, 'Hooray, Hooray.' All the guys joined in. He's still a Trojan."
Mike Walden was the USC play-by-play announcer, and recalls that 1966 Texas game,
and Wayne's unique role in the events of that weekend.
"My first game in 1966 was on the road vs. Texas," said Walden. "There'd be a press
gathering in Austin, what they called 'smokers' down there, where everybody got
together. Well, Wayne was down there making War Wagon in nearby Mexico, and he
shows up with Bruce Cabot.
          " 'I'm gonna have some whisky,' Wayne says to the bartender, who pours it, and

Wayne just looks at it, shoved it back, and said, 'I said WHISKEY!'

       "TEXAS HAD A QUARTERBACK THEY CALLED 'SUPER BILL' BRADLEY WHO WAS

SUPPOSED TO BE OUTSTANDING, BUT SC JUST CONTROLLED THE BALL AND WON, 10-6.

AFTERWARDS, <ASSISTANT COACH MARV> GOUX CAME IN AND SAID WASN'T IT GREAT, WE

'DIDN'T GET ANYBODY 'CHIPPED OFF.' WELL, WAYNE AND CABOT WERE SOMEWHERE, AND

SOMEONE GOT IN AN ARGUMENT THE NEXT MORNING AND THEIR MAKE-UP ARTIST WAS DEAD OF

A HEART ATTACK. IT WAS CONFUSING, I DON'T KNOW FOR SURE WHAT ALL HAPPENED. WAYNE

AND ALL OF 'EM WERE OUT DRINKING ALL NIGHT AND CAME IN AT SEVEN IN THE MORNING,

MAYBE IT WAS TOO MUCH FOR THIS GUY, BUT THIS MAKE-UP ARTIST DIED.

       " 'WELL,' CABOT SAID, 'WE GOT SOMEBODY 'CHIPPED OFF,' AFTER GOUX SAID 'WE

DIDN'T GET ANYBODY 'CHIPPED OFF.' "

       Wayne was an absolute Republican and a superpatriot, traits that were fairly

common in Hollywood when he was in his prime, but towards the end of his career he

found himself increasingly isolated from his fellow actors. In 1968, Alabama's

segregationist Governor, George Wallace, ran for President as an independent. He asked

Wayne to be his Vice-Presidential running mate. Wayne agreed with Wallace when it
came to states' rights and fighting Communism, but could not stomach racism. He

declined.

         TIRED OF THE LIBERAL MEDIA SPIN OF THE VIETNAM WAR, HE MADE A HIGHLY

JINGOISTIC FILM, THE GREEN BERETS. IT WAS PROPAGANDISTIC IN NATURE AND LACKED

GRITTY REALISM, BUT VIEWING IT TODAY, THE FILM DOES EMPHASIZE MILITARY HEROISM THAT

CANNOT BE DENIED. IT WAS A HUGE BOX OFFICE SUCCESS. THAT AND THREE 1970 WAR FILMS,

PATTON, TORA! TORA! TORA!, AND MIDWAY, ALL SUCCEEDED ARTISTICALLY AND

FINANCIALLY, SHOWING THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WAS NOT AS WIDELY ANTI-WAR AS THE

POPULAR MISCONCEPTIONS OF THE ERA.

Wayne's conservatism earned him plenty of critics, but even in 1969, when he won the
Oscar for True Grit, Hollywood opened its hearts to him without reservation. Others
found him to be a celluloid hero who had not served in wars while real war heroes like
Ted Williams were thought to be "the real John Wayne."
Jeff Prugh, the L.A. Times beat writer for USC football in the 1960s and '70s, recalls a
story from that 1966 weekend in Austin.
        "Well, there was this one L.A. sportswriter writer whose name shall remain

anonymous," said Prugh. "Everyone is gathered at the bar, and John Wayne's holding

court. This old writer is off in the corner getting drunker and drunker. He's liberal and

Wayne's an outspoken conservative Republican. Finally, this old writer has had enough,

and he approaches Wayne, interrupts him in mid-sentence with all Wayne's pals staring

at him."

         " So… …" the old drunk writer says, "they tell me, uh… … they call ya… The

Duke!"

         "'YEAH, WHAT OF IT?" SAYS WAYNE.

"THIS WRITER JUST GATHERS HIMSELF," CONTINUED PRUGH.
       "WAAAL…DUKE… … YOU AIN' S--T!"

         "Well, it was almost a full brawl right then and there but his pals held Wayne
back," said Prugh.

CRAIG FERTIG WAS A STAR QUARTERBACK AT USC AND A GRADUATE ASSISTANT IN 1966.
       "ONE TIME, THE PLAYERS WANTED TO GO SEE EASY RIDER," FERTIG RECALLED,

REFERRING TO A "HIPPIE" MOVIE OF THE 1960S. "DUKE WAYNE SAYS, 'DON'T LET THE KIDS SEE

THAT CRAP!' SO HE ARRANGED FOR 'EM TO SEE WAR WAGON INSTEAD.

       "I'm low man on the totem pole in '66, so I gotta chaperone the team and do bed

checks. Now McKay's hosting a party for Wayne."

(This contrasts with Nick Pappas' assertion that Wayne and McKay had not met prior to
the morning of the next day's game, but considering that alcohol, old alums and
memories were involved, the discrepancy is a minor one.)
"I finally put the kids to bed, so I make it up to this party, see," continued Fertig. "I see
John Wayne and introduce myself to him, and he's like, 'Oh, I saw you beat Notre Dame,'
and he's just like my best friend.
"Well, he has Bruce Cabot with him, and this make-up artist, too. This make-up artist's
mixing drinks - vodka one time, Bourbon, scotch, right? He's gettin' hammered.
"The next day, I'm assigned to Duke Wayne, 'cause he's gonna speak to the team. Wayne's
mad as hell, 'cause his make-up guys' not there.
" 'Son of a bitch's never around when you need 'im,' he says. It turns out the man's died
during the night, maybe 'cause he mixed drinks and it was too much for his heart.
Anyway, I gotta get Duke ready, the job this dead make-up guy usually does."
Apparently, Wayne had not yet learned of the make-up artist's demise.
" 'Whadda I wear?' asks Duke. I tell him, 'Everybody knows you as a cowboy, so dress
like that.' 10-gallon hat, cowboy boots, brass belt buckle; I got him lookin' good.
"We're scared sh-----s, Texas is number one in the country. So at the stadium he fires up
our team. Then he's introduced to the crowd. He comes out and he's in this cart with my
dad."
Fertig's father, "Chief" Henry Fertig, was the longtime head of the Huntington Park,
California police department in L.A. County, and a tremendous USC booster.
"He's being driven around the stadium in this cart, and the whole time my dad's pouring
whisky into a cup and Duke's drinkin' out of it," continued Fertig. "Now, the Texas fans,
they see The Duke, and he's wearin' this cowboy hat, and most of 'em don't know he's a
USC football player. Duke's givin' 'em the hook 'em horns sign with his fingers, and the
Longhorn fans are cheering.
" 'Duke's a Texas fan,' their sayin'.
"All the time, Duke's sayin' to my old man, 'F--k the 'horns.' "
All things considered, Duke Wayne cut a swath across the entertainment industry like
very few others. In terms of longevity and impact, perhaps only Clint Eastwood has
played a greater all-around role in show biz.
USC continues to be integral to the film industry to this day. The USC marching band
actually bills itself "Hollywood's band." They have appeared in numerous movies and
even helped cut a gold record, Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk". USC athletes have made a
disproportionately large number of careers in the media.
"Going to school in L.A. is a big advantage," explained former USC football coach John
Robinson. "It's a big difference being interviewed by major media there than it is to say,
'yes, sir,' or 'no, sir' to a local sportscaster in Alabama."
Many major movers and shakers in Tinseltown are part of the "Trojan Family." John
Wayne would be proud.




GLORY DAYS

StreetZebra, 1999



THEY'LL PASS YOU BY.



IN THE WINK OF A YOUNG GIRL'S EYE! JUST ASK TOM MCGARVIN, BILL SHARMAN, ALEX
HANNUM, OR TEX WINTER. IT SEEMS LIKE IT WAS ONLY 50-PLUS YEARS AGO WHEN THESE GUYS
WERE BASKETBALL STARS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THAT'S RIGHT, USC.
BEFORE JOHN WOODEN TURNED PAULEY PAVILION INTO HOOPS MECCA, SC WAS A NATIONAL
POWER ON THE HARDWOOD!
       "THE TEAMS I PLAYED ON," SAYS HALL OF FAMER BILL SHARMAN (1947-50),

"PRODUCED 19 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS BETWEEN MYSELF, HANNUM AND WINTER. PLUS,

WE HAD BOB KLOPPENBERG, WHO COACHED IN THE PROS."

THE ONLY OTHER COLLEGE THAT MAY HAVE PRODUCED AS MANY NBA TITLES WOULD BE THE
1955 SAN FRANCISCO DONS OF BILL RUSSELL AND K.C. JONES. CONSIDERING PAUL
WESTPHAL'S SUCCESS IN PHOENIX AND SEATTLE, S.C. CAN LAY CLAIM TO BE THE TOP
SPAWNING GROUND OF COACHES THIS SIDE OF DEAN SMITH.
IN THE 1930S, MCGARVIN STARRED ALONG WITH GAIL GOODRICH'S FATHER AT USC. THE
GAME WAS MUCH DIFFERENT THEN, NOT THE RUN'N'GUN "SHOWTIME" SPECTACLE
THAT IT IS TODAY.

       "THEY HAD NETS AROUND THE COURT," SAYS FORMER EAST COAST BASKETBALL WRITER

JERRY COWLE, "AND PLAYERS WOULD BOUNCE BALLS OFF THEM, PLAYING THE REBOUND."

THAT IS WHY THEY WERE KNOWN AS CAGERS, BUT OUT WEST, THE "MODERN" GAME WAS BEING
DEVELOPED. STANFORD'S HANK LUISETTI BECOME BASKETBALL'S FIRST SUPERSTAR, WHERE
LEGEND HAS IT THAT HE INVENTED THE JUMP SHOT. STANFORD WON
THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1942.

       "HANK LUISETTI, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED," OPINES MCGARVIN, WHO PLAYED WITH

JACKIE ROBINSON AT PASADENA'S MUIR HIGH "WAS THE BEST PLAYER I EVER SAW DURING

THOSE YEARS, BUT SAYING HE INVENTED THE JUMP SHOT IS A MISNOMER. GUYS' WERE USING

JUMP SHOTS ALREADY. HE DID USE ONE-HANDED SHOTS MORE THAN ANYBODY.

"WE PLAYED AT THE OLYMPIC AUDITORIUM, THE SHRINE, THE PAN-PACIFIC, ANYWHERE WE
COULD FIND. I WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE TROJAN TEAM THAT WENT TO THE FINAL FOUR AND
LOST TO PHOG ALLEN AND KANSAS BY ONE POINT IN KANSAS CITY. EVERYBODY FOULED OUT
BECAUSE THE REFS' WERE MIDWEST HOMERS, BUT WE WERE AS GOOD AS ANYBODY."
HAMILTON HIGH'S HANNUM WAS A 6-7 ENFORCER WHO PLAYED WITH SHARMAN AND WINTER
IN 1946-47. HANNUM'S NBA CAREER LASTED UNTIL 1957. HE WENT ON TO ONE OF THE MOST
SUCCESSFUL COACHING CAREERS OF ALL TIME. HANNUM LED WILT CHAMBERLAIN AND THE
1967 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS TO THE BEST RECORD IN NBA HISTORY (68-14, SINCE BROKEN BY
SHARMAN'S '72 LAKERS AND THE PHIL JACKSON/WINTER BULLS OF 1996). IN 1969 HE
COACHED RICK BARRY AND THE ABA'S OAKLAND OAKS' TO THAT LEAGUE'S BEST-EVER RECORD
(60-18). HE WAS ELECTED TO THE HALL OF FAME IN 1998.


THE TRIANGLE OFFENSE
THE EVOLUTION OF THE TRIANGLE OFFENSE HAS AN ALMOST BIBLICAL QUALITY TO IT. DOC

MEANWELL CREATED IT (IN SIX DAYS, RESTING ON SUNDAY?). HIS VERSION BEGAT SAM BARRY,

WHO BEGAT WINTER, WHO BEGAT JACKSON. MANY HAVE BEEN DISCIPLES. WINTER PROBABLY

HAS DONE MORE TO REFINE IT THAN ANY COACH.

       "BARRY PICKED IT UP FROM DOC MEANWELL WHEN HE WAS A GRADUATE STUDENT AT

WISCONSIN," RECALLS WINTER, WHO CAME TO SC FROM HUNTINGTON PARK AND COMPTON

COLLEGE, AND HAS COACHED FOR 53 YEARS (INCLUDING ALL SIX OF MICHAEL JORDAN'S

CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS). "INITIALLY IT WAS CALLED THE `CENTER OPPOSITE.' IT WAS

POPULARIZED ON THE WEST COAST BY JIMMY NEEDLES, AND DEVELOPED FURTHER BY TWO

LOYOLA PLAYERS, PETE NEWEL AND PHIL WOOLPERT.

"IT'S BASED ON `REVERSE ACTION,' AND YOU DON'T WANT PLAYERS WITH GREAT INDIVIDUAL
SKILLS WHO DON'T UTILIZE THE TEAM GAME. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO TEACH KOBE
BRYANT. IT TOOK MICHAEL YEARS TO LEARN TO PLAY IN THE SYSTEM. I TRY TO TEACH THEM AND
LET THEM KNOW WHAT'S EXPECTED; BALL CONTROL AND PLAYER MOVEMENT. SHAQ O'NEAL IS
SO PHYSICALLY DOMINANT THAT SOMETIMES WE GET OUT OF THE SYSTEM AND JUST RELY ON
HIM. SOME BETTER-SKILLED ATHLETES ARE LESS EFFECTIVE IN THE TRIANGLE."
WINTER RECALLS THE PRE-WOODEN UCLA RIVALRY.
"THEY HAD A GREAT PLAYER NAMED DON BARKSDALE," HE SAYS. "I RECOGNIZED RIGHT
OFF THAT SHARMAN WAS A GREAT PLAYER. WE HAD THE `BUDDY SYSTEM,' WHERE A

YOUNGER PLAYER <SHARMAN> WOULD BE PAIRED WITH A VETERAN <WINTER>. HANNUM
WAS A LEADER AND AN ENFORCER."
       "I WAS AN ALL-AMERICAN MY LAST TWO YEARS," SAYS SHARMAN, WHO CAME TO USC

FROM PORTERVILLE AFTER A YEAR AT NARBONNE. "WE FINISHED SECOND MY LAST THREE

YEARS, BUT BEAT U.C.L.A. WHEN JOHN WOODEN WAS THE COACH. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED BY

WOODEN IMMEDIATELY. HE TAUGHT A FAST-BREAK STYLE THAT WAS A BIG INFLUENCE ON MY

COACHING CAREER. I WON FOUR TITLES AS A PLAYER WITH BOSTON, SIX AS A COACH, G.M. AND

TEAM PRESIDENT IN THE NBA.

"JESS HILL OFFERED ME THE HEAD COACHING POSITION AT SC IN THE 1960S," SHARMAN
RECALLS, "BUT THE LACK OF AN ON-CAMPUS ARENA--A PLACE WHERE THE STUDENTS CAN GET
BEHIND YOU, THE TEAM CAN PRACTICE--THAT PLUS I HAD PRO OFFERS, SO I TURNED IT DOWN."
FORREST TWOGOOD TOOK OVER, AND GUIDED THE KEN FLOWER TEAMS' TO 21-6 AND 17-5
MARKS IN THE EARLY 1950S. THE SPORTS ARENA WAS BUILT IN 1959, AND WHILE IT WAS
CONSIDERED A GREAT FACILITY AT THE TIME, PAULEY OVERSHADOWED IT. THE PROGRAM HAS
BEEN MIRED IN MEDIOCRITY FOR YEARS. NOW, A REAL POSSIBILITY EXISTS IN WHICH HENRY
BIBBY'S SQUAD CAN CREATE THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEIR ON-CAMPUS ARENA LAUNCHES
AN ERA OF GREATNESS FOR TROJAN BASKETBALL.




                                        THE

                                      FIFTIES


                                  ED DEMIRJIAN

QUARTERBACK
1950

LET ME TELL A STORY ABOUT THE KIND OF GUY PETE CARROLL IS. I WAS HOSTING AN
ARMENIAN SHISH KABOB LUNCH AT MY HOME IN RANCHO PALOS VERDES. IT WAS A

FRIDAY AFTERNOON. I WENT OVER TO PETE'S HOUSE. HE'S A NEIGHBOR OF MINE. I

KNOCKED ON THE DOOR, BUT NOBODY WAS HOME. I THOUGHT, WHO KNOWS, MAYBE HE'S

CUT OUT OF WORK EARLY TODAY. I LEFT HIM A NOTE INVITING HIM TO THE LUNCH. WELL,

ON THE FOLLOWING MONDAY I GOT A MESSAGE FROM HIM THANKING ME FOR INVITING

HIM, BUT HE COULDN'T MAKE IT. THEN HIS SECRETARY FOLLOWS UP TO CONFIRM I GOT THE

MESSAGE.

       I PLAYED WITH JIM SEARS. HE WAS A DEFENSIVE BACK. I LETTERED IN 1950 AND
PLAYED IN THE PROGRAM IN 1951 AND 1953. I GOT OUT OF SCHOOL IN 1953. FRANK
GIFFORD WAS A SENIOR IN '51. I PLAYED FOR JEFF CRAVATH IN 1950. LET ME TELL YOU,
USC HAD THE WORST COACHING WHEN I WAS THERE. THERE WERE SOME OF THE JIM
HARDY GUYS WHO KNEW FOOTBALL, BUT WE HAD BAD COACHES. JESS HILL WAS NOT A
GOOD COACH. WE HAD A CHANCE TO GET TAY BROWN, WHO'D PLAY FOR HOWARD JONES'S
THUNDERING HERD. HE WAS OVER AT COMPTON JUNIOR COLLEGE, WHICH AT THAT TIME
WAS LIKE THE NOTRE DAME OF JUNIOR COLLEGES, BUT THEY DIDN'T HIRE HIM.
       WE HAD A CHANCE AT PAUL BROWN OF THE CLEVELAND BROWNS. HE HAD A SON

WITH ASTHMA AND WANTED TO COME OUT HERE AND LIVE IN THE WARM WEATHER NEAR

THE OCEAN. USC HAD A POLICY OF ONLY HIRING ALUMS, ALTHOUGH HOWARD JONES WAS

NOT AN SC GRAD. WE DIDN'T GET HIM. HILL DIDN'T KNOW FOOTBALL. HE DIDN'T RELATE

TO GUYS AND THEY LACKED RESPECT FOR HIM. MAYBE HE WAS TOO MUCH OF A

GENTLEMAN. HE HAD AN ELITIST VIEW OF THINGS.

GIFFORD WAS SMART. THAT WAS THE FIRST THING I SAW ABOUT HIM. HE WAS EXACTLY
WHAT YOU WANTED - 6-1, 195, MATINEE IDOL - TO REPRESENT THE UNIVERSITY. HE WAS A
VERY GOOD-LOOKING GUY AND REPRESENTED WHAT AN ALL-AMERICAN BOY NEXT DOOR
WOULD BE. HE REALLY PLAYED A PART IN HIS REPUTATION. PEOPLE WANTED TO BE
AROUND A GUY LIKE THAT. PEOPLE WHO HAVE GOOD LOOKS ARE WORTH $100 MORE IN
BUSINESS. HE HIT HARD BUT COULD NOT PASS. HE WAS A NATURAL BUT NO PASSER. HE
JUST THREW THE BALL.
IN 1951 AT BERKELEY, MY MEMORIES ARE NOT GOOD ABOUT INDIVIDUAL GAMES, BUT CAL
WAS UNBEATEN AND A REAL NATIONAL JUGGERNAUT. GIFFER RILED UP THE TEAM AT THE
HALF AND PLAYED GREAT IN THE SECOND HALF, AND WE WON THAT GAME.
JIM PSALTIS WAS A TEAMMATE OF MINE. HE WAS A DEFENSIVE HALFBACK AND NORMALLY
ON THE OTHER END OF THE FIELD. WE WERE ON THE SAME TEAM AND HAD A FEW LAUGHS.
SAM "THE TOE" TSAGALAKIS WAS A KICKER. WE RATHER RESENTED OR THOUGHT IT WAS
UNUSUAL THAT A GUY WOULD JUST BE A KICKER. HE WAS NOT A BIG GUY BUT HE BEAT
STANFORD WITH A FIELD GOAL IN THE LAST COUPLE MINUTES. I DON'T EVEN THINK HE WAS
ON SCHOLARSHIP. SAM BALTER WAS A SPORTS ANNOUNCER. ONE DAY HE CAME BY
TRAINING TABLE TO INTERVIEW HIM, AND SAM WAS NOT EVEN ON THE TRAINING TABLE
THEN. HE WAS LATER AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP, PROBABLY WHEN IT WAS REVEALED HE
WAS NOT ON ONE.
WE BEAT WISCONSIN IN THE 1953 ROSE BOWL, 7-0. JIM SEARS WAS THE FIRST STRING
RUNNING BACK BUT HE WAS INJURED AND RUDY BUKICH CAME IN TO PLAY QUARTERBACK.
HE WAS NOT THE MOST POPULAR GUY ON THE TEAM. HE PLAYED FOR THE BEARS LATER.
HE WAS AN OUTSPOKEN GUY WHO VOICED HIS OPINION. I RESPECTED THAT. HE THREW THE
WINNING TOUCHDOWN PASS TO AL CARMICHAEL.
WHAT'S REALLY MORE SURPRISING TO ME THAN HOW GOOD RUDY WAS IN THE ROSE BOWL
WAS HOW GOOD GIFFORD WAS WHEN WE WENT BACK TO BEAT ARMY AT YANKEE
STADIUM. HE HAD A GOOD GAME. THE MARA FAMILY THAT OWNED THE GIANTS WAS AT
THAT GAME, AND IT WAS THE PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBLE FOR GIFFER BEING SELECTED
HIGH IN THE PRO DRAFT. TO GET BACK TO THE ROSE BOWL, IF RUDY HAD NOT THROWN
THAT TD PASS TO CARMICHAEL, WHICH MADE ALL THE PAPERS THE NEXT DAY, HE MIGHT
NOT HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO PLAY PRO FOOTBALL EITHER. CARMICHAEL'S IN A BOOK
CALLED 106 YARDS. HE'S ON THE COVER AND IT GIVES A LOT OF INFORMATION.
I remember Marv Goux. We had a scrimmage and we insert this guy. He's not big and
they stick him in unannounced. This guy starts to stick and plug holes. We all recognized
immediately he was a heck of a tackler. I knew what he was doing right. After that they
had plans for him.
What It Means to Be a Trojan? The school means everything to me; the people you meet,
the friendships you have for the rest of your life. Once a Trojans, always a Trojan. I just
dropped my granddaughter off at school yesterday, she's starting at USC. It's about
loyalty. It’s a family. I go to 80 percent of the SC alumni functions.
I JUST GOT A LETTER FROM TOM NICKOLOFF. ONE OF OUR GROUPS, IN ADDITION TO THE
TROJAN CLUB, CARDINAL AND GOLD, THIS GROUP AND THAT GROUP, IS THE 1950S GUYS.
SOME GUYS ARE IN THEIR 70S OR 80S. WE MEET IN CATALINA, IN SAN DIEGO. WE HAVE
PEOPLE IN THE VALLEY. WE GET TOGETHER FOR LUNCH TWICE A YEAR. WE MEET AT PHIL
TRAINI'S AND PAPADAKIS TAVERNA. PHIL TRAINI'S A LITTLE GUY BUT WELL BUILT. I THINK
HE WAS A WEIGHT LIFTER AND HAS A BROTHER WHOSE A TRAINER IN SAN PEDRO. THEY
HAVE GOOD SEAFOOD AT HIS PLACE IN LONG BEACH.
I'M A MEMBER OF THE ARMENIAN COMMUNITY. IT'S A SMALL, PATRIOTIC,
FAMILY-ORIENTED GROUP THAT TENDS TO RELIGIOUS. THERE'S AN ARMENIAN PRESENCE
AT USC JUST LIKE THE GREEK PRESENCE, BUT IT'S SMALL, 15 OR 18 GUYS. PETE CARROLL'S
BEEN TO THAT GROUP. WE MEET ONCE A MONTH AT THE ARMENIAN INSTITUTE. THEY'RE
ENTHUSIASTIC. WE HAVE THESE CONSPICUOUS NAMES THAT END IN IAN. WE'RE FAMILY
PEOPLE, ENTREPRENEURS AND SUCCESSFUL. ADOLF HITLER WAS ONCE ASKED WHETHER HE
WOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR KILLING ALL THE JEWS, AND HE SAID THE WORLD SAID
NOTHING WHEN TURKEY KILLED A MILLION OR MORE ARMENIANS IN WORLD WAR I.
FRANCE NEVER PROTESTED. BUT OVER TIME AMERICA CAME TO BE THE NATION WE CAME
TO, IT WAS OUR PROMISED LAND, AND IT WAS IN AMERICA WHERE THE TRUTH ABOUT THE
ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BECAME KNOWN TO THE WORLD.
Armenia became the first nation to accept Christianity in 304 A.D. It's a Christian nation
surrounded throughout its history by Muslims, Communists, and Nazis, but its survived.


Ed Demirjian played for both Jeff Cravath and Jess Hill. He was a teammate of

Frank Gifford and was in the program when USC beat Wisconsin in the 1953 Rose

Bowl.



HE WAS FLOWER OF SF SPORTS PAST

San Francisco Examiner, 2001



Respect for ones' elders. This is an important quality to have, because those who came
before us can teach us through experience and acquired knowledge.
       San Francisco has plenty of athletic elder statesmen, and Ken Flower is one of

them. Ken has punched a lot of tickets and has plenty of stories to tell. Recently named to

Lowell High School's First Annual Hall of Fame, Flower is a part of City tradition.

He was the California State (basketball) Player of the Year in 1949 and an All-American
at Southern Cal. Also a Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Flower worked in the
San Francisco 49ers marketing department, and in local radio, for many years.
There is nobody of note in the NoCal he has not seen or known.
Take Hank Luisetti of Galileo, considered the greatest basketball player in the world
when he was credited with "inventing" the one-hand set shot as a star at Stanford in the
late 1930s.
"Jim Pollard was the first or one of the first jump shooters," says Flower, "but Luisetti
perfected the shot. He was a big influence on me."
His next big influence was Ben Neff, a "father figure to me," who was Lowell's legendary
basketball coach for many years before, during and after World War II.
"I grew up in the Haight-Ashbury District," recalls Flower. "I could have gone to Lowell
or Poly, but Nehf recruited me in the seventh and eighth grades. He was a dynamic force
in my life, and in others.
"Benny was very organized. He'd diagram plays using pennies. He also coached at St.
Mary's. We'd practice in the seventh period, and at five he'd drive to Moraga for an
evening practice, then we'd practice together on Saturdays. He was remarkable."
Flower thought he would go to Stanford.
"In 1949 we beat the Cal and Stanford frosh," he says. "I went to Menlo JC on my way to
Stanford, but then SC started recruiting me. I planned a career in radio and figured L.A.
was the place to be for that, so SC appealed to me.
"Sam Barry was the coach when I got there. He taught Tex Winter the triangle offense,
and was a leading advocate in eliminating the center jump after each shot. I then played
for Forest Twogood from 1951 to '53. We beat John Wooden's UCLA teams, Phog Allen's
Kansas team, Hank Iba's Oklahoma A&I team, and Duke Groat's Duke squad.
"Wooden was not unbeatable. He's obviously a fine coach, and he took advantage of a
very hot gym they played in, which we called the `B.O. Barn.' Her was a constant bench
jockey, but his team's were not yet dominant.”
Flower also revealed a potential scandal that was averted. Gamblers approached him
about throwing the UCLA game for $1500. This was around the time of the Long Island
and NYU scandals back East. Flower played along, and then went to Twogood, who
called in the LAPD. Eventually, the man was convicted.
"Luckily, he didn’t have Mob connections," says Flower, "but he did have a
manslaughter conviction, and the guy spent a year in jail.
Flower knew Phil Woolpert and Pete Newell when they were at USF, and got to know
Newell quite well.
“He had a dynamic coaching style,” he says. “Newell's 1949 USF team won the NIT.
        "After college I played AAU ball, and we faced the Harlem Globetrotters. After

basketball I came to San Francisco and worked for CBS, then moved to New York and

worked for ABC Sports and the NFL. This was during the time that Monday Night

Football got started, so it was very exciting to be in that medium during this period. I

knew Pete Rozelle very well."

Flower met Rozelle when Flower went to work for the NFL. They first met when Rozelle
was the USF sports information director. He originally hired Pete, who had gone to USF,
to run the sales and marketing division.
       He came back to the 49ers in 1976, working on community affairs and

negotiations regarding marketing and major media placement until 1986. Flower worked

closely with some of the game’s all-time greats.

"Bill Walsh is just a remarkable, great coach, a dynamic leader and innovator in all
aspects of the game,” says Flower. “He had a real hands-on approach to his job.
"Joe Montana possessed an indescribable genius for the game, despite his physical
limitations. He had a quiet way about him, displayed zero fear to his teammates, and
there was nobody better."




A TALE OF TWO PITCHERS
StreetZebra, 2000



The story of Bill Bordley and Bruce Gardner has all the key elements of Shakespearean

tragedy. Gardner became a case study in melancholia, ending in suicide. In Bordley's

case, all his negative energy was turned into something positive, and today he is with the

Secret Service.



Both were left-handed All-American pitchers at the University of Southern California,
separated by 17 years. Both played for legendary Trojan baseball coach Rod Dedeaux on
national championship teams. Both men were considered "can't miss" professional
prospects, and both had those careers destroyed almost before they started by awful arm
injuries. Both men were damaged goods before their collegiate careers were over.
        What they did with their lives after baseball defined the fundamental differences

between the two.

Gardner was a phenomenal talent at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. By his senior
year, 1956, he was considered one of the top pitching prospects in the nation. He threw
extremely hard, had great command of his stuff, and was a bulldog competitor. The pros
came calling, and Gardner was all for signing. Those were the days, before the Major
League draft, when teams would participate in bidding wars for top high school players.
Although it does not seem like a lot of money by today's standards, players of Gardner's
stature could demand and get $100,000 bonuses. That was more than big leaguers like
Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle were paid in salary, because the "reserve clause" was still
in force, thus depriving them of free agency.
        Gardner, being an L.A. kid, was no less prone to the Trojan mystique than

anybody else, but he faced a tug of war with his emotions, for reasons that most young

athletes might not relate to. Gardner was Jewish. He had been raised by his single

mother in modest surroundings. His mom was convinced that the path to success in

America was through education, and she dreamt that her son would make a good lawyer

or doctor. She was not enamored with the successes of Joe DiMaggio or Ted Williams,

and with very, very few exceptions, Jews were virtually non-existent in sports. The idea
that Bruce would be a successful professional athlete was not real to her; it held no

promise. She knew little if anything about Bruce's athletic prowess. That her son could

throw a 90-mile an hour fastball was an oblique concept. That people cheered for him

and that men with stopwatches showed up to see him pitch was not something she could

compare anything to. There was no value to such things. Being a doctor, now that was

something of value!

       ALONG WITH THE PRO SCOUTS CAME DEDEAUX, A GREGARIOUS, WISECRACKING GUY

WHO BLEDS CARDINAL AND GOLD. USC WAS THE ONE SCHOOL THAT COULD ENTICE A HOT

PROSPECT AWAY FROM BONUS RICHES. THEY HAD WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ALREADY,

AND IF YOU WERE A GREAT HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PLAYER WHO WANTED A COLLEGE

EDUCATION, YOUR THREE BEST CHOICES WERE USC, SOUTHERN CAL, OR SOUTHERN

CALIFORNIA!

DEDEAUX WAS A MASTER RECRUITER. HE KNEW HOW TO GET INTO A PLAYER'S MIND. THE BEST
WAY TO DO THAT WAS TO GET INTO THEIR HOME, AND IN THIS CASE HE KNEW THAT GARDNER
WAS BASICALLY A MAMA'S BOY WHO YEARNED TO PLEASE HIS MOTHER. HE KNEW THAT GARDNER
FELT GUILTY ABOUT LETTING HIS MOM DOWN, AND HE KNEW HOW TO MANIPULATE THAT GUILT.
DEDEAUX SPENT MORE TIME WITH GARDNER'S MOTHER THAN HE DID WITH GARDNER. HE SOLD
HER ON THE VALUE OF A USC SCHOLARSHIP, WHICH OVER FOUR YEARS, IF ONE FACTORED IN
TUITION, BOOKS AND HOUSING, MATCHED THE SIX-FIGURE ENTICEMENTS OF MAJOR LEAGUE
TEAMS.
       BRUCE LIKED THE IDEA OF PLAYING FOR DEDEAUX, ALRIGHT, BUT HE HAD A SHY SIDE

TO HIM, AND WAS A LITTLE SELF-CONSCIOUS ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF BEING JEWISH AT A RICH,

FRAT-SOCIETY SCHOOL LIKE SC. THIS WAS STILL THE GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT 1950S. MOM

WOULD HAVE NOT OF IT. MR. DEDEAUX IS A NICE MAN WITHOUT AN ANTI-SEMITIC BONE IN HIS

BODY, SHE TOLD HIM. HE WOULD WATCH OUT FOR HIM. THE CAMPUS WAS ONLY 15 MINUTES

FROM THEIR HOUSE, HE WOULD NEVER HAVE TO BE HOMESICK. HE WOULD MEET A NICE GIRL

THERE, HE WOULD MAKE CONTACTS WITH IMPORTANT PEOPLE WHO COULD INFLUENCE HIS
LIFE. USC WAS THE AMERICAN DREAM.

Bruce wanted to sign, but he lost. He could never win that kind of battle with his mom, he
was like the Anthony Harvey character in The Manchurian Candidate, and Dedeaux had
proven to be her insurmountable ally. He entered the University in the fall of 1956. He
never had a chance.
       AT USC, GARDNER WAS EVERYTHING HE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE, A FLAME-THROWING

ALL-EVERYTHING WHO GARNERED ALL THE AWARDS THERE WERE TO WIN. HE PLAYED WITH

OTHER STARS LIKE RON FAIRLY, WHO WOULD BE A STAR WITH THE DODGERS. HE HELPED TROY

TO VICTORY IN THE 1958 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES, AND SPEARHEADED THE '59 TEAM WHICH

WENT 24-4-1 BUT WAS DENIED ANOTHER NATIONAL TITLE BECAUSE THEY WERE ON NCAA

PROBATION. IN 1960, HE WON HIS 40TH GAME, A RECORD THAT STOOD AT SC UNTIL RANDY

FLORES WON 42 (1994-97), AND WAS NAMED THE TOP PLAYER IN COLLEGE BASEBALL. HE ALSO

HURT HIS ARM.




GARDNER'S ARM PROBLEMS SEEMED MINOR AT FIRST, BUT THE IRRITATION CAUSED HIM TO
LOSE SPEED ON HIS FASTBALL. BEING A CONTROL ARTIST WITH GOOD BREAKING STUFF,
ANYWAY, HE CONTINUED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. HE KNEW HOW TO PITCH, AND HOW TO WIN. THE
SCOUTS, HOWEVER, SAW SOMETHING. RADAR GUNS WERE NOT INVENTED YET, BUT THESE GUYS
HAD BEEN WATCHING HIM FOUR OR FIVE YEARS NOW. GARDNER HAD THROWN A TON OF
INNINGS AT TROY AND NOW, IN HIS EARLY 20S, HE WAS NOT THE FRESH NEW PHENOM THAT HE
HAD BEEN AT FAIRFAX HIGH. HIS STOCK, WHICH SEEMED HIGH TO THE AVERAGE FAN, WENT
DOWN IN THE EYES OF THE REAL INVESTORS, THE SCOUTS.
       THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX SIGNED HIM TO A PALTRY BONUS AND STUCK HIM IN THE

LOW MINORS. THE AGONIZING PERSONAL DESCENT OF BRUCE GARDNER HAD BEGUN.

ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE, THE DRAFT WAS STILL IN PLACE, SO GARDNER FOUND HIS
DREAMS FURTHER INTERRUPTED BY A STINT IN THE ARMY. ONE DAY, RIDING ON THE BACK OF A
TRUCK WITH OTHER GIS AT FORT ORD, CALIFORNIA, GARDNER WAS THROWN TO THE GROUND
WHEN THE TRUCK HIT A BUMP. HE RE-INJURED HIS ARM, AND WHEN HE RETURNED TO BASEBALL
HIS ALREADY-ERODED SKILLS WERE SO FAR FROM BIG LEAGUE QUALITY THAT ALL HOPE OF A
GLORIOUS CAREER FADED AWAY. GARDNER'S MINOR LEAGUE CAREER CAME TO AN END PRETTY
MUCH THE WAY IT HAPPENS FOR 90 PERCENT OF THE KIDS WHO SIGN CONTRACTS.
AFTER HIS RELEASE, GARDNER TRIED TO FOCUS ON OTHER THINGS, LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE WHO
MUST RE-DIRECT THEIR EFFORTS. HE TRIED HIS HAND AT THE INSURANCE BUSINESS, HOPING
HIS SC CONTACTS AND NOTORIETY AS A ONE-TIME LOCAL SPORTS STAR WOULD ELEVATE HIS
BUSINESS, BUT BRUCE'S HEART WAS NOT IN IT. HE RESENTED HIS MOTHER AND DEDEAUX FOR
TALKING HIM OUT OF SIGNING A BIG CONTRACT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, CONVINCING HIMSELF
THAT ALL THOSE PITCHES HE THREW AS A TROJAN AMATEUR COULD HAVE BEEN USED IN THE
BIGS.
HE SAW ANOTHER JEWISH KID FROM FAIRFAX, LARRY SHERRY, ATTAIN HEIGHTS OF GLORY FOR
THE DODGERS IN THE 1959 WORLD SERIES.
GARDNER, ON THE OTHER HAND, SOLD INSURANCE.
IN 1974, GARDNER HAD A FEW COCKTAILS, GATHERED ALL HIS TROPHIES, PLAQUES, AWARDS,
AND MEMORABILIA, ALONG WITH HIS USC DEGREE, AND WENT TO THE PITCHER'S MOUND AT
THE BRAND NEW DEDEAUX FIELD ON SC'S CAMPUS IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT. HE PRODUCED A
GUN, PUT IT TO HIS HEAD AND BLEW HIS BRAINS OUT.
THE NEXT MORNING, A GROUNDSKEEPER AT FIRST THOUGHT THE BODY ON THE MOUND WAS A
DRUNKEN STUDENT SLEEPING ONE OFF. THEN HE SAW THE BLOOD, THEN THE SUICIDE NOTE,
WHICH WAS ADDRESSED TO HIS MOTHER AND COACH DEDEAUX, AND SAID, "THIS IS WHAT I
THINK OF YOUR USC EDUCATION."
NEEDLESS TO SAY, BRUCE'S PHOTO IS NOT PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED AT HERITAGE HALL, HIS
STORY IS NOT RE-TOLD IN TROJAN PRESS GUIDES. MENTION OF HIS NAME WAS TABOO AROUND
DEDEAUX.


THREE YEARS AFTER GARDNER'S SUICIDE, ANOTHER SOUTHPAW GRACED THE PITCHER'S
MOUND AT SC, AND HE WAS EVEN BETTER THAN GARDNER WAS.
       BILL BORDLEY WAS 16-1 PITCHING FOR A CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP

TEAM AT BISHOP MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL IN TORRANCE IN 1975. HE WAS A LEFT-HANDER

WHO REMINDED PEOPLE OF SANDY KOUFAX. AFTER HIS SENIOR YEAR IN 1976, HE WAS

SELECTED IN THE FIRST ROUND BY MILWAUKEE, BUT TURNED DOWN THEIR OFFER TO ATTEND

SC. AS A 1977 FRESHMAN, HE WAS 14-0, A FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN, CONSIDERED BY SOME

TO BE THE BEST PITCHER IN BASEBALL . . . PERIOD!

"HE WAS THE BEST PITCHER I EVER SAW," FORMER PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE UMPIRE ROY
ROTH, WHO ALSO WORKED IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES, ONCE SAID. "NOT THE BEST COLLEGE
PITCHER. THE BEST PITCHER."
"MY FRESHMAN YEAR WAS A BIG STEP," SAYS BORDLEY. "HAVING DEDEAUX WAS THE BEST
INFLUENCE I EVER HAD IN AMATEUR OR PRO BALL. I STILL TALK TO HIM. HE'S SUCCESSFUL AND
A LEADER AT EVERYTHING HE DOES. I LEARNED EVEN WHEN I WAS NOT PITCHING, AND HE DID IT
IN A FUN TYPE OF MANNER. WE WERE NEVER STRESSED DURING BIG MOMENTS, HE COULD MAKE
YOU RELAX, AND GAVE YOU THE FEELING THAT YOU WERE KING KONG. HE'S DONE THAT HIS
WHOLE LIFE, LIKE IN HIS TRUCKING BUSINESS, WHERE HE'S A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE. YOU CAN GO
TO A SUIT AND TIE EVENT, BUT BY THE END OF IT DEDEAUX WILL ALWAYS HAVE A CROWD
AROUND HIM. HE USED TO THROW PARTIES AT HIS PLACE IN SEAL BEACH AFTER WE'D BEAT
UCLA, AND I WENT TO JAPAN WITH HIM, TOO."
DEDEAUX HAS A "JAPAN ROOM" AT HIS BEACHSIDE HOME, WHERE HE DISPLAYS MEMORABILIA
FROM HIS GOODWILL TRIPS TO THE FAR EAST, STRETCHING BACK TO THE DAYS NOT LONG AFTER
WORLD WAR II.
IN 1978, BORDLEY WAS AN ALL-AMERICAN AGAIN, AND THE TROJAN TEAM THAT SEASON IS
CONSIDERED BY MANY COLLEGIATE BASEBALL ENTHUSIASTS TO BE THE FINEST EVER
ASSEMBLED.
"THE '78 TEAM WAS THE BEST EVER," AGREES BORDLEY.
BORDLEY DEFEATED A POWERFUL ARIZONA STATE TEAM IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.
"THE SECOND-BEST COLLEGE TEAM OF ALL-TIME WAS PROBABLY ARIZONA STATE IN '78,"
ASSERTS BORDLEY, "YET WE WERE VASTLY SUPERIOR TO THEM. I NEVER PLAYED ON A TEAM
THAT HAD THAT KIND OF TALENT, PLUS MOTIVATION. ROD NEVER ALLOWED DIVERSIONS. WE
WERE JUST GREAT, WE MADE ONE ERROR IN FIVE GAMES AT THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES. WE
PLAYED THE GAME THE RIGHT WAY."
BORDLEY RECALLED DEDEAUX'S INFLUENCE.
"WE HAD THE SAME BUS DRIVER IN OMAHA FOR TWO WEEKS," HE SAYS. "THE GUY HAD HAIR
DOWN TO HIS WAIST AND A FULL BEARD. ROD KEPT WORKING ON HIM, AND BY THE END OF THE
SERIES HE LOOKED LIKE A BUSINESSMAN."
BORDLEY SKIPPED ON THE ALASKAN SUMMER LEAGUE, AND TOLD DEDEAUX HE WAS NOT
RETURNING TO SCHOOL. BORDLEY MUST HAVE REALIZED THAT THE TIME TO CASH IN ON A PRO
BONUS WAS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.
"I USED TO THROW 95 MILES AN HOUR," HE SAID, "BUT BY THE END OF MY COLLEGE CAREER I
WAS DOWN AROUND 86-87. I STILL HAD ENOUGH TO GET COLLEGE HITTERS OUT, BUT I FELT
PAIN FROM THE WEAR AND TEAR OF PITCHING.
"THE SCOUTS WERE NOT AS AWARE OF MY DIMINISHED VELOCITY BECAUSE I HAD NOT GONE
THROUGH A SHOWCASE JUNIOR YEAR. WE HAD FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS AT THE TIME, BECAUSE
MY BROTHER HAD BEEN IN A CAR ACCIDENT, AND MY FATHER HAD SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK. I
KNEW I'D BE THE NUMBER ONE PICK IN THE COUNTRY. BOB HORNER HAD JUST SIGNED FOR
$250,000, SO I DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AND ENROLLED AT EL CAMINO J.C., MAKING MYSELF
AVAILABLE FOR THE JANUARY 1979 DRAFT."
BORDLEY ALSO MAY HAVE REALIZED THAT THE CUPBOARD WAS BARE AT SOUTHERN CAL. '79
WAS THE BEGINNING OF A LONG DRY SPELL FOR TROJAN BASEBALL.
"BOWIE KUHN WAS THE COMMISSIONER," BORDLEY CONTINUES. "IT WAS A BIG SCANDAL, AND I
WAS A BIG FISH IN A LITTLE POND WITH ALL THESE JUNIOR COLLEGE KIDS."
THE WINTER DRAFT IS ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY J.C. PLAYERS, RECEIVES LITTLE PUBLICITY, AND
BONUS MONEY IS MINIMAL.
"I WANTED $250,000," SAYS BORDLEY. "BUZZIE BAVASI OF THE ANGELS SAID HE WOULD
MATCH THAT, AND I SAID AHEAD OF TIME THAT I WOULD ONLY SIGN WITH A WEST COAST TEAM,
SO I COULD BE NEAR MY FATHER. CINCINNATI DRAFTED ME AFTER SAYING THEY WOULDN'T, SO
KUHN GOT INVOLVED. HE FINED THE ANGELS FOR TAMPERING, THEN DID THE SAME THING
THEY HAD DONE WITH TOM SEAVER."
BORLDLEY'S NAME WAS PUT IN A HAT, AND ANY WEST COAST TEAM WILLING TO PUT UP A
MINIMUM OF $150,000 ENTERED THE LOTTERY.
"SAN DIEGO WAS OWNED BY JOAN KROC AND THEY DID NOT AGREE TO THE MINIMUM," SAYS
BORDLEY. "THE ANGELS WERE BARRED, AND OAKLAND HAD NO MONEY, SO IT WAS THE
DODGERS, SAN FRANCISCO AND SEATTLE."
MILWAUKEE, THE TEAM THAT HAD DRAFTED HIM THREE YEARS PRIOR, WAS ALLOWED TO
PARTICIPATE, BUT THE GIANTS NAME CAME UP.
"I WENT STRAIGHT TO SPRING TRAINING," RECALLS BILL. "THEY SIGNED ME TO A MAJOR
LEAGUE CONTRACT, WHICH I'M GRATEFUL FOR BECAUSE THIS ALLOWS ME A PENSION, BUT
IMMEDIATELY THEY COULD SEE THAT MY SPEED FROM SC HAD DROPPED. I HAD HAD A
SWOLLEN ARM AT THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES."
BORDLEY WENT THROUGH SURGERY AFTER THE 1980 SEASON.
"IT WAS PAIN AND SWELLING," HE RECALLS OF THE AFTER-EFFECTS OF THE FAILED
PROCEDURE. DOCTORS HAD ATTEMPTED A "TOMMY JOHN" PROCEDURE, USING MUSCLES FROM
HIS ACHILLES AND IMPLANTING THEM IN HIS ELBOW. HE ENDURED THREE SURGERIES.
"YOU KNOW THE OLD EXPRESSION," HE SAYS. "I WAS THROWING AS HARD AS EVER, IT JUST
WASN'T GETTING THERE AS FAST. "
BORDLEY DID PITCH BRIEFLY IN THE BIG LEAGUES, AND LIVED IN MARIN COUNTY, WHERE HE
WORKED WITH WEIGHTS IN A PROGRAM DEVISED BY A SPECIALIST NAMED SATCH HENNESSY.
NOBODY TRIED HARDER.
       "SI DID ARTICLES COMPARING ME TO KOUFAX," HE RECALLS. "FROM MY JUNIOR YEAR

IN HIGH SCHOOL TO AGE 22, I WAS VERY CONFIDENT, I KNEW THAT I COULD WIN. I WAS

STRIKING OUT TWO GUYS AN INNING, I WAS ON TOP OF MY GAME. I HAD THE GOD-GIVEN ABILITY

TO THROW A BASEBALL. PLUS, BEING A SOUTHPAW HELPED, AND I HAD A GOOD BREAKING

BALL."

         But his arm was shot. Joe Torre invited him to Atlanta's Spring Training in1983,

but his career was over.

"Baseball was a positive influence," Bordley says without a trace of regret. "It gave me
financial independence, paid for college, and I saw the world. It taught me a great work
ethic. I have no problems leaving the game behind, you have to move on. I went back to
SC and earned a 3.8 GPA in finance."
Bill was the pitching coach under Dedeaux in 1984 and '85, when Mark McGwire and
Randy Johnson were there. In return for coaching, the school paid for him to complete a
Master's degree.
After graduation, he worked in finance in the San Francisco Bay Area. How did he end
up in the Secret Service, an elite, ultra-secret organization normally reserved for former
FBI agents and military officers?
"We played the Mets at Shea Stadium in 1980," Bordley recalls. "George Bush was the
Vice President, and I got to know some of the guys on his detail, I left them some tickets. I
was always interested in investigative work. I thought to myself, `Hey, I'd like to look into
that.'
"It took two and a half years of tests. I work on polygraph investigations, threat cases,
and deal with the CIA. If you know of a death threat, the Service administers a polygraph
test to determine if the person is on the level. I've interviewed Charles Manson, who
made threats from prison."
On can surmise that Bill determined that allowing Charlie out of prison would be a
threat.
Things got very interesting for Bordley when he was assigned to Chelsea Clinton's detail
at Stanford University. Naturally, he is unable to give specifics about the detail, or any of
the things he has seen while working for the Clinton Administration.
"I was on the President's and First Lady's detail," he says. "I had to testify in the Starr
Report, and I know Chelsea. She's a normal 20-year old kid. She goes to a lot of events,
and we try to make her college experience as normal as possible.
"What people don't realize is all the other things we do in the Service, like counterfeiting.
We're under the Treasury Department, so I travel the world - I've been to 75 countries -
where our money is counterfeited."
Bordley was asked about whether he was ever required to sign a document that would
not allow him to ever talk about inside Presidential stuff. If anybody has anything on
Presidents, past and present, it would be the Secret Service. In recent years, some former
Kennedy Secret Service agents disclosed details of White House shenanigans, but for the
most part, nobody ever hears a peep out of the non-partisan Service.
"We have top secret clearances," he explains, "and it's pretty much taboo to talk about
them. Before we get to the Presidential detail, there's so much screening that it's a virtual
certainty that an agent will not disclose secrets. It's also a matter of courtesy. It's taken
years for me to get in a position of trust with President and Mrs. Clinton, and with
Chelsea. If politicians couldn't trust the Secret Service, it would be very harmful to future
public figures. I look at it like a baseball clubhouse, where we went by the saying `What
you say here, what you see here, what you do here, let it stay here.' "
Bordley knew the Bruce Gardner story, but found no satisfaction in comparing himself to
his predecessor.
"It's an adjustment for anybody," he says, "whether you're Steve Compagno <this writer
knew Bordley in the early '80s, and Compagno is a mutual friend of ours who once
played in the Yankee organization, before embarking on a successful mortgage banking
career> or anybody. You learn a good work ethic and take the same positives that go into
being a Cy Young award winner or a 20-game winner, which are valuable."
Bordley still follows the Trojans, and remains loyal to Rod. He lives in San Jose, and
plans to retire in the Bay Area.
"I studied finance," he says, "and did well in stocks."


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                                         SIXTIES


                                     BILL REDELL

1960 (Freshman Team)
Quarterback
I was very fortunate to go to USC when I did go there. It's part of my college experience
and I consider myself a Trojan. I'm not bitter or feel I was treated unfairly just because I
left. I loved the experience I had there.
         I was at the USC extension school from 1959-60 and played freshman football
1960. There was Pete Beathard, Craig Fertig, Willie Brown and me. John McKay was in
his first year as the head coach. Al Davis recruited me. That was a lot of years ago but he
was a very enthusiastic guy and a great recruiter. I was very impressed with the guy. You
could not help but be. He seemed interested in me and was an excellent recruiter. I was
also recruited by Jim Sears and Russ Krudell. Various alumni guys came to all our games
and told Marv Goux about me. I played at San Marino High School. San Marino is the
hometown of the Patton family, as in General George Patton. There were some kids
named Patton. I'm not sure if they were related but I think so. I remember some General
Patton family stables. They owned land and it was horse country, and of course the
Patton legacy was a big part of San Marino history.
         My high school coach became the head coach at Occidental College, and that's
why I left. McKay was going to switch me from quarterback to running back. I'm not
positive, but in those days if I remember right you played both offense and defense, and
this effected my thinking. McKay had not recruit me, I was more one of Don Clark's
guys. We all played about the same on the freshman team. Pete Beathard was the starter.
I got and hurt missed some games but generally played equally. I could see that I was not
going to play quarterback ahead of Beathard, so I followed my old coach to Occidental. If
I'd stayed at USC I would have played another position.
            Occidental College had a real good small college football program, and a lot of
outstanding players. A few guys went to NFL camps. Jack Kemp played at Occidental. It
wasn't USC, but I made the College Football Foundation Hall of Fame, and I wouldn't
have been elected had I not had a good career, and had Occidental not been an excellent
program. It was one of the last of the great small college football powers. Occidental had
once been a rival of Southern California. In California, St. Mary's, USF, Santa Clara,
Loyola, Pomona and Occidental had all been great programs, teams that played USC and
Cal, and went to major bowl games like the Sugar Bowl, but segregation prohibited the
continuation of this. Eventually, pro football ate into the attendance of these programs so
only big programs like USC and UCLA could survive.
         In addition to playing quarterback, I played defense, special teams, punted, kicked
field goals, and was the captain. I played 60 minutes per game, so my election to the Hall
of Fame was based on all-around performance. When they put me into the Hall of Fame,
I went as much for what I did as a defensive back, but I was listed as a quarterback. I was
good at everything.
         I played for the Los Angeles Rams. The Denver Broncos of the American Football
League drafted me, too, but I went with the Rams and had a "cup of coffee" with them.
Then I played seven years in the Canadian Football League. I coached at Crespi High in
Encino, St. Francis in La Canada, and now at Oaks Christian in Thousand Oaks. Crespi
and St. Francis are Catholic schools, Oaks Christian is mainstream Christian. My faith
has driven me and I am interested in writing a book a book about my coaching experience
with an emphasis on how Christianity has been my guiding light.
         I also coached with Dick Coury at Cal State Fullerton. Coach Coury had been at
Mater Dei and was hired by John McKay at USC after John Huarte and Jack Snow, a

couple of Orange County players, starred at Notre Dame. McKay was tired of losing the

best Catholic school players from Southern California to Notre Dame, so he took this

step. Coach Coury earned his keep by placing tall Bill Hayhoe in the middle of the field

so he could block Zenon Andrusyshyn's kicks in USC's 21-20 win over UCLA for the

1967 national championship. USC has done an excellent job competing with Notre Dame

for great Catholic school players ever since.

       Several of Fullerton's coaches were killed in a plane crash, among them the uncle

of the Alabama All-American offensive lineman John Hannah. I was obviously not one

of them, but the tragedy effected me deeply and I was out of coaching for nine years. In

1980 I came back at Cal Lutheran. I went to the USFL with Coach Coury in Boston.

Then I coached for New Orleans and Portland until the league disbanded. Then I was at

Crespi when Russell White was the top prep running back in the nation.

       I coached John Sciarra's son at St. Francis. He was a gifted quarterback who
appeared to have Division I tools but did not start at UCLA before transferring to
Wagner. I've not had all that many players go to USC, but two of my best are there right
now. Marc Tyler is a running back and Marshall Jones is a defensive back.
       I don't know why, but UCLA didn't recruit Tyler, despite the fact that his father,
Wendell Tyler, was an All-American there before playing for the 49ers. Wendell wanted
him to play at USC and Coach Carroll does a great job recruiting. He's got six tailbacks
competing and Marc was hurt with a bad broken leg, but eventually he'll be a fine player.
He wanted to go to Notre Dame, but he's the kind of player Carroll wants, a winner
willing to compete. He'll be a big-time player every bit as good as his dad. I describe him
as "LenDale White with better speed," which is not bad!
       Allan Graf's son started out with me and he's going to USC. Clay Matthews is
from Agoura and didn't play for me but I know the family and their big-time Trojans.
Jimmy Clausen played quarterback for me. Now he's at Notre Dame and it's a challenge
for him. I coached Joe McKnight in the Army All-Star Game. I think he's going to be a
guy like Reggie Bush, but Marc's got a great chance to be just as good.
       As a high school coach over the years I've seen all the best recruiters, and Pete
Carroll's as good as any of them because he is sincere. Others are not sincere. Players are
looking for an individual who cares about his players, about their future. I'm impressed
with Pete but most college coaches are not like that.
         As for what makes Pete Carroll so successful beyond recruiting - and there is a
great deal beyond recruiting - I don't know about his practice plans, but I can see that his
teams are enthusiastic and disciplined. From what I'm told his practices are fast-paced
and always moving. He's always enthusiastic and I'm very impressed at how USC is high
for all their games.
         Even though I went to USC, I've always kind of been a UCLA guy in terms of
rooting, but now with players at USC and Brian Kennedy, a good friend whose very
involved at SC; the great thing about SC is that is if you're an alumni you're a Trojan for
life. They've been very good to me and I have a lot of friends there from the two years I
spent.

Bill Redell played freshman football with Craig Fertig and Pete Beathard before

transferring to Occidental College, where he was an All-American and later elected

to the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame. After playing pro

football he became one of the greatest high school coaches in American history. The

former National Coach of the Year, his championship teams at California's Encino

Crespi Carmelite, La Canada St. Francis and Thousand Oaks Christian, have

produced numerous Trojans, including running back Marc Tyler.




                                      BOB SVIHUS

Left Tackle
1962 - 1964


What It Means To Be a USC Trojan.

       When I first enrolled at the University, my eventual coach, Marv Goux, said to

me: "Bobby you may only be here for a few years of your education, but you'll be a

Trojan for the rest of your life. You will have a lot of opportunities here, both good and

otherwise. There are only three things you can't do at the University of Southern

California; lie, cheat or steal. There is nothing in the world you can't accomplish while
you are here. Just go out and do the best job whether it's in the classroom or on the

football field."

He further said he was available 24 hours a day if I needed him for anything, but try not
to call him at home on the weekends, unless I was in jail. I loved the speech, I loved the
place, I loved the people.
Naturally, I was close to Southern California in my heart since I was born at Wilshire
Hospital, in downtown Los Angeles, during World War II. I moved away to Northern
California at a young age and was always happy to go on vacation to visit relatives in
Southern California during holidays and summer vacations. The growing up years in
Northern California were not as easy for me, since I became a victim of a one-parent
family.
In later years, when I became a student recruiter for the University, I always made sure
that whoever I was recruiting was always given the "you'll be a Trojan for the rest of your
life" speech. I wanted to make sure that if a prospective student-athlete did not view the
surroundings at the campus with enough enthusiasm or did not particularly like the faces,
types of people, even the color of their skin or perhaps their religious preferences; then
the University was not going to be a successful place for them to learn. I was so ingrained
with the Trojan spirit/attitude that I knew every visiting student-athlete may not feel like I
did. I freely admitted in my recruiting talks that if they didn't love or feel as partial as I
did, then perhaps the University was not a place for them. A lot of fine student-athletes
came through during my recruiting years and I'm happy to say only a modest number did
not choose the University to be their place of education. But, for all the student-athletes
who did choose the University, wow! What a legacy. I received a small pillow last
Christmas from one of my daughters and on one side of the pillow it said, "It's Hard To
Be Humble When You're From USC."
While Marv Goux was one of the most popular and likeable people that ever walked this
planet, he had his dark side and many people, it was said, not including myself, were able
to see through his "veneer" of likeability. I never saw Marv that way, to me he was a
friend almost like a big brother. I was as impressed with his dark side as I was with his
spirit, loyalty, and enthusiasm. On the very few occasions when his darkside surfaced, I
was able to embrace it and learn from it. In later years, I've come to know a great many
people from all walks of life and what I learned from Marv, I still cherish to this day.
To me, it truly is great to be a Trojan!


Bob Svihus was an all-conference selection in 1964. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys

(NFL) and Oakland Raiders (AFL), he played for the silver-and-black from 1965 to

1970. He was a member of Oakland's 1967 Super Bowl team, and played with the

New York Jets from 1971-72.
THE REINCARNATION OF CHRISTY MATHEWSON

From The 1969 Amazin' Mets, 2009



THE FRESNO CITY COLLEGE RAMS HAVE ONE OF THE GREATEST J.C. BASEBALL TRADITIONS IN

THE COUNTRY. MALONEY, ELLSWORTH AND SELMA ALL PITCHED THERE BEFORE GOING TO THE

BIG LEAGUES. SCOUTS AND COLLEGE COACHES PAID ATTENTION TO THEM. IN SEPTEMBER OF


1963, A COUPLE MONTHS SHY OF HIS 19TH BIRTHDAY, SEAVER CAME OUT FOR WHAT THE

COACHES AND PLAYERS CALL “FALL BALL.” HE WAS KNOWN FOR HAVING MADE ALL-CITY

PITCHER AT FRESNO HIGH, EVEN IF IT HAD BEEN “BECAUSE THERE WASN’T ANYONE ELSE TO

CHOOSE.”

        But his new height, the 30 pounds of muscle, the newfound strength, gave Tom

confidence that he could not help but be noticed by coaches and players alike. After the

initial period of conditioning came the moment of truth: try-outs on the mound. After

warming up, Seaver got set, went into his motion, and delivered a 90-mile per hour fast

ball.

The ball sailed up and in, smacking into the catcher’s mitt with a loud thud. Suddenly,
USC did not look like such a pipe dream. In the spring of 1964, freshman right-hander
Tom Seaver was the ace of the Fresno City College team, compiling an 11-2 record
against stiff competition, earning team MVP honors.
What was happening to Seaver was less a phenomenon and more common than many
realize. The high school blue chipper is accorded great attention, but many times he has
physically matured sooner than his peers have. Sometimes he peaks at the age of 17 or
18. Others, like Seaver, grow, gain strength, and mature in more ways than one. Few
make the kind of transition that Tom Seaver would ultimately make, but many high school
“suspects” in various sports go on to become “prospects” in college, in the minor
leagues, and in their 20s. Some attain stardom. Scouting is a very tricky, unpredictable
business.
The impossible seemed to have occurred. Seaver’s 11-2 record at Fresno City College
earned the recruiting attention of Rod Dedeaux. He was a legitimate fastball artist.
Dedeaux called him the “phee-nom from San Joaquin.”
But Dedeaux needed to know for sure that he could compete for the Trojans. “I only have
five scholarships to give out,” the coach told him. Before the ride would be offered,
Seaver would have to prove himself with the Fairbanks, Alaska Goldpanners.
Today, collegiate summer baseball is a well-known commodity. Many scouts place more
credence on a player’s performance in one of these leagues than they do on their college
seasons. The Cape Cod League uses only wooden bats, which proves to be a great
equalizer for pitchers and a shock for aluminum-bat sluggers who find themselves batting
.250 on the Cape. Summer ball has a long tradition in Canada, where American
collegians test themselves in such exotic locales as Red Deer, Alberta, Calgary and
Edmonton. The Kamloops International Tournament in British Columbia has attracted
some of the fastest baseball for decades. The Jayhawk League, consisting of teams from
Boulder, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, plus Kansas and Iowa, was once a leading
destination for college players. The California Collegiate Summer League, consisting of
teams from the Humboldt Crabs in the north to the San Diego Aztecs in the south, has
produced many stars in its various forms over the years.
But the Alaskan Summer Collegiate League is the most legendary. Over time, the league
became the Alaska-Hawaii League, with teams flying in for extended road trips on the
islands and the “land of the midnight sun.”
“The team was put together by a man named Red Boucher,” said former Met pitcher
Danny Frisella, who was a teammate of Seaver’s in Fairbanks. Boucher was the Mayor
of Fairbanks. “He got all the best young ball players up there.” Andy Messersmith of the
University of California became a 20-game winner with the California Angels. Mike Paul
pitched for Cleveland. Graig Nettles played for Minnesota. USC quarterback Steve
Sogge, a baseball catcher, played on that team. Rick Monday was an All-American at
Arizona State, where he was a teammate of Reggie Jackson and Sal Bando in a program
that captured the 1965 National Championship (also producing Mets’ pitcher Gary
Gentry). In the very first amateur draft ever held in 1965, Monday became the first player
chosen, by the Kansas City A’s.
“Monday was there the year I was and he couldn’t even make our team,” said Frisella.
“I think 13 guys were signed off that team. It was semi-pro ball, and we played eight
games a week. We didn’t get paid. Not for playing ball. But I earned $650 a month for
pulling a lever on a dump truck. And I didn’t have to pull the lever too often.”
        The man most responsible for the growth of summer collegiate baseball was

Dedeaux. In 1963, when his Trojans won their fourth national championship, the press

dubbed his team the “New York Yankees of college baseball.” He eventually retired with

11, having produced such stalwarts as Ron Fairly, Don Buford, Bill “Spaceman” Lee,

Jim Barr, Dave Kingman, Rich Dauer, Steve Kemp, Fred Lynn, Steve Busby, Roy

Smalley, Mark McGwire and Randy Johnson. His successor, Mike Gillespie, won the

school’s 12th College World Series in 1998 (Texas is second with five) while producing
such talented stars as Bret Boone, Aaron Boone, Jeff Cirillo, Geoff Jenkins, Jacque

Jones, Morgan Ensberg, Barry Zito and Mark Prior.

       If a young player wanted to test himself amongst the best of the best, he could find

no more competitive environment than the USC baseball program. For Tom Seaver,

having tasted real success for the first time in his life at Fresno City College, it

represented the ultimate challenge. He needed that scholarship; not just to save his father

from paying the steep tuition, but also to give himself imprimatur as opposed to “walk

on” status.

DEDEAUX HAD COME OUT OF HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL TO BECOME THE CAPTAIN OF THE
TROJAN BASEBALL TEAM. HE HAD THE BRIEFEST OF MAJOR LEAGUE “CAREERS” WITH THE
BROOKLYN DODGERS, BUT BEFRIENDED HIS MANAGER, CASEY STENGEL. LATER, STENGEL
BROUGHT HIS YANKEES TO LOS ANGELES FOR EXHIBITION GAMES AGAINST USC, GIVING
COLLEGE PLAYERS THE CHANCE TO PLAY AGAINST MICKEY MANTLE AND WHITEY FORD. AFTER
RETIREMENT FROM MANAGING THE METS, HE BECAME A BANKING EXECUTIVE IN GLENDALE,
THE L.A. SUBURB WHERE DEDEAUX LIVED. FOR YEARS CASEY WAS A REGULAR AT TROJAN
BASEBALL GAMES.
DEDEAUX WAS A KEY FIGURE IN ORGANIZING AND GROWING THE POPULARITY OF THE COLLEGE
WORLD SERIES. THE FIRST CWS WAS HELD IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN AND FEATURED THE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS BEATING YALE FOR THE NATIONAL TITLE. YALE’S
FIRST BASEMAN WAS A WAR VETERAN NAMED GEORGE H.W. BUSH. BUSH AND YALE CAME BACK
THE NEXT YEAR, ONLY TO BE BEATEN THIS TIME BY DEDEAUX’S TROJANS. EVENTUALLY, THE
CWS FOUND A PERMANENT HOME IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA.
“HE NEVER LOOKED LIKE A BALL PLAYER, BUT HE HAD EYES IN THE BACK OF HIS HEAD,” SAID
BILL LEE, WHO PLAYED FOUR YEARS UNDER HIM FROM 1965 TO 1968, EARNING
ALL-AMERICAN PITCHER HONORS AND A NATIONAL TITLE IN HIS SENIOR YEAR. “HE KNEW IN
THE FIRST INNING WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN THE FIFTH; IN THE FIFTH WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE
EIGHTH.” THE GREATEST TEAMS LEE EVER SAW WERE “THE 1975 CINCINNATI REDS, ANY
TAIWANESE LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM, AND THE 1968 USC TROJANS!”
“DEDEAUX WAS THE SHARPEST TACK IN THE BOX,” RECALLED MIKE GILLESPIE, WHO PLAYED
ON HIS 1961 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS.
AN EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNT OF ATHLETIC TALENT FLOWED TO THE PROFESSIONAL SPORTS
LEAGUES FROM USC AND CALIFORNIA IN GENERAL. HUGE CROWDS WATCHING TROJAN
FOOTBALL GAMES AT THE L.A. MEMORIAL COLISEUM PLAYED A LARGE ROLE IN LURING THE
DODGERS AND LAKERS OUT WEST. DEDEAUX MODERNIZED THE COLLEGIATE GAME FROM A
“CLUB SPORT” TO A PIPELINE FOR THE PROS. UTILIZING THE PERFECT CALIFORNIA WEATHER,
HE TURNED HIS INTO A YEAR-ROUND PROGRAM. THERE WAS “FALL BALL” FROM SEPTEMBER TO
THANKSGIVING; FOLLOWED BY A FULL SLATE OF 50-60 GAMES IN THE SPRING INSTEAD OF A
PALTRY 20 OR 25. BUT IT WAS SUMMER BALL THAT DEDEAUX TURNED INTO BREEDING GROUNDS
FOR DIAMOND SUCCESS.
A COLLEGE PLAYER GENERALLY RETURNED TO HIS HOMETOWN AFTER SCHOOL LET OUT AND
PLAYED ON A PICK-UP TEAM, OR A RAGAMUFFIN SEMI-PRO OUTFIT. THE COMPETITION WAS NOT
GOOD AND PLAYERS BENEFITED LITTLE, RETURNING TO SCHOOL WITHOUT HAVING
PROGRESSED. DEDEAUX WANTED HIS PLAYERS TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING AKIN TO MINOR
LEAGUE LIFE; PLAYING NIGHTLY GAMES, TRAVELING, AND HANDLING A FAST BRAND OF BALL
THAT PREPARED THEM FOR THE COLLEGE SEASON, THEN A PRO CAREER.
IN THE 1950S HE SENT HIS PLAYERS TO CANADA, WHERE IN ADDITION TO GOOD BASEBALL
EXPERIENCE THEY ENJOYED THE EDUCATIONAL ASPECTS OF LIFE IN AN “EXOTIC” LOCALE FAR
FROM HOME. WHEN ALASKA BECAME A STATE, RED BOUCHER RAISED MONEY TO BUILD A FIRST
CLASS FACILITY AND BEGAN RECRUITING THE BEST COLLEGIANS TO FAIRBANKS. DEDEAUX AND
USC WERE HIS NUMBER ONE SOURCE. A LEAGUE WAS DEVELOPED WITH TEAMS IN FAIRBANKS,
ANCHORAGE (THE GLACIER PILOTS AND LATER THE NORTH POLE KNICKS), THE PALMER
VALLEY GREEN GIANTS, AND THE KENAI PENINSULA OILERS. TEAMS FROM CANADA AND THE
CONTIGUOUS LOWER 48 STATES TRAVELED TO ALASKA. THE SUN ALMOST NEVER SET IN THE
SUMMER. LIGHTS WERE NOT NEEDED. ON JUNE 21 A “MIDNIGHT SUN” GAME STARTING AT 11
P.M. WAS PLAYED WITHOUT ANY LIGHTING. THE ALASKAN TEAMS ALSO TRAVELED, PLAYING IN
AN END-OF SUMMER TOURNAMENT CALLED THE NATIONAL BASEBALL CONGRESS IN WICHITA,
KANSAS. THE NBC FEATURED ALL THE BEST TEAMS FROM ACROSS AMERICA. THE CANADIAN
TEAMS GENERALLY PLAYED IN THE KAMLOOPS INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT.
YEARS LATER, WHEN TOM SEAVER BECAME A BROADCASTER EVEN BEFORE HIS PLAYING CAREER
ENDED, HE TOLD PARTNER JOE GARAGIOLA OF HIS ALASKAN EXPERIENCE DURING A WORLD
SERIES TELECAST.
“THEY PLAY BASEBALL IN ALASKA?” ASKED GARAGIOLA.
“REALLY GOOD BASEBALL, JOE,” REPLIED SEAVER.
“TELL ME ABOUT IT,” INQUIRED GARAGIOLA, AND SEAVER DID JUST THAT.
IN JUNE, 1964 SEAVER BOARDED A PLANE FOR FAIRBANKS TO JOIN A TEAM CONSISTING OF
FUTURE BIG LEAGUERS MONDAY, NETTLES, CURT MOTTON, KEN HOLTZMAN AND GARY
SUTHERLAND OF USC. THEY WERE ALL-AMERICANS WITH NATIONAL REPUTATIONS. SEAVER
WAS IMMEDIATELY INTIMIDATED, WONDERING WHETHER HE, A JUNIOR COLLEGE PITCHER STILL
BATTLING THE INSECURITIES OF A NOTHING PREP CAREER, COULD COMPETE AT THIS LEVEL. HE
HAD LITTLE TIME FOR CONTEMPLATION ONCE HE ARRIVED, HOWEVER. BOUCHER’S WIFE MET
HIM AT THE AIRPORT.
“WE’RE PLAYING A GAME RIGHT NOW,” SHE TOLD HIM. “I BROUGHT A UNIFORM WITH ME. YOU
CAN PUT IT ON AT THE FIELD. WE MAY NEED YOU.”
THE BEAUTIFUL STADIUM AND THE LARGE CROWD STRUCK SEAVER. IN A TOWN OF 20,000,
SOME 50,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED GOLDPANNERS GAMES.
“I DRESSED IN A SHACK NEAR THE FIELD,” SEAVER RECALLED.
THERE WAS NO TIME FOR INTRODUCTIONS WHEN HE ARRIVED IN THE DUGOUT, BEYOND
BOUCHER’S HANDSHAKE AND ORDERS TO GET TO THE BULLPEN TO WARM UP RIGHT NOW. THE
SCORE WAS TIED 2-2 WITH THE BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON BELLS IN THE FIFTH INNING AS
SEAVER HURRIEDLY GOT LOOSE, WAS WAVED INTO THE GAME AND “MET MY CATCHER ON THE
WAY TO THE MOUND.”
HE PROCEEDED TO RETIRE THE SIDE, THEN MET HIS TEAMMATES IN THE DUGOUT. THAT NIGHT,
SEAVER PITCHED EFFECTIVELY IN RELIEF, EARNING A HARD-FOUGHT VICTORY AND THE
RESPECT OF HIS ALL-STAR MATES. HE WAS USED MAINLY IN RELIEF, LATER RATING HIMSELF THE
“THIRD- OR FOURTH-LINE PITCHER” ON THE ‘PANNERS. HE LIVED WITH THE BOUCHERS. ASIDE
FROM BEING A COMMUNITY LEADER, RED WAS A SHARP BASEBALL MAN WHO TAUGHT YOUNG
SEAVER IMPORTANT LESSONS ON THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PITCHING. HE WAS VERY MUCH LIKE
TOM’S OPTIMIST MOTHER. SEAVER CAME TO UNDERSTAND THAT HALF THE BATTLE WAS
BELIEVING IN HIMSELF. THROUGH PSYCHOLOGY AND THE EXPERIENCE OF SUCCESSFULLY
TESTING HIMSELF AGAINST THE BEST, HE WAS GAINING INVALUABLE CONFIDENCE. BOUCHER
TOLD HIM THAT EACH MORNING HE NEEDED TO WAKE UP AND SAY TO HIMSELF, “I AM A MAJOR
LEAGUER.”
DEDEAUX COACHED A SUMMER TEAM OF USC PLAYERS IN LOS ANGELES THAT TRAVELED TO
FAIRBANKS. SEAVER PITCHED AND MOWED THEM DOWN WITH HIGH HEAT. WHEN BOUCHER
YELLED AT DEDEAUX FROM ACROSS THE FIELD HOW IT WAS GOING, THE USC COACHED
CRACKED, “HOW THE HELL WOULD I KNOW? I HAVEN’T SEEN THE BALL SINCE THE SECOND
INNING.” SEAVER’S SCHOLARSHIP OFFER WAS SEEMINGLY SECURED THAT NIGHT, BUT THERE
WERE STILL BUMPS IN THE ROAD.
IN AUGUST THE GOLDPANNERS MADE THEIR WAY TO WICHITA FOR THE NBC, STOPPING IN
GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO FOR A TUNE-UP AGAINST A FAST SEMI-PRO OUTFIT. SEAVER
STARTED BUT WAS HAMMERED OFF THE MOUND. NBC RULES REQUIRED THE ROSTER BE
REDUCED TO 18 PLAYERS. BOUCHER HAD TO DECIDE BETWEEN SEAVER AND HOLTZMAN, AN
ALL-AMERICAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS. HE VISITED SEAVER IN HIS HOTEL ROOM TO
INQUIRE OF HIS CONFIDENCE, BUT THE YOUNG CALIFORNIAN JUST TOLD HIM TO “TRY ME.”
BOUCHER KEPT SEAVER.
AGAINST THE WICHITA GLASSMEN, SEAVER WAS CALLED ON IN RELIEF WITH THE GOLDPANNERS
WINNING 2-0. THE BASES WERE LOADED IN THE FIFTH INNING WITH ONE OUT. BOUCHER TRIED
TO STEADY HIS RELIEVER, BUT SEAVER JUST GROWLED THAT HE HAD “LISTENED TO YOU ALL
SUMMER LONG. NOW IT’S UP TO ME. GIVE ME THE BALL AND GET OUT OF HERE.”
CONFIDENT OR NOT, IT TOOK SOME DOING FOR SEAVER TO STEADY HIMSELF. TWO WALKS AND
AN INFIELD HIT PUSHED ACROSS THREE RUNS AND NOW THE GOLDPANNERS TRAILED, 3-2. A
DOUBLE-PLAY KEPT THE DAMAGE DOWN. OVER THE NEXT INNINGS SEAVER GAINED COMMAND.
IT WAS BEFORE THE DAYS OF THE DESIGNATED HITTER. IN THE EIGHTH INNING WITH THE BASES
LOADED SEAVER CAME TO THE PLATE. BOUCHER SAW SOMETHING IN THE YOUNG MAN WHO HAD
ONCE BATTED .543 WITH 10 HOME RUNS IN LITTLE LEAGUE. HE DECIDED TO LET HIM HIT.
SEAVER RESPONDED WITH A GRAND SLAM TO WIN THE GAME. HE PITCHED AND WON A SECOND
GAME IN THE TOURNAMENT, EARNING SUMMER ALL-AMERICAN HONORS FROM THE NATIONAL
BASEBALL CONGRESS. FOR THE FIRST TIME, PROFESSIONAL SCOUTS WERE EVALUATING HIM.
“WE HAD A LOT OF PLAYERS WHO COULD THROW THE BALL HARDER THAN TOM,” BOUCHER
RECALLED. “HIS FASTBALL MOVED WELL, BUT HE WAS NO SANDY KOUFAX. HIS CURVE AND
SLIDER WERE NOT MUCH BETTER THAN AVERAGE BY COLLEGE STANDARDS. HIS GREATEST ASSET
WAS HIS TREMENDOUS WILL TO WIN. AND HE HAD THIS SUPER CONCENTRATION. HE BELIEVED
HE COULD PUT THE BALL RIGHT THROUGH THE BAT IF HE WANTED TO.”
DEDEAUX CALLED BOUCHER AND INQUIRED OF SEVERAL USC PLAYERS ON THE FAIRBANKS
ROSTER. BOUCHER INTERRUPTED HIM TO SAY THAT SEAVER WOULD BE “YOUR BEST PITCHER.”
BOUCHER ASSURED HIM THAT HE WOULD “BET ON IT,” TO WHICH DEDEAUX REPLIED THAT THE
ALASKA MANAGER WAS SO HIGH ON THE KID “I REALLY DON’T HAVE ANY CHOICE.”
SEAVER HAD FINALLY ASSURED HIMSELF OF THE SCHOLARSHIP. HE ARRIVED AT USC DURING A
GOLDEN AGE ON CAMPUS AND IN LOS ANGELES. THAT FALL OF 1964, QUARTERBACK CRAIG
FERTIG LED THE TROJANS TO A BREATHTAKING COMEBACK VICTORY OVER NOTRE DAME,
20-17. USC’S RUNNING BACK, MIKE GARRETT, WOULD GO ON TO BECOME THE FIRST OF THE
SCHOOL’S SEVEN HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS.
       THE ACTOR TOM SELLECK, A BASKETBALL, BASEBALL AND VOLLEYBALL STAR OUT OF

VAN NUYS HIGH SCHOOL, WAS ON CAMPUS. A FEW YEARS SEPARATED THEM, BUT SEAVER AND

BILL LEE WERE IN THE PROGRAM AT THE SAME TIME. IT WAS A DOMINANT AGE, UNDER

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR JESS HILL THE GREATEST SUSTAINED SPORTS RUN IN COLLEGE HISTORY.

ASIDE FROM DEDEAUX’S PERENNIAL CHAMPIONS, JOHN MCKAY’S FOOTBALL TEAM WON TWO

NATIONAL TITLES AND TWO HEISMANS IN THE DECADE. THE TRACK, SWIMMING AND TENNIS

TEAMS WON NCAA TITLES WITH REGULARITY.

      CROSS-TOWN, JOHN WOODEN’S UCLA BASKETBALL DYNASTY WAS JUST HEATING UP

THAT YEAR. BIG LEAGUE BASEBALL WAS IN FULL SWING ON THE WEST COAST. THE LOS

ANGELES ANGELS WERE AN EXPANSION TEAM. THE GIANTS AND DODGERS HAD CONTINUED

THEIR RIVALRY IN CALIFORNIA. SANDY KOUFAX AND THE DODGERS SOLD OUT THE BEAUTIFUL

NEW DODGER STADIUM AND WON THE WORLD SERIES TWICE IN THREE YEARS.

      THE FAMED USC FILM SCHOOL ALSO BECAME WORLD CLASS AT THAT TIME. TWO OF

THEIR MOST FAMOUS STUDENTS WERE IN SCHOOL WHEN SEAVER WAS THERE. GEORGE LUCAS

WOULD CREATE THE BLOCKBUSTER STAR WARS SERIES. JOHN MILIUS WROTE THE SCREENPLAYS

DIRTY HARRY AND MAGNUM FORCE; THEN DIRECTED THE WIND AND THE LION AND RED

DAWN, AMONG MANY OTHERS. HE WOULD BECOME KNOWN AS THE MOST CONSERVATIVE

FILMMAKER IN NOTORIOUSLY LIBERAL HOLLYWOOD. ANOTHER ASPIRING FILM STUDENT WAS

TURNED DOWN BY USC. STEVEN SPIELBERG HAD TO SETTLE FOR LONG BEACH STATE, BUT AS

FRIENDS WITH LUCAS AND MILIUS, SPIELBERG WAS HANGING AROUND THE CAMPUS SO MUCH

HE SEEMED TO HAVE MATRICULATED THERE.

THOSE THREE BECAME FRIENDS WITH FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, WHO WAS ATTENDING FILM
SCHOOL AT UCLA ALONG WITH FUTURE DOORS’ ROCK LEGENDS JIM MORRISON, RAY
MANZAREK AND JOHN DENSMORE. TOGETHER, LUCAS, MILIUS, SPIELBERG AND COPPOLA
HATCHED A HARE-BRAINED SCHEME TO GO TO VIETNAM WITH ACTORS TO FILM A
“DOCU-DRAMA” IN THE STYLE OF MEDIUM COOL, WHICH WAS HALF-MOVIE, HALF-FOOTAGE
FROM THE 1968 DEMOCRAT NATIONAL CONVENTION IN CHICAGO. THE VIETNAM IDEA WAS
NIXED (FOR SOME ODD REASON) BY THE PENTAGON, BUT EVENTUALLY BECAME APOCALYPSE
NOW, FEATURING THE HAUNTING MUSIC OF MORRISON SINGING “THE END.” ALL OF IT WAS
DETAILED IN A FABULOUS 1998 HOLLYWOOD BOOK BY PETER BISKIND CALLED EASY RIDERS,
RAGING BULLS AND IN THE DOCUMENTARY HEARTS OF DARKNESS.
THE USC CAMPUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONSERVATIVE, FRATERNITY-ORIENTED AND
TRADITIONAL, BUT EVEN MORE SO WHEN SEAVER ARRIVED. THAT FALL, REPUBLICAN
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARRY GOLDWATER ENERGIZED A CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT BASED
IN NEARBY ORANGE COUNTY, EMBODIED BY REPUBLICAN STUDENT POLITICS AT USC.
NUMEROUS USC (AND UCLA) GRADUATES MADE UP THE CAMPAIGN AND LATER
ADMINISTRATION STAFFS OF RICHARD NIXON. AMONG THEM WERE WATERGATE FIGURES H.R.
HALDEMANN, JOHN ERLICHMAN, DWIGHT CHAPIN, AND DONALD SEGRETTI. IN THE 1976 FILM
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, THE SEGRETTI CHARACTER TELLS DUSTIN HOFFMAN, PLAYING
CARL BERNSTEIN, ABOUT THE SO-CALLED “USC MAFIA” OF THAT ERA.
WATERGATE CONSPIRATOR G. GORDON LIDDY WAS RECEIVED LIKE A CONQUERING HERO WHEN
HE TOURED FOR HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY WILL, ON CAMPUS IN 1983. WHEN DEMOCRAT
PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE WALTER MONDALE CAMPAIGNED AT USC IN 1984, HE WAS MET BY
THE RESOUNDING CHANT, “REAGAN COUNTRY” IN FAVOR OF THE INCUMBENT PRESIDENT.
ACCORDING TO STUDENT ACCOUNTS, CONTROVERSIAL FILMMAKER MICHAEL MOORE WAS
BOOED OFF STAGE WHEN HE SCREEN FAHRENHEIT 9/11 ON CAMPUS, LEADING HIM TO START
WEARING A UCLA CAP.
BILL LEE GOT A TASTE OF THE STUCK-UP NATURE OF SOCIAL LIFE ON CAMPUS, WHICH HE
DESCRIBED IN HIS RIOTOUS 1984 AUTOBIOGRAPHY, THE WRONG STUFF. LEE WAS DATING A
BEAUTIFUL SORORITY SISTER UNTIL MOVIE STAR “ALAN LADD’S KID SNAKED HER AWAY FROM
ME,” PRESUMABLY WITH A SHOW OF WEALTH.
SEAVER ENROLLED AS A PRE-DENTAL STUDENT, JOINED A FRATERNITY, AND QUICKLY MADE
FRIENDS WITH DEDEAUX’S SON, JUSTIN. HIS MARINE EXPERIENCE IMMEDIATELY SEPARATED
HIM FROM THE SILLY FRAT BOYS. HE ALSO BEFRIENDED GARRETT. THIS ARRANGEMENT CAME
TO SYMBOLIZE ALL THAT IS RIGHTEOUS ABOUT COLLEGE SPORTS. HERE WAS SEAVER, THE WHITE
MIDDLE CLASS SON OF AN AFFLUENT BUSINESS EXECUTIVE, “PREJUDICED” WHILE IN HIGH
SCHOOL, PAIRED WITH GARRETT, THE BLACK INNER CITY SON OF A SINGLE MOTHER. HAD THEY
NOT BEEN TEAMMATES AT USC, THESE TWO NEVER WOULD HAVE FOUND EACH OTHER. INSTEAD
THEY BECAME THE BEST OF FRIENDS.
GARRETT WAS AN INTROSPECTIVE YOUNG MAN BOUND AND DETERMINED TO MAKE THE MOST OF
HIS OPPORTUNITY. HE HAD BEEN AN ALL-AMERICAN AT ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL IN LOS
ANGELES AND OF COURSE MADE HIS NAME ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD, WINNING THE HEISMAN
TROPHY IN 1965 AND HELPING THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS WIN THE 1970 SUPER BOWL.
EVENTUALLY, HE GRADUATED FROM LAW SCHOOL AND BECAME USC’S ATHLETIC DIRECTOR,
WHERE HE HIRED THE GREAT PETE CARROLL IN 2000. GARRETT WAS SERIOUS ABOUT
BASEBALL, TOO. HE EVEN TOOK SOME TIME OFF FROM HIS NFL CAREER TO PURSUE THE GAME
IN THE DODGERS’ ORGANIZATION BEFORE RETURNING TO THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS IN 1971.
“MIKE WAS SERIOUS ABOUT THINGS,” SAID ASSISTANT USC FOOTBALL COACH DAVE LEVY.
“ONE TIME HE AND I GOT INTO A BIG DISCUSSION AND HE EXPRESSED FRUSTRATION THAT HE
COULD NOT RENT AN APARTMENT IN PASADENA BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK. I JUST TOLD HIM HE
NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND THERE WERE WHITE FOLKS OF GOOD CONSCIENCE AND THAT YOU
HAD TO LET PEOPLE CHANGE. I HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH BLACK KIDS AT USC AND I SAID THEY
NEEDED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT SPORTS PROVIDED
THEM. MIKE CAME TO AGREE WITH ME."
“IF YOU’D TOLD ME THAT A BLACK KID FROM BOYLE HEIGHTS WOULD WIN THE HEISMAN
TROPHY,” GARRETT SAID ON THE HISTORY OF USC FOOTBALL DVD (2005), “I’D HAVE JUST
SAID, ‘YOU’RE CRAZY.’ ”
SEAVER AND GARRETT WERE BOTH INTENSELY DEDICATED. THEY WORKED OUT TOGETHER.
JUSTIN DEDEAUX WAS AMAZED THAT SEAVER COULD KEEP UP WITH GARRETT
STRIDE-FOR-STRIDE RUNNING WIND SPRINTS. THE GARRETT-SEAVER RELATIONSHIP ALSO
DIRECTLY MARKS THE BEGINNING OF A REVOLUTION IN SPORTS TRAINING, WITH PROFOUND
CONSEQUENCES. BASEBALL PLAYERS WERE TOLD NOT TO LIFT WEIGHTS; THAT TO DO SO WOULD
“TIE UP” THEIR MUSCLES, MAKING THEM UNABLE TO THROW AND SWING THE BAT. BUT SEAVER
HAD SEEN HOW MUCH BETTER HE HAD GOTTEN WHEN HE GOT STRONGER LIFTING BOXES AND
LATER DOING PUSH-UPS, PULL-UPS AND RIFLE EXERCISES IN THE MARINES.
JERRY MERZ, A FRIEND OF SEAVER’S WHO STUDIED PHYSICAL EDUCATION, RECOMMENDED
THAT SEAVER LIFT WEIGHTS TO INCREASE HIS STRENGTH. GARRETT LIFTED WEIGHTS FOR
FOOTBALL AND SEAVER ASKED HIM TO HELP START A REGIMEN, WHICH HE DID. SEAVER’S
STOCKY BODY RESPONDED TO WEIGHT TRAINING, WITH IMMEDIATE GOOD RESULTS ON THE
FIELD. HE WOULD TAKE HIS WEIGHT TRAINING ROUTINE WITH HIM INTO PROFESSIONAL
BASEBALL, INFLUENCING A CHANGE IN THE PERCEPTION OF WEIGHTS IN THE 1970S. OVER
TIME, ALL BASEBALL PLAYERS WOULD BULK UP ON WEIGHTS, AND EVENTUALLY THIS LED TO THE
RAMPANT USE OF STEROIDS.
SEAVER’S CASUAL, OPEN RELATIONSHIP WITH GARRETT WAS AN EYE-OPENER FOR HIM. DESPITE
IDOLIZING HENRY AARON FROM A YOUNG AGE, HE HAD MET FEW BLACKS. HE HAD ADOPTED
THE COUNTRY CLUB RACISM ACCEPTED BY WHITES OF THAT ERA, PROBABLY WITHOUT FULLY
REALIZING IT. CHARLES “TREE” YOUNG WAS A BLACK TRACK, BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL STAR
AT EDISON HIGH SCHOOL IN FRESNO A FEW YEARS AFTER SEAVER CAME OUT OF FRESNO HIGH.
HE BECAME AN ALL-AMERICAN TIGHT END ON THE 1972 USC FOOTBALL TEAM GENERALLY
CONSIDERED THE GREATEST IN HISTORY; LATER A STAR WITH THE 1981 WORLD CHAMPION SAN
FRANCISCO 49ERS BEFORE ENTERING THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY.
“I MOST CERTAINLY KNEW ALL ABOUT TOM SEAVER,” YOUNG SAID. “HE WAS FROM FRESNO,
HAD STARRED AT USC, AND MADE GOOD WITH THE NEW YORK METS. BUT THE FRESNO OF THE
1960S WAS A PLACE WHERE YOU NEEDED TO KNOW YOUR PLACE.”
YOUNG LIVED IN THE “BLACK SECTION” OF FRESNO. IT WAS NOT A SEGREGATED SOCIETY,
CERTAINLY NOT LIKE THE SOUTH. EDISON HIGH WAS INTEGRATED AND YOUNG A POPULAR
STUDENT-ATHLETE.
“IF YOU ARE GOOD IN ATHLETICS, YOU CAN GO PLACES AND DO THINGS UNAVAILABLE TO
OTHERS,” YOUNG SAID. “WHEN I ARRIVED AT USC, MY FIRST QUESTION WAS, WHERE’S THE
BLACKS? I QUICKLY DISCERNED THAT THERE WAS DOUBLE MEANING IN THE TERM SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA. BUT THROUGH SPORTS, BLACK BRETHREN AND WHITE BRETHREN BECAME ONE. IT
TOOK SOME DOING, AND ON OUR FOOTBALL IT DID NOT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.”
YOUNG WAS A MEMBER OF THE 1970 USC FOOTBALL TEAM THAT TRAVELED TO BIRMINGHAM
AND, BEHIND RUNNING BACK SAM “BAM” CUNNINGHAM DEFEATED ALABAMA, THUS
EFFECTUATING GREAT RACIAL CHANGE IN THE SOUTH. THE TROJAN TEAM HE PLAYED ON,
IRONICALLY, WAS RACIALLY DIVIDED AS A RESULT OF THE PLAYING OF BLACK QUARTERBACK
JIMMY JONES OVER WHITE HOTSHOT MIKE RAE.
YOUNG, A STRONG CHRISTIAN, HELPED ORGANIZE FELLOWSHIP MEETINGS IN ORDER TO BRING
THE TEAM TOGETHER, AGAINST SOME RESISTANCE. AFTER A “REVIVAL” MEETING IN 1971, THE
2-4 TROJANS TRAVELED TO SOUTH BEND AND BEAT 6-0 NOTRE DAME. THAT TEAM NEVER LOST
AGAIN, GOING ON TO AN UNBEATEN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP THE NEXT YEAR.
THE NATURE OF USC - ITS CONSERVATISM AND TRADITIONS – HAS BEEN CREDITED BY THOSE
WHO WERE THERE AT THE TIME WITH ALLOWING SUCH A THING TO FREELY OCCUR. BY
CONTRAST, SOCIAL ANGST AND WAR PROTESTS DOMINATED LIFE AT RIVAL CAMPUSES
CAL-BERKELEY AND STANFORD. ACCORDING TO JOHN MCKAY, THE SUPPOSEDLY
“ENLIGHTENED” STANFORD STUDENT BODY DIRECTED “THE MOST VILE, FOUL RACIAL
EPITHETS I EVER HEARD” AT HIS TEAM, ONE IN WHICH MCKAY HAD “PROVIDED MORE AND
GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR BLACK ATHLETES THAN ANY IN THE NATION,” WHEN THEY MADE
THEIR WAY ONTO THE STANFORD STADIUM FIELD.
A FEW YEARS PRIOR TO THAT, TOM SEAVER BROUGHT A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF WHITE
CONSERVATISM WITH HIM. AFTER ALL, HIS FATHER RAN A LARGE COMPANY AND HE HAD NEVER
BEEN EXPOSED TO RADICAL POLITICS. BUT USC WAS A PLACE WHERE IDEAS COULD FLOW MORE
EASILY THAN AT A SEGREGATED SOUTHERN CAMPUS, YET BE TEMPERED BY THE KIND RESPECT
FOR TRADITION THAT SEEMED TO HAVE BEEN LOST AT BERKELEY. THE CAL CAMPUS WAS
ALLOWING ITSELF TO BECOME THE DE FACTO STAGING GROUNDS OF AMERICAN COMMUNISM IN
THE 1960S.
IN THE HIERARCHY OF TROJAN SPORTS, MIKE GARRETT TOWERED ABOVE A JUNIOR COLLEGE
BASEBALL TRANSFER LIKE SEAVER. BUT AS TEAMMATES THEY GRAVITATED TO EACH OTHER,
FINDING THEIR SIMILARITIES MORE COMPELLING THAN THEIR DIFFERENCES. GARRETT WAS
CONSIDERED UNDERSIZED, AND SEAVER – AT LEAST UNTIL HIS RECENT GROWTH SPURT – HAD
ALWAYS IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS “THE RUNT OF OUR CROWD,” AS DICK SELMA PUT IT. HE FELT
ONLY ADMIRATION FOR MIKE, WHO FORGED SUCCESS FOR HIMSELF WITHOUT THE KINDS OF
PHYSICAL GIFTS OF A LATER TROJAN SUPERSTAR, O.J. SIMPSON.
IN 1965, SEAVER WORKED HARD TO MAKE IT ONTO USC’S STARTING ROTATION. ODDLY, IT WAS
A DOWN YEAR FOR THE TROJANS, WHO FINISHED 9-11, IN FOURTH PLACE BEHIND CONFERENCE
CO-CHAMPIONS STANFORD AND CALIFORNIA, AND ONE GAME BACK OF CROSS-TOWN RIVAL
UCLA. BUT SEAVER WAS EXCELLENT, WINNING 10 GAMES AGAINST ONLY TWO DEFEATS WITH A
2.47 EARNED RUN AVERAGE, ESTABLISHING HIMSELF AS THE UNDISPUTED STAFF ACE. HE WAS
NAMED TO THE ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM ALONG WITH GARRETT AND JUSTIN DEDEAUX. A MAJOR
BOOST IN HIS CONFIDENCE CAME IN AN ALUMNI GAME WHEN SEAVER GOT DODGERS FIRST
BASEMAN RON FAIRLY, A FORMER TROJAN, TO POP UP ON A SLIDER. AS FAIRLY RAN PAST
SEAVER ON THE MOUND HE SAID, “PRETTY GOOD PITCH, KID.” SEAVER HAD RETIRED A BIG
LEAGUE HITTER, AND ALLOWED HIMSELF TO DREAM BIG LEAGUE DREAMS (THREE YEARS LATER
IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES, FAIRLY CONNECTED ON A SEAVER SLIDER FOR A HOME RUN).
IN JUNE 1965, THE VERY FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE DRAFT WAS HELD. RICK MONDAY, AN
ALL-AMERICAN OUTFIELDER FOR NATIONAL CHAMPION ARIZONA STATE, WAS THE NUMBER
ONE PICK. BECAUSE HE HAD NOT GONE INTO THE MARINES HIS FIRST YEAR AFTER HIGH
SCHOOL, THE SOPHOMORE SEAVER’S COLLEGE CLASS WAS IN ITS THIRD YEAR, MAKING HIM
ELIGIBLE FOR THE DRAFT. ALREADY, THE STRATEGY BEHIND OBTAINING MAXIMUM SIGNING
BONUSES MEANT THAT COLLEGE JUNIORS WOULD GET MORE, SINCE THEY HAD THE BARGAINING
LEVERAGE OF RETURNING FOR THEIR SENIOR YEAR. A GRADUATED SENIOR HAD TO TAKE
WHATEVER WAS OFFERED HIM OR GO HOME, HIS ELIGIBILITY GONE.
HIS FAVORITE TEAM, THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS, DRAFTED SEAVER. HE AND HIS USC PALS
REGULARLY WENT TO NEARBY DODGER STADIUM ON HIS UNCLE’S TICKETS TO WATCH THE
GREAT SANDY KOUFAX PITCH. SCOUT TOM LASORDA CAME AROUND TO NEGOTIATE. IF SEAVER
HAD LACKED ANY CONFIDENCE BEFORE, MAKING ALL-AMERICAN AT THE NATIONAL BASEBALL
CONGRESS, RETIRING FAIRLY, AND COMPILING A 10-2 MARK FOR TROY TOOK CARE OF THAT.
LASORDA OFFERED $2,000. SEAVER CAME BACK WITH $50,000, ARGUING THAT SELMA HAD
RECEIVED $20,000 FROM THE METS OUT OF JUNIOR COLLEGE AND HE WAS A SEASONED
TROJAN STAR. LASORDA CAME UP TO $3,000, BUT THAT WAS THAT. THE TANTALIZING
POSSIBILITY OF TOM SEAVER FORGING A CAREER ON THE GREAT DODGERS TEAMS OF THE
1970S WOULD BE ONLY THAT, TANTALIZING.
“GOOD LUCK IN YOUR DENTAL CAREER,” LASORDA TOLD HIM.
IT WAS A REAL-WORLD BUSINESS LESSON SEAVER WAS NOT GOING TO LEARN IN ANY ECONOMICS
CLASS. IT ALSO MEANT A RETURN TO FAIRBANKS IN THE SUMMER OF 1965. THIS TIME SEAVER
DID NOT ARRIVE IN ALASKA AS AN UNKNOWN, DRESSING IN A SHACK AND INTRODUCING HIMSELF
TO HIS CATCHER ON THE MOUND. THERE WAS SENSE OF HIERARCHY ON THE GOLDPANNERS,
AND THE ACE PITCHER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WAS TOPS ON THAT
HIERARCHY. IT WAS AS TALENTED A TEAM AS ANY IN THE COUNTRY, THE “ALL-STAR” CONCEPT
OF PICKING THE BEST COLLEGIANS FROM AROUND THE NATION MAKING THE GOLDPANNERS
BETTER THAN MOST COLLEGE TEAMS AND PROBABLY BETTER THAN A LOT OF MINOR LEAGUE
CLUBS.
THE “PITCHING STAFF WAS SO DEEP AND TALENTED – ANDY MESSERSMITH, AL SCHMELZ,
DANNY FRISELLA AND I WERE THE STARTERS . . .” RECALLED SEAVER. AS CAN HAPPEN WHEN A
YOUNG ATHLETE ACHIEVES SUCCESS, A SENSE OF OVERCONFIDENCE – SOME CALL IT
“SENIORITIS” – CAN EFFECT HIS PERFORMANCE AND OFTEN REQUIRES SOME “NEGATIVE
FEEDBACK” IN ORDER TO RIGHT THE TILTING SHIP. THE GOLDPANNERS AGAIN MADE IT TO THE
NBC IN WICHITA, BUT THE PLETHORA OF TALENTED PITCHERS, ALL VYING FOR MOUND TIME TO
GAIN EXPERIENCE, STRENGTHEN THEIR COLLEGE RESUMES, AND OF COURSE GET VISIBILITY FOR
THE SCOUTS, MEANT THAT SEAVER’S TOUGHEST COMPETITION CAME ON HIS OWN TEAM. IN
WICHITA, “I HAD A CHANCE TO WIN ONLY ONE GAME BEFORE WE REACHED THE SEMI-FINALS”
AGAINST THE WICHITA DREAMLINERS.
A BIG CROWD AND LOTS OF SCOUTS CAME OUT FOR A BALLYHOOED MATCH-UP BETWEEN THE
HOTSHOT TROJAN HURLER AND A SEMI-PRO OUTFIT CONSISTING OF FOUR RECENT BIG LEAGUE
PERFORMERS; BOBBY BOYD, JIM PENDLETON, CHARLIE NEAL AND ROD KANEHL. NEAL AND
KANEHL HAD PLAYED FOR THE NEW YORK METS. NEAL LED OFF THE GAME WITH A TRIPLE,
BOYD ADDED THREE HITS, AND KANEHL STOLE HOME AS THE DREAMLINERS DEFEATED SEAVER,
6-3. SEAVER PROBABLY COULD HAVE PITCHED AROUND SOME OF THE EX-BIG LEAGUERS BUT
CHALLENGED THEM INSTEAD, PAYING THE PRICE. HE HATED WALKING HITTERS EVEN IF IT
MEANT GIVING THEM A PITCH THEY COULD HIT. AFTER GETTING KNOCKED FROM THE MOUND,
BOYD APPROACHED HIM.
“KID, YOU GOT A GREAT FUTURE AHEAD OF YOU,” HE TOLD HIM. “YOU’RE GOING TO BE A BIG
LEAGUE PITCHER.”
SEAVER FELT THE VETERAN WAS MOCKING HIM. THAT NIGHT, TOM AND SOME TEAMMATES WENT
OUT FOR BEERS. KANEHL JOINED THEM, REPEATING WHAT BOYD HAD SAID. FAIRLY HAD
EXPRESSED ADMIRATION FOR HIS ABILITY, TOO.
MAYBE THEY’RE RIGHT.
SCHMELZ AND FRISELLA BOTH SIGNED WITH THE METS INSTEAD OF RETURNING TO SCHOOL.
SEAVER CAME BACK TO SOUTHERN CAL AND IMMEDIATELY NOTICED A BEVY OF SCOUTS AT THE
“FALL BALL” GAMES. HE ATTENDED A NUMBER OF DODGER GAMES THAT SEPTEMBER,
FOCUSING ON KOUFAX AS HE PITCHED HIS TEAM TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. THE
CONSENSUS AMONG THE SCOUTS WAS THAT SEAVER WAS ONE OF THE TOP YOUNG PROSPECTS IN
AMATEUR BASEBALL, AND THAT THE DODGERS HAD BLOWN IT BY NOT SIGNING HIM IN THE
SUMMER.
WHILE SEAVER’S BASEBALL FUTURE WAS DEVELOPING, SO TOO WAS HIS PERSONAL FUTURE. IN
1964 HE SAT IN A CLASS AT FRESNO CITY COLLEGE A FEW SEATS AWAY FROM A PRETTY BLOND
NAMED NANCY LYNN MCINTYRE. HIS SMOOTH REPARTEE AND WAY WITH THE GIRLS DESERTED
HIM, AND HE NEVER SAID “TWO WORDS TO HER THE ENTIRE SEMESTER.”
AT THE END OF THE SPRING SEMESTER BEFORE HEADING NORTH TO ALASKA, SEAVER AND SOME
PALS BLEW OFF STEAM DRINKING BEERS AND PLAYING SOFTBALL WHEN HE SPOTTED HER.
IMPULSIVELY HE RAN TOWARDS HER AND, IN WHAT HAD TO BE ONE OF THE MOST AWKWARD
“FIRST DATES” IN HISTORY, WAS UNABLE TO STOP HIMSELF, RAN INTO HER, KNOCKING HER
FLAT. HE THEN PICKED HER UP AND ASKED IF SHE WANTED TO GO TO A SOFTBALL GAME.
“NO,” SHE REPLIED.
SEAVER THEN, FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES, KIDNAPPED HER. SHE ENDURED THE SOFTBALL
GAME AND AGREED TO A SECOND “DATE” IF IT WOULD BE LESS VIOLENT. OVER THE NEXT YEAR
AND A HALF, THE RELATIONSHIP FACED CHALLENGES WITH NANCY IN FRESNO, TOM IN ALASKA
FOR TWO SUMMERS AND IN LOS ANGELES GOING TO SCHOOL. SHE OCCASIONALLY CAME TO
VISIT. HE SAW HER ON VACATIONS BACK TO FRESNO. THEIR CASUAL AGREEMENT WAS THAT
THEY WOULD SEE OTHER PEOPLE. IN LOS ANGELES, TOM KNEW THAT A PRETTY GIRL LIKE
NANCY WOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE FINDING A GUY. HE HAD ALWAYS BEEN POPULAR WITH GIRLS.
DICK SELMA EXPRESSED AMAZEMENT AT HOW, DESPITE BEING A JV PITCHER, HE DATED ALL
THE BEST-LOOKING GIRLS IN HIGH SCHOOL.
NOW HE WAS A “BIG MAN ON CAMPUS,” BEST FRIENDS OF THE HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER, STAR
OF THE BASEBALL TEAM, RUMORED TO BE A BONUS BABY WHEN THE DRAFT CAME AROUND.
GIRLS AT USC WERE PLENTIFUL AND HE DATED HIS SHARE OF THEM. PERHAPS HIS MARINE
EXPERIENCE, OR THE UP-AND-DOWN NATURE OF BASEBALL, HAD MATURED HIM BEYOND HIS
YEARS, BUT FOR WHATEVER REASON HE DID NOT WANT TO “PLAY THE FIELD” ANYMORE. HE
AND NANCY AGREED TO BE EXCLUSIVE, AND AFTER SOME INITIAL DIFFICULTIES BOTH REALIZED
THAT THEY WANTED MARRIAGE, A FAMILY AND STABILITY.
“NANCY AND I,” HE WROTE IN THE PERFECT GAME, “SEEMED . . . TO REALIZE AT THE SAME
TIME THAT LIFE WASN’T ABOUT ALL PARTIES, THAT WE COULD BE SERIOUS ABOUT OURSELVES
AND ABOUT OTHER THINGS WITHOUT BEING PRETENTIOUS OR SOMBER.” THEY BOTH WANTED
TO “LIVE IN A REAL WORLD.”
THEY DECIDED TO MARRY, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, NEVER TO HURT EACH OTHER; EASIER SAID
THAN DONE. TOM’S PROSPECTS WERE CERTAINLY EXCELLENT. IF BASEBALL DID NOT PAN OUT,
HE WOULD HAVE A USC DEGREE, FOLLOWED BY DENTAL SCHOOL AND A NICE PRACTICE BACK
IN FRESNO. THE ONLY FRIENDLY GLITCH IN THE RELATIONSHIP WAS THE FACT THAT NANCY’S
FATHER ARGUED THE MERITS OF NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL WHILE TOM SUPPORTED HIS
TROJANS. THE TOM-NANCY PARTNERSHIP WOULD PROVE TO BE A REMARKABLE LOVE STORY.
IN JANUARY, 1966 A WINTER DRAFT WAS HELD. BECAUSE OF WHAT EVENTUALLY HAPPENED TO
TOM SEAVER, THE RULES OF THE WINTER DRAFT WERE LATER CHANGED, BUT DESPITE BEING IN
SCHOOL HE WAS SELECTED NUMBER ONE BY THE MILWAUKEE BRAVES, WHO WERE THAT YEAR IN
THE PROCESS OF MOVING TO ATLANTA. BRAVES’ SCOUT JOHNNY MOORE, WHO HAD SEEN ‘EM
ALL IN FRESNO, ARRIVED AT THE SEAVER HOUSEHOLD IN A CADILLAC. WHEN HE LEFT TOM WAS
$51,500 RICHER. HE WAS A HOT YOUNG PROSPECT TICKETED FOR THE BIG LEAGUES, WHERE
HIS TEAMMATE WOULD BE THE GREAT HENRY AARON!
NO SOONER DID HE SIGN WITH THE BRAVES THAN HE DISCOVERED THE CONTRACT WAS INVALID.
USC HAD PLAYED A FEW EARLY SEASON GAMES. A PLAYER COULD ONLY SIGN PRIOR TO THE
PLAYING OF GAMES ON THE SPRING SCHEDULE, AND THE TROJANS ALWAYS GOT OFF TO AN
EARLY START. SEAVER WOULD HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE JUNE DRAFT, BUT HE WAS NOT
DISAPPOINTED. HE WOULD PITCH FOR SOUTHERN CAL. THEN THE NCAA DECLARED HE WAS
INELIGIBLE SINCE HE HAD SIGNED A PRO CONTRACT. HE WAS LIKE KO-KO IN THE MIKADO,
CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A “PRETTY STATE OF THINGS,” WROTE HIS BIOGRAPHER, JOHN
DEVANEY.
FINALLY, THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE GOT INVOLVED. IT WAS DECIDED THAT A “LOTTERY”
WOULD BE HELD. ANY TEAM WILLING TO MATCH THE BRAVES’ OFFER COULD ENTER IT. THREE
TEAMS – PHILADELPHIA, CLEVELAND AND THE NEW YORK METS – DID JUST THAT. THE
DODGERS WANTED IN, TOO, BUT GENERAL MANAGER BUZZIE BAVASI WAS SO CONSUMED IN
CONTRACT TALKS WITH SANDY KOUFAX AND DON DRYSDALE, BOTH HOLDOUTS THAT SPRING,
THAT HE FORGOT TO GET THE TEAM’S NAME IN. FOR THE SECOND TIME, THE DODGERS PASSED
UP A CHANCE TO GET TOM SEAVER.
THE METS WERE SELECTED AND SEAVER REPORTED TO HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA, WHERE THEIR
MINOR LEAGUERS WERE WELL UNDERWAY FOR SPRING TRAINING. THE EXPERIENCE WAS
EXTRAORDINARY FOR HIM. FOUR YEARS EARLIER, HE HAD BEEN LESS THAN A “SUSPECT”; A
WAREHOUSE “SWEAT BOX” LIFTER AND A LOWLY MARINE RECRUIT WITH DRILL INSTRUCTORS
SCREAMING IN HIS FACE. YEAR BY YEAR THINGS HAD GOTTEN BETTER FOR HIM: JUNIOR
COLLEGE ACE, PROVING HIMSELF WITH THE ALASKA GOLDPANNERS, “BIG MAN ON CAMPUS” AT
USC; NOW A BONUS BABY; AND A FEW MONTHS LATER, MARRIED TO THE BEAUTIFUL NANCY
LYNN MCINTRYE.
THE GUY WHO COULD NOT MAKE THE FRESNO HIGH VARSITY UNTIL HIS SENIOR YEAR FOUND
HIMSELF TRAILED BY CURIOUS GLANCES AND MURMURS AT HOMESTEAD. “THAT’S THE GUY
FROM USC.” “THAT’S SEAVER, THEY PAID HIM OVER 50 GRAND.” BUD HARRELSON, JERRY
KOOSMAN AND NOLAN RYAN WERE ALL IN CAMP, BUT SEAVER WAS SINGLED OUT FOR THE
SPECIAL TREATMENT ACCORDED TO THE MOST IMPORTANT PROSPECTS. IT WAS DIZZYING, BUT
SEAVER HAD “CLASS” ACCORDING TO HARRELSON, WHO SAID THAT DESPITE HIS PLACE AT THE
TOP OF THE TOTEM POLE, THE BONUS BABY DID NOT PUT ON AIRS OR TRY TO SHOW ANYBODY UP.
MOST PLAYERS START OUT AT CLASS A BALL AND HAVE TO FIGHT FOR YEARS TO MOVE UP THE
LADDER. THE COMBINATION OF SEAVER’S COLLEGE RECORD, BONUS MONEY AND THE TEAM’S
LACK OF SUCCESS MEANT THAT HE STARTED AT TRIPLE-A JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. MANAGER
SOLLY HEMUS, WHO HAD SEEN A FEW IN HIS LONG BASEBALL CAREER, DECLARED HIM, “THE
BEST PITCHING PROSPECT THE METS HAVE EVER SIGNED,” AND THEN PAID HIM THE ULTIMATE
COMPLIMENT: “SEAVER HAS A 35-YEAR-OLD HEAD ON TOP OF A 21-YEAR-OLD BODY. USUALLY,
WE GET A 35-YEAR-OLD ARM ATTACHED TO A 21-YEAR-OLD HEAD.”
SEAVER WAS TEAMMATES WITH DICK SELMA AT JACKSONVILLE. IMMEDIATELY HE HAD SUCCESS
AND WAS TICKETED AS A “CAN’T MISS” PROSPECT WHO WOULD BE IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES
SOON, MAYBE EVEN IN SEPTEMBER. HE LED THE TEAM IN VICTORIES AND STRIKEOUTS. HE WAS
GIVEN THE NICKNAME “SUPER ROOKIE,” OR “SUPE” FOR SHORT. HIS FUTURE WAS SECURE
WHEN HEMUS SAID HE REMINDED HIM OF BOB GIBSON. WHEN MOST MINOR LEAGUE PITCHING
PROSPECTS GET HIT, THEY ARE REMOVED SO AS TO PROTECT THEIR GENTLE PSYCHES. HEMUS
REALIZED SEAVER HAD THE MENTAL TOUGHNESS OF . . . A 35-YEAR OLD. WHEN HIS ROUGH
PATCHES CAME, AS THEY ALWAYS DO, HE KEPT HIM IN TO GAIN FROM THE EXPERIENCE.
THE ROUGHEST PATCH CAME OFF THE FIELD, WHEN THE “WIZENED” WIVES AND GIRLFRIENDS
OF THE JACKSONVILLE PLAYERS SET THE NAÏVE CALIFORNIA GIRL NANCY “STRAIGHT” ON THE
NOTORIOUS SEXUAL HABITS OF BALLPLAYERS. TOM ASSURED HER OF HIS COMMITMENT TO HER,
BUT HER MIND WAS FILLED WITH DREADFUL THOUGHTS.
AFTER A HEAVY WORKLOAD AT JACKSONVILLE, THE METS DECIDED NOT TO CALL HIM UP IN
SEPTEMBER. SEAVER AND HIS NEW BRIDE RETURNED TO LOS ANGELES, WHERE HE WAS NOW
JUST ANOTHER STUDENT AT USC. SUDDENLY SEAVER SAW A NEW FUTURE IN BASEBALL, AND
BEGAN TO THINK ABOUT BROADCASTING ON THE SIDE. HE TRANSFERRED HIS MAJOR FROM
PRE-DENTISTRY TO PUBLIC RELATIONS. INSTEAD OF LIVING NEAR CAMPUS, NOTORIOUS FOR
BEING NEAR A HIGH CRIME ZONE AND AT THAT TIME ONLY A YEAR REMOVED FROM THE NEARBY
WATTS RIOTS, THEY LIVED IN UPSCALE MANHATTAN BEACH.
IN 1967, SEAVER ENTERED SPRING TRAINING AMID SPECULATION THAT HE WOULD BE A
STARTING PITCHER. HAD SEAVER NOT BEEN WITH THE LOWLY METS, HE PROBABLY WOULD NOT
HAVE MADE IT TO “THE SHOW,” AS THE MAJORS ARE REFERRED TO, AS QUICKLY. HE WOULD
HAVE STARTED OUT AT SINGE-A OR DOUBLE-A, THEN WORKED HIS WAY UP. INSTEAD, HE DID
START AS A ROOKIE IN 1967. IN TRUTH, HE WAS AS READY AS CAN BE. MANAGER WES WESTRUM
NOT ONLY PUT HIM IN THE STARTING ROTATION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON, HE WAS
TALKED OUT OF STARTING HIM ON OPENING DAY ONLY OUT OF CAUTION.
THE METS WERE AS BAD AS EVER IN 1967, ONLY NOW THEY WERE JUST TERRIBLE, NOT FUNNY.
THE OLD CASEY STENGEL STORIES, THE WACKY “MARVELOUS MARV” THRONEBERRY ANTICS,
WERE GONE. NOW THEY JUST LOST. SEAVER WAS APPALLED.
“I WAS NOT RAISED ON THE MET LEGEND,” HE SAID. HE HAD NO AFFINITY FOR ANY OF THAT
STUFF. DESPITE BEING A ROOKIE, HE QUICKLY ASCENDED TO A POSITION OF LEADERSHIP ON
THE CLUB. WHEN TEAMMATES LAUGHED AT THEIR INEPTITUDE, HE REFUSED TO LET THEM GET
AWAY WITH IT. ONCE, WHEN METS PLAYERS WERE FOOLING AROUND IN THE DUGOUT DURING A
GAME, SEAVER FOUND SOME SPIDERS NESTING IN A CORNER. HE SCOOPED THEM ALL UP AND
THREW THEM AT THE OFFENDERS, TELLING THEM TO WAKE UP AND PAY ATTENTION. HIS
ATTITUDE WOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN EXCEPTION TO, EXCEPT THAT HE WAS SO SHOCKINGLY
GOOD. IT EARNED HIM IMMEDIATE RESPECT.
SEAVER’S WORK ETHIC WAS LEGENDARY, HIS CONCENTRATION AND SERIOUSNESS
UNPRECEDENTED IN MET HISTORY. HE WAS IMMEDIATELY SUCCESSFUL. WHEN HIS BROTHER,
CHARLES JR., A NEW YORK CITY SOCIAL WORKER, VISITED A CLIENT HE SAW A POSTER OF HIS
BROTHER HANGING IN HIS TENEMENT APARTMENT. IT WAS AN ERA BEFORE ESPN AND THE
LOWLY METS WERE NOT ON NATIONAL TV VERY MUCH. CINCINNATI’S PETE ROSE OPENLY
WONDERED WHO “THE KID” WAS AT GALLAGHER’S, A NEW YORK STEAK HOUSE, WHEN HE SAW
AN OUT-OF-PLACE SEAVER SITTING AT A TABLE BY HIMSELF. TOLD WHOM HE WAS, ROSE THEN
MADE THE CONNECTION. THIS WAS THE GUY WHO BEAT HIS REDS, 7-3, ON JUNE 13.
HE SURE LOOKS YOUNG BUT THE KID’S GOT A HELLUVA FAST BALL.
AGAINST HIS HERO HENRY AARON, SEAVER INDUCED THE SLUGGER INTO A DOUBLE-PLAY, BUT
WAS ALMOST IN ADMIRATION OF HIS OPPONENT WHEN AARON ADJUSTED LATER AND HIT THE
SAME PITCH OVER THE FENCE. HENRY TOLD HIM HE WAS “THROWING HARD, KID.” HE
“STALKED” SANDY KOUFAX AT THE BATTING CAGE WHEN THE NOW-RETIRED LEGEND WAS IN
TOWN AS A BROADCASTER. WHEN KOUFAX RECOGNIZED WHO HE WAS, SEAVER WAS TAKEN
ABACK BUT PLEASED.
SEAVER EARNED A SPOT ON THE NATIONAL LEAGUE ROSTER FOR THE ALL-STAR GAME, PLAYED

NEAR HIS COLLEGE STOMPING GROUNDS, AT ANAHEIM STADIUM. THIS MEANT MORE

EMBARRASSED MISTAKEN IDENTITY. CARDINAL SUPERSTAR LOU BROCK THOUGHT HE WAS THE

CLUBHOUSE BOY AND ASKED HIM TO FETCH A COKE. SEAVER DUTIFULLY DID THAT, BUT BROCK

HAD TO APOLOGIZE WHEN HE WAS INFORMED WHO HE WAS.




SPACEMAN REVISITED

STREETZEBRA, 2000



BILL "SPACEMAN" LEE AND I HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR OVER 10 YEARS, EVER SINCE I INVITED
HIM TO SPEAK TO A POLITICAL ORGANIZATION ABOUT HIS 1988 RHINOCEROS PARTY
"PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY." SPACEMAN HAD A ROOMFUL OF STUFFED-SHIRT REPUBLICANS
ROLLING IN THE AISLES WHEN HE SAID, "I'M SO CONSERVATIVE I EAT ROAD KILL," AND "I'M SO
FAR TO THE RIGHT I'M STANDING BACK-TO-BACK WITH CHAIRMAN MAO."
       BILL IS EVERYMAN, THE KIND OF GUY WHO LOVES TO GET TOGETHER WITH THE GUYS

AND DRINK COLD BEER. WHEN I INVITED HIM TO A WATERING HOLE, MY BUDS DOUBTED HE

WOULD SHOW, BUT WHEN HE DID HE REGALED ALL WITH HIS HAIL FELLOW WELL MET HUMOR.

HE IS JUST A LITTLE OFF-CENTER. SPACEMAN STAYED AT MY HOUSE, BUT AT 6:30 A.M. I FOUND

HIM NOT IN BED BUT DOING MORNING TAI-CHAI WITH MY NEIGHBOR, A CHINESE FELLOW WHO

APPEARED TO BE ABOUT 115 YEARS OLD. LATER HE ACCOMPANIED ME TO WORK, AND AT A LAW

OFFICE THE SECRETARY WAS READY TO CALL 911 ABOUT A HEART ATTACK VICTIM IN THE

PARKING LOT. I HAD TO EXPLAIN THAT IT WAS JUST "SPACEMAN" DOING HIS AFTERNOON TAI

CHI.

       The Spaceman is a sixth-generation Californian whose grandfather, Rockwell

Dennis Hunt, was dean of the University of Southern California graduate school from
1900 to 1937. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley, playing little league with future

Montreal Expo Tim Foli. Lee's father was a strict disciplinarian.

" 'Get a haircut and get a job,' that's what Dad always said," says Bill. "I was more
George Thorogood - `Bad to the Bone, I drink alone.' " Lee Sr. was transferred by the
phone company to Marin County just in time for Bill to enter Terra Linda High School.
        "It was like Stephen King's The Stand," Spaceman recalls of the SoCal/NoCal

culture shock. "You know, how the biker's square off against the hippies? The older

students were '50s greasers. My class was the beginning of the '60s Free Speech

Movement. There was a lot of prejudice against Southern California 'cause we wore

shorts."

SPACEMAN (WHO WAS GIVEN THAT MONIKER BY A BALTIMORE WRITER IN 1972) WAS A FREE
SPIRIT WHO STARRED IN BASEBALL, EARNING A SCHOLARSHIP TO USC. HE ACTUALLY THOUGHT
ABOUT GOING TO HUMBOLDT STATE TO MAJOR IN FORESTRY, BUT BEING A USCION MEANT
THAT HIS ONLY REAL CHOICES WERE TO ATTEND SC, USC OR SOUTHERN CAL!
        His impression of legendary coach Rod Dedeaux was one of "amazement. He

didn't look like a ballplayer, he was always making wisecracks. But he had eyes in the

back of his head, and as the game progressed he knew everything about every player. He

was the most astute baseball man I ever met."

Spaceman says that the greatest team he ever saw was "either the 1975 Cincinnati Reds,
the 1968 USC Trojans, or any Taiwan little league team." He put to rest a rumor that he
"held out" his senior year by telling Dedeaux he would not pitch conference games unless
he could start at first base in non-conference contests. Once the team went to Santa
Barbara, but Lee was late warming up because he had forgotten his sanitary socks.
Instead of asking the equipment manager for a replacement, he sought out a sporting
goods store instead. He retrned and was told by the equipment manager that he had a
bag full of replacement socks. During a trip to Hawaii, he emerged from the luggage
chute. On one occasion during a rain delay he took a dare and did push-ups on the field .
. . wearing only jock strap and socks!
        Lee was at SC during the golden years of Trojan sports. O.J. Simpson was his

classmate, as was Tom Selleck (a pretty good athlete who dabbled in baseball, basketball

and volleyball), and his teammates included Mike Garrett and Tom Seaver. Of Selleck,

Lee remembers that "he was a big frat guy. They were Greek geeks. I was a Left wing
jock at conservative university."

       One his grandfather helped to found, by the way.

       "Selleck was making Myra Breckenridge," Lee recalls. "That was his first movie.

Tom Seaver was a funny, happy-go-lucky guy, not the corporate type he is now. He

seemed pretty easy to hit, then he got on the weights, his legs got big, he filled out and got

taller and started bringing serious heat. He's got a natural hop on his fastball that can't

be taught. That's the difference between him in a limo and me in a beer truck. He's the

best fastball pitcher of our time, a better pitcher than Nolan Ryan or Jim Palmer."

       SPACEMAN FELT SEAVER WAS ABOUT EQUAL WITH BOB GIBSON ("A SINKER/SLIDER

PITCHER"). HE ALSO ADMIRES A MORE "DEMOCRATIC" MODERN DAY TWIRLER, GREG MADDUX,

WHO IS MORE IN HIS STYLE.

"MADDUX IS A FINESSE PITCHER WHO PAINTS THE EDGES OF THE CANVAS," IS SPACEMAN'S
ASSESMENT. "HE'S THE CATFISH HUNTER OF THIS GENERATION. SEAVER HAD CONTROL, BUT HE
WAS SUCH A HARD THROWER HE DIDN'T HAVE TO BE SO FINE."
SO, LEE WAS A YOUNG, SINGLE MAN GOING TO SC AND LIVING IN L.A. IN THE '60S.
MEMORIES?
"MY FRIEND GREG FREEMAN OWNED A '63 CHEVY IMPALA," LEE RECALLS. "HE PARKED IT IN
THE NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR SCHOOL, AND WHEN WE GOT BACK THE SEATS WERE STOLEN. WE
CRUISED SUNSET STRIP THAT NIGHT SITTING ON ORANGE CRATES. I WENT TO ALL THE BARS, BUT
BARNEY'S BEANERY WAS MORE MY KIND OF PLACE . . . LIKE THE WAY I PITCHED, IT WAS NOT IN
THE CENTER BUT RATHER ON THE OUTSKIRTS. <LEE'S DIALOGUE IS STREWN WITH METAPHORS
THAT DESCRIBE LIFE LIKE PITCHING> MY BROTHER WAS STABBED <BUT NOT KILLED> AT A
DOORS CONCERT. I SAW JANIS JOPLIN. MY UNCLE GROVER MADE KEYS FOR MOVIE STARS. LEE
MARVIN USED TO GO DRINKING WITH US. I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF MYSELF AS A WILLIAM
HOLDEN-TYPE OF GUY."
       LEE HAS MOVIE-STAR GOOD LOOKS, AND AT ONE-TIME A REPUTATION FOR BEING A

LADIES' MAN. AFTER COLLEGE HE PLAYED FOR THE BOSTON RED SOX, WHERE HE AND A

TEAMMATE, FELLOW SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN BERNIE CARBO, WERE NOTORIOUS BAR HOPPERS

AND SKIRT HOUNDS. IN HIS RIOTOUSLY FUNNY 1984 AUTOBIOGRAPHY, THE WRONG STUFF

(WHICH CAME OUT ON THE HEELS OF TOM WOLFE'S TALE OF ASTRONAUT BRAVERY), LEE
RECALLS MINOR LEAGUE GROUPIES WHO WOULD "DO THE WHOLE BULLPEN."

Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey was "like a grandfather to me." In The Wrong Stuff, Lee
posits the metaphysical notion that after Yawkey passed away, he returned to Fenway
Park to say hello to Spaceman in the form of a pigeon.
CARL YASTRZEMSKI "DRESSED LIKE COLUMBO. HE HAD AN OLD RAINCOAT. GUYS WOULD
TRAMPLE IT, THROW IT IN THE GARBAGE," BUT YAZ WOULD RESURRECT THE LAZARUS-LIKE
GARMENT AND WEAR IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. "HE WAS A LONG ISLAND POTATO FARMER," AND
TROJAN BILL MADE A LESS-THAN-FOND REMARK WHEN REMINDED THAT YAZ WAS A NOTRE
DAME GUY.
        "Carlton Fisk was an ornery Yankee farmer who spent his whole life pulling

stumps out of granite," Spaceman said of the Cooperstown-bound former catcher. "He

loved to fight. He hated <Yankee catcher Thurman> Munson. Pudge was tenacious,

always getting in brawls. The only friends he had were pitchers, but he was a leader,

much more than Yaz."

Fisk no doubt fueled the 1976 brawl in which the Yankees' Graig Nettles broke Lee's
shoulder, changing him from "a soft thrower to a real soft thrower." That was one year
after the classic 1975 World Series in which Lee left games two and seven with leads that
the Boston bullpen could not hold against Cincinnati.
"I left game two leading 2-1 with a blister on my hand," he recalled. "No way I walk
Cesar Geronimo otherwise. We were underdogs, but Luis Tiant pitched great."
Lee is well remembered for giving up a gargantuan home run to Tony Perez on an
oh-so-hanging curve ball in the final game, but Boston still was ahead when he departed.
How good was the Big Red Machine?
"They were one run better than us," says the Spaceman. "If we turn the double play,
Perez leads off the next inning and it's not a two-run homer. Same thing this year with
Offerman."
Still a Red Sox fan, Lee is responsible for putting forth the "Curse of the Bambino" as
being responsible for the franchise's history of near-misses. Ask him about Ted Williams.
"Most cantankerous, nastiest guy I ever saw. Kind of like the West Coast version of Fisk.
He tried to hit on my wife in 1991. I can't say I blame him. That probably caused his
stroke."
         In 1979, Spaceman landed in hot water with Commissioner Bowie Kuhn when he

told a writer he "likes to sprinkle marijuana on my pancakes" for breakfast. He thought

Jim Bouton's Ball Four was clever, even though Mickey Mantle would not talk to Bouton

for years after it came out.

       "BALLPLAYERS HAVE BIG OPINIONS OF THEMSELVES AND DON'T LIKE TO BE
CRITICIZED," HE OFFERS.

SPACEMAN SAYS THAT HE FACED A LOT OF SENTIMENT AGAINST CALIFORNIA ATHLETES,
PERHAPS NOT REALIZING HE IS PARTLY THE REASON THAT SOUTHPAWS FROM THE GOLDEN
STATE ARE CONSIDERED ODDBALLS.
"I'M MUCH MORE CEREBRAL THAN PEOPLE REALIZE," HE SAYS. THIS IS TRUE. BILL IS HIGHLY
INTELLIGENT, VERY WELL EDUCATED, AND POSSESSES A MIND THAT INQUIRES OF A LARGE
NUMBER OF SUBJECTS RANGING FROM POLITICS TO RELIGION TO PHILOSOPHY. HE GRADUATED
FROM SC AND PICKED UP A DEGREE FROM MISSISSIPPI STATE JUST FOR KICKS.
HE HELPED FOUND THE SENIOR LEAGUE, A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EX-BIG LEAGUERS,
BUT THE LEAGUE FOLDED AND MOST OF THE PLAYERS ARE NOW "IN THE BETTY FORD CLINIC,"
LEE DEADPANS. LEE IS ALSO FOND OF TELLING PEOPLE THAT HE ONCE VENTURED ACROSS
SOME BORDER INTO COMMUNIST CHINA WITHOUT ANYBODY KNOWING ABOUT IT. THE STATE
DEPARTMENT WOULD HAVE HAD A NICE TIME EXPLAINING THAT ONE. SPACEMAN ALSO PLAYED
A BASEBALL EXHIBITION IN THE OLD SOVIET UNION.
LEE LIVES IN VERMONT AND STILL PLAYS OVER-50 HARDBALL, LEADING HIS TEAM TO THE
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN ARIZONA LAST OCTOBER. SPACEMAN HANGS OUT WITH GEORGE
THOROGOOD AND WOODY HARRELSON, WHO IS THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF A PARAMOUNT
FILM PROJECT BASED ON LEE'S CAREE . . . -IF THEY CAN EVER GET THE SCREENPLAY TO READ
LIKE REAL BASEBALL-SPEAK. HE HAS FOUR CHILDREN (HE WAS DIVORCED FROM HIS FIRST WIFE
YEARS AGO). MICHAEL, 29 IS A GRAPHIC DESIGNER IN WASHINGTON STATE. ANDY, 24 IS A RED
SOX MINOR LEAGUER. KATIE, 23 IS A VETERINARIAN'S TECHNICIAN IN MISSISSIPPI. ANNA IS
FIVE.
BERNIE CARBO TODAY? "HE'S SELLIN' RELIGION SOME PLACE," SAY SPACEMAN.


TOM KELLY
RADIO PLAY-BY-PLAY ANNOUNCER
1961 - 1988

USC PROVIDED ME THE OPPORTUNITY AS AN ANNOUNCER. IT WAS A NATIONAL STAGE AND

MY VOICE HAS BEEN HEARD COUNTLESS TIMES ANNOUNCING HIGHLIGHTS FROM O.J.

SIMPSON, FROM SOUTHERN CAL-NOTRE DAME GAMES. IT HAS BEEN A MAGNIFICENT

EXPERIENCE. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN REMINDED OF THE 1974 GAME WITH THE IRISH. AS THEY

KICKED OFF TO ANTHONY DAVIS TO START THE SECOND HALF I SAID, "IT'S BEEN AN IRISH

AFTERNOON" AND MY, A.D. JUST MADE A MAGNIFICENT RETURN FOR A TOUCHDOWN AND

AFTER THAT I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING TO EQUAL IT. I MUST AGREE A.D.'S

PERFORMANCES AGAINST NOTRE DAME, BOTH IN 1972 AND IN 1974, ARE TWO OF, IF NOT
THE TWO BEST, PERFORMANCES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY.

       YOU KNOW, I'D BEEN IN L.A. FOR A FEW YEARS WHEN THE DODGERS INTERVIEWED

ME ABOUT AN ANNOUNCING SLOT ALONGSIDE VIN SCULLY. I GO TO SEE WALTER

O'MALLEY AND HE SAYS, "SEND ME A TAPE." SEND ME A TAPE! I JUST TOLD HIM, "WHY,

JUST TURN ON THE RADIO, I'M ON ALL THE TIME." I FELT LIKE AN ACTOR WHOSE ON TV

EVERY DAY AND HE HAS TO AUDITION. I NEVER ANNOUNCED FOR THE DODGERS!

John McKay and USC may have integrated the South with the 1970 USC-Alabama game.
I was there, in the press box, but not in the Alabama locker room. This was not the first
time that SC integrated the South. C. R. Roberts and the Trojans went down to Texas in
1956. C.R. told me that first of all, there was another member of the team who was
passing as white. When they came to the hotel, the guy at the hotel said to Jess Hill of
C.R., "Is he with you?" and Jess said if he can’t stay we're not staying. Word got out and
the room was full of ministers, cab drivers, the whole black community showed up afraid
that somebody was going to get killed. They protected C.R.
In 1970, I fully understand the story about McKay and Sam Cunningham and Bear
Bryant, and about how their famous meeting could have happened in the hallway instead
of the Alabama locker room. Yes, that place was crowded and it could have been there.
Legion Field is in the "darkest" part of town, you have to drive through a terrible
neighborhood to get there, not unlike the Coliseum. But I never knew much about race
problems. All I knew is we had a hellacious football team.
That team was loaded with talent, but Stanford beat us two years in row. I don't care
about Don Bunce or Jim Plunkett, I've often thought but nobody said it, these were
freshman or sophomores who'd make up the 1972 national champions, but I've often
thought they had racial problems of their own. They were too good not to win. Stanford
was good, but we had no business losing. I respect Rod McNeill, and if he and a few
others say the 1970 and '71 teams had some racial problems, well as I say, I never said it
but it confirms suspicions I've had for years. I do think there was tension over the fact
that Jimmy Jones was a black quarterback, while Mike Rae, who was spectacular, sat
behind him.
I'd have to go back a long way, but Brice Taylor was an All-American in 1925, and
Willie Wood played quarterback for McKay. It was never "who wants a black
quarterback?" Maybe McKay felt he was forced to play Jones. I just don't know, I was
too close to it.
I do know that the 1970 team was made up in large measure by sophomores, and the
experience they shared at Alabama, combined with coming together through Bible study
as I've been told they were, created what is simply the greatest, most magnificent team in
college football history, the 1972 national champions. John McKay unhesitatingly called
it the best team ever, and I second that whole-heartedly. Jim Sweeney at Washington
State said they were not the best team in American, the Miami Dolphins were, and it is
possible the Trojans would have beaten some NFL squads. The 2005 team looked to be
better, and on offense they were, but ultimately their defense was not as tremendous.
To be a part of the magnificence of USC, why it's been an honor and an incredible
experience. I don't know who has the greatest tradition in the game. Some years Notre
Dame is magnificent, other years USC, other years Oklahoma or Michigan, Ohio State or
Nebraska, Alabama or Texas. I just know the University of Southern California is equal
to any of them.
THAT SAID, SOUTHERN CAL HAS A PANACHE, A GRAVITAS THAT IS FOUND PERHAPS ONLY AT
NOTRE DAME, WHAT WITH THEIR HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR, RUDY AND "WIN ONE FOR THE
GIPPER." I UNDERSTAND THERE WILL BE A FILM VERSION OF THE 1970 USC-ALABAMA
GAME, BASED ON THE BOOK ONE NIGHT, TWO TEAMS: ALABAMA VS. USC AND THE GAME
THAT CHANGED A NATION, AND WHY, IT'S APPROPRIATE IT BE GIVEN THE TAG LINE, "USC'S
RUDY." THERE HAVE BEEN MOVIES WITH USC REFERENCES AND ABOUT THE SCHOOL.
THERE WAS A TV MOVIE ABOUT RICKY BELL. THERE WAS LOVE AND BASKETBALL. ONE ON
ONE WAS LOOSELY SET AT USC.
The Donald Segretti character referred to the "USC mafia" in All the President's Men,
and in the TV movie about Rocky Bleir, when Bleir goes in for surgery after being
injured in Vietnam, the doctor told him he was a USC graduate who was in the stands
when the Irish beat us, 51-0, but that doctor sewed Rocky up beautifully and he returned
to play for Pittsburgh.
But for a school that produced John "Duke" Wayne and Ward Bond, and all the extras in
Salute and numerous Biblical epics, Napoleonic extravaganzas; our fight song
"Conquest" comes from the movie Captain From Castile; all the gladiators in Spartacus
were Trojan football players; well, it's magnificent that we finally have a real box office
epic about our team.


Silver-tongued orator Tom Kelly lent his Irish wit and charm to radio broadcasts of
Southern California football from 1961-88 before moving to Fox Sports, where he
and Craig Fertig teamed up on TV games. In addition Kelly handled numerous
other assignments in various sports. The first time many fans heard that Alabama
coach Bear Bryant supposedly said that Sam Cunningham "is what a football
player looks like" was on Kelly's 1988 documentary of USC football history, Trojan
Video Gold. He is also the author of Tales From the USC Trojans and is a member of
the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.
AN UNSUNG HERO

San Francisco Examiner, 2001



"Unsung." Not celebrated in song or story, not acclaimed.
      Bob Troppmann may have been unsung, but Bear Bryant used to endorse his

football clinics and said when he wanted to know what new techniques there were, he

asked Bopb Troppmann..
The problem with people is that they do not do what they say they are going to do. If
Troppmann, an ex-Marine with a heart of gold, told you he would do something, you
could take it to the bank.
He was one of the best prep football coaches in California, building Redwood High of
Marin County into a dynasty, but he lost his beloved job over generational differences.
There is a theory that says America always wins its wars because of prep football. The
pageantry. The marching bands. The organized mayhem. Crowds, like countries, taking
sides.
Tropp was the master of this structured world. In 1970, when Robin Williams was a
senior at Redwood and Vietnam was raging, a bunch of athletes got together and said
they did not have to cut their hair.
You would have thought Sacco and Vanzetti were advocating anarchy in Larkspur!
        Hair was not just a Broadway play at the time, but a Great Divide between old

and young that cannot be comprehended by today’s generation. To make a sad story

short, the school, which still enforced a uniform dress code, won a court case that said

they had the right to ask players to cut their hair.

       It was a Pyrhhic victory for Tropp. That means the cost of winning was greater

than winning itself. He resigned on principle.

Instead of coaching for many more years during his prime, he faded into relative
obscurity.
Today, his legacy lives on in the person of Pete Carroll. Carroll played for Troppmann at
Redwood, and was inspired by him to enter coaching. As defensive coordinator for the
49ers in 1994, he helped theteam in their dynasty years. Head coaching stints with the
Jets and Patriots followed. Now, he is in charge of what Yamamoto might call the
"sleeping giant," the USC Trojans.
"He was born to coach," says Tropp. "Everybody loved him. Now, he’s had 15 years
professional coaching experience, he’s been with Lou Holtz, and on the staff at Ohio
State. He’s just a solid individual with enthusiasm, whose mastered mostly defensive
skills. He’s always had his followers."
Tropp was asked about the Generation Gap of the 1960s and ‘70s.
“The world was changing,” he recalls. “I took on the hair issue and ultimately lost. In
retrospect, a lot of people said I was right, but at the time there was high pressure over
the issue. Marin was sports-crazy in those days. Housing was affordable and young
families moved in.”
On Saturday, April 28, Lowell High School honored their first Hall of Fame class. Tropp
graduated from Lowell, but was not included. He should have been. This seems to be the
story of his life. The unsung hero. Unrecognized for the years of toil and good influence
he provided young men, not just Pete Carroll, but kids, some troubled, who benefited
from Tropp’s wise counsel.
Despite the Marine background and the shorthair drill instructor reputation “Coach T”
was known for on the football field, he was a kindly soul in his dealings with students,
many of them non-athletes, who attended his classes.
“I remember Robin Williams,” says Tropp. “He ran track. There was never a semblance
of the comic we see today. I see kids 30 years later, I don’t recognize ‘em, but they all
know and remember me. They’re doctors, lawyers, professionals. I see ‘em on the golf
course. Kids were just great 30 years ago, but kids are the same every generation,
basically.”
Tropp did coach the Redwood freshmen for a few seasons, and was head coach at
College of Marin in the 1980s.
Tropp, who joined the Marines on the “day of infamy, December 7, 1941,” spent time in
occupied Japan after the war, and then attended San Francisco State on the GI Bill. He
recalls watching the San Francisco Clippers and the Oakland Giants of the old Pacific
Coast Football League.
Guys like Bob Troppmann have a terrific influence on young lives, but they are too often
unrecognized. Not on my watch they aren’t.


                                           The

                                      SEVENTIES


                                   MIKE WALDEN

Radio Announcer
                                       1966 - 1973



My first year announcing USC football was 1966. The opener was at Texas. There'd be

press gatherings down there, what they called "smokers," where everybody got together.

Well, John Wayne was down there making War Wagon with Bruce Cabot.

        "I'm gonna have some whisky," Wayne says to the bartender, who pours it, and
Wayne just looks at it, shoves it back, and says, "I said WHISKEY!"
        Texas had a quarterback named "Super Bill" Bradley, who was supposed to be
outstanding, but USC just controlled the ball and won, 10-6. Afterward, Marv Goux came
in and said wasn't it great, "We didn't get anybody 'chipped off.' " Well, Wayne and
Cabot were somewhere, and someone got in an argument the next morning and their
make-up artist was dead of a heart attack. It was confusing. I don't know for sure what
happened. Wayne and all of 'em were out drinking all night and came in at seven in the
morning; maybe it was too much for this guy, but this make-up artist died.
        "Well," Cabot said, "We got somebody 'chipped off,' " after Goux said, "We didn't
get anybody 'chipped off.' "
       McKay was a real Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality, but I always respected

him after the 1966 Notre Dame game. He lost 51-0. Notre Dame had an All-American

name George Goedecke. He played only one or two games that year; he'd been injured

but had earned All-American the previous year. On the last play of the game, Notre

Dame sent him in and McKay told players not to block him, to see to it he didn't reinjure

himself. After the game, and remember this was the first year of the Cultural Revolution,

McKay told the writers that "a billion Chinese don't give a damn whether we won this

game or not" to put it into perspective.

Still, USC played hard in the Rose Bowl. Unlike Ara Parseghian, who had laid down and
gone for a tie to preserve his ranking in the 1966 "Game of the Century" tie with
Michigan State, when USC scored at the end to make it 14-13 in favor of Purdue, he
chose to go for two instead of a tie. USC failed, but that's What It Means to Be a Trojan.
I announced the 1970 game at Birmingham's, when Sam "Bam" Cunningham and the
integrated Trojans went down there, beat the segregated Alabama Crimson Tide, and
pushed integration of the Southeastern Conference. Well, that game opened the
floodgates to get blacks recruited in Southern schools. It was the first game of the 1970
season and there were about 80,000 people in the stands to watch Bear Bryant's Crimson
Tide vs. John McKay's USC Trojans.
NOW CORKY MCKAY WAS GOOD FRIENDS WITH MARY HARMON BRYANT, AND OF COURSE
BRYANT AND MCKAY WERE VERY CLOSE, SO THE EXTENT TO WHICH THIS GAME INVOLVED
SOME KIND OF PLAN AS IT RELATES TO INTEGRATION SEEMS VERY PLAUSIBLE TO MY WAY
OF THINKING.
WE DID NOT REALIZE IT AT THE TIME, BUT WE COULD LOOK BACK AND REALIZE IT WAS A
BIG TIPPING POINT. IT JUST WASN'T A BIG THING AT THAT TIME, ABOUT ALABAMA HAVING
NO BLACKS. AS THE SEASON ENDED, THEN ON REFLECTION, I REALIZED THE GAME WAS
SPECIAL, AND MAYBE IT FOCUSED ON THE FACT THAT YES, THERE WERE PROBLEMS DOWN
SOUTH AND THEY NEEDED TO BE ADDRESSED.
BUT REGARDING THE SOUTHERN PEOPLE, WELL FOOTBALL IS SO BIG THERE, THEY REALIZED
THEY CAN'T GET IT DONE WITH WHITE PLAYERS ONLY. NOW, I DON'T MAKE IT OUT TO BE A
BIG MORAL THING WITH THEM. IN MY VIEW, I WOULD JUST SAY IT WAS FOOTBALL, THEY
WANTED TO WIN, AND THEY REALIZED IF THEY WANT TO BE AT THAT LEVEL, "WE CAN'T LET
'EM <BLACKS> GO."


MIKE WALDEN IS ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO, WHEN YOU HEAR HIM, YOU IMMEDIATELY

RECALL HIS WORK. HE HAS THE PERFECT SPORTSCASTER'S VOICE; DEEP AND
MELODRAMATIC. MIKE WAS USC'S RADIOMAN, DESCRIBING THE NO-TV GAME FROM

BIRMINGHAM TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL FANS ON THE EVENING OF

SEPTEMBER 12, 1970. PRIOR TO THAT, HE HAD WORKED WITH RAY SCOTT ON GREEN

BAY PACKERS' BROADCASTS DURING THE VINCE LOMBARDI-BART STARR ERA THAT

WAS THE 1960S, THUS IMMORTALIZING HIS STYLE IN ENDLESS NFL HIGHLIGHT TAPES.

ASIDE FROM USC FOOTBALL, HE ALSO ANNOUNCED FOR CROSS-TOWN RIVAL UCLA,

MAKING HIM THE ONLY LOCAL ANNOUNCER TO BROADCAST FOR BOTH SCHOOLS. IN

1979 HE RETURNED TO USC, THIS TIME DESCRIBING TELEVISED GAMES.


                               CLARENCE DAVIS

TAILBACK
1969 - 70


I WAS BORN IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, BUT MY PARENTS DIVORCED. I MOVED TO THE

BRONX, NEW YORK, WITH MY MOTHER, BUT THEN SHE MOVED OUT TO LOS ANGELES WHEN

I WAS ABOUT THIRTEEN. I HAD TWO SISTERS, BEVERLY AND MARIE. MY MOTHER

BASICALLY MOVED AROUND BECAUSE SHE HAD A JOB WAITING FOR HER, AND WE WERE

JUST WITH HER.

      AFTER I GOT OUT TO CALIFORNIA, I SAW THAT LIFE IN L.A. WAS DIFFERENT THAN

IN NEW YORK. IT WAS JUST DIFFERENT, BUT I THINK PEOPLE WERE FRIENDLIER IN L.A. AT

WASHINGTON HIGH, I WAS A SHOT-PUTTER ON THE TRACK TEAM AND A PULLING GUARD

ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM. I WAS NOT A RUNNING BACK IN HIGH SCHOOL, SO NOBODY

RECRUITED ME. AFTER GRADUATING IN 1967, I WENT TO EAST L.A. JUNIOR COLLEGE, AND

IT WAS THERE THAT I BECAME A RUNNING BACK. I WAS THERE TWO YEARS AND WAS

RECRUITED BY KANSAS AND ARIZONA, AND I TOOK A TRIP TO WASHINGTON; BUT I CHOSE
USC. O.J. SIMPSON RECRUITED ME. I'D BROKEN HIS JUNIOR COLLEGE RECORDS, BUT I WAS

NOT REALLY FAMILIAR WITH USC'S GREAT TRADITION OR THEIR RECORD OF GREAT

RUNNING BACKS.

I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THE PRESSURE OF REPLACING O.J. ONE GUY ASKED ME IF I
WANTED TO BE CALLED "LEMONADE" INSTEAD OF "THE JUICE." I JUST SAID, "I'M HERE TO
PLAY BALL, NOT REPLACE A LEGEND."
I STILL HAD FAMILY BACK IN BIRMINGHAM WHEN WE PLAYED THERE IN 1970. I REALLY DID
NOT SEE ALL THAT MUCH OF THE TROUBLES DOWN THERE. MY FATHER HAD A CAR, AND I
RODE THE BUS; BUT YOU KNOW, I DID NOT SEE THAT.
I THINK WILLIE BROWN WAS FROM ALABAMA, OR HAD FAMILY THERE. WHEN WE PLAYED
ALABAMA AND WALKED ON THE FIELD, ALL WE HEARD WAS, “BEAR MEAT.” . . . I LOOKED
AT THE GUYS AND JUST KEPT GOING. WE WERE THERE FOR THE GAME. I WAS ONE OF THOSE
PLAYERS WHO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY.
I REMEMBER TODY SMITH. I CALLED HIM TOTO. . . . I WAS NOT AWARE HE BROUGHT A GUN.
I WASN’T WORRIED; I WAS JUST CONCENTRATING, NOT KNOWING ABOUT ALL THIS STUFF
ABOUT TODY AND THE GUN. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HEARD ANYTHING; I WAS UNAWARE
OF THIS MEETING THAT PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN OF, IN WHICH THE BLACK PLAYERS PLANNED
TO BRING GUNS TO LEGION FIELD AND AT THE LAST MINUTE DIDN'T.
MY UNCLE BACK THEN WAS UNCLE CLAUDE. HE WAS MARRIED AND HAD TWO
DAUGHTERS. I WAS CLOSE TO THEM. MY MOTHER AND MY GRANDMOTHER WENT BACK
FROM L.A. TO SEE THAT GAME, AND CLAUDE WAS VERY HAPPY THAT I HAD A GOOD GAME.
CLAUDE WAS A MINISTER. AS FOR THE ROLE OF CHRISTIANITY IN THAT GAME, I’M NOT
SURE; I THINK IT HAD A LOT TO DO WITH IT. FOLKS IN THE SOUTH DID HAVE A LOT ON THEIR
MINDS. AS FOR ME, I'M DEFINITELY A CHRISTIAN AND BELIEVE IN THE REDEMPTIVE POWER
OF CHRIST. IT'S ALLOWED ME TO BE FORGIVING TO THOSE WHO'VE "TRESPASSED" AGAINST
ME AND ALLOWS ME TO BELIEVE THEY CAN BE REDEEMED THROUGH FORGIVENESS.
         I’M NOT FAMILIAR WITH BEAR BRYANT’S “THIS HERE’S A FOOTBALL PLAYER”

STORY. I WAS BLOCKING FOR CUNNINGHAM. I WAS ON MY FACE MOST OF THE TIME,

BLOCKING FOR SAM. I’D LOOK UP, AND SAM WOULD BE RUNNING OVER TWO PEOPLE. SAM

AND I WERE GOOD FRIENDS. SAM HAD A GOOD GAME. HE WAS A YOUNG PLAYER . . . I

LOOKED AT HIM AS ANOTHER TALENTED PLAYER.




Clarence Davis had the daunting task of replacing the great Heisman Trophy

tailback, O. J. Simpson, at USC in 1969. Clarence made All-American in his first

season (1969); was All-Pacific-8 Conference in 1969 and '70; was a member of
USC's unbeaten 1969 "Wild Bunch" (also known as the "Cardiac Kids") team that

defeated Michigan in the Rose Bowl; and played in the famed 1970 win at Alabama

credited with Tackling Segregation (the title of a CBS/College Sports TV

documentary, 2006). After playing in the 1971 Senior Bowl, Davis was drafted by

the Oakland Raiders and caught Kenny Stabler’s desperate, last-second toss into

the end zone, despite having a "sea of hands" of the Miami Dolphins draped around

him, to win a key 1974 AFC play-off game. He is one of seven Trojans who played

for the 1976 world champion Raiders that defeated Minnesota (with Trojans Ron

Yary and Steve Riley) in the Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Clarence is

a legend in both the Trojan Nation and the Raider Nation.



                                SAM DICKERSON

                                     SPLIT END

1968 - 1970


I WAS BORN IN TEXAS BUT GREW UP IN STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, WHERE I ATTENDED
FRANKLIN HIGH. I WAS AN END AND DEFENSIVE BACK AT FRANKLIN. JOHN MCKAY
RECRUITED ATHLETES, THEN FOUND A POSITION FOR US. I ENDED UP BEING A RECEIVER. HE
BROUGHT BOBBY CHANDLER IN AND DIDN'T KNOW WHERE TO PLAY HIM. HE WAS A
QUARTERBACK AND A DEFENSIVE BACK WHEN THEY BROUGHT HIM IN, AND HE ENDED UP
BEING A STAR WIDE RECEIVER IN THE ROSE BOWL AND THE NFL.
       JIMMY JONES AND I WERE ALL RIGHT OFF THE FIELD. WE PLAYED A LOT OF
BASKETBALL, AND AS I SAY MCKAY RECRUITED ATHLETES, SO WE HAD A LOT OF
TWO-SPORT PLAYERS. THIS INCREASED CAMARADERIE AND KEPT US TOGETHER. AS FOR
JONES BEING A "BREAKTHROUGH" BLACK QUARTERBACK, I KNOW WILLIE WOOD WAS A
QUARTERBACK AND TEAM CAPTAIN AT USC A DECADE OR MORE EARLIER. MAYBE JONES
WAS THE FIRST "MODERN" BLACK QUARTERBACK WHO WAS A DROP-BACK PASSER, BUT IF
FLUSHED OUT OF THE POCKET HE COULD RUN AND SHOW ALL-AROUND ATHLETICISM.
       JONES HAD LEADERSHIP QUALITIES BUT THE COACHES HAD HIM WRAPPED UP, SO
EVERYTHING THAT CAME THROUGH HIM WAS FROM THE COACHES. HE HAD CONFIDENCE,
AND HE POSSESSED LEADERSHIP ABILITY. HE HAD DISPLAYED LEADERSHIP IN HIGH SCHOOL
AND BROUGHT IT ON TO USC, SO IF YOU MIX THAT WITH ALL THE OTHERS, WHO WERE
WINNERS THE MAJORITY OF THEIR LIVES, IT WAS COHESIVE, AND WE ALL EXECUTED WHAT
WE WERE SUPPOSED TO DO.
      JIMMY DID HAVE ON-FIELD CHARISMA, AND YOU COULD SEE HIS LEADERSHIP IN
BASKETBALL, THE WAY HE RAN THE OFFENSE. JONES KEPT HIS COMPOSURE AND HAD ALL
THE CONFIDENCE IN THE WORLD, AND THAT CARRIED OVER.
      REGARDING THAT GAME IN BIRMINGHAM, THEY, THE OTHER BLACK ATHLETES, HAD

SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT BUT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND IT. IT WASN'T THAT WAY IN

CALIFORNIA, YOU GROW AND HEARD ABOUT SEGREGATION BUT YOU DON'T LIVE IT. AFTER

I GREW UP AND BECAME FRIENDS WITH PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THE SOUTH, YOU COME TO

LEARN MORE. I LEARNED ABOUT IF I'D STAYED IN TEXAS, WHERE I WAS BORN, I WOULD

HAVE KNOWN THAT SITUATION.

IF I'D STAYED IN TEXAS, I WOULD HAVE BEEN BUSED TO THE SCHOOL MY MOM WENT TO. I
GO TO MY MOM'S REUNIONS AND FIND OUT ALL THE THINGS THAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED
HAD I STAYED IN TEXAS.
AS FOR THE QUESTION OF HOW MUCH OF A ROLE CHRISTIANITY PLAYED IN THE SOUTH
CHANGING, I LOOK FIRST TO REVEREND KING. HE HAD A GREAT IMPACT ON THE CIVIL
RIGHTS MOVEMENT. AT THAT TIME, YOU KNOW, THERE WERE THE BLACK PANTHERS, WHO
WANTED TO FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE. OTHERS SAW THE DIVIDING LINE, NOW WHAT KING SAW
WAS "NO VIOLENCE."
AS FOR THE MEETING IN THAT ROOM, WHEN THE BLACK PLAYERS THREATENED TO BRING
GUNS TO THE ALABAMA GAME, I DON'T REMEMBER IF IT HAPPENED. I MAY HAVE BEEN
THERE, BUT IF SO DID I SAY "WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GONNA HAPPEN?" IT DOESN'T STICK
OUT IN MY MIND. I DIDN'T THINK ANYBODY WOULD COME AND BLOW US UP. I DON'T KNOW,
A LOT OF STUFF MAY HAVE HAPPENED, BUT I HAD NO CLUE. THE STRANGEST THING WAS
WHEN WE GOT ON THE BUS TO TRAVEL TO THE STADIUM, AND ON THE WAY TO THE BUS A
ROPE WAS SET UP BETWEEN SPECTATORS AND US, A PATH TO WALK, AND PEOPLE ON THE
OTHER SIDE WERE TALKING, "THERE'S THE BEAR MEAT."
I DON'T REMEMBER BEAR BRYANT COMING IN TO OUR LOCKER ROOM. I WOULD DO MY BEST
AND TRY NOT TO MISS THE BUS. WE'D HAVE OUR PRAYER, NOW GO BACK AND PARTY. I
NEVER HEARD ABOUT "THIS HERE'S A FOOTBALL PLAYER" UNTIL I SAW A VIDEO.
I PLAYED WITH ALABAMA QUARTERBACK SCOTT HUNTER AT GREEN BAY. HE JUST SAID,
"HEY, YOU GUYS CAME DOWN HERE AND CLEANED OUR CLOCKS." WE TALKED ABOUT HOW
THAT GAME WENT AND WE KICKED THEIR BUTTS. WE WEREN'T REALLY EXPECTING A
BLOWOUT 'CAUSE WE'D HAD A LOT OF COMEBACKS IN '69. THAT WAS THE YEAR I MADE A
CATCH IN THE DARK CORNER OF THE END ZONE TO BEAT UCLA, 14-12.



SAM DICKERSON IS A USC LEGEND, BUT DON'T MENTION HIS NAME IN WESTWOOD. IN

1969, AFTER A CONTROVERSIAL PASS INTERFERENCE CALL WENT AGAINST THE BRUINS,
HE CAUGHT A LONG PASS IN THE VERY BACK CORNER OF THE END ZONE FROM JIMMY

JONES TO GIVE THE TROJANS A 14-12 VICTORY OVER UCLA. THE GAME

CHARACTERIZED SC'S "CARDIAC KIDS" REPUTATION. DICKERSON PLAYED IN THE

SENIOR BOWL AND WAS DRAFTED BY THE 49ERS IN 1971.


                                     JEFF PRUGH

SPORTSWRITER


I CO-AUTHORED (WITH DWIGHT CHAPIN) THE WIZARD OF WESTWOOD, A BOOK ABOUT JOHN

WOODEN AND UCLA BASKETBALL THAT ADDRESSED SOCIAL QUESTIONS REVOLVING

AROUND COLLEGE STUDENTS IN L.A. I ALSO WROTE THE HERSCHEL WALKER STORY, WHICH

DEALS AT LENGTH WITH THE CIVIL RIGHTS ASPECT OF SPORTS IN THE SOUTH.

       I was the L.A. Times’s beat writer for Trojan football and wrote the game story

that appeared under Jim Murray’s column, “Hatred Shut Out as Alabama Finally Joins

the Union,” on September 13, 1970. It was very clear in talking to Bryant that he

understood the social implications of this game. He volunteered that he was bemoaning

the fact that USC had Clarence Davis at tailback, that he was born in Birmingham, and he

was one who got away. Davis was the symbolism that Bryant was trying to convey. If

Davis had stayed in Alabama all those years, he’d’ve been at [the University of]

Alabama.

       THE 1970 USC–ALABAMA GAME IS A STORY THAT FEW PEOPLE SAW AS

SIGNIFICANT AT THE TIME. MURRAY DID, BUT NEITHER OF US REALLY KNEW HOW

SIGNIFICANT IT WOULD BE OVER THE FUTURE YEARS. IT WAS EASIER FOR JIM, BUT BOTH HE

AND I SENSED, WITHOUT SAYING IT, THAT BRYANT WAS “CRAZY LIKE A FOX.” TO PLAY THIS
GAME AT LEGION FIELD, AS YOU KNOW, WITH THE HISTORY OF RACISM IN THE SOUTH STILL

VERY FRESH AND VERY MUCH ALIVE AT THAT TIME. THE ONLY SPORT THAT HAD

INTEGRATED WAS BASKETBALL, AND THAT WAS VERY LIMITED.

A LITTLE ANECDOTE IS, I REPORTED THIS ON THE MONDAY FOLLOW-UP, I WAS AT THE
HOLIDAY INN IN BIRMINGHAM, AND MEN WERE SITTING AROUND THE TABLE, OBVIOUSLY
FOOTBALL FANS. I OVERHEAD BOTH MEN SAY, “I BET BEAR WISHES HE HAD SOME OF THEM
NIGRA BOYS ON THEIR TEAM.” THAT WAS THE NEW SENTIMENT, THE POST-MORTEM, AND IT
WAS REVOLUTIONARY. IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT THINGS WERE GOING TO CHANGE FROM THAT
DAY FORWARD, BUT I COULD NOT ANTICIPATE THE PACE AND SPEED OF CHANGE.
LATER, I WENT TO ATLANTA TO BECOME OUR BUREAU CHIEF THERE. I COVERED POLITICS
IN THE SOUTH, IN ALABAMA AND ATLANTA. I INTERVIEWED GEORGE WALLACE IN HIS
"COMEBACK" AND HE POINTED OUT THAT IN CALIFORNIA WE HAD RACE RIOTS YET WERE
QUITE JUDGMENTAL. I ALSO REVEALED THE FACT THAT WHEN WALLACE MADE HIS FAMED
"STAND IN THE SCHOOLHOUSE DOOR" TO BLOCK INTEGRATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
ALABAMA IN 1963, HE WAS POSTURING. HE HAD MADE A DEAL WITH THE KENNEDY
ADMINISTRATION AHEAD OF TIME TO ALLOW THE STUDENTS TO ENROLL, BUT WAS PLAYING
TO THE SENTIMENTS OF HIS POLITICAL BASE.
       I ALSO BELIEVE THAT WAYNE WILLIAMS WAS RAILROADED AS THE SERIAL CHILD

MURDERER IN ATLANTA, AND WROTE A BOOK ABOUT IT CALLED THE LIST. I DISCOVERED

THAT RACIAL POLITICS HAD CHANGED EXPONENTIALLY SINCE THE 1960S, AND NOW

BLACKS WERE IN POSITIONS OF POWER. SUDDENLY, THEY TOO COULD BE CORRUPTED, AND

LIKE ALL HUMAN BEINGS THEY WERE JUST AS SUBJECT TO THE SEDUCTIONS OF POWER.




Jeff Prugh was the L.A. Times’s beat writer for Trojan football and wrote the game

story that appeared under Jim Murray’s column, “Hatred Shut Out as Alabama

Finally Joins the Union,” on September 13, 1970. He is the author of The Wizard of

Westwood, The Herschel Walker Story, and The List.



                              BRUCE ROLLINSON

FLANKER
1971
I GREW UP IN GARDEN GROVE AND CAME OUT OF MATER DEI IN 1967. I GRADUATED FROM
THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN 1972.
       JIM FASSEL WAS A FELLOW ORANGE COUNTY PLAYER AND TEAMMATE OF MINE AT

USC. HE WAS FROM ANAHEIM HIGH SCHOOL. JIMMY AND I WERE PRETTY CLOSE. WE

DON'T SPEAK AS FREQUENTLY AS I'D LIKE. AS YOU GET OLDER YOU GET INTO A ROUTINE.

JIMMY AND I DROVE BACK AND FORTH FROM ORANGE COUNTY TO USC DURING THE

SHORT PERIOD HE WAS AT SC. I KNEW HIS DAD. HE WAS THE EQUIPMENT MAN AT ANAHEIM

HIGH SCHOOL. WE HAD A LOT OF TIME TO TALK TO EACH OTHER, THEN HE MOVED ON TO

HAWAII OR CAL STATE LONG BEACH. HE WAS TALENTED BUT THE SYSTEM AT THAT TIME

WAS NOT SUITED TO HIM OR GUYS LIKE US. MYSELF, I PLAYED IN A SYSTEM THAT WAS

STILL FRESHMAN FOOTBALL. JIM TRANSFERRED IN FROM FULLERTON J.C. BACK THEN,

USC HAD UNLIMITED SCHOLARSHIPS. THERE WERE NINE MILLION OF US OUT THERE. THE

HAWAII PHONE NUMBER WAS POSTED ON EVERY PHONE AT MARKS TOWER, ALMOST LIKE IT

WAS CALLING US OUT OF THERE. FOR ME PERSONALLY, JUST LIKE EVERY GUY IN THERE, I

HAD HIGH HOPES OF BEING A STARTER, BUT I ALSO REALIZED EDUCATION WAS IMPORTANT.

JIMMY COULD THROW IT IN A SYSTEM THAT WAS INTACT FOR HIM. I'M A BIG JOHN MCKAY
ADVOCATE. HE WAS FAIR BY ME. IT WAS TOUGH AT THOSE TIMES WHEN YOU HAVE LIMITED
OPPORTUNITY. IF YOU DIDN'T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT YOU MAY NEVER SEE THE FIELD
AGAIN. THAT'S THE WAY IT WAS. I QUICKLY REALIZE THAT FIGHTING PAST THE BOB
CHANDLER'S WAS AN UPHILL BATTLE. IN MY LAST YEAR I THOUGHT, NOW I'LL GET A
CHANCE TO PLAY, AND LYNN SWANN'S AHEAD OF ME. ARE YOU KIDDING? I THOUGHT I'D
GET PLAYING TIME BUT MY NAME WAS ERASED FROM THE DEPTH CHART. HE WAS A
TREMENDOUS PLAYER, BUT YOU ASKED ABOUT JIM. HE COULD THROW TO CERTAIN GUYS.
EACH GUY HAD TO MAKE HIS OWN DECISION. I'M NOT SURE WHY HE TRANSFERRED, BUT
OBVIOUSLY HE MADE GOOD MOVES, JUST LIKE ANOTHER TEAMMATE, MIKE HOLMGREN.
HOLMGREN COACHED GREEN BAY TO A SUPER BOWL VICTORY. FASSEL COACHED THE
NEW YORK GIANTS TO A SUPER BOWL.
THERE'S BEEN SPECULATION THAT AFTER JOHN HUARTE OF MATER DEI AND JACK SNOW
OF ST. ANTHONY'S STARRED AT NOTRE DAME, MCKAY - WHO WAS CATHOLIC AND GREW
UP ROOTING FOR THE IRISH - DECIDED TO PRE-EMPT DEFECTIONS AND GO AFTER THE
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. CERTAINLY PLAYERS FROM MATER DEI,
BISHOP AMAT, LOYOLA, NOTRE DAME OF SHERMAN OAKS, CRESPI, AND FROM THE BAY
AREA; SERRA, ST. FRANCIS, RIORDAN AND LATER DE LA SALLE, STARTED COMING TO
USC. TOBY PAGE, ADRIAN YOUNG, PAT HADEN, J.K. MCKAY, PAUL MCDONALD, TIM
ROSSOVICH, JOHN VELLA, LYNN SWANN, AND THE JORDAN KICKING BROTHERS, ARE JUST
A FEW OF THESE GUYS.
       THAT SAID, I DON'T KNOW. DICK COURY WAS MY COACH AT MATER DEI. I LOOK AT

IT THIS WAY; COURY GOES TO USC AND TOBY PAGE, I THINK SEVEN OF US FROM MATER

DEI, ALL WENT WITH HIM. I WAS AT MATER DEI AND HE COACHED ME IN 1965. FROM THAT

TEAM AT MATER DEI THE SENIOR GROUP HAD RON BROWN, JOE OBBEMA, BILL SMITH, A

CENTER. WE GO TO USC AFTER OUR SENIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL. COURY'S AT USC AND

NOW HERE COMES MIKE MORGAN, BRUCE ROLLINSON, STEVE PULTORAK; SIX GUYS AND

OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS MAYBE A FEW OTHER GUYS. IT SEEMS THAT IF WHAT MCKAY

INTENDED, WHICH WAS TO GET THE BEST PLAYERS FROM MATER DEI, WHICH WAS LOADED .

. . HE GETS THREE MORE, HE GETS JOHN VELLA FROM NOTRE DAME HIGH, HE HAD AN

ADVANTAGE AT BISHOP AMAT WITH HIS KID THERE, SO HE CERTAINLY SEEMED TO HAVE

LOCKED UP THE "CATHOLIC VOTE."

      I DON'T CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THAT MCKAY HIRED COACH COURY SIMPLY TO GET

THOSE PLAYERS. THE REASON I SAY THAT IS BECAUSE IT FASCINATES ME TO REFLECT BACK

AT ALL THE THINGS THAT WENT ON, TO LOOK AT HIS FOOTBALL STAFFS WITH JOE GIBBS,

HUDSON HOUCK, WAYNE FONTES; HE LOOKED FOR THE BEST FOOTBALL COACHES

AVAILABLE. CLAIR VAN HORVATH AND COURY WERE THE CUTTING EDGE HIGH SCHOOL

COACHES OF THAT ERA. THESE COACHES WERE MOTIONING OUT OF A SINGLE BACK TO

WHAT IS NOW AN EMPTY FLAT, RUNNING MOTION AND PLAY-ACTION BLASTS, DELAYS,

STUFF YOU DIDN'T SEE IN HIGH SCHOOL BEFORE. PREP FOOTBALL WAS PRIMITIVE. COACHES

WERE THESE BIG MEATY TOUGH GUYS, THEY DIDN'T LET YOU DRINK WATER, INJURIES WERE

TO BE GUTTED OUT, BUT THE GUYS I'M TALKING ABOUT WERE INNOVATORS.
 McKay just looked at Dick and said, "This guy knows football," and plus he was a heck
of good person. If there was a plus, of players coming in with him, then that was just a
win-win situation. Back then obviously a high school guy, they'd look at a high school
guy, but he's not moving straight into the University and play because freshmen were
ineligible. SC's rolling by then. I was heavily recruited by other Pacific-8 schools.
Oregon came at me with a full effort, but my SC trip was simple. They'd show you the
national championship ring from 1962 or 1967, and they'd say:
Do you want one of these?
Do you want to play in the Rose Bowl?
Do you want to play against UCLA and at Notre Dame every two years?
Do you want to play in front of 90,000 fans?
Who didn't? When Pete Carroll got there things were changed and he had to build it back
to where it was. He did it in large measure with two of my all-time best players, Matt
Leinart and Matt Grootegoed. Leinart's best performance was the 2000 game against De
La Salle of Concord in front of some 30 or 40,000 fans at Edison International Field of
Anaheim, the "Big A."
There are people who say it was the best high school football game ever played. De La
Salle had the longest winning streak of all time, but critics claimed they did not play the
best schedule. To their credit they started playing us, Long Beach Poly, all the best teams
from around the nation. A lot of these games are still shown on Fox Sports cable. De La
Salle had a huge lead but Matt "went passing league" and drove us back, but we missed at
the end and De La Salle went on to extend their winning streak three or four more years,
but that game helped separate Matt from the rest of the pack and propelled him to the
next level.


After John Huarte of Santa Ana Mater Dei High School, and Jack Snow of Long
Beach St. Anthony's became stars at Notre Dame, USC started to stem the tide of
great Catholic players from the Los Angeles area going to Notre Dame. John
McKay hired Mater Dei Coach Dick Coury, and players like Mater Dei's Bruce
Rollinson followed. Rollinson never starred at Troy, but as Mater Dei's longtime
football coach, he built a national power and must be considered one of the five
greatest prep coaches who ever lived. Numerous Monarchs have starred at Troy,
amongst them Matt Leinart and Matt Grootegoed.


                          BUD 'THE STEAMER" FURILLO

Sportswriter/broadcaster


I'll tell you a story about USC. I once took a bus and two streetcars to see a Howard Jones

practice in 1940. I lived in Monterey Park. A bus and two streetcars.

       I was with Sam Cunningham last year when they introduced me in the USC Hall
of Fame. I was so sick with allergies. I saw Sam at the peristyle end of the Coliseum.
        John Papadakis had his best game against Joe Theismann in that rainy Notre
Dame game. His grandfather, Tom, and I were great buddies. He's got a great Greek
restaurant down there in Pedro.
        The last time I saw John McKay in the desert, he said, "You're a part of Trojan
history." Wow!
        Bill "Spaceman" Lee was so funny and "Tom Terrific" Seaver was "the noblest
baseball Trojan of them all." I said that about him when I interviewed him on KABC
years ago.
        I came out to the game at Birmingham in 1970. The reason for this game was

Bryant wanted those people to know it was time to integrate. I believe he knew he'd lose

and wanted that game to pave the way to change.

That Alabama game was a tipping point; that was it, no question, after that game it was
no longer acceptable to prevent integration, and this game did it.
Martin Luther King may be the greatest American, but that football game sure as hell
turned Alabama around. Regarding the political fallout since then, well, there's not many
"blue states." California and the Northeast. I like to think those liberal bastions are also
homes of a lot of intelligence. I can't speak for the "red states." As you know, I'm the
damnedest liberal you've ever known. But W is the President, and he's my President.
The thing I hated is Democrats hating Bush. The day after the election I stopped hating
Bush, he's my President. It’s that simple, to think otherwise is almost to be a traitor. I hate
the war, I'm ashamed of our being there, I cry for our kids coming back in bags.
I believe the South wanted to do the right thing, but there sure were a lot of holdouts for a
long time, but Jeez. I'm so anti-religion, maybe I better pass on this, I don't think religion
had a damn thing to do with it. I think Martin Luther King was the best American we
ever had, but not because of religion.
The key, and you are right on, was that the Alabama faithful looked at McKay and knew
that he had Bear's respect, it had to carry a lot of weight. They just said, "If it's good
enough for the Bear, well it's good enough for us."
Let's get to what I said, I heard different takes on what Alabama assistant coach Jerry
Claiborne said, but it was something like, "Sam did more in an hour than has been done
in the last hundred years." He said it, and I said it, but I'm foggy on it.
Still, Bryant was not the kind of guy to put players on a stool, but the reason for that
game was to show those f-----s down there what was going on in football and that it was
time to change. I wanna emphasize, McKay eased up.
The greatest football game ever played was USC 55, Notre Dame 24 in 1974. I
announced that game for a delayed broadcast on Sunday afternoons with Ray Scott, who
was the longtime voice of the Packers. That game is available on the Internet and is a real
legend.
I SAID IT THEN AND I STILL SAY IT NOW: "IF AMERICA WANTS TO CLEAN UP THE DRUG
PROBLEM, JUST HAVE THEM WATCH THIS GAME. THEY'LL GET SO HIGH THEY'LL NEVER
WANNA DO DRUGS AGAIN!"
LISTEN TO WHAT RAY AND I ARE SAYING AT THE END OF THE GAME; THE LOOK OF
AMAZEMENT ON THE FACES OF FANS, THE CHEERLEADERS GOING FROM DOWNCAST TO
ECSTATIC. IT WAS LIKE A RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE. RAY SAID, AND THIS GUY SAW
LOMBARDI'S PACKERS, THAT HE'D NEVER SEEN ANOTHER GAME LIKE IT.


BUD FURILLO IS TRULY ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREATS. A NATIVE OF THE MIDWEST, HE
CAME TO LOS ANGELES PRIOR TO WORLD WAR II, AND HIS ENTHUSIASTIC WRITINGS
HELPED PUT USC, AND L.A. SPORTS IN GENERAL, ON THE MAP. BUD WAS THE SPORTS
EDITOR AT THE LOS ANGELES HERALD-EXAMINER AND LATER WAS A RADIO
PERSONALITY ON KABC'S DODGER TALK. FURILLO IS A THROWBACK TO A TIME WHEN
WRITERS WERE FRIENDS WITH THE PLAYERS AND COACHES, NOT RIVALS OR
NUISANCES. HE IS SINGULARLY RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING BO BELINSKY OF THE
ANGELS A CAUSE CELEBRE. HE WAS ALSO AN UNABASHED FAN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVER CARED WHO KNEW IT. BUD WAS ELECTED TO THE
USC ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME IN 2005 AND CONDUCTED THIS INTERVIEW PRIOR TO
HIS 2006 PASSING.
MR. SMITH GOES TO BUCHAREST

StreetZebra, 1999



In 1972, a mild-mannered young man from Pasadena High and USC faced a Cold War
Dracula on his Rumanian turf. Good vs. evil ensued. Good won.


The American gentleman

The U.S. was mired in Southeast Asia in 1972, and the Communist's were feeling pretty

good about themselves.

       Stan Smith was a typical Southern Californian. Tall, handsome and blonde, he

was a good basketball player at Pasadena High School before spearheading USC's

tennis team to national championships in 1966, '67 and '68.

"Stan was the kind of guy who'd play hurt," recalled legendary USC tennis coach George
Toley. "That's the kind of guy he was. I never had a problem with him."
Smith did some Army duty, went on to win Wimbledon, and attain a world number one
ranking.


…"thieving linesmen…from…the local eye bank…"
The Americans were used to playing it straight, fair and square, on the up and up,
because . . . because that is the way Americans do things. For the most part. The East

Bloc, on the other hand, had learned that lying, cheating and propaganda was good

business. The Rumanians, however, were led by two of the best players in the world at

that time: Transylvania's Ion "Dracula" Tiriac, and the recent winner of the U.S. Open,

Ilie "Nasty" Nastase.

       Some Left wing apologists have tried to say that there was Communism, and then

there was real Communism. Western journalists were duped into calling Bucharest a

"Balkanized Paris" featuring the works of Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway. The

horrors of the Ceausescu regime were not yet fully revealed.

       UNSMILING SECRET POLICE "TRANSLATORS" ACCOMPANIED THE AMERICANS

EVERYWHERE, TOTING HEAVY WEAPONS.      THE ATMOSPHERE AT THE PROGRESUL SPORTS CLUB

WAS LESS THAN CONGENIAL.

       IN THE OCTOBER 23, 1972 EDITION OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, CURRY KIRKPATRICK

WROTE "THE RUMANIANS, LYING IN WAIT ON THEIR HOME GROUNDS WITH A BUNCH OF

THIEVING LINESMEN THEY MUST HAVE RECRUITED FROM THE DONOR LIST AT THE LOCAL EYE

BANK," WERE WAITING FOR THE AMERICANS. LIKE THE SOVIET PARATROOPER UNIT THAT

KIDNAPS LARRY HARVEY AND FRANK SINATRA IN THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. WHAT

ENSUED WAS A LION'S DEN, A SNAKE PIT, MOB MENTALITY.

       John Frankenheimer should have directed it.

"The red clay surface was not to our advantage," said Smith. "We were hard court guys.
What really made it tough was the Rumanians watered down the clay to slow us down.
The balls got heavy."
"We should be 10-1 favorite," Nastase said.
"The U.S. players not like the soft stuff," said Tiriac. "Wait till they see ours. Godzilla
<Smith>, he feel like he serving on the beach."
"The Davis Cup Committee forfeited the site of the finals to Romania for money," recalls
Toley. "Stan would throw the ball up and the crowd would yell `fault.' Nastase and Tiriac
would egg the people on like crazy, and if the ball hit anywhere close to the line the call
went against Stan. The line judges were all for the Rumanians. Stan felt that Nastase and
Tiriac did all they could to cheat."
SoCal Stan was more comfortable at the "beach" than Tiriac may have thought. After
Smith crushed Nastase in the opening singles, Nasty fell apart in the crucial doubles
against former Trojan Eric Van Dillen and Smith (captain Dennis Ralston had also
played at SC). Smith dispatched Tiriac on the final day.
Tiriac stalled, glared at umpires, sat down, refused to play, laughed, rested, fumed,
delayed, and even played some marvelous tennis. He was a master of guile and deceit,
playing the crowd like Hitler at Nuremberg while they chanted "TIR-I-AC," "TIR-I-AC,"
all the while hurling epithets at the referee. Tiriac tossed four-letter bombs at him, too. At
one point he grabbed and pushed him. He was, as he loved to say of himself, "Dracula . .
. ready to bite."
Bud Collins wrote that what was needed to defeat him was "a cross, not a racket." Only
the phalanx of "translators" prevented the "fans" from attacking the Americans when
they taunted Tiriac for his antics.
Smith and Van Dillen refused to be rattled. At one point, Nasty walked to the stands to
confront an American who loudly applauded Rumanian errors.
"Bitch," Nastase called him. "I pay you five dollars. You get out." By the end of the
Americans' three-set victory, Nastase refused to wait for Tiriac as the teams changed
courts.
Smith defeated Tiriac (4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0), despite being stripped clean of four
different points by the line judges.
"Tiriac was the issue," said Smith. "I beat Nastase pretty easily in the first match. Against
Tiriac, the referee said he wouldn't change calls. It was an alarming atmosphere, the
referee was totally intimidated, not so much by the crowd but by Tiriac stoking them on,
and by the soldiers' lining the court.
"I don't know how I persevered. I knew I just had to gut it out, and as the match went on
the crowd made me mad, and then I was determined to win. It was a great challenge."
Good vs. evil always is.


                                       DAVE LEVY

Assistant Coach
1960 - 1975


I really can't say I have a definitive answer from John McKay's perspective, but it seems

to me one day he said we'd scheduled a game with Bear Bryant to open the 1970 season.

He was associated with Bryant, beginning early in 1963 at a football clinic.

       What I remember was Bryant coming in to our locker room. He spoke to our
team. Now maybe I'm in the coach's dressing room, but after he congratulated us and so

on, he asked Coach for permission to take Sam Cunningham. I know it happened,

because I know I just looked at it and said, "I'll be damned." Add to that the euphoria of

winning the game, but after that you just are concentrating on getting dressed and getting

out of there.

I do remember a mostly black crowd around our team bus, but I didn't personally think it
so unusual. Our black players had relatives and friends in the area, and obviously they'd
not be congregated around the Alabama bus, so it's not really surprising that they'd be in
the parking lot, but I don't recall people holding Bibles.
I got dressed and got on the bus. The big thing before the game in the papers was that
"blacks are going down to Alabama" and so on, but I don't remember being concerned.
There were conversations about what hotel we'd be in, and their security, but Bear would
make sure there were no riots, so I had no concerns.
That said, I don't doubt the gun story. Maybe somebody said it or we got somebody with
guns, or something, but not everybody was "packing heat."
Society in 1965, as campuses went, SC was in the top one percentile of least problems.
It's a private, small university, I think we had less than 10,000 undergrads. Over time,
guys would grow their hair, they'd wear those medallions, campus dress was changing. In
1960 we still had a dress code. The dean would see a student in a tank top and send him
back to the dorm to get a shirt. It was nothing like Berkeley.
SC was a conservative campus. The only story I can think of concerned Marv Goux.
Some students arranged for a speaker named "Brother Lenny," a peripatetic type guy, a
beatnik I suppose, to speak at a sociology class. The class got canceled, I don’t know if
the professor heard about this guy and didn’t want him in the class. So he goes to Tommy
Trojan. Well, there's some kind of construction going on in the area, so there's a mound
of dirt. Brother Lenny got up to the top of this mound and gathered a crowd, a few
hundred maybe. He goes on for about 15 minutes. Marv and I were in McKay's office
looking out at this.
Goux said, "Look at that son of a b---h." He was a real patriot, his father had died in the
Battle of the Bulge. McKay says, "Let’s forget that, I'll see you after lunch." So that was
the last I thought about it until John McKay called me in and said, apparently Marv went
up and pushed his way through the crowd to Lenny, and said, "Why don't you get you’re
a-s out of here." Some are cheering Marv and others are calling him a Fascist.
The school president told McKay, "You gotta call Marv in."
"Now Marv, you know me and I feel like you do, but you've got two choices: apologize
or refuse." Marv says, "Let me think about it."
The next day he says, "I can't apologize." McKay told the president, I can't swear on it
but I think it was Dr. Norman Topping, and he just said, "Good."
That whole week, this whole thing is getting into the papers, first the Daily Trojan and
then the L.A. Times, with people writing in, some supporting him, some not, all various
opinions.
In the last 35 years, I recall in my career two specific conversations with athletes about
race. One was at Long Beach Poly, I remember talking to Willie Brown, who came to
USC, and another halfback at Poly. I said, you gotta use these athletics to get yourself out
and make something for yourselves. We talked prejudice and what they told me caught
me by surprise, but as I talked they agreed to some degree that what I was telling them
was true.
The next was Mike Garrett. I was the backfield coach. He's an intelligent guy, very
intense. He was trying to get an apartment in Pasadena, which at that time I think had no
blacks <it was the hometown of Jackie Robinson>. We talked about prejudice, me saying
to him if we can't allow people to change, nothing's going to change, that each
generation's raised with certain social mores, but if they're wrong they have to be able to
change. It was not an argument, just a good discussion.
We have to allow people to change. I saw alumni attitudes change. You could see it when
you got exposure to different kinds of personalities, as you saw people's performance, it
helped mores.
We hired Willie Brown as our first black coach. John McKay liked to get a guy we've
had, so he says, "How 'bout Willie Brown?" I think he said, "I'll do these things before
we're forced to." But he never, ever said, or asked, how many black guys are we starting?
        He was attuned to anything coming out of Stanford. He loved to beat Stanford by

2,000 points, it was just a thing he had for them because he thought they were hypocrites.

That was just one way he found to get ready for Stanford. McKay could get that game

face on in a hurry now, especially if the Stanford hecklers were calling him John.

Stanford was the perfect venue for these hecklers as we were making the gauntlet into the

stadium.


Dave Levy had played at UCLA, but was an assistant on John McKay's staff at

Southern California every year McKay was at USC (1960-75). He was long expected

to succeed McKay, but many were surprised that John Robinson was chosen

instead, ostensibly because he was "telegenic."



                                     DAVE BROWN

                                          Center

1970 - 1972
That 1970 Alabama game was my first game - not as a team leader, but God was good to

me. . . . I was wide-eyed, a rookie getting off the plane. I’d never, ever even been to the

South; this was the first time I ever traveled. But I was up on current events, I knew about

the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King. They greet us with the Million-Dollar

Band, and I’d never seen anything like that in my life. People were surrounding us, and it

was a real big deal that Southern Cal had come to play Alabama. My eyes were wide, and

I was thinking, This is amazing. I just didn’t realize that people felt that highly of football

in the South. In Southern California, it’s different.

       BILL HOLLAND, AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN FROM LOS ANGELES HIGH SCHOOL AND A

SUPER GUY, HE WAS HANGING WITH ME MOST OF THIS TIME. I REMEMBER DISTINCTLY

SEEING THIS ONE PLACE, IT LOOKED LIKE AN OLD FACTORY OR WAREHOUSE, WITH

DILAPIDATED BUILDINGS. I LOOKED OUT THERE, AND I SAID, “THAT’S AMAZING.” ALL

THESE BLACK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE DOING BAND DRILLS IN THE YARD. THIS

SCHOOL LOOKS HORRIBLE, AND HOLLAND JUST SAYS, “THIS IS THE WAY IT IS HERE.”

       SEGREGATION DU JOUR, THAT’S THE WAY IT WAS. INTEGRATION WAS NOT REALLY

HAPPENING YET. AS THE BUS ROLLED DOWN THE ROAD, . . . [I] SAW THE MARKED

DIFFERENCE IN SOCIOECONOMICS OF EACH NEIGHBORHOOD, AND ALL THE WHILE I’M

THINKING, THIS IS AMAZING. IT WAS SHOCKING.

       Later, standing in the hotel with Bill, he takes me to a wing of the lobby, and this

little kid comes by asking for autographs. We’ve all got USC blazers on; this is the

Holiday Inn, Birmingham. This little kid mixed into the group. He’s maybe five or six,

and he turns to his mother and says, “Gee, Mommy, they sure have a lot of n—s on that
team.”

         I turned to Bill, and I asked him, “Hey, how are you holding up?”
         He says, “Yeah, you know, I face that in L.A. That’s typical.”

         That opened my eyes. I come from a white community in L.A. and I’d not

realized that before. I’m twenty years old, and this is my education.

         My Christian influence on that [‘70] team was, I’m not a leader at that point.

People knew it about me, and I tried to act like it. Guys were older and did not hold those

values, so I was not mainstream; but God was faithful to me, because by 1972 we had a

really good core of men on that team, guys with good values, a lot of Christians. Sam

Cunningham was a Christian. We Christians started fellowships when we were seniors.

We said, “

I went over to Coach McKay, who was often unapproachable. Sometimes we feared him.
I said to him that we always pray before games, so I asked if he will let us pray after the
game. So that night we prayed and were thankful. The team took off and went 12–0; it
was the most fantastic team ever. I coached 26 years in high school and junior college,
and I’ve never seen a team like that. I’ve never seen such camaraderie and unity.
That year was from God. Others would just say it was a great team, but as a coach I know
you’ve gotta have more than just great talent, you need to overachieve; and that’s what
God’s granted you. That team had it.
I got involved in Athletes in Action and the FCA. I lifted weights with a guy who was
with Athletes in Action in the late ‘60s, so I invited him to come to our team in ‘72.
McKay said he wouldn’t mind if the guy puts on a demonstration, as long as it’s
voluntary. . . . We had a good time up there; a lot of guys prayed and accepted Christ that
day—a lot of guys, maybe 80 percent.
Sam Cunningham is a super guy, a really humble, very friendly man, sensitive to others.
He was really team oriented. He could have gone to another program with great statistics
instead of being a blocking fullback, not carry much more than seven, eight times games
a game. In another program he’d have carried twenty times a game, but he just wanted to
win. He started coming to AIA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He’s very moral. I
rarely heard him swear.
         I never thought that much about it, to be honest with you. At USC we had whites,

blacks, a few Jews, Latinos; I never thought about it. Here we played an all white team,

which was strange in college. I’m thinking as I looked at Alabama, How do these guys
think they can compete like that? This game’s gonna pass ‘em by. The next year they had

an outside linebacker named John Mitchell, who was black, and a defensive end who was

black; and they won that game. They realized integrating was their way out.

       AS FAR AS OUR PROGRAM GETTING BACK TO WHERE WE HAD BEEN, OUR TIPPING

POINT WAS THE NOTRE DAME GAME IN 1971. WE STARTED OUR FELLOWSHIP AROUND THAT

TIME, AND WE GOT SERIOUS. WE WERE A BIG UNDERDOG BACK THERE AND WE BEAT ‘EM

28–14. WE NEVER LOST TO THEM AT USC AFTER THAT.



DAVE BROWN WAS A LINEMAN AT USC ON THE 1970 TEAM THAT PLAYED AT

BIRMINGHAM, AND THE 1972 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS, GENERALLY THOUGHT TO BE THE

BEST COLLEGE TEAM IN HISTORY.      HE WON THE HOWARD JONES/FOOTBALL ALUMNI

CLUB AWARD FOR PLAYING THE MOST MINUTES, WAS SELECTED TO THE COLLEGE

ALL-STAR GAME AND THE COACHES ALL-AMERICA GAME HIS SENIOR YEAR. HE

PLAYED IN THE WORLD FOOTBALL LEAGUE. BROWN TEACHES HISTORY AND COACHES

FOOTBALL AT SAN CLEMENTE (CALIFORNIA) HIGH SCHOOL.



                                CLIFF CULBREATH

OFFENSIVE GUARD
1972


I'M FROM SAN BERNARDINO AND WAS RECRUITED BY QUITE A FEW SCHOOLS: UCLA,
STANFORD, NOTRE DAME, MINNESOTA, BOTH ARIZONA SCHOOLS (ASU AND U. OF A.),
COLORADO AND COLORADO STATE. I TOOK RECRUITING TRIPS TO MOST OF THEM. I DIDN'T
GO TO NOTRE DAME.
       I WAS PART OF THE PROGRAM FROM 1968, MY FRESHMAN YEAR WHICH WAS O.J.'S

SENIOR YEAR, TO 1973. WE HAD ONE GUY FROM TEXAS WHO WAS SPOTTED PICKING

DAISIES AT PRACTICE, AND EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A BIG RECRUIT HE GOT SENT HOME ON
THE SPOT. TODY SMITH WAS ALSO FROM TEXAS. HE WAS CRAZY AND TOUGH. I WAS

TERRIFIED OF GREG SLOUGH.

WE HAD A LINEBACKER OR DEFENSIVE END WHO WAS A FRESHMAN OR SOPHOMORE, A GUY
NAMED SCOTT WEBER FROM FRESNO OR MODESTO, WHICH WE'D CALL THE "GRAPEVINE"
BACK THEN BECAUSE THAT WAS THE ROAD YOU TOOK TO GET TO THE SAN JOAQUIN
VALLEY.
I REMEMBER SLOUGH WAS THIS LINEBACKER AND HE HAD BEEN IN THE SERVICE. HE WAS
THE OLDEST GUY ON THE TEAM AND HAD BEEN A PARATROOPER OR A GREEN BERET, AND
SLOUGH MADE A MISTAKE AND MARV GOUX CAME UNGLUED. HE WAS PISSED, AND HE
STARTS YELLING AT SLOUGH. SLOUGH LOOKED AT HIM LIKE, "IF YOU HIT ME, OLD MAN,
I’LL KILL YOU." GOUX LOOKS AT SLOUGH. THIS MIGHT BE THE ONLY GUY WHO EVER
INTIMIDATED MARV GOUX. SLOUGH'S KILLED V.C., HE'S NOT SCARED OF MARV GOUX.
SLOUGH'S HAD ALL THIS SPECIAL TRAINING AND COMBAT OR SOMETHING, AND HE GIVES
THE IMPRESSION THAT IF YOU MESS WITH HIM YOU'RE DEAD. GOUX RECOGNIZES THE
SITUATION, SO HE TURNED AND PUNCHED WEBER IN THE HEAD AND BROKE HIS FINGER. HE
WAS INTIMIDATED BY SLOUGH, A GREEN BERET WHO'D BEEN TO VIETNAM AND WAS HARD
TO INTIMIDATE.
After I got out of school, I loved the old 502 Club. Tony Caravalho and I would sit
around and tell war stories. I got my master's in social work and graduated from USC
with a master's degree in 1975. I worked in Watts when I was hired as a social worker in
a substance abuse program. I went to so many events at the L.A. registration center for
disability, which was funded by the state, and I'd come in and hang with the guys, but
mainly the '80s are a blur, but we had a lot of fun.
EVERYBODY ALWAYS ASKS ME ABOUT O.J. IN 1968 I HAD SOME EXPERIENCES WITH O.J. I
GUESS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS APPLIES, SO IT'S OKAY TO TALK ABOUT O.J. O.J. WAS
A SENIOR WHEN I WAS A FRESHMAN. HE WAS A PRETTY FUNNY GUY AND WOULD COME OUT
TO SC AFTER PLAYING THE SEASON IN BUFFALO, TO TALK WITH THE GUYS AND PLAY
BASKETBALL. HE'D COME OUT TO THE PRACTICE FIELD. ONE TIME, HE CAME TO MY
APARTMENT. I WAS COMING OUT OF HERITAGE HALL. HE'D SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH
CHEVROLET. HIS THEN-WIFE MARGUERITE HAD A NEW CAR, A CHEVROLET. HIS MOTHER
HAS ONE OF HIS CARS, TOO. HE PULLS UP AND ASKS ME DO I WANT A RIDE HOME, SO HE
TOOK ME BACK TO MY APARTMENT. THIS IS MAYBE 1970 OR '71 AND I'M LIVING WITH THIS
GIRL WHO BECAME MY FIRST WIFE. (I LOOK AT MARRIAGE LIKE A GAME OF BASEBALL. YOU
DON’T WANT A THIRD STRIKE, SO I'VE AVOIDED A THIRD MARRIAGE. I'VE HAD TWO
DIVORCES.)
CLAUDETTE LIVED WITH ME AT THE TIME. O.J. CAME UPSTAIRS. CLAUDETTE'S MAKING
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. BEFORE EVERY HOME GAME THE COACHES WOULD TAKE US TO
MGM FOR A SPECIAL SCREENING OF MOVIES. A LOT OF GUYS WOULD HAVE THEIR
GIRLFRIENDS BAKE COOKIES WITH "GREEN STUFF" IN IT. CLAUDETTE MAKES THESE
COOKIES, SHE MAKES SOME BUT SHE STAYED IN THE KITCHEN. SHE COULDN'T STAND O.J.
THE FIRST TIME SHE MET HIM HE WAS DANCING WITH HIS SHADOW ON THE WALL. AS HE
LEAVES THE KITCHEN, O.J.'S THERE, SHE GIVES HIM HALF A DOZEN COOKIES.
NOW MARGUERITE IS DRIVING O.J.'S CORVETTE. IT'S A MONTH LATER. TODY SMITH GIVES
THIS PARTY AT HIS PLACE OFF OF ELLENDALE. I GO TO TODY'S PARTY AND O.J., WHO HAD A
JOB AS AN ABC COMMENTATOR, HAD FLOWN FROM SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE EAST-WEST
SHRINE GAME. HE WAS THE COMMENTATOR, AND CAME TO THE PARTY WITH MARGUERITE
AT THIS TIME.
WHEN O.J. CAME DOWN TO THE PARTY, THE PLACE WAS PACKED AND WOMEN WOULD
COME UP TO HIM ALL THE TIME. THIS CHICK'S ASKING HIM FOR A NEW YEAR'S EVE KISS.
MARGUERITE IS IN THE LIVING ROOM AND HE'S STANDING THERE WITH MARGUERITE. HE
SAYS, "I WANT YOU TO MEET CLIFF CULBREATH FROM SAN BERDOO," AND SHE SAYS, "OH
YOU’RE THE ONE WHO GAVE HIM THAT DOPE." I FELT LIKE A DOG AND CRAWLED OUT OF
THERE WITH MY TAIL BETWEEN MY LEGS. I JUST SAID, "VERY NICE TO MEET YOU," AND
WALKED AWAY. O.J. HAD COME BACK SO STONED FROM THOSE COOKIES WITH THE "GREEN
STUFF" IN 'EM THAT HE LEFT THE COOKIES BEHIND THE SEAT IN HIS CAR. MARGUERITE HAD
FOUND 'EM AND HE JUST SAID, "CLIFF CULBREATH GAVE 'EM TO ME." SHE WAS VERY
POSSESSIVE AND HE WAS VERY POSSESSIVE OF HER, TOO. MOST GUYS ON THE TEAM WOULD
NOT EVEN TALK TO HER, THEY DIDN'T WANT TO ANGER O.J.
O.J. TELLS ME THIS STORY, AT THE TIME HE WAS THERE, ABOUT HE AND BUBBA SMITH AND
THIS GUY NAMED BILL COPELAND, A TIGHT END AT UCLA. HE LATER DIED OF A HEART
ATTACK AT A YOUNG AGE. HE'D TRIED FOR THE NFL AND NOT MADE IT, AND HE HELPED AT
SOME COLLEGE AND WORKED AT THE RACETRACK. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THIS GROUP BUT
DROPPED DEAD OF A HEART ATTACK. HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF O.J.'S. O.J. SAYS HE AND
BUBBA AND COPELAND ARE GOING TO THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS TO SEE THESE TWO PLAYBOY
BUNNIES. HE TOLD ME THE MONTH THEY WERE IN PLAYBOY. O.J. SAID, "I DIDN’T DO
ANYTHING," BUT BUBBA AND COPELAND WERE WITH THESE TWO CHICKS AND . . . WELL,
USE YOUR IMAGINATION.
Charlie Weaver was probably the craziest guy I ever met at USC. I looked him but
immediately did not like him. At one point he tried to hit on my girl. Charlie came from
Arizona Western J.C. and in the fall we would do registration in the old gym, where the
"dungeon" was. Upstairs they had all these stations. I had taken Spanish in high school
for two years and wanted to sign up for Spanish. They told me I'd have to take a test the
next day at seven A.M. to know whether I was qualified for the class. I didn't wanna do
that. I had football and double-days.
 CHARLIE WAS THERE. HE SAYS, "CLIFF, IT SAYS IF YOU TAKE A LANGUAGE YOU NEVER
HAD BEFORE, YOU JUST GO TO THE FIRST LEVEL." CHARLIE SAYS HE NEVER TOOK
PORTUGUESE, SO WE BOTH SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS, TWICE A WEEK AT NIGHT, SIX TO NINE
OR SEVEN TO NINE OR SOMETHING. THERE'S FIVE PEOPLE IN THE CLASS; CHARLIE, ME AND
THREE PEOPLE FROM BUENOS AIRES. NEITHER HE NOR I COULD SPEAK PORTUGUESE. HE
COULDN'T SIGN HIS NAME. HE'D PUT AN "X" ON THE DOTTED LINE. I TOOK PORTUGUESE
TWO YEARS BECAUSE OF HIM.
CHARLIE AND TODY SMITH, I'M NOT SURE THEY HUNG OUT THAT MUCH. TODY ROOMED
WITH THIS FRESHMAN NAMED DAN MCGINLEY. HE BECAME A HELLS ANGEL. HE DROPPED
OUT OF SC. THEY LIVED AT MARKS TOWER. MCGINLEY THREW SOMETHING OUT OF THE
WINDOW AND IT LANDED BY SOME GUY. THIS GUY CAME UP AND TODY WENT BERSERK. HE
HUNG THIS CAT OUT THE WINDOW BY HIS FEET. HIS PARENTS WERE GONNA SUE SC BUT IT
WAS MCGINLEY WHO INSTIGATED THE WHOLE PROBLEM. THERE WAS A LOT OF WEIRD
STIFF, A LOT OF CRAZINESS.
WHEN WE PLAYED ON THE ROAD WE'D GO TO A MOVIE THEATRE ON FRIDAY NIGHT. IN 1969
EASY RIDER KICKED OUT, AND ALWAYS THERE'S THIS KIND OF RACIAL THING GOING ON,
AND IT CAME TO A HEAD WHEN THE COACHES TOOK US TO SEE EASY RIDER. THERE'S A LOT
OF RACIAL STUFF IN THAT MOVIE, AND AFTERWARDS THE BLACKS AND THE WHITES SPLIT
UP, AND MCKAY WAS JUST PISSED. IT WAS LIKE, "DON'T LET 'EM SEE THAT CRAP
ANYMORE," SO ANOTHER TIME WE SEE A COWBOYS 'N' INDIANS MOVIE, MAYBE JOHN
WAYNE, WHICH SEEMED SAFE TO MCKAY AND GOUX, BUT AFTERWARDS THERE'S A BIG
ARGUMENT. THE WHITES THOUGHT THE COWBOYS WERE HEROES FOR KILLING THE
INDIANS, BUT THE BLACKS SYMPATHIZED WITH THE INDIANS. SAM DICKERSON TELLS THIS
STORY. PETE CARROLL IS THE KIND OF GUY YOU CAN TALK TO AS A PLAYER. NOT THAT
MCKAY WAS NOT A GREAT COACH, BUT YOU COULDN'T TALK TO HIM ABOUT THIS KIND OF
STUFF.
My son's at Princeton. He's the starting running back. It's a real low-key, family
atmosphere there, not all this hype and glory. I miss Dave Brown. I always respected him
and his Christian faith, which helped bring that team together after we had these race
issues. I wanna work it out so we see each other at re-unions. I’ll be the best-looking
Trojan there.


CLIFF CULBREATH WAS INVOLVED IN THE USC FOOTBALL PROGRAM BEGINNING IN

1968, GRADUATING IN 1973, A PERIOD SPANNING THE CAREERS OF O.J. SIMPSON AND

ANTHONY DAVIS. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE 1972 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS, WIDELY

CONSIDERED TO BE THE BEST TEAM IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY. HE WORKS FOR

THE NATIONAL ACCREDITING COMMISSION OF COSMETOLOGY ARTS AND SCIENCES IN

THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA, AS THEIR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS.




                            CHARLES "TREE" YOUNG

TIGHT END
1970 - 1972


SAM CUNNINGHAM’S ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH BLACKS, WHITES, HISPANICS ON
OUR TEAM WAS INVALUABLE. HE WAS MORE THAN A GUY WHO HAD ABILITY. ROD
MCNEILL GREW UP IN AN ALL-WHITE ENVIRONMENT. I GREW UP IN AN ALL-BLACK ONE IN
FRESNO. BECAUSE MY HIGH SCHOOL COACH WAS GREEK, I PERCEIVE THIS ABOUT THEM: . . .
THEY THINK THEY’RE THAT MUCH MORE CIVILIZED.
      MY HIGH SCHOOL COACH WOULD TALK ABOUT GREEK HISTORY, AND HOW HE WAS
AN EDUCATOR; HE MAPPED OUT EVERYTHING, IN BEING AN EDUCATOR, THROUGH THE

SUPERIORITY OF THE GREEKS. NOW JOHN PAPADAKIS IS GREEK. JOHN HAD A FLAIR OF

ARROGANCE.

SO ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE TOGETHER, AND SAM CUNNINGHAM IS FROM SANTA BARBARA,
AND HE KNEW EVERYBODY FROM GROWING UP; WHITE, BLACK, HISPANIC. HE BROUGHT
THAT TEAM TOGETHER.
LET ME PUT THIS BIBLICALLY: “PRIDE GOES BEFORE THE FALL.” THE HISTORY OF
ANTIQUITY, FROM THE STANDPOINT OF ANY GREAT TEAM OR NATION, FALLS FROM WITHIN,
NOT FROM WITHOUT. THEY FALL FROM WITHIN.
THIS IS HOW WE FAILED. WE WERE GREAT INDIVIDUALS, BUT WE DIDN’T COME TOGETHER
AS A UNIT UNTIL WE SET ASIDE OUR PERSONAL DIFFERENCES. YOU MENTION [OFFENSIVE
LINEMAN] ALLAN GRAF; ON EACH TEAM, THERE ARE SEVEN GUYS WHO ARE LEADERS, AND
THOSE SEVEN HAVE AT LEAST THREE WHO FOLLOW OR ASSOCIATE WITH THEM. IF [THOSE
SEVEN] DON’T COME TOGETHER, THOSE 28 DON’T COME TOGETHER. THEN THE 62 DON’T
COME TOGETHER. THAT WAS OUR PROBLEM: WE WERE A DIVIDED TEAM.
WE ONLY CAME TOGETHER ON THE FIELD, THAT’S WHERE SAM CAME IN. SAM WAS MUCH
MORE THAN A FOOTBALL PLAYER OR AN AMBASSADOR. HE WAS MORE THAN “BAM.” HE
WAS A DIPLOMAT EXTRAORDINAIRE. I LEARNED A GREAT DEAL FROM SAM. THERE WAS A
GROUP OF US CALLED THE “BIG FIVE.” . . . THEY CAME TOGETHER, ALL OF THE EXTREME
TALENT, AND BROUGHT IT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. ALL THESE
DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS.
AN EXAMPLE: DURING THAT TIME, IF THE POLICE STOPPED ME, I’D QUESTION THE COPS AND
THEY’D ALWAYS GAVE ME A TICKET. SO SAM GETS STOPPED BY AN OFFICER. HE GAVE THIS
OFFICER ONLY GRACIOUSNESS SEASONED WITH WISDOM. WHEN IT WAS THROUGH, THIS
OFFICER LET HIM GO. THE LESSON: . . . YOU CATCH MORE FLIES WITH HONEY THAN WITH
VINEGAR.
I BELIEVE THE BEST [QUARTERBACKS] HAVE CONFIDENCE AND A TOUCH OF ARROGANCE.
JIMMY JONES AND [MIKE] RAE HAD THAT. THE WHITE GUYS WOULD CONSOLE MIKE AND
SAY HE SHOULD BE PLAYING. THE BLACKS WOULD GO WITH JIMMY. SOME BLACKS RAISED
IN A WHITE ENVIRONMENT DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK. ALL THAT SEASON <1970> WAS
PEPPERED WITH ALL THAT. JIMMY AND MIKE, THEN SAM AND CHARLIE EVANS AT THE
RUNNING BACK POSITION, AS YOU FOUND OUT. EVANS STILL HOLDS SOME OF THAT AFTER
35 YEARS. THEN THERE WERE OTHER POSITIONS: MARV MONTGOMERY, A BLACK LINEMAN;
TIGHT END GERRY MULLINS, AND MYSELF.
BUT ON THE BUS FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL IN BIRMINGHAM. . . PEOPLE WHO GREW
UP IN THE SOUTH HAD DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES. FRESNO TENDS TO BE CONSERVATIVE,
BUT I’M AN ATHLETE SO I’M NOT TREATED LIKE OTHER BLACKS. I WAS TOLERATED, LIKE I
WAS GRAY, BECAUSE I HAD ECONOMIC VALUE. BUT DRIVING IN THAT BUS, I’M LOOKING AT
BLACKS IN SHANTY HOMES, WE CALL “SHOTGUN” HOMES. IT’S LIKE LOOKING BACK IN TIME.
TODY SMITH HAD A BRIEFCASE, AND IN IT, I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS A .38 OR WHAT, BUT IT
WAS A GUN. I ASKED, “WHY DO YOU CARRY A GUN?” HE SAID HE GREW UP IN THE SOUTH
AND SAID, “ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN DOWN HERE.”
THERE WAS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN BEAR BRYANT AND JOHN MCKAY. BEAR GAVE HIS
WORD WE’D HAVE PROTECTION. BEAR WAS THE MAN DOWN THERE, AND IN MOST CASES
THEY’D LISTEN TO HIM. HE COULD GET THINGS DONE.
THE KKK WAS STILL PREVALENT. A LOT OF THOSE GUYS WERE PART OF THAT, IF BRYANT
HAD BEEN IN ‘BAMA ALL THAT TIME IT’S REASONABLE TO THINK HE HAD AN ASSOCIATION
WITH THAT. THEY’D HAD EVERY PROMINENT PERSON INVOLVED IN THAT ORGANIZATION.
BUT HE WAS TRYING TO GET SOMETHING DONE. HE USED MCKAY. THEY USED EACH
OTHER.
       THERE WAS NO SECURITY IN THE STANDS. MOST OF THE TIME, WHEN

ASSASSINATIONS ARE ORCHESTRATED; THE THING IS THE SECURITY IS USUALLY INVOLVED

IN IT. IF YOU TRULY LOOK AT HISTORY, WHEN PRESIDENTS ARE ASSASSINATED, PEOPLE IN

THE CABINET OR IN THE GOVERNMENT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT. EVEN JOHN WILKES

BOOTH HAD GOVERNMENT CO-CONSPIRATORS. CAESAR WAS KILLED BY PEOPLE IN HIS OWN

PARTY. THE WHOLE TIME I SAW HANK AARON CHASING BABE RUTH’S RECORD IN

ATLANTA IN THE EARLY ‘70S, THIS WAS PROBABLY ON HIS MIND.

        My overall philosophy is that God rules in the affairs of man. Even in the time of

John Papadakis’s Greek history, the Romans, the Babylonians, the Egyptians; God rules

the affairs of men. Look at this country, our Founders came to this country, which was

started by King George of England and the King of Spain, Magellan’s voyage. During

that time they needed workers to work on things. We came over as indentured servants,

some of us as slaves. There were opportunities to bring more slaves; and in order to

justify it, they had to dehumanize us. A lot of people came over for religious freedom;

others, to make money; some were outlaws. Kings would send undesirables out here to

populate the new land and bring back a fortune. It was a business deal, and because of

this they enslaved us. But during that process, some people believed it was wrong. They

became abolitionists. Most of them were God-fearing people, and they set out to change

all of this.

        Going back now to its effect on this 1970 game between USC and Alabama,
which we’re talking about. The question is, so, is there a divine order in which God

intervenes? Yes. If you’re asking am I religious, do I believe in God? Yes. I do

understand that God rules in the affairs of man. No matter how strong or brilliant you are,

or how much money there is in your bank, you are nothing without God!

THIS CONTEST WAS NOT A FOOTBALL GAME. IT WAS STAGED AS A FOOTBALL GAME IN
ORDER SO THAT CHANGE COULD BE MADE. IT WAS A PARADIGM SHIFT, NOT A REVOLUTION.
BEAR WAS A PART OF THAT; HE INSTIGATED THAT. I’M NOT FOOLISH ENOUGH TO BELIEVE
THAT ALL WHITES HATED BLACKS OR ALL BLACKS HATED ALL WHITES. IT WAS A SYSTEM.
BRYANT WAS IN THIS SYSTEM. WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT EMPIRES? CHANGE COMES FROM
WITHIN. IF THE DEVIL CREATED THE SYSTEM, THEN GOD INFILTRATED BEAR BRYANT INTO
THAT SYSTEM TO DO HIS GOOD WORK! GOD USED BEAR BRYANT, WHETHER HE WAS A
WILLING [PARTICIPANT] OR KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON, IT DOES NOT MATTER. GOD USED
SAM; HE GOT HIS CHANCE AND DID WHAT SAM’S GOING TO DO.
      In the history of time, God always raises a person, an individual whose work

needs to be done. Now we’re back to Birmingham, where all that philosophy was being

unfolded on the playing field of time. Understanding culture at that time, the way

education was being disseminated; all of that to be disproven was a shock to people in

that stadium, listening on the airwaves or who saw it on TV. On the other side, it was a

source of great jubilation for the lowly janitor or maid or guy selling programs, this team

from out West coming out with huge, fast African-American vessels of God.


The term legend gets thrown around a lot, but at USC many players are worthy of

the title. Thus was Charles Young, a sophomore in 1970 and a unanimous 1972

All-American on the “greatest ever” national champions. Selected to the 1972

Playboy Pre-Season All-American team, he was first team All-Pac-8 and was

selected for the Hula Bowl and Coaches All-America Game. Tree is a member of

both the USC and National Football Foundation College Halls of Fame. The sixth

pick of the 1973 draft by Philadelphia, he played for the Eagles (1973-76), the Los
Angeles Rams (1977-79), the San Francisco 49ers (1980-82) and the Seattle

Seahawks (1983-85). He played for the Rams (against Trojan Lynn Swann and

Pittsburgh) in the 1980 Super Bowl (at the Rose Bowl) and was with the world

champion 49ers when they beat Cincinnati (and Trojan Anthony Munoz) in the

1982 Super Bowl. His daughters Candace, Cerenity and Chanel ("Charle's Angels")

all ran track for the Trojans.




                              ANTHONY "A.D." DAVIS

       TAILBACK

       1972 - 1974



FOR ME, THE TROJAN FOOTBALL TRADITION EXPERIENCE WAS VERY INTERESTING. COMING

FROM THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, AS A YOUNG, BRASH STUDENT ATHLETE, I FOUND USC

TO BE A NEW FRONTIER.    A FRONTIER OF SOCIAL CAUSES AND POLITICAL CAUSES; IT WAS

JUST A FLAT OUT CROSSROADS OF WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE UNITED STATES DURING

THAT TIME PERIOD. BEING RECRUITED TO USC IN 1970-1971, I HAD TO MAKE A DECISION

OF WHICH UNIVERSITY TO ATTEND WHERE I COULD HONE MY ATHLETIC SKILLS AS WELL AS

FURTHER MY EDUCATION. I COULD HAVE EASILY OPTED TO TAKE THE MONEY AND SIDESTEP

MY EDUCATION WHEN STRAIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES DRAFTED

ME PROFESSIONALLY. HOWEVER, I DECIDED STAYING ON THE WEST COAST WOULD BE

MORE BENEFICIAL.     I CHOSE TO GO TO USC, WHERE I WOULD BE ABLE TO PLAY BOTH

FOOTBALL AND BASEBALL.
       I WAS A VERY FORTUNATE ATHLETE AT THAT TIME. NOW, THIS MIGHT SOUND

OVERCONFIDENT OF ME TO SAY, BUT I BELIEVE I PLAYED DURING THE GREATEST ERA OF

THE SCHOOL’S HISTORY. I ONLY SAY THIS BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS WINNING TITLES IN

ALL SORTS OF SPORTS: SWIMMING, GOLF, BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, WE EVEN HAD A GREAT

BASKETBALL PROGRAM. AND I GOT TO PLAY FOR TWO LEGENDARY COACHES, JOHN

MCKAY AND ROD DEDEAUX. OF COURSE, JOHN MCKAY WON FOUR NATIONAL TITLES

DURING HIS TENURE, AND I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ON TWO OF THOSE TEAMS. THE 1972

NATIONAL FOOTBALL TITLE TEAM HAS BEEN CALLED THE GREATEST TEAM OF THE

CENTURY. I WAS ALSO VERY FORTUNATE TO PLAY FOR ROD, WHO WON 11 NATIONAL

TITLES. IN THE 1970S HE HAD A FIVE-YEAR RUN GOING, AND I WAS BLESSED ENOUGH TO BE

ON TWO OF THOSE WINNING TEAMS.

MY FONDEST MEMORIES AS A FOOTBALL ATHLETE ARE, OF COURSE, THE 1972 GAME
AGAINST NOTRE DAME, IN WHICH I SCORED SIX TOUCHDOWNS, AS WELL AS THE 1974
GAME, WHICH IS CALLED THE GREATEST COMEBACK IN COLLEGIATE HISTORY. WE CAME BACK
FROM 24-0, TO WIN IT 55-24. IN BASEBALL, I PLAYED WITH SOME PRETTY AWESOME GUYS
LIKE, FRED LYNN, RICH DAUER, ROY SMALLEY, ED PUTNAM, MARVIN COBB, AND PETE
REDFERN. MY FONDEST BASEBALL MEMORY IS A DIVISION PLAYOFF GAME WE PLAYED
AGAINST CALIFORNIA STATE LOS ANGELES. I HIT TWO HOME RUNS THAT GAME,
SWITCH-HITTING, AND SINCE WE WERE BATTLING TO GO TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT, IF I
DIDN’T HIT THOSE RUNS, WELL, THEN WE WEREN’T GOING. I CAN SAY, THAT WAS MY MOST
IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO USC BASEBALL, AMONGST ALL THOSE GREAT ATHLETES
WITH WHOM I PLAYED. YEARS LATER, I SAW GEORGE MILKE, AND HE WAS TELLING THE
STORY OF THAT GAME TO DARRELL EVANS, OF DETROIT TIGER FAME. GEORGE SPOKE OF
HOW MY HOME RUNS NOT ONLY KEPT US ALIVE FOR THE NCAA TOURNAMENT, BUT ALSO
PRESERVING HIS VICTORY AS WINNING PITCHER AGAINST CAL STATE LA. I WAS LIKE, A KID
LISTENING TO HIS FATHER TELL A STORY, BECAUSE I NEVER THOUGHT GEORGE MILKE
WOULD ELABORATE LIKE THAT IN MY PRESENCE; AND I WAS CONTENT, I WAS A PROUD
TROJAN THAT DAY.
I think back to 1972 and my start as a University of Southern California football player.
We were playing against the Oregon Ducks, in Eugene, Oregon on a rain-soaked field. I
was not a starter; I was a third-stringer. The 1972 Trojans were battling Oregon, 0-0 and
both our first and second-string tailbacks could no longer play due to injuries they
received. John Robinson, the assistant coach at the time, walked up to me as I sat on the
edge of the bench. He looked me square in the eye, and with some serious concern he
said, “A.D., you have to go.” And that was a terrible thing for me to hear. It was cold,
and raining, and my entire body was tight. But, with that demand, the adrenaline ran
through my body, like a NASCAR racecar.
Entering that football game, I thought they would let me adjust to the game, and figure
out the flow; but they didn’t. They called my play right away: “HAW 48-pitch left.” I
heard those words and all I could think was, this is a terrible call, and cold rain. But all
the stars and planets must have been aligned, because when that ball was snapped, I got a
couple of blocks to the end zone and I was on my way for a 48-yard touchdown. I could
finally breathe a sigh of relief when I sat back down on that bench. All my teammates
were proud. Although I had entered cold and tight, I went in there and scored a
touchdown. It was the first time I had touched the ball. My rest would not last as long as I
would have hoped, for less than 60 seconds later I was back on the field. The Oregon
Ducks had fumbled on the 45-yard line, and we were back on the field with the ball in
our possession. Again, I figured they would let me settle into the rhythm of the game, and
they would call the play for someone else.
In the huddle, Mike Rae, Sam Cunningham, Edesel Garrison, Lynn Sawn, Charles
Young, and Pete Adams were all looking at me, and I figured they knew something I
didn’t. Mike Rae barked out the play: “HAW 28-pitch.” To myself, I thought, that’s a
terrible call, why me, are they testing me? They pitched the ball left, I caught a block
off-tackle, picked up a block from Edesel, who happened to be our fastest guy on the
team, and he kindly escorted me to the end zone, for a 55-yard touchdown. Through that
performance, we preserved our undefeated status. I rushed for 206 yards on 25 carries.
We beat Oregon, 18-0. And that would be the start of my Trojan football tradition
experience.
Many people thought I was brash and cocky, but that is what made me the football player
I was. And my teammates knew this. All my years at USC, that was my attitude along
with my teammates: team first, individual accomplishments second. Out of the three
teams I played on, two of them national champs, there is one player that stands out in my
mind. Richard “Batman” Wood was a defensive player, and he fit his name. He was built
like a bat. The amazing thing about Richard’s accomplishments at USC is that he was the
only three-time All-American in the school’s history until Matt Leinart. No one else had
accomplished that. To this day, I admire that in him.
        Fight On!



Known as the "Notre Dame Killer" and the "Notre Dame Nemesis," A.D.'s two
games against the Fighting Irish in 1972 and 1974 may well be two of the best games
- if not simply the two best, period - in college football history. He scored 11
touchdowns against Notre Dame (six, 1972; one, 1973; four, 1974). A.D. was selected
to some All-American teams all three of his varsity years, and was a consensus first
team All-American in 1974. He was "robbed" of the '74 Heisman Trophy when
most votes were cast prior to his out-of-this-world performance in Troy's 55-24 win
over Notre Dame. Davis played in three Rose Bowls, two of them victories, and was
a member of two national champions in football (the "all-time best" 1972 team, and
the "most exciting ever" 1974 Trojans). He was the Voit award-winner for best
player on the Pacific Coast (1972, 1974) and the Pop Warner award-winner for most
valuable senior on the Coast (1974). Davis was first team All-Pacific-8 Conference in
1973-74 and a Playboy Pre-Season All-American (1974). He played in the 1975 Hula
Bowl, and was a star outfielder on the 1973-74 College World Series champion
Trojan baseball team. The '73 Trojans were at the time considered the best baseball
squad in collegiate annals. A.D. is a member of the USC Athletic Hall of Fame and
National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame. Drafted by the New York Jets,
Davis played for the Oilers, Buccaneers and Rams, became an actor, model, USC
personality, and is one of the associate producers of the film based on the book One
Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed a Nation.

                                   PAT HADEN

QUARTERBACK
1972 - 1974


WELL, YOU KNOW THE STORY. I WAS THE QUARTERBACK AT BISHOP AMAT HIGH SCHOOL.
MY BEST FRIEND WAS THE WIDE RECEIVER, JOHN K. MCKAY - SON OF COACH JOHN
MCKAY - WHOM WE KNEW AS J.K. MY DAD WAS TRANSFERRED FOR HIS JOB TO WALNUT
CREEK IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, BUT I WANTED TO STAY AT BISHOP AMAT AND
PLAY MY SENIOR YEAR. THE DILEMMA WAS SOLVED WHEN COACH MCKAY OFFERED TO
LET ME LIVE IN HIS HOUSE THAT YEAR. I ROOMED WITH RICH MCKAY, NOW GENERAL
MANAGER OF THE ATLANTA FALCONS. SO, I WAS LIVING WITH COACH MCKAY'S FAMILY IN
THE FALL OF 1970.
         I BROKE ALL THE CALIFORNIA STATE PASSING RECORDS AND WAS HIGHLY
RECRUITED. BEING CATHOLIC, I WAS ENAMORED BY NOTRE DAME. ARA PARSEGHIAN WAS
THEIR COACH. HE WAS CHARISMATIC AND THE IRISH WERE VERY STRONG AT THAT TIME.
MY MOTHER LEANED TOWARDS MY GOING THERE.
         I WAS VERY STRONG ACADEMICALLY AND THEREFORE ATTRACTED TO STANFORD,
AS THEY WERE GOOD IN FOOTBALL THEN AND HAD AN EMPHASIS ON THE PASSING GAME.
ALL THESE PROGRAMS AND MORE SENT THEIR RECRUITERS TO SEE ME, AND SINCE I LIVED
IN COACH MCKAY'S HOUSE, THEY MET WITH ME IN HIS LIVING ROOM. HE WOULD STAND
OFF TO THE SIDE, SMOKING HIS CIGAR WITH A CHESHIRE CAT GRIN ON HIS FACE. HE WAS
ASKED IF HE EVER WORRIED THAT HE WOULD NOT LAND J.K., WHO WAS ALSO HIGHLY
RECRUITED, OR MYSELF.
         "NO," HE SAID. "ONE SLEEPS IN THE UPSTAIRS BEDROOM AND I'M SLEEPING WITH
THE OTHER ONE'S MOTHER."
         I LIVED IN THE HOUSE WHEN USC TRAVELED TO ALABAMA FOR THAT HISTORIC
GAME CREDITED WITH INTEGRATING SOUTHERN SPORTS. I HAVE BEEN ASKED ABOUT THAT;
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COACH MCKAY AND BEAR BRYANT, THE PLANS FOR THAT
GAME AND WHAT THEY WERE HOPING TO ACCOMPLISH. REGARDING THIS GAME, I DO NOT
RECALL MUCH ABOUT COACH MCKAY SPEAKING TO ME WITH GREAT SIGNIFICANCE ABOUT
IT. I'VE READ ABOUT IT, AND 35 YEARS LATER IT SEEMS MORE IMPORTANT THAN IT DID
THEN. IT WAS NOT ON TV. PERHAPS HE SAW ALABAMA WAS PREDOMINANTLY OR ENTIRELY
WHITE, BUT THEIR ETHNICITY WAS NOT APPARENT FROM MY VANTAGEPOINT. I DIDN'T HEAR
MUCH ABOUT IT THEN, BUT SINCE THEN IT'S GROWN IN IMPORTANCE. I DIDN'T KNOW MUCH
ABOUT IT AT THE TIME, THE SOCIAL CONTEXT OF IT WAS NOT DISCUSSED PARTICULARLY.
      IT MAY HAVE BEEN THE BIG THING THAT PEOPLE SAY IT WAS, BUT I HAVE MIXED

EMOTIONS ABOUT IT. I CONSIDER WHETHER THE REVISIONIST HISTORY IS THAT BEAR

BRYANT HAD ON HIS MIND THAT HE WOULD BRING AN INTEGRATED TEAM WITH

AFRICAN-AMERICANS DOWN TO PLAY, JUST TO INTEGRATE HIS PROGRAM. I COULD BE

WRONG, BUT THAT'S NOT MY PERCEPTION. I JUST THINK HE HAD A DRINK IN THE

OFF-SEASON WITH MCKAY AND THEY DECIDED TO PLAY THAT GAME.

I'M THINKING THAT MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS THE "TIPPING POINT." IT WAS HIS
LEADERSHIP. I SEE THIS GAME MORE FOR INTEGRATING OF ATHLETIC TEAMS THAN THE
OVERALL CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. ALABAMA ASSISTANT COACH JERRY CLAIBORNE MAY
HAVE SAID SAM CUNNINGHAM, DID MORE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS THAN KING, BUT COACHES
SAYING THAT, THEY DON'T ALWAYS HAVE THE BROADEST CULTURAL CONTEXT. BOOKS
HAVE BEEN WRITTEN AND HOLLYWOOD WILL HAVE ITS SAY AS TO WHAT HAPPENED, AND
WHAT IT'S MEANING IS.
WHEN IT WAS ALL SAID AND DONE THERE WAS NEVER ANY REAL CONSIDERATION OF
ANOTHER SCHOOL. J.K. AND I WERE SOPHOMORES ON THE 1972 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. I
HAVE BEEN AROUND COLLEGE FOOTBALL ALL MY LIFE AND HAVE TO AGREE IT WAS THE
FINEST TEAM EVER ASSEMBLED. MIKE RAE WAS OUR STARTING QUARTERBACK AND HE
HAD A MAGNIFICENT SEASON. BECAUSE OF THE MANY BLOWOUTS I GOT A FAIR AMOUNT OF
PLAYING TIME, AS DID J.K. PLAYING BEHIND LYNN SWANN. WE WERE NEVER REALLY
"PUSHED" THE WHOLE SEASON. THE CLOSEST WAS AN 18-0 SHUTOUT UP AT OREGON IN THE
RAIN.
THE STORY REVOLVING AROUND J.K. AND I WAS THAT I SPENT MY TIME STUDYING WHILE
J.K. ENJOYED PARTYING. HA! MAYBE. I GUESS THERE'S SOMETHING TO THAT.
WE WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AGAIN IN 1974. JOHN ROBINSON HAD
IMPLEMENTED A MORE PASS-FRIENDLY OFFENSE IN THE PRE-SEASON, BUT IN THE OPENER
WITH ARKANSAS I DIDN'T THINK I PASSED ONE TO OUR GUYS UNTIL THE THIRD QUARTER. I
WAS AWFUL AND WE LOST, BUT WE RAN THE TABLE PRETTY MUCH AFTER THAT TO TAKE A
SECOND NATIONAL TITLE IN THREE YEARS. WE STAYED ON THE GROUND BUT WENT TO THE
AIR WHEN WE HAD TO DO. I HIT J.K. FOR THE WINNING TOUCHDOWN IN THE ROSE BOWL
OVER OHIO STATE. THEN WE WENT FOR TWO AND I WAS GOING TO RUN IT IN, BUT THERE
WAS A WALL OF BUCKEYES SO I PULLED UP AND SAW A "FLASH." IT WAS SHELTON DIGGS
IN THE END ZONE, AND HE MADE A GREAT CATCH TO WIN IT, 18-17.
I WAS CONVINCED THAT THE SCHOLARSHIP LIMITATIONS ON A PRIVATE SCHOOL, COMBINED
WITH INCREASED ACADEMIC EMPHASIS, HAD CREATED AN ENVIRONMENT WHEREBY USC
WOULD NEVER RETURN TO THAT KIND OF GLORY, BUT I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED THAT
PETE CARROLL WAS ABLE TO DO WHAT HE'S DONE.

PAT HADEN PLAYED FOR THE 1972 TROJANS, COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S ALL-TIME
GREATEST SQUAD. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THREE ROSE BOWL TEAMS, WINNING TWO OF

THEM, AND TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONS (1972, 1974). HE ORCHESTRATED THE "55

POINTS IN 17 MINUTES" WIN OVER NOTRE DAME IN 1974 AND THE 18-17

COMEBACK-AND-TWO-POINT-CONVERSION VICTORY OVER OHIO STATE IN THE 1975

ROSE BOWL, EARNING PLAYER OF THE GAME AND ROSE BOWL HALL OF FAME

HONORS AS WELL. HADEN WAS TEAM CAPTAIN AND MVP IN 1974, AN ACADEMIC

ALL-AMERICAN (1973-74), AN NCAA TODAY'S TOP EIGHT ACADEMIC HONOREE

(1974), AND A USC NATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLAR ATHLETE (1974). HE WAS

SELECTED FOR THE HULA BOWL IN HIS SENIOR YEAR AND IS IN THE USC ATHLETIC

HALL OF FAME. PAT EARNED A RHODE'S SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY POLITICS AT

OXFORD COLLEGE IN ENGLAND. DRAFTED BY THE LOS ANGELES RAMS, AFTER

COMPLETING HIS POST-GRADUATE STUDIES HE QUARTERBACKED THEM TO THE 1976

NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (1976) AND WAS, ALONG

WITH CHARLES YOUNG, A MEMBER OF THE 1979 TEAM THAT LOST THE SUPER BOWL

TO LYNN SWANN AND PITTSBURGH AT THE ROSE BOWL. AFTER RETIREMENT HE

BECAME A CORPORATE ATTORNEY IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES WHOSE NAME HAS

OFTEN BEEN MENTIONED AS A POLITICAL CANDIDATE. HE ALSO HAS BEEN A LONGTIME

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV ANALYST, IN RECENT YEARS COVERING NOTRE DAME FOR

NBC.



RICH MCKAY

STREETZEBRA, 2000
IF THE LAST NAME SOUNDS FAMILIAR, IT IS BECAUSE IT IS. THE MCKAY NAME EVOKES

TRADITION AND SUCCESS LIKE FEW IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. JOHN MCKAY WAS THE

GREATEST COACH IN THE HISTORY OF USC'S STORIED FOOTBALL PROGRAM. HIS SON, JOHN

(KNOWN AS J.K.), WAS A STAR RECEIVER FOR THE TROJANS' NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM IN

1974. THERE WAS ANOTHER MCKAY, HOWEVER, AND HIS PATH - BISHOP AMAT HIGH TO USC

AND SUCCESS IN LOS ANGELES BASED ON NAME AND TALENT - WAS INTERRUPTED.

       RICH MCKAY WAS INDEED A TOP QUARTERBACK AT BISHOP AMAT HIGH SCHOOL IN LA

PUENTE. HE WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO COMPETE FOR THE STARTING JOB WITH PAUL MCDONALD,

WHO WOULD GO ON TO AN ALL-AMERICAN CAREER LEADING SC'S 1978 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS,

BEFORE TAKING OVER AS THE CLEVELAND BROWNS' STARTER. BUT WHEN MCKAY'S SENIOR

SEASON ROLLED AROUND, SOMETHING HAPPENED TO DISRUPT WHAT APPEARED TO BE HIS

DESTINY. HIS FATHER RETIRED FROM USC TO TAKE OVER THE EXPANSION TAMPA BAY

BUCCANEERS IN 1976. RICH FOLLOWED HIS DAD TO TAMPA AND ENROLLED AT JESUIT HIGH

SCHOOL.

J.K.'S PATH WAS ALREADY LAID OUT--A STINT IN THE PROS FOLLOWED BY LAW SCHOOL AND A
CAREER WORKING FOR ED ROSKI (THE REAL ESTATE MOGUL TRYING TO BRING THE NFL BACK
TO THE COLISEUM).
RICH WOULD NOT ATTEND SC AS PLANNED, CHOOSING INSTEAD THE IVY LEAGUE AND LAW
SCHOOL, FOLLOWED BY EMPLOYMENT AS THE BUCCANEERS' ATTORNEY. HOWEVER, THE FACT
THAT HIS FATHER HAD BEEN TAMPA BAY'S COACH, COMBINED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND
SKILLS ACQUIRED OVER YEARS OF LEARNING FROM THE MASTER, MADE HIM THE LOGICAL
CHOICE TO TAKE OVER AS THE TEAM'S GENERAL MANAGER. TODAY, HE IS CONSIDERED ONE OF
THE KEENEST MINDS IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. THE GURU CAUGHT UP WITH HIM
IN BETWEEN THE DRAFT AND TRAINING CAMP, AND THE CONVERSATION WENT FROM USC TO
TAMPA BAY'S RECENT TRANSACTIONS, THE TRENDS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL, AND THE GLORY
DAYS OF BISHOP AMAT.
THE BUCCANEERS' RECENTLY PICKED UP KEYSHAWN JOHNSON, USC'S FORMER
ALL-AMERICAN WIDE RECEIVER, FROM THE NEW YORK JETS. MCKAY WAS ASKED IF
KEYSHAWN'S TROJAN HISTORY WAS A FACTOR IN HIS GETTING PICKED BY TAMPA BAY.
"HE WAS A GREAT PLAYER AT SC, AND OF COURSE WE SCOUTED HIM," SAID MCKAY. "I LIKE TO
SEE TROJANS IN THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS, AND IT WAS EASY TO EVALUATE HIM AT SC, WHERE
HE WAS VERY PRODUCTIVE, ONE OF THEIR ALL-TIME LEADING RECEIVERS. MAINLY, THOUGH,
WE NEED HIS AGGRESSIVE PERSONALITY. KEYSHAWN BRINGS TO US WHAT WE THOUGHT WE
WERE MISSING. WE HAVE AN EXPECTATION LEVEL FOR HIM ON OFFENSE, WHERE WE HAVE NOT
BEEN PRODUCTIVE BECAUSE WE LACK THE KIND OF AGGRESSIVE MINDSET THAT WE DO HAVE ON
THE DEFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL. WHEN HE BECAME AVAILABLE, IT BECAME A FIT."
MCKAY WAS THEN ASKED ABOUT THE CURRENT DOWN STATE OF TROJAN FOOTBALL.
"I'VE KNOWN COACH <PAUL> HACKETT FOR A LONG TIME," SAYS MCKAY, "AND I'VE SEEN HIS
ABILITY WHEREVER HE'S BEEN. I'VE SEEN THE PROGRAM STRUGGLE EVER SINCE THE TEAMS IN
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST STARTED TAKING PLAYERS WHO TRADITIONALLY GO TO SC. IT STILL
GETS DOWN TO WHO GETS THE PLAYERS, AND DON JAMES CHANGED THINGS WHEN HE BUILT A
POWERHOUSE AT WASHINGTON. WHEN THEY GOT ON A ROLL, THEY BECAME DOMINANT AND IT'S
BEEN HARD TO GET BACK TO WHERE THEY WERE BEFORE THAT."
WHAT ABOUT THE STATE HE LIVES IN NOW, FLORIDA? CALIFORNIA KIDS ARE GOING TO
FLORIDA AND SEC SCHOOLS, AND MANY SAY THAT IT IS BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED
ENTHUSIASM FOR FOOTBALL IN THAT REGION.
"FLORIDA IS UNIQUE," IS MCKAY'S TAKE. "THE KEY IS THEY KEEP PLAYERS WITHIN THE STATE.
FLORIDA STATE SEEMS TO HAVE WON THAT BATTLE THE LAST FEW YEARS. IT USED TO BE THAT
MANY GOOD PLAYERS WOULD GO OUT OF STATE. IN ASSESSING THE ENTHUSIASM LEVEL OF
FLORIDA FOOTBALL FANS VS. CALIFORNIA, THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT FOOTBALL COMES NUMBER
ONE IN FLORIDA. THAT'S NOT TRUE IN CALIFORNIA, BUT IN TERMS OF CREATING ATMOSPHERE, I
REMEMBER THE USC ATMOSPHERE TO BE THE BEST AROUND."
THIS COMES FROM A GUY WHO HAS SEEN HIS SHARE OF FOOTBALL AT EVERY LEVEL.
"IF THE PAC-10 CAN GET BACK TO THE SUCCESS THEY'VE HAD," HE CONTINUES, "THEN THE
ENTHUSIASM WILL BE JUST AS TREMENDOUS AS EVER."
MCKAY IS THEN ASKED TO A TAKE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE. BISHOP AMAT WAS A GREAT
POWER IN THE 1960S AND '70S. SC'S ALL-AMERICAN LINEBACKER ADRIAN YOUNG CAME OUT
OF THE LANCERS' PROGRAM. GARY MARINOVICH, THE BROTHER OF MARV AND UNCLE OF
TODD, WAS THEIR COACH. PAT HADEN WAS THE NATION'S TOP HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERBACK IN
1970, AND HIS FAVORITE RECEIVER WAS HIS BEST FRIEND, J.K. MCKAY. HADEN'S FATHER WAS
TRANSFERRED BY HIS COMPANY TO WALNUT CREEK, BUT HADEN DID NOT WANT TO GO TO
ACALANES, NORTHGATE OR DE LA SALLE, THE SCHOOL'S OF CHOICE IN THAT AREA. HE
WANTED TO STAY AT BISHOP AMAT. A SOLUTION WAS FOUND. HE WOULD BECOME 11-YEAR OLD
RICH'S ROOMMATE AT THE MCKAY HOME.
THAT YEAR, WHILE HADEN LIT UP THE PREP FOOTBALL WORLD, THE RECRUITERS FROM
STANFORD, NOTRE DAME AND NEBRASKA FOUND THAT IN ORDER TO GET A SIT-DOWN WITH
PAT, THEY HAD TO TREK TO SC COACH MCKAY'S HOUSE, SIT IN HIS LIVING ROOM, AND DRINK
HIS COFFEE.
"PAT LIVED AT THE HOUSE," RECALLS RICH. "HE WAS MY ROOMMATE, AND HE AND MY
BROTHER WERE INSEPARABLE BUDDIES WHO HAD EXPERIENCED TREMENDOUS SUCCESS
TOGETHER. I THINK THEY LOST THE <CIF> FINALS TO BLAIR AT THE COLISEUM, AND THERE
MUST HAVE BEEN 40 OR 50,000 PEOPLE IN THE STANDS. IT WAS NATURAL THAT PAT WOULDN'T
MOVE, AND NATURAL THAT HE LIVED WITH US. THE NCAA MAY HAVE QUESTIONED IT, I THINK
STANFORD MADE AN ISSUE OF IT, BUT PAT WAS A SMART GUY WHO MADE THE DECISION ON HIS
OWN AND NOBODY COULD DISPUTE THAT. I THINK HE DID VISIT NOTRE DAME, AND IN FACT HIS
MOM WANTED HIM TO GO THERE, BECAUSE OF THE CATHOLIC CONNECTION. ARA PARSEGHIAN
WAS THEIR COACH, AND IT WAS AN ATTRACTIVE OPTION. TOM OSBORNE WAS NEBRASKA'S TOP
RECRUITER BACK THEN, BOB DEVANEY WAS STILL THEIR COACH. HE CAME TO THE HOUSE.
"AS FOR J.K., HE CAUGHT 96 BALLS ONE YEAR, THEN 108 THE NEXT AT BISHOP AMAT. HE WAS
A FULLBACK, BUT GARY MARINOVICH PUT IN A PASSING SCHEME AND MADE J.K. A RECEIVER. I
REMEMBER A GAME AT MT. SAC, IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE PLAY-OFFS, WHERE OPPONENTS
WOULD TRIPLE-TEAM J.K. THEY'D LINE UP TWO GUYS AT THE LINE TO TRY TO STOP HIM, AND
ANOTHER IN THE BACKFIELD. HE DIDN'T CATCH ANY PASSES IN THE FIRST HALF, BUT MADE 11
RECEPTIONS IN THE SECOND. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN, SEEING MY BROTHER HAVE THAT KIND OF
SUCCESS.
"I SAW ADRIAN YOUNG AT SC, BUT NOT AT AMAT, BECAUSE WE LIVED NEAR SOUTH HILLS HIGH
AND WERE NOT AWARE OF AMAT UNTIL THE DECISION CAME TO GO THERE AFTER MOVING A
MILE FROM THE SCHOOL."
THE PROGRAM WAS SO COMPETITIVE THAT JOHN SCIARRA HAD TO SIT AND WAIT HIS TURN TO
PLAY.
"JOHN'S A NICE GUY AND A GOOD FRIEND," SAYS MCKAY. "HE TRANSFERRED IN HIS JUNIOR
YEAR, AND PLAYED BEHIND HADEN. HE ALSO PLAYED DEFENSIVE BACK AND RETURNED KICKS
AND PUNTS, HE WAS A GREAT ATHLETE. I ALSO REMEMBER HIM PLAYING FOR THE EAGLES
AGAINST MY DAD."
THIS WAS AFTER SCIARRA FINALLY GOT TO PLAY HIS SENIOR YEAR AT AMAT, AFTER HADEN'S
GRADUATION. NATURALLY, JOHN MCKAY CAME A-CALLIN.G TO TRY AND GET THE KID TO PLAY
AT USC. SCIARRA WAS A TERRIFIC BASEBALL SHORTSTOP, AND MCKAY TRIED TO LURE HIM
WITH THE PROMISE OF ALSO PLAYING FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM UNDER ROD
DEDEAUX. SCIARRA WOULD HAVE NONE OF IT, BECAUSE HE HAD HAD ENOUGH OF PLAYING
BEHIND HADEN. HE WENT TO UCLA, WHERE UNSEATING THE STARTER, MARK HARMON, WAS A
LOT EASIER. HE CAPPED HIS ALL-AMERICAN CAREER THERE WITH A 1976 ROSE BOWL VICTORY
OVER ARCHIE GRIFFIN AND OHIO STATE.
"I HAD A GOOD CAREER AT AMAT MYSELF," RICH RECALLS. "MCDONALD WAS A YEAR AHEAD OF
ME, BUT MY SOPHOMORE YEAR HE HURT HIS LEG AGAINST ST. PAUL, AND MY JUNIOR YEAR I
ALTERNATED WITH HIM. WE WENT TO THE PLAY-OFFS. MCDONALD AND HADEN WERE BETTER
ATHLETES THAN THEY WERE GIVEN CREDIT FOR. THEY WERE BOTH VERY GOOD BASKETBALL
PLAYERS WITH SIMILAR WORK ETHICS, WHO WERE VERY INTELLIGENT. IN THE SUMMER, PAUL
AND I WOULD THROW THREE, FOUR, FIVE TIMES A WEEK, AND THAT WORK ETHIC CARRIED OVER
TO BEYOND THOSE YEARS."
RICH WAS ASKED ABOUT GROWING UP AROUND FOOTBALL, AND HOW MUCH OF AN ADVANTAGE
THIS WAS IN GROOMING FOR HIS PRESENT POSITION.
"IT'S A NATURAL ADVANTAGE," HE SAYS, "BUT MY DAD WAS ACTUALLY DISCOURAGING US, HE
DIDN’T WANT US TO PURSUE CAREERS IN COACHING BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO MOVE YOUR FAMILY
A LOT. HE WANTED US TO PURSUE ANOTHER PROFESSION. BOTH J.K. AND I WENT TO LAW
SCHOOL, AND I DID IN FACT BECOME A LAWYER, WORKING FOR THE BUCCANEERS ON PLAYER
CONTRACTS. I'VE BEEN AROUND FOOTBALL AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, AND I JUST
GRAVITATED TOWARD THE JOB I HOLD NOW.
"I WAS AWARE OF MY DAD'S PRESENCE WHEN I WAS A KID, YOU WERE ALWAYS JOHN MCKAY'S
SON, AND SINCE WE ALMOST NEVER LOST AT SC, IT WAS A GOOD THING. BUT CERTAINLY WHEN
YOU LOSE 26 STRAIGHT GAMES IN A ROW AT TAMPA, THAT WAS A BIG TURNAROUND. THE
TOUGHEST THING OF ALL WAS HOW MUCH TIME MY DAD SPENT ON THE ROAD, HE WAS ALWAYS
GONE."
RICH HAS MANAGED TO ESTABLISH STABILITY FOR HIMSELF IN TAMPA BAY, WHERE HIS FATHER
ALSO LIVES, AND CONSIDERING HIS SUCCESS SO FAR, ONE CAN IMAGINE THAT HE MAY BE THERE

A LONG TIME.




                                    GENE LAWRYK

CENTER
1976

I PLAYED IN FOUR ROSE BOWLS. I WAS IN ON THE KICKOFFS AND THE RETURNS IN ALL OF

THEM. IN 1973 WE BEAT OHIO STATE, 42-17. IN 1974 THEY RETURNED THE FAVOR, 42-21.

IN 1975 WE EDGED THEM, 18-17, AND IN 1977 WE BEAT MICHIGAN, 14-6. MIKE CORDELL

                                                                        TH
PLAYED IN THREE. AS BEST I CAN TELL, I'M THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE 20           CENTURY TO

PLAY IN FOUR.

       BECAUSE OF THE BCS IT PROBABLY WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN. NOW THE BCS TITLE
GAME, EVEN IF IT'S AT THE ROSE BOWL, IS NOT OFFICIALLY THE ROSE BOWL GAME. YOU
CAN WIN THE PAC-10 OR THE BIG 10 BUT NOT PLAY IN THE ROSE BOWL IF YOU PLAY IN THE
BCS CHAMPIONSHIP. I THINK JOHN DAVID BOOTY ALMOST GOT THERE. HE WAS ON THE
TEAM THAT BEAT MICHIGAN IN THE 2004 GAME, RED-SHIRTED WHEN WE BEAT OU IN THE
BCS TITLE, SAT THE BENCH IN THE '06 BCS ROSE BOWL (WHICH WAS STILL THE ROSE
BOWL GAME), THEN PLAYED IN TWO (2007-08), BUT HE DIDN'T PLAY AGAINST TEXAS AND I
DON'T THINK HE PLAYED AGAINST MICHIGAN IN THE FIRST ONE.
       I red-shirted my regular senior year. By the time of my regular junior year, Rod

Martin, Clay Matthews, and Mario Celloto had been there so long, and I had not played

much. I'd been an off-guard and tackle in high school. I came in to USC at 210 pounds,

but I lifted weights and got up to 235 pounds. I benched 400 pounds and figured if I

switched to the line there was an opening at center in spring ball. I thought I'd won the

starting position to go with Gary Bethel. It was a weird year. John McKay decided to

leave. I was having a difficult time graduating so I decided to red-shirt and graduate in

my fifth year. The one year I didn't play we lost four games in 1975. I always felt Coach
McKay as a college coach; he was second to none. It didn't work out for him in the pros.

WE MOVED TO THE CITY OF BELL, WHICH IS SEVEN MILES FROM USC, WHEN I WAS THREE
YEARS OLD. I ROOTED FOR THE TROJANS, FOLLOWING MCKAY AND SUCH. WHEN THEY
OFFERED ME A SCHOLARSHIP I WAS "DOOMED" TO GO THERE OUT OF BELL HIGH SCHOOL. I
ONLY PLAYED ONE COMPLETE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL BALL BUT DIDN'T HAVE ANY FULL
RIDES ANYWHERE ELSE.
       MAYBE BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT I NEVER STARTED BUT WORKED HARD AND

LIFTED WEIGHTS, AND TRIED HARD, THEY TRAVELED ME. WE HAD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS

BUT IT HAD NOT DAWNED ON ME HOW LUCKY I WAS LUCKY TO BE A PART OF IT. IT WAS

LATER THE IDEA I PLAYED IN FOUR ROSE BOWLS, IT WAS KIND OF LIKE RUDY. I HAD A

GREAT SPRING BALL EVERY YEAR AND ALWAYS THOUGHT I'D BE A STARTER, BUT I WAS

ALWAYS A BACK UP WHEN THEY'D BRING IN GUYS AHEAD OF ME. I ALSO BUSTED MY LEG IN

HIGH SCHOOL. I COULDN'T RUN FASTER THAN 4.9 WHILE MARTIN WAS AT 4.5 OR 4.6.

BEFORE THAT JAMES SIMS WAS ABOUT AS FAST. THEY ALL WENT PRO. BATMAN WOODS,

CHARLES ANTHONY, DALE MITCHELL, RAY RODRIGUEZ; ALL OF THEM PLAYED AHEAD OF

ME. MCKAY WOULD LET ME IN FOR FOUR OR FIVE PLAYS. I SEE THIS WITH COACH

CARROLL. HE'LL PLAY GUYS, BUT THEY HAVE SO MUCH SPEED NOW THEY'RE INCREDIBLE.

I looked at it this way, the weirdest thing I felt was, there were 100 players on the roster.
Then they increased to 125, which was five classes of 25 apiece, but only 50 guys
traveled! By my third year, halfway through the season . . . I traveled as a freshman and
the next year they increased to 75 teammates who never get on the bus. I was not a starter
but the coaches were sensitive to that. They'd spend most of their time with the starters,
developing personal relations with starters. The special teams guys were there because
we were good, but leaving others behind is odd, those are your friends, and nobody's just
there for a scholarship. They'd resign themselves to the fact that "I won't play." You
enjoy it but I always worked hard and studied the playbook, so McKay or Robinson put
me on the bus because I served a vital function.
One year we were national champions in baseball, football, track, maybe swimming and
tennis, and if we'd been a country we'd have been among the medals leaders at the
Montreal Olympics. We had the best college athletes from everywhere. More often than
not, I'd have gone someplace else where I'd play, but would I have played with Clay
Matthews, who played 13 years in pro football? Our biggest guy was Pete Adams at 250
in 1972. Bill Bain was 300. Marvin Powell was close 300. They all went from normal
humans to giants, and now the players are humongous.
ON MY FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE, CHARLES "TREE" YOUNG HANDED ME A BAG. HE WAS 6-5,
250 AND REVOLUTIONIZED THE TIGHT END POSITION WITH HIS SPEED AND SKILLS. HE WAS
THE FIRST GUY WHO STARTED ME LIFTING.
IN 1976 THE TEAM LOST TO MISSOURI BIG IN THE SEASON OPENER. WE WERE JUST AS GOOD
AS THE 1972 TEAM OR ANY OF THE THREE OTHER NATIONAL TITLE TEAMS MCKAY
COACHED. UNDER MCKAY, THEY'D ALWAYS SEND US AWAY FOR A WEEK TO GET SETTLED
WITH OUR APARTMENTS, REGISTRATION AND THE LIKE. JOHN ROBINSON KEPT US ALL
TOGETHER AND THERE WAS A LOT OF TALK. IT GOT OUT OF CONTROL. WE SAID WE'D THIS,
AND WE'D DO THAT, AND WE BELIEVED OUR HYPE AND LOST.
AFTER GRADUATION, MY LIFE TOOK SOME REALLY HARD TURNS. MY LEFT LEG WAS
AMPUTATED AND I HAD TWO HEART ATTACKS. BETWEEN 1999 AND 2004 I HAD 22
SURGERIES THAT COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. IN THE FIRST PLACE, I WAS RELIGIOUS AND
MY FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST GUIDED ME. IN THE SECOND PLACE WAS USC. I
THOUGHT ABOUT HOW THEY SAY, "FIGHT ON!" NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND
ODDS, I "FOUGHT ON!"
       I have a stainless steel rod in me. I have blood clots, but all of it was number three

on my of list experiences. It wasn't just my football ability, but through USC I learned the

ability to think that things will get better. I had 15 surgeries on top of each other, but

somehow USC helps you through it. I can't explain it except it's real.

       It's kind of strange, when I was child I had a fever that went away but I always

had shortness of breath. I couldn't run long distances but never told anybody about it. I

attributed it to the to air pollution in L.A. We moved to Colorado when I was 39 to be in

the high altitude, but the blood clot started in my heart. They determined I had Kawasaki

syndrome, which is when the arteries and rheumatic fever are a danger, the arteries clog,

and I had 15 surgeries and spent six months in the hospital. We had to leave Colorado

because the altitude was too high, so we moved to Oklahoma. The reason was my heart

disease. I had seven surgeries and at one time I was dead three minutes during open-heart

surgery. They shocked me 25 times. I had died but I did what we say: Fight On! It took a

year to recover from all these surgeries. I had time to reflect on the time I spent at USC

and it seemed important, but I'm not sure why.

I believe in Christ. He's number one. I also think back to what happened when they asked
my wife to come in the room, and she looks at me kind of strange, and she says, "Don't
forget you’re a Trojan!"


WINNER OF THE 1976 HOWARD JONES/FOOTBALL ALUMNI CLUB AWARD FOR THE

SENIOR WITH THE HIGHEST GRAPE POINT AVERAGE, GENE LAWRYK MAY WELL HOLD

THE UNIQUE DISTINCTION OF BEING THE ONLY MAN TO EVER PLAY IN FOUR ROSE BOWL

GAMES. NEVER A STARTER, HE MORE OFTEN THAN NOT DID NOT PLAY ENOUGH

MINUTES TO LETTER, BUT AS A MEMBER OF THE SPECIAL TEAMS PERFORMED IN THE

1973 (BEAT OHIO STATE), 1974 (LOST TO OHIO STATE), 1975 (BEAT OHIO STATE) AND

1977 (BEAT MICHIGAN) ROSE BOWL GAMES. HE RED-SHIRTED AS A FOURTH-YEAR

SENIOR IN 1975.




                                    ROD MARTIN

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
1975 - 1976


I GOT TO MEET JOHN MCKAY THROUGH WILLIE BROWN. I WENT TO L.A. CITY COLLEGE,
WHERE I WAS AN ALL-AMERICAN AND THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR. VINCE
EVANS WAS OUR QUARTERBACK, AND HE WAS THE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR. WE
TIED IN THE POTATO BOWL. EVANS WENT WITH ME TO USC, AND LIKE ME HE LATER
PLAYED FOR THE RAIDERS.
        SO, I WAS HIGHLY RECRUITED AND WANTED TO STAY ON THE WEST COAST. SAN
DIEGO STATE, UCLA, AND USC WENT AFTER ME. BROWN CAME BY TO RECRUIT ME QUITE
A FEW TIMES, BUT I'D TOLD DICK VERMEIL I'D GO TO UCLA. I LOVED BRUIN BASKETBALL,
SO I WAS LEANING THERE. THROUGH BASKETBALL, VERMEIL, WHO WAS IN HIS FIRST YEAR
TAKING OVER, HAD ME NEARLY COMMITTED TO UCLA.
        THAT IS, UNTIL MCKAY CAME TO THE HOUSE WHERE I LIVED IN L.A. HE WAS ON
HIS WAY OUT OF TOWN, AND COACH BROWN SET IT UP. HE WAS HUMBLE AND NICE TO MY
MOM, AND HE HAD THE GIFT OF GAB THAT COULD HYPNOTIZE ME. HE WAS HONEST AND
DOWN TO EARTH. HE TOLD ME WHAT USC HAD TO OFFER. WHAT STUCK IN MY MIND AND
CHANGED MY DECISION, I DON'T KNOW IF HE KNEW ABOUT MY BASKETBALL, BUT HE SAID,
"IF YOU'RE A GREAT BASKETBALL PLAYER, YOU SHOULD GO TO UCLA, BUT YOU ARE A
GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER, SO THEN YOU SHOULD GO WHERE THE GREAT PLAYERS ARE, AND
THAT'S USC."
        Vermeil tried to change my mind. Vermeil gets emotional, and the man starts
crying in my mom's living room. I had to ask my mom to ask Vermeil to please leave.
        At USC I was in awe about all the talent, but I loved my decision. I came in with
another linebacker, David Lewis, and the position was opening up. When I came in, I got
hurt against Arkansas. I bruised my knee and didn't get well fast enough. This is the 1974
national title year. Once I got healthy, I determined the USC way, the way they played. It
was an honor to even be red-shirted, because I was working with the guys, making 'em
better. Guys on the scout squad could start on any team. That's a testament to their
recruiters. It was such a great family atmosphere; guys stuck together. This came from
McKay and Marv Goux. He was in charge of the scout squad and kept us fired up.
        Despite red-shirting, I felt like I was an intricate part of that national
championship run. McKay would ride around on a golf cart, beeping his horn. When you
heard that beep you knew it was McKay, and you'd perk right up. Every now and then
McKay and his assistants would get together, and the coaches would relay this message
to the players. McKay stayed away and let his assistants do the coaching.
        The Manfred Moore story about Coach not rescinding his scholarship when he got

his girlfriend pregnant, that's the human side of McKay. I'm originally from West

Virginia, too. People there are honest, blunt and to the point. Truthful, that was Coach

McKay. If he wanted you, you knew it. If you weren't good enough, he'd tell you. He

didn't try to feed you a story, and he earned your respect.

I REMEMBER TALKING ABOUT THAT 1970 GAME AT ALABAMA GROWING UP. I WASN'T INTO
FOOTBALL, I WAS MOSTLY INTO BASKETBALL, BUT WE ALL KNEW ABOUT SAM
CUNNINGHAM AND WHAT HE DID. HE HAD A GREAT GAME, BUT I EMPHASIZE NOT TO TAKE
AWAY FROM THE GREAT SUCCESS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING. THE CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS
OPENED BEAR BRYANT'S EYES, HE WANTS TO WIN, HE HAS TO BRING IN THE BEST TALENT,
AND HE NEEDED BLACKS. BRYANT STOOD UP AND WAS A MAN ABOUT IT. HE LOVED
ALABAMA FOOTBALL, AND DIDN'T CARE WHO DIDN'T LIKE IT. WAS HE IN A POSITION TO DO
THAT, TWO OR THREE YEARS BEFORE? I DON'T THINK IT WAS THE RIGHT TIME TO DO IT YET.



ROD MARTIN WAS AN ALL-CONFERENCE LINEBACKER ON THE 1976 TEAM THAT BEAT

MICHIGAN IN THE ROSE BOWL. AFTER STARRING FOR BOTH JOHN MCKAY AND JOHN

ROBINSON, MARTIN WENT ON TO A GREAT CAREER WITH THE OAKLAND AND LOS

ANGELES RAIDERS FROM 1977-88. HE WAS THE STAR OF OAKLAND'S 1981 SUPER

BOWL VICTORY OVER PHILADELPHIA, AND A KEY MEMBER (ALONG WITH TROJAN

MARCUS ALLEN) OF THE 1983 WORLD CHAMPION RAIDERS. MARTIN WAS SELECTED
TO TWO PRO BOWLS AND WAS ALL-PRO IN 1981, 1982, 1983 AND 1984.

HE NOW WORKS AT USC.



                                        OTIS PAGE

OFFENSIVE TACKLE
1976 - 1978


I AM FROM SARATOGA, NEAR SAN JOSE, SO I NORMALLY WOULD HAVE GONE TO STANFORD

OR CAL. I WAS THE PARADE MAGAZINE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF YEAR. THE REASON I

CHOSE USC, WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO IT, WAS THREE THINGS:




         1.                                            The facilities were state of the art.

              Heritage Hall had been built, and it was indicative of the commitment to

              sports at that point.

The weather was incredible.
The girls were gorgeous.


       I was planning to go to Stanford, but their facilities were horrific. The place where

they put me up for the night was slummy. I said this is not the place I want to be. I saw

the USC campus, and an ex-player named Booker Brown was there with a big new

Mercedes. I said, "That's fantastic." Weather, girls and facilities. I had no clue about

USC. A kid at my high school talked about them but I never paid attention, but Marv

Goux recruited me and I was so impressed.

        John Robinson was a charismatic visionary similar to Pete Carroll. He understood
that the name of the game was fun. John McKay was all business, it was like a pro camp.
He was a brilliant man, but Robinson had that Pete Carroll persona; they both bring
enthusiasm and excitement to the game.
       Frank Jordan was our place-kicker in 1978. There was a picture of us hugging

each other in the L.A. Times after his famous field goal to beat Notre Dame, 27-25. He'd

missed a couple. I shouldn't have done it but I looked at him and said, "If you miss this

your dead, Frank." He was a great guy. If he was a jerk you'd not be friends with him.

You don't want to hang out with kickers, but he'd be playing cards, he was very sociable,

he had a good personality and was a good friend.

     OF ALL THE GAMES I PLAYED IN, I NEVER CAME AWAY LIKE IT SUCKED EXCEPT THE

NOTRE DAME GAME. YOU FELT LIKE IT WAS A HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT, YOU'D GET THE SNOT

KICKED OUT OF YOU. SO FRANK'S LINING UP, AND IT'S LIKE, AFTER ALL THIS EFFORT, IF THE

KICKER MISSES THIS KICK IT'S BEEN FOR NOTHING? I'M GETTING POUNDED, BUT AFTER HE

MADE IT ALL WAS FORGIVEN.

     JOE MONTANA LED NOTRE DAME BACK AGAINST US THAT DAY. HE'D ENGINEERED
THE "GREEN JERSEY" VICTORY OVER US A YEAR EARLIER AT SOUTH BEND, BUT I NEVER
PAID ATTENTION TO HIM. I PLAYED AGAINST HIM IN AN ALL-STAR GAME IN JAPAN AND HE
DID THE SAME THING IN THAT GAME, BUT ON OFFENSE YOU DON'T SPEND TIME PAYING
ATTENTION TO THE OTHER TEAM'S OFFENSE. YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THE NEXT TIME YOU
HAVE TO GO OUT THERE, SO I CAN'T TELL YOU WHO WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE. I DIDN'T
CARE. YOU'RE FOCUSED ON YOUR JOB AND HAVE NO TIME TO WATCH THE OTHER TEAM.
     IT WAS A THRILL WINNING THE 1978 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. WE WERE VERY

EXCITED TO PLAY MICHIGAN IN THE ROSE BOWL. THEY WERE THE TYPE OF TEAM THAT

HAD EXTREME DISCIPLINE. THEY'D ALL STEP THE SAME WAY, THEY'D WEAR THEIR SOCKS

THE SAME WAY, THEY WERE LIKED A CLONED TEAM. THEY WERE NOT AS PHYSICAL AS US

BUT THEY CONSISTENTLY CAME BACK AT YOU. IN THAT GAME, CHARLES WHITE HAD THE

INFAMOUS "FUMBLE." I WAS SITTING THERE ON THE LINE, AND THE CALL WAS FOR THE

BALL TO GO OVER THE GUARD/CENTER, NOT OVER ME. I HAD TO MAKE SURE OF MY GUY I

HAD RESPONSIBILITY TO COVER, THE LINEBACKER, AND I FIGURED I'D RUN TO WHERE

CHARLES WAS AND THE REST OF MY LIFE I'D BE ON TV FOR REPLAYS OF HIS WINNING ROSE
BOWL TOUCHDOWN. THAT SELFISH MOTIVATION CAUSED ME TO BLOCK THE REFEREE'S

VISION AND NOT SEE THE FUMBLE. IT'S LIKE PAUL HARVEY AND "THE REST OF THE STORY."

I SAW THE BALL DROP LIKE A ROCK AND A MICHIGAN GUY FELL ON IT, AND I THOUGHT,

"THAT'S TERRIBLE." BUT THEY CALLED IT A TOUCHDOWN. I THOUGHT IT WAS A TERRIBLE

CALL. TODAY IT WOULD BE REVERSED. I BLOCKED THE VIEW OF THE REFEREE AND I THINK

THAT PICTURE IS IN THE MICHIGAN HALL OF FAME. IT WAS IN THE L.A. TIMES. I'M COMING

ACROSS THE BACK, READY TO BLOCK, BUT INSTEAD I STOPPED IN FRONT OF THE REFEREE

OUT OF SELFISH MOTIVATION AND KEPT HIM FROM SEEING THE FUMBLE. I CALL THAT A

GREAT BLOCK.

       I remember Anthony Davis. He had that game in 1974 when I was a freshman. I

played in that game at the end. We were getting killed and I was thinking that I'd made a

mistake coming to USC. I actually was thinking that. But McKay comes into the locker

room at the half and says, "There's no rules against blocking." Then he says, "A.D.,

they're gonna kick the ball to you, and you're gonna run it back for a touchdown and

we're gonna win this game."

       So that's what happened, that's what he did, and holy smoke, the crowd stood the
whole second half and we put on a show like none before or since: 55 points in 17
minutes. A.D. was a special, special athlete. I look at a Reggie Bush and A.D. was 100
times better than Bush. He had a great passing team but A.D. was a horse, Secretariat. In
practice you would watch the seniors run. Today you lose so many guys to the NFL,
sophomores are team leaders telling the freshmen how to run today, but that was a senior
team. I've never seen anybody do it like Anthony. If I had to have A.D. or Bush I'd pick
A.D. all day long. Bush can't go up the middle. A.D. could go to the middle. He was so
exciting to watch. You always felt safe when he was in the game, so in the 1975 Rose
Bowl against Ohio State, he got knocked out and we thought, "We're in trouble now."
       In didn't play in the '75 Rose Bowl and I was happy not. I'd watched films of Ohio
State and they were very physical, very big, really physical. The Rose Bowl far and away
does not have the same impact as the Coliseum, where the fans are on top of you, but it
was extremely exciting. I prayed not to get into that game. They had a guy who was an
animal and he would have torn me apart.
       So who was better, the 1974 or '78 national champions? The '78 team had so much
talent, and a better offensive line so I have to go with them. They were both doggone
good. I don’t know, they were both good, both very impressive, but with different players
and different strengths. It would be a great game to watch both teams play.
        I made the trip to Birmingham, Alabama in 1978, for that famous game against
Paul "Bear" Bryant and the Crimson Tide at Legion Field. We won 24-14 and that
propelled us to the national title. When you are watching film before you sit there and I
can say I was not nervous about Alabama. I didn't start because I had a knee injury. It
was bad, but Anthony Munoz, who had gotten hurt and had only played a little, he played
in that game and dominated. What struck me was there was a lot of hostility in the
environment going back there. What struck me was that the South felt like it was 20 years
behind culturally, but from a football standpoint, when you're an offensive lineman,
you're not thinking about their offense, but you're thinking about their huge, big athletes.
But my opposite was 6-3, 220 and I was 6-6, 275. I wasn't scared, but against Notre
Dame or Ohio State, Michigan; they have the big boys.
        My sophomore year was against Greg Morton, one of the best defensive players in
the nation. You're never nervous about getting hurt, but against Notre Dame you're
nervous about being hurt. Normally you'd hurt more in practice than in the games. Gary
Jeter, who was the number one pick of the Giants, the second or third overall draft
choice; he was a nightmare. USC had those type of athletes. Guys who would have been
Pro Hall of Famers had everything all worked out in their careers.
        I saw Anthony Munoz in The Right Stuff. They had to dub his voice to make it

deep, he had a squeaky voice. I was happy for him. He's one of the greatest athletes I've

ever seen. Offensive linemen are not supposed to be limber, but he was as limber as a

ballerina. Offensive linemen are not limber individuals, but I've never anybody as limber

as Munoz and he's 6-7, 280, 290 pounds. As a freshman he went against the first string.

They pitted Jeter vs. Munoz and he just buried Jeter, and the whole team was watching.

He just grabbed him and put him on his back. I thought, "Oh my God, this guy is really

special," he's handling a guy whose going to be drafted number five in the whole NFL

Draft, and he killed him. His pro career was great. He got over his injuries, and after that

he was like watching art; that athletic a guy playing that spot was beautiful.

     CHARLES WHITE OR ANTHONY DAVIS? CHARLIE LEARNED FROM A.D. THEY BOTH

CAME OUT OF SAN FERNANDO HIGH, BUT I KNOW WHAT A.D. WOULD HAVE DONE HAD HE

HAD A GREAT LINE TO RUN BEHIND. HE DIDN'T HAVE MUNOZ, KEITH VAN HORNE, BRAD
BUDDE TO RUN BEHIND. CHARLIE HAD A SUPERIOR OFFENSIVE LINE. VAN HORNE PLAYED

10 YEARS AND WAS WITH A SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM IN CHICAGO. BRAD BUDDE

PLAYED EIGHT YEARS FOR THE CHIEFS. PAT HOWELL PLAYED SIX YEARS FOR THE

FALCONS. CHRIS FOOTE WAS WITH THE VIKINGS.

     MUNOZ CAME INTO THE 1980 ROSE BOWL GAME AGAINST OHIO STATE. WE'RE
LOSING AND HE COMES IN TO WIN THE GAME. HE'D NOT PLAYED ALL SEASON AND, HEY,
THEY JUST RAN THE BALL OVER HIM TO WIN. HE WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST ATHLETIC
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN EVER TO PLAY AT USC AND THE NFL, AND IF YOU'RE CHARLES
WHITE YOU WERE GONNA BE GREAT. CHARLES WAS GREAT AND HE HAD A GREAT WORK
ETHIC, BUT WOW, YOU'VE GOT THOSE GIGANTIC LEGS THAT RUN LIKE A HORSE TO RUN
BEHIND . . .
     ANTHONY DAVIS WAS FUN TO WATCH. HE'D DRIVE A BLUE CONVERTIBLE CADILLAC
ON CAMPUS AND HAD A LOT OF FUN.

OTIS PAGE WAS IN THE PROGRAM WHEN USC WON THE 1974 NATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIP, AND WAS A STARTING LINEMAN AND MEMBER OF THE 1978 NATIONAL

CHAMPIONS. DURING HIS CAREER, THE TROJANS WON THE ROSE BOWL TWICE, THE

LIBERTY BOWL AND THE BLUEBONNET BOWL. PAGE WON THE DAVIS-TESCHKE

AWARD FOR MOST INSPIRATIONAL TROJAN IN 1978 AND WAS SELECTED FOR THE JAPAN

BOWL. HE IS NOW A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN IN NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA.


                              PAUL MCDONALD

QUARTERBACK
1977 - 1979


I WAS AN UNTESTED FIRST-YEAR STARTER AT ALABAMA IN 1978, MY THIRD YEAR IN THE
PROGRAM COMING OUT OF BISHOP AMAT HIGH SCHOOL, WHICH HAD PREVIOUSLY
PRODUCED ADRIAN YOUNG, PAT HADEN AND J.K. MCKAY. WE OPENED AGAINST TEXAS
TECH AND STRUGGLED, TRAILING 9-0 AT THE HALF, AND WE GOT BOOED OFF THE FIELD. IN
THE SECOND HALF WE PLAYED WELL AND WON, 17-9. WE RAN ALL OVER OREGON. I ONLY
THREW ABOUT EIGHT TIMES, SO THERE'S NO QUESTION MY FIRST REAL TEST CAME AT
LEGION FIELD IN FRONT OF A HOSTILE CROWD AGAINST THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE
COUNTRY.
       WE UTILIZED A LOT OF STUFF WITH ME, THE IDEA BEING FOR ME TO GET THE BEST
PLAY CALLED AS BEST WE COULD. EVERY PLAY OR EVERY OTHER PLAY, THEY DID A LOT OF

DISGUISING ON DEFENSE, TRYING TO CONFUSE ME, BUT MOST TIMES WE GOT THE RIGHT

CALL OFF. CHARLES WHITE HAD A GREAT GAME. HE DOMINATED THEM, AND WE

SURPRISED THEM WITH OUR SPEED AND PHYSICALNESS. I WAS ABLE TO GET SOME KEY

THROWS OFF. KEVIN WILLIAMS MADE A SPECTACULAR PLAY FOR A TOUCHDOWN. IT MIGHT

HAVE BEEN TIPPED, BUT SOMEHOW HE CAME UP WITH IT FOR THE TOUCHDOWN. I FELT

COMFORTABLE AND POISED IN THE POCKET. IF YOU LOOK AT MY RECORD YOU'LL SEE I

DIDN'T DO A LOT OF SCRAMBLING. IT WAS A REALLY HUMID DAY. I REMEMBER AFTER

WARM-UPS JUST BEING TIRED AND WALKING IN THE LOCKER ROOM, AND ALL THE PLAYERS

WERE SPRAWLED OUT ON THE CONCRETE FLOOR WITH ICE PACKS ON THEIR NECKS. I

THOUGHT. "WE HAVEN'T EVEN PLAYED A GAME YET AND EVERYBODY'S BUSHED." IT WAS

90 DEGREES WITH 90 PERCENT HUMIDITY, SO IT WAS A TESTAMENT OF OUR ENDURANCE,

HOW WE PRACTICE AND CONDITIONED. FOR SOME REASON I WAS VERY CALM AND

COMFORTABLE. SOME TIMES YOU GET IN A STATE WHERE YOU SEE EVERYTHING CLEARLY.

I CALLED A LOT OF AUDIBLES, AND APPARENTLY THAT IS NOT THE NORM IN THE SEC. THE
STADIUMS ARE LOUD AND DISCOURAGE THAT. BEAR BRYANT LATER SAID IT WAS THE BEST
QUARTERBACKING JOB HE'D EVER SEEN.
IN THE LAST GAME OF THAT SEASON WE PLAYED NOTRE DAME AT THE LOS ANGELES
COLISEUM. IT WAS FOR ALL THE MARBLES. THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WAS ON THE
LINE. WE TOOK IT TO THE FIGHTING IRISH FROM THE START, AND IT'S A NATURAL HUMAN
EMOTION TO START FEELING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF WHEN YOU PLAY WELL. I GOT OFF
GOOD PASSES AND IT LOOKED LIKE WE GOT THIS THING FIGURED OUT. I KNEW SOMETHING
ABOUT JOE MONTANA, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW HE WAS THAT GOOD. HE'D BEATEN US IN THE
"GREEN JERSEY" GAME THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND LED THEM TO THE NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT THERE WAS NO INDICATION HE WAS THE PLAYER HE WOULD BECOME.
AT LEAST NOT UNTIL THE SECOND OF THE '78 USC-NOTRE DAME GAME.
In the first half he was really lousy, missing guys by a wide margin. Most people don't
know this, but on the second series of the game I made a poor read and should have
thrown the ball. I got sacked by Bob Golic on a blitz. The inside linebacker rolled up on
my ankle, and I tweaked my ankle. I hobbled off to the sideline trainer. He couldn’t
figure out what was wrong, so we decided to tape it up
I went out for the next series after they punted. I hit Kevin Williams for 35 or 40 yards.
We did a good job on offense and I left the field feeling fine, no problem, but later in the
first half I threw a touchdown pass to Danny Garcia. Charlie had his usual great game
and we got things going on offense, but then my ankle started to swell and I could not
move well. By the end of the first half I could hardly walk. They take me by cart into the
locker, but I just decided hey, wrap it up, and I run out of the tunnel for the second half.
That's when Montana got hot. We thought we were okay but we couldn't put points up
and by the end of the game, Montana led them down to score a touchdown. They didn't
convert the two-point conversion, thank goodness, so they led, 25-24.
So there's 45 seconds left and I grab the offense and said, "Hey guys. I'm really not happy
at all. We should be winning." We dominated most of the game but let a big lead get
away. My ankle's killing me but I say, "We don’t need to go that far, Jordan's gonna kick
a field goal to win it. Just keep them off me so there's no pressure."
I hit Vic Rakhshani in the flat but he didn't get out of bounds. On the next play we had
the ball on the short half of the field. I roll to the short side but everybody's covered, so I
retreated and threw the ball away to avoid having to use the time-out, which we'll need
for the field goal. I'd thrown the football, of course, but most Notre Dame fans think I
fumbled. Jeff Weston grabbed me and spun me around. The ball hit a Notre Dame player
in the side hip pad and ricocheted back, so they all thought it was a fumble. They think
the game's over and start spilling on the field, but the referee, thank God, ruled - correctly
- that it was an incomplete pass. Most of my friends and players still think it was a
fumble.
It happened so fast, and I had so many guys around me, that most people with the naked
eye thought that, but they made the right call. You can see it on The History of USC
Football DVD. You can slow it down, go frame by frame, and freeze frame the play, and
it proves it was a forward pass.
I called for Williams and Calvin Sweeney on the same side. Williams went short motion
off the snap, and before he gets tackled short, crosses to the right to keep the linebacker
shallow. Sweeney goes on a deep cross past the linebacker. The other guy runs a post to
keep the safety deep. The safety was Joe Restic, he was the free safety. The last thing he
wants is a post pattern where he gets beat deep, so he was very deep. Calvin did a great
job and makes the catch on the side and runs the ball up-field before we call a time-out.
We ran White on the field for an off-tackle. He powers seven yards to put the ball at the
25, thank goodness, and that put us in great position.
FRANK JORDAN KICKED WINNING THE WINNING FIELD GOAL. IT WAS THE BEST GAME I EVER
PLAYED AS A TROJAN. THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COAST BETWEEN TWO GREAT TEAMS AND
TRADITIONS; WE THOUGHT WE HAD THE GAME WON AND THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD IT WON
...
WE COME BACK AND FRANK KICKS THE BALL THROUGH. FRANK HAD NERVES OF STEEL.
JOHN ROBINSON ALSO HAD A CALM QUALITY, HE REALLY DID. HE'D CRACK JOKES ON THE
SIDELINE, HE'S LAUGHING AND MAKES IT EASY FOR YOU TO HAVE FUN. I SAY TO HIM, "IT'S
EASY FOR YOU TO LAUGH, I GOTTA GO OUT THERE." HE SURROUNDED HIMSELF WITH GOOD
PEOPLE AND WAS NOT UPTIGHT.
AT LSU IN 1970 WE WERE NUMBER ONE IN THE COUNTRY GOING IN. LOUISIANA STATE HAD
78,000 PEOPLE AND THEY HAD A GOOD TEAM. THE MOST VIVID MEMORIES I HAVE WERE
FLYING IN ON THURSDAY NIGHT, CHECKING INTO THE HOTEL, AND TAKING THE
WALK-THROUGH ON FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE STADIUM. WE NEEDED AN ESCORT TO GET INTO
THE DOGGONE STADIUM THE DAY BEFORE THE GAME. PEOPLE WERE HOOTIN' AND HOLLERIN',
YELLING AND SCREAMING, AND THIS IS JUST THE WALK-THROUGH. I'M THINKING, "THESE
PEOPLE ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT FOOTBALL." THAT NIGHT I TOLD JACK WARD, OUR
HEAD TRAINER, TO GIVE ME SOMETHING SO I COULD SLEEP. HE GIVES ME HALF A SLEEPING
PILL AND A MUSCLE RELAXER. IN THE MORNING I WAS WIPED OUT AND I DIDN'T WAKE UP
UNTIL THE SECOND QUARTER.
I remember the Tiger outside the locker room was roaring. A lot of people were nervous.
It was the loudest crowd I ever played in, ever. I've played in the NFL, in domed
stadiums; the Metrodome, the Kingdome, the Astrodome, the Superdome. It was louder
than any of them. All those people come out early and party all day, and they're out of
control by the nighttime. We got off to a sluggish start and they had an early lead. They
had the lead until the end of the game.
We kicked a field goal early in the game. It was one of those things where what we did
was audibilize quite a bit. It was "check with me." I didn't decide until I was at the line of
scrimmage, based on the defense they showed. I remember it was so loud that Keith Van
Horne, he had to turn and read my lips. It was hard to fire out on the defensive end when
you're looking at the sidelines and then at the quarterback. That was difficult. I could kind
of hear myself in the middle of the field, but inside the 20s you could not hear anything
and we got called for penalties; offsides, illegal procedures. It was hard to get a rhythm.
They were pretty good at plugging up our running game up and stopping our passing
game
We finally scored a touchdown when Charles White went "22-blast" over the top in
classic White fashion, just as we've seen so many times. We came back in the fourth
quarter. We're driving at the end of the game and needed only a field goal. We're down
12-10, but we want a touchdown if we could. On third down we had got a face mask
penalty in our favor when a defensive lineman for LSU grabbed my mask, and that was
amazing to me. An SEC crew threw a flag!
Speaking of the referees, on the first play of the game I knew it would be a long game.
There was a new NCAA rule where if the crowd's too loud and you could not call
cadence, you could look back at the official and he could tell you to go back and huddle
up. They'd warn the crowd and there'd be a five-yard penalty on the defense.
On the first play the crowd was unbelievably loud so I turn back and look at the ref. He
put his hands in the air and he points at me adamantly; run the play, so I forget that rule.
In the SEC that rule doesn’t exist. But in the end I got a favorable call and I was shocked.
I threw a pass to Kevin Williams in the flat to win the game, 17-12.
I don’t recall any racial animosity from the LSU fans, but it would not shock me at all
given the nature of the game itself, the scope of the game and the fact you have all these
80,000 crazies. I'd not be surprised if a lot of that went on, but I didn’t hear it. I don't
recall.
IN 1979 WE WENT UNBEATEN AND DEFEATED OHIO STATE, 17-16 IN THE ROSE BOWL. I
DIDN'T REALIZE AT THE TIME THAT PETE CARROLL WAS THEIR SECONDARY COACH, BUT I
CAN SAY THIS: IT WAS THE BEST DEFENSE I EVER PLAYED AGAINST IN COLLEGE. THEY WERE
VERY WELL COACHED AND SHOWED A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT COVERAGES; NICKEL FIVES,
THE DEFENSIVE BACKS WERE ONLY IN THE FLOW, IT WAS THE BEST ONE I HAD TO FACE IN
COLLEGE. I THOUGHT FRANKLY, LET'S DON'T SCREW AROUND, LET'S STAY ON THE GROUND,
AND WHITE HAD A CLASSIC GAME. I PLAYED WELL. I MADE SOME GOOD THROWS AND SOME
GOOD DECISIONS. I HAD ONE PICK AND ONE TOUCHDOWN OFF AN AUDIBLE TO KEVIN
WILLIAMS, BUT THERE WERE NO EASY THROWS. AT THE END OF THE FIRST SERIES WE WERE
NOT DOING GREAT THROWING THE FOOTBALL FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS. THERE WAS
MISCOMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN QUARTERBACK-RECEIVER, SO WE SAID, "HEY, LET'S GO TO
CLASSIC USC FOOTBALL," DOMINATE AND WEAR 'EM DOWN, STOP SCREWING AROUND. WE
HAD THE BEST OFFENSIVE LINE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL, AND WE JUST RAN PLAYS ON EVERY
PLAY. WE DECIDED WHICH GUY TO GO TO, AND THAT WAS WHITE RUNNING BEHIND
ANTHONY MUNOZ. HE WAS DOMINANT, UNBELIEVABLE. ALL THE LINEMEN WERE ON THEIR
GUY, BUT "MUNZ" DESTROYED HIS GUY.
OUR TEAM HAS ALWAYS BEEN POISED. THOSE SIX SENIORS ON THAT TEAM SAID THERE WAS
NO NEED FOR SURPRISES. WE WEREN'T NEW TO EACH OTHER. IT WAS, JUST GO OUT AND
EXECUTE. THE HUDDLE WAS CALM, MATTER OF FACT. WE HAD BIG TIME PLAYERS.
CARROLL'S TUTELAGE OF OHIO STATE, WE THOUGHT, "THOSE GUYS ARE GOOD." GO BACK
AND LOOK AT THAT TAPE, AT THE THROWS THAT HAVE TO BE MADE, AND THERE'S NO
WIDE-OPEN GUY DOWN FIELD. NO ONE GETS IN FRONT OR BEHIND YOU WITH HIS DEFENSES.
THERE WERE NO GIMMES.       HE AND I SHARED A FUNNY STORY. WHEN WE PLAYED IN
THE ROSE BOWL AGAINST MICHIGAN IN 2004, WE TALKED ABOUT IT ONCE ON THE RADIO
AND HE GETS SENSITIVE. IN CARSON PALMER'S SENIOR YEAR USC AVERAGED 6.5 YARDS A
PLAY. THAT TREND CONTINUED AND WOULD BE A RECORD FOR USC FOOTBALL. THE LAST
TEAM THAT AVERAGED THAT MANY YARDS WAS THE 1979 TROJANS AT 6.3. WE'RE IN THE
ROSE BOWL AND HE SAYS, "YEAH, YEAH, HOW'D YOU LIKE TO PLAY US NOW?" HE'S
TALKING ABOUT OUR OFFENSE VS. THEIR DEFENSE.
AN AMAZING STORY WAS WHEN THE TEAM GETS TO THE ROSE BOWL IN MATT LEINART'S
SOPHOMORE YEAR, HE WALKS OUT EARLY AND I'M ON THE FIELD CRUISING AROUND. I SAY,
"HEY PETE." HE'S ON THE FIELD, HE'S KIND OF RUNNING PASS PATTERNS, AND WHAT HE
SAYS WAS, "PAUL, IT WAS LIKE THIS." HE SAYS, "I NEVER SHOULD HAVE CALLED THAT
BLITZ." HE WAS TALKING ABOUT A PLAY FROM OUR GAME AGAINST OHIO STATE, AND HE'S
TALKING ABOUT A PLAY THAT HAPPENED 25 YEARS BEFORE. THAT'S HOW LOOSE HE IS. HE
HAS THIS GREAT MEMORY. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT, MY AUDIBLES AGAINST HIS MAXIMUM
PROTECTION.
THEN THERE'S MARV GOUX. MARV WAS AMAZING. HE WAS TROJAN FOOTBALL AND WAS
THE REAL KEEPER OF THE FLAME, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE'D GO TO SOUTH BEND.



ONE OF THE GREAT LEGENDS AND FAN FAVORITES OF TROY, PAUL MCDONALD WAS A

1979 ALL-AMERICAN, ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN, RECIPIENT OF AN NCAA

POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP, AND WAS A NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION

SCHOLAR ATHLETE. PAUL LED USC ON SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE LATE

GAME-WINNING DRIVES IN SCHOOL HISTORY, INCLUDING VICTORIES OVER NOTRE

DAME (1978), AT LOUISIANA STATE (1979) AND OHIO STATE (1980 ROSE BOWL). HE
ENGINEERED THE VICTORY AT ALABAMA'S LEGION FIELD (1978), EN ROUTE TO THE

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. MCDONALD QUARTERBACKED TWO ROSE BOWL

CHAMPIONS, WAS SIXTH IN THE 1979 HEISMAN BALLOTING, WAS ALL-CONFERENCE,

TEAM MVP, AND PLAYED IN THE HULA BOWL. HE WAS THE CLEVELAND BROWNS'

STARTING QUARTERBACK BEFORE PLAYING FOR DALLAS, AND WAS IN THE NFL FROM

1980-87. HIS SON, MICHAEL, PLAYED QUARTERBACK FOR THE TROJANS. AN

INVESTMENT BANKER, HE IS ALSO USC'S RADIO ANALYST ALONGSIDE PETE ARBOGAST

ON FOOTBALL BROADCASTS.




THE HOUDINI OF BOVARD

EXCERPT FROM GREAT COLLEGE BASEBALL COACHES, 2000



" . . . But the greatest farm club in the history of the Major Leagues . . . and the most

consistent supplier of Major League talent the past 10 years is a franchise maintained at

no cost to baseball. It finds and signs its own prospects, suits them up, develops them,

refines them, weeds them out - and then turns them over to the big leagues fully polished

and ready for the World Series.

       "The University of Southern California baseball team is to the Majors what the

Mesabi range is to steel or the forest is to Weyerhaeuser - a seemingly limitless supply of

basic ore or timber.

" . . . Rod Dedeaux went to bat only four times in the big leagues. Nevertheless he
probably should go to the Hall of Fame as a man who has done as much for the great
game in his own way as Babe Ruth."


- Jim Murray, legendary syndicated columnist
Los Angeles Times, 1976



The Hall of Fame!

Jim Murray said it 24 years ago, but now, 14 years after retiring as USC's coach, Rod
Dedeaux should be nominated for his rightful place in Cooperstown.
      He is to amateur baseball what John Wooden is to basketball, or Bill Gates to

computers.

An institution. An icon. Larger than life!
To those who have never met him, he is a towering figure worthy of the greatest respect
that can be accorded a baseball man.
To those lucky enough to have known him, especially to have played for him, Rod
Dedeaux evokes just as much respect, but it comes along with laughter. He smiles. He
jokes. He is a gregarious prankster who still likes to have a good time.
He is still, as current USC baseball coach Mike Gillespie says, "The sharpest tack in the
box."
Big-time college baseball has changed over the years, and now it is a high-stakes
endeavor, filled with alumni pressure to win-it-all-now. Top players use their collegiate
experiences as introductions to agents like Scott Boras, who get the best of the best of
them multi-million dollar bonuses . . . at the expense of their innocence.
Rod Dedeaux coached some of the greatest baseball stars of the 20th Century, yet his
program always felt more like a family than a baseball factory.
Towards the end, critics said that, like his contemporary, Ronald Reagan, age was
working against him, he no longer had the edge to swim in shark infested waters.
Today, like Reagan, time has smoothed the rough edges of criticism, and he remains a
highly beloved figure, an elder statesmen of the college game.
Age notwithstanding, he still remains the sharpest tack in the box.
"He has to be one of the smartest guys I know," says former Trojan lefty Bill "Spaceman"
Lee. "He never looked like a ballplayer, but he seemed to have eyes in the back of his
head. As the game wore on, he knew everything about every player out there. He
anticipated situations better than any manager I ever played for. On top of that, this is a
guy who, in his spare time, built a trucking empire and became one of the most successful
businessmen in this country. How can you not admire somebody like that?"
In his spare time. It is true. Dedeaux built Dart Transportation into the top transportation
company in the United States. He did it all working part-time, giving of himself to his
alma maters' baseball program in the afternoons.
Hard-worker, to be sure. He must have enjoyed having two incomes, right?
Not so fast. Dedeaux became a multi-millionaire in the trucking industry, but his salary
coaching at USC?
$1 a year.
Talk about "for the love of the game." For 45 years, he devoted himself to Trojan
baseball for free. Anybody who has ever been involved in college sports can testify what
sort of a commitment this is: recruiting, planning, organization, practicing, strategizing,
the late nights, early mornings, long days, the travel, often with frustration and
disappointment dogging at your heels.
While Dedeaux is the man most responsible for turning Southern Cal into the top college
powerhouse in the nation, his legacy extends far beyond the ivy-covered University Park
campus in south-central Los Angeles.
                                            ****

Dedeaux is virtually the "father of international baseball." After World War II, he

promoted goodwill trips to Japan, where the game had been popular in the 1930s, and

exported America's National Pastime all over the Orient and into Latin America.

        He is the man behind the Olympic baseball movement, a natural progression of

his foreign adventures. He pushed and pushed until baseball was accepted in conjunction

with the 1964 Tokyo Olympics; coached a team led by Mark McGwire and Will Clark

that competed as a "demonstration sport" at the 1984 Los Angeles Games; and kept it up

until it became the full-fledged event that it is today.

He contributed to the popularity of baseball in such places as Italy, Sweden and The
Netherlands.
Dedeaux was a driving force in the collegiate summer leagues'. First, he worked with
Fairbanks, Alaska Mayor Red Boucher to create the Alaska Goldpanners and the
formation of the prestigious Alaskan Collegiate Summer League, then the Jayhawk, Cape
Cod, and many other leagues in the United States and Canada.
He helped build enthusiasm for the game in Hawaii when he brought his vaunted Trojans
to play in the islands.
It is said that Southern California, and Los Angeles in particular, is the Baseball Capitol
of the World. This is in no small way the work of coach Rod Dedeaux.
It is not mere coincidence that great dynasties in college sports happen in some places
and not others. The difference is in the coaches.
Knute Rockne turned a tiny Midwestern Catholic school into the Vatican of college
football.
With all due respect to Adolph Rupp and Kentucky, the Roman Empire of college
basketball was built upon the work of Wooden at UCLA.
Like his cross-town hoops colleague, Dedeaux was the right man in the right place,
building upon the post-war suburban growth of sunny California which has produced so
many talented players. However, other schools have enjoyed similar advantages.
It was USC under Dedeaux, not UCLA (which in theory had the same built-in attributes
of weather and population) that emerged as the dominant power.
Schools in Texas and Florida had weather and plenty of good athletes to choose from,
but languished in Dedeaux's vapor trail.
The Coach of the Century is not unlike the region of the country his school represents. He
was born of French Cajun ancestry in New Orleans, but moved with his family (like so
much of America) to California. He was an All-City infielder at fabled Hollywood High
when Betty Gable went there, a few years before Marilyn Monroe. Dedeaux started three
years at shortstop for USC, and was captain of the team his senior year, before his
short-lived career playing for Casey Stengel and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Still, Casey became his mentor and friend, advising Rod and forging a relationship that
led to regular spring exhibition games between the Mickey Mantle Yankees that Stengel
managed in the 1950s, and Dedeaux's USC teams. Stengel, a resident of the L.A. suburb
of Glendale, was also Rod's neighbor and frequent visitor to Trojan games after his
retirement.
Rod returned to Los Angeles when his professional career failed to materialize much
beyond his four-game stint with the Daffy Dodgers, but the game was in his blood.
Sam Barry coached baseball and basketball at USC. He was a legendary disciplinarian,
and an innovator in basketball who is credited by none other than 1948 USC graduate
Tex Winter with teaching him the "triangle offense" (which Winter installed as the
cornerstone of multiple Bull and Laker World Championships). Dedeaux came on board
to assist his old coach, and in 1942 took over after the Japanese bombing of Pearl
Harbor, when Barry entered the Navy.
Dedeaux coached the Trojans' for five years, his best team going 27-7-3 in 1943, but
when the war ended Barry returned. From 1946 to 1950, Barry and Dedeaux formed a
unique relationship: co-head coaches.
In this capacity, they elevated the Trojans' above the post-war pack in college baseball at
a time when the game was taking some important steps.
"The men who returned from war to college campuses were very special," says Dedeaux.
"You hardly needed to coach or motivate them. They were tough and had guts, and are
the best generation this country has ever produced."
The first College World Series was held in Kalamazoo, Michigan and the University of
California, under coach Clint Evans, won it with an 8-7 win over a Yale team that
featured a war hero-turned-first baseman named George Herbert Walker Bush.
In 1948, USC went to Kalamazoo, and squared off against Yale and the future President,
whose Skull and Bones affiliation served him no better than it had against Cal in '47. The
Trojans' 9-2 victory gave them the first of their 12 national championships.
Barry passed away in the fall of 1950, leaving the program in Rod's capable hands. A
number of top college programs also emerged in the '50s. Bib Falk led Texas to two
National Championships, Dick Siebert's Minnesota Golden Gophers would capture the
CWS four times between 1956 and '64, and another title was won in Berkeley when
George Wolfman and Cal captured it in 1957.
        Dedeaux won his first national championship on his own in 1958 in Omaha,

which by this time had become the CWS' permanent home. His 1959 squad, which went

59-6, was considered the best team not to win a National Championship. Recruiting

scandals dogged Pacific Coast Conference schools during this era, and NCAA sanctions
against the football program came down, unfairly, on other sports. Despite being banned

from post-season play, the Trojans' still finished number one according to Collegiate

Baseball magazine.

       IT WAS DURING THIS PERIOD THAT A TRAGIC FIGURE EMERGED. BRUCE GARDNER WAS

A STAR LEFT-HANDED PITCHER AT FAIRFAX HIGH SCHOOL IN LOS ANGELES, AND UPON

GRADUATION PROFESSIONAL TEAMS CAME CALLING WITH BIG BONUS MONEY.

GARDNER WAS JEWISH, AND HIS SINGLE MOTHER WAS A STICKLER FOR EDUCATION. SHE COULD
NOT SEE WHERE BASEBALL WOULD TAKE HER SON. SHE WANTED HIM TO PURSUE THE LAW OR
MEDICINE.
DEDEAX RECRUITED GARDNER HARD, BUT THE YOUNG MAN WAS NOT SOCIALLY SURE OF
HIMSELF, FEARING THAT IN THIS AGE OF THE "GENTLEMAN'S GGREEMENT," A RICH FRATERNITY
SCHOOL LIKE SC WOULD NOT BE FRIENDLY TO A JEW.
HIS MOTHER WAS CONVINCED THAT DEDEAUX WOULD WATCH OUT FOR HER SON, THAT THE
CAMPUS, ONLY A FEW MILES FROM THEIR HOME, WOULD BE THE STEPPING STONE TO A BETTER
LIFE.
       GARDNER WANTED TO SIGN AND PLAY BASEBALL, BUT HE WAS A "MAMA'S BOY," LIKE

THE LAURENCE HARVEY CHARACTER IN THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.             IN THE END HE HAD

NO CHANCE, AND DEEAUX HAD HIMSELF A SOUTHPAW STARTER.

       Gardner was everything he had been billed as, earning All-American honors,

being named College Player of the Year, and winning 40 games, a record that has stood

at SC until now (although Rik Currier is in range of it in 2001).

Four years of steady college work took its toll by his senior year, however. Gardner's
velocity began to tail off, and when the scouts came around in the spring of 1960, the big
bonus offers were not forthcoming. Gardner signed for a modest bonus with the
Chicago White Sox and was shuffled off to the minor leagues', no longer a hot prospect.
Pitching in bush league towns that were not friendly to a Jewish kid, he became lonely
and homesick. His arm, which had started to pain him at SC, began to throb, and he
pitched ineffectively.
On top of that, this was the middle of the Cold War and the draft was in place. No
longer protected by a college exemption, Gardner found himself in the Army. One day
at Ft. Ord, near Monterey, California, he sustained further arm injury when he was
thrown from a truck during a minor traffic accident. His diminished skills receded
further, and soon he was released, his baseball career over.
For some years, Gardner tried unsuccessfully to make use of his hometown hero status,
selling insurance and failing in other business ventures. Eventually, he started to drink.
In 1974, he got drunk, drove out to the brand new Dedeaux Field on the SC campus,
made his way to the pitcher's mound and surrounded it with his All-American plaques,
trophies, awards, and college degree. He produced a gun and shot himself in the head.
A groundskeeper discovered him, thinking him a student sleeping off a hangover, until he
saw the blood and a suicide note, addressed to his mother and Rod Dedeaux.
It read, "This is what I think of your college degree."
In the years following that incident, Bruce Gardner became a taboo subject around
Dedeaux.
One of Gardner's teammates fared better, however. Ron Fairly came to USC from Long
Beach, California and, after making All-America, went on to an All-Star career with the
Los Angeles Dodgers, among other teams in a long, distinguished career.
In 1963, Dedeaux' Trojans' won their third National Championship. A journeyman
outfielder on that team was a young man who had gone to Hawthorne High School with
the Beach Boys. Mike Gillespie has been Troys' coach since 1987, and led the team to
victory in Omaha in 1998.
The mid-1960s were years in which some interesting players came under Dedeaux'
tutelage, but success was elusive. Siebert led Minnesota to the National Championship
in 1964, followed by Bobby Winkles at Arizona State (1965, 1967) and Ohio State (1966).
The '65 Arizona State Sun Devils are regarded as one of the best teams in college history.
They featured outfielders Rick Monday and Reggie Jackson, third baseman Sal Bando
and pitcher Gary Gentry.
Monday had somehow eluded Dedeaux' grasp coming out of Santa Monica High School.
"`Tiger, tiger,'" says Mo, imitating Dedeaux' favorite expression. Dedeaux came to be
known for calling virtually everybody "Tiger", like Babe Ruth referring to all in his path
as "Kid."
"He could turn on the charm," continues Monday, now a popular part of the Dodgers'
broadcasting team, along with Vin Scully and Ross Porter. "But my mother was really
taken with Winkles. She was a single mom, and she saw Winkles as a father figure to
me."
Monday became the first player ever selected in the first Major League draft, when the
then-Kansas City A's chose him number one in '65.
The Devils were almost a farm club of what would later be the Oakland A's dynasty of the
early 1970s. Monday, Jackson and Bando would play together at Modesto of the Class
A California League, move up through the minor leagues', and then star in Oakland.
Jackson was a proud, talented, sensitive black athlete who played football for Frank
Kush, as well as baseball, in Tempe. In 1966, the New York Mets' made Steve Chilcott
the first pick in the draft, so Oakland selected Jackson, who would star for the A's AA
farm club in Birmingham, Alabama. It was at Birmingham where Jackson met
legendary Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.
Bryant was friends with Oakland owner and Birmingham native Charles O. Finley, who
introduced Jackson to him in the Barons' clubhouse. Bryant sized up the ex-football star
and said, "Now here's just the kinda nigger we could use in our football program."
Reggie took it as a compliment, which in a roundabout way it was meant to be. It was
also a harbinger of future events, which would be pushed along by the currents of
history. In 1970, two years after Martin Luther King's assassination, USC strolled into
Birmingham led by a black fullback from Santa Barbara, California named Sam "Bam"
Cunningham. Cunningham ran for four touchdowns against the all-white Crimson Tide,
and after the game Bryant asked Coach John McKay if he could "borrow" Cunningham.
Cunningham was brought into the silent Alabama locker room, but this time Bryant did
not drop any "N-bombs." Instead, he announced to his team that "This here's a football
player."
Shortly thereafter, Southern football became an integrated affair.
Dedeaux had grown up alongside blacks in multi-cultural Los Angeles, and a number
have played for him over the years. One of the first was Don Buford, who like Jackson
was a football/baseball star for the Trojans' in the 1950s. Later, Buford would be on
Dedeaux' coaching staff, and his son, Damon, would play at SC before embarking on a
big league career.
In the mid-1960s, Dedeaux' teams included the likes of Tom Seaver, Mike Garrett, Tom
Selleck and Bill "Spaceman" Lee.
Seaver, who Dedeaux referred to as my "Phee-nom from San Joaquin," was an
unrecruited pitcher at Fresno High School who grew into his body in the Marine Corp.
After a stint at Fresno City College and the Alaska Goldpanners, Seaver had matured
into a prospect, so Dedeaux gave him a scholarship. He was 10-2 with a 2.51 ERA in
1965, but inexplicably the Trojans' were last in the conference!
"Seaver was happy-go-lucky back then," recalls Bill Lee, "not the corporate asshole he is
now. He seemed hittable at first, but then got on the weights and developed that fastball
with a hop on it. Eventually, he had the best fastball in baseball. That's the difference
between us, him smoking a big cigar in a limo and me in the back of beer truck."
Seaver was drafted that June by the team he had grown up rooting for, the Dodgers. His
family had season tickets to Dodger Stadium, and whenever Sandy Koufax pitched he was
there. Dodger scout Tom Lasorda drove out to Seaver's house in Fresno to sign the
young Trojan, and offered the future Hall of Famer all of $2,000.
"I didn't negotiate with him," Lasorda says now, but the record shows differently.
Seaver was begging to be a Dodger, but he knew he was worth more than two grand.
Lasorda thought the kid should be kissing his ring instead of holding out for some money,
so the talks ended and Seaver returned to school.
Six months later, in January of 1966, the Milwaukee Braves chose him in the Winter
phase of the draft, signing him for $50,000. SC had played a game against the Camp
Pendleton Marines, however, officially starting their season, so the signing violated
baseball's rules. The NCAA viewed Seaver as a pro, so the Commissioner created a
lottery, and the Mets' name appeared. The rest is history.
Seaver's roommate at SC was still another black football/baseball star. Mike Garrett of
LA's Roosevelt High School would win the 1965 Heisman Trophy, play in two Super
Bowl's for the Kansas City Chiefs (along with a brief minor league baseball stint), and
now he is trying to restore Troy to greatness as its athletic director.


"Tom was just so strong," recalls Garrett of Seaver, "and he worked hard on the weights,
improving all the time."
       Another athlete who played a little baseball, a little basketball and a little
volleyball at the University of Southern California during this time was a handsome, 6-5

frat boy from Grant High School in Van Nuys, named Tom Selleck.

"He was a Greek geek," was Lee's assessment of Selleck, who would go on to become a
noted Republican in left-leaning Hollywood. "I was a Communist liberal in a
conservative university," one Lee's grandfather, Norman Rockwell Hunt, had helped
found, by the way. Lee had wry commentary for USC's Hollywood connections, which
are many.
"Selleck was making `Myra Breckenridge'," Lee went on. "I hated all the elitism at the
school. Alan Ladd, Jr. snaked my girlfriend away from me, because he drove a Ferrari."
Lee, who had grown up in the San Fernando Valley before attending Terra Linda High
School, in the San Francisco suburb of Marin County, originally came to SC on an
athletic scholarship, but after his freshman year his "ERA of 1.93 was higher than my
grade point average."
He righted the academic ship, however, but always found time for a little fun. He also
was rudely introduced to the less-than-plush neighborhood surrounding the SC campus.
"My friend, Orrin Freeman, had a Corvette convertible," remembers Lee. "He parked it
near campus, but when we got back all the seats were stolen. That night, we cruised
Sunset Strip sitting on orange crates."
Lee once emerged before his teammates from an airport baggage chute. In Hawaii, he
did push-ups during a rain delay wearing only socks and a jock strap. In Santa
Barbara, he forgot his sanitary socks, so he disappeared looking for a sporting goods
store, not realizing the equipment manager had a ready supply of reserves. He
re-appeared minutes before the game, and with virtually no warm-up went out and beat
the Gauchos' anyway.
His senior year, 1968, Lee decided to "hold out," telling Rod he would only pitch
weekend conference games if he could pitch and play first base in the mid-week
non-conference games. Dedeaux placated him by letting him take batting practice, and
in that All-American season Lee was 12-3 with a 1.82 earned run average. The Trojans'
won the College World Series, and in later years Lee would tell Curry Kirkpatrick of
Sports Illustrated that "the best baseball team I've ever seen was either the 1975 Reds,
the 1968 USC Trojans, or any Taiwan little league team."
They do not call him Spaceman for nothing.
From 1970-74, Troy had the greatest run in college baseball history, winning five
consecutive National Championships. In 1970,Dave Kingman was the Mark McGwire of
his era--a former pitcher who realized his offensive skills in leading the Trojans' to
victory in Omaha.
Fred Lynn was an All-American on the 1973 team. He came to SC on a football
scholarship "but after trying to tackle Sam `Bam' Cunningham a few times," John McKay
mercifully turned his scholarship over to Dedeaux. A mere two years after leading USC
to a National Championship, Lynn was the American League Rookie of the Year and
Most Valuable Player for the 1975 AL Champion Boston Red Sox.


Steve Kemp hit .435 for the '74 National Champs, but in 1975 Augie Garrido and the
upstart Cal State Fullerton Titans upset USC in the NCAA West Regional.
        USC returned to Omaha in 1978, and their 54-9 team, led by Bill Bordley, is

considered by many to be the greatest team in college history.

Aftet that, the NCAA imposed scholarship limits which Dedeaux has steadfastly blamed
for the decline in his programs, but others observed that age began to take its toll on Rod
in the early 1980s.
Still, he landed some recruiting prizes. Randy Johnson was a 6-10 left-hander who threw
gas, but was wild as a March hare. He pitched with limited success at USC from
1983-85, and after a Sandy Koufax-like journey through the minors and his early years in
The Show, has emerged as baseball's dominant southpaw.
Mark McGwire came to SC as a pitcher, but after leading the Alaskan Summer League
with a .403 batting average in 1982, Dedeaux turned him into a full-time first baseman.
He was a two-time All-American and set the NCAA single-season home run record, and
was the College Player of the Year and a 1984 Olympian before Oakland signed him, and
he is now the top home run hitter of all-time.
Dedeaux coached the 1984 U.S. Olympic baseball team, which included McGwire, Will
Clark, Rafael Palmeiro, and a host of other stars who would go on to Major League
success.
Dedeaux retired at the end of the 1986 season, and his successor, Mike Gillespie, has
experienced tough sledding replacing the legend. Finally, by winning the 1998 CWS,
Gillespie established himself as his own man at Troy.


Dedeaux laid the foundation for college baseball's popularity. Today, many teams play
in state-of-the-art facilities, drawing large crowds and turning healthy profits. ESPN
televises the popular College World Series, with the championship game played on
network TV. College games are a weekend staple on many cable stations.
        Dedeaux could have enjoyed the fame and notoriety of managing in the Major

Leagues, but instead has labored--for free--strictly for the love of his game and his

school. He deserves to honored in Cooperstown, and perhaps a book detailing his

accomplishments will open some people's eyes towards elevating him to that level of

prominence.



                                            The

                                       EIGHTIES
                                      JIM PERRY

Sports Information Director
1974 - 1984


I co-wrote McKay: A Coach's Story. John McKay wanted to call it 1st and 25. McKay
was a unique personality. McKay was Catholic, but I'm not sure how religious he was.
His favorites were old John Wayne movies, but he was also highly influenced by Patton,
starring George C. Scott. He used to lecture me. I'm over at UCLA and he' lecturing me,
why am I writing about that crap? He said, "You should see Patton." I'm 21 and anti-war
and just snorted, but he just said, "I know how you feel, but you should see it. It's
revealing." When his assistants saw that movie, they felt that McKay was Patton, an
absolute dictator who cared about his men but was tougher than hell. You knew who the
boss was. That was McKay. McKay felt he was Patton.
        Craig Fertig was like a second son to McKay. Dave Levy was more cynical. Levy
respected him but had not played for him and had a differing view. McKay was very
demanding, decisive. Coaches are afraid to make the call on the goal line, but he made
those decisions. He'd not walk away. He was stubborn in his beliefs and knew how to
coach the running game. You know the old line about how O.J. Simpson was carrying the
ball too much: "It's not heavy, and he's not in a union." McKay was very bright and he
respected people who were tough; if you came back at him he respected that. You could
change his mind. He was in charge, he was old-fashioned, but on occasion his mind could
be changed. He and Bear Bryant were alike in that way.
        McKay didn't like coaching from a tower, he wanted to be in touch with his
players and moved around in a golf cart. He had an incredible sense of humor, but he
could be a terror. His one-liners were incredible and not always for the writers. I've been
around him one-on-one and heard him say the most comical things. In 1975 when the
team struggled he said, "Our offense can't move the ball against a strong wind."
        Other times he'd say, "I hate the first game of the season. I'd rather open with the
second game." McKay could be so funny, and he was at his best in front of booster clubs
with large crowds. He'd entertain them. He could have been a stand-up comic. He had a
dry wit, was laconic and moody. You never really knew what you were getting. He could
be short and temperamental and his icy stare could be chilling.
        When I worked on his book his voice got in my head. I told my wife how tough
he was and then she met him and he charmed her socks off. My wife just said, "He's not
like what you said at all."
        When I finished taping the book I went to the College All-Star Game to finish the
editing with him, and I started barking orders to my wife, Cathy. Corky McKay just told
her, "You don't have to put up with that." I had started to sound like McKay!
        The two biggest games that made an impression on McKay were the 51-0 loss to
Notre Dame in 1966 and the 20-16 loss to UCLA in 1965. Against the Bruins USC blew
a 10-point lead when Gary Beban threw two late touchdown passes, and the papers said
McKay had been out-coached by Tommy Prothro, which galled him. He didn't like
Prothro.
        McKay watched those '65 and '66 games a couple times a week. They "stuck in
my throat," he said. After the loss to Notre Dame he went back to South Bend with O.J.
and won, 24-7 and of all the things he did; the national championships and Heismans,
nothing was more impressive than that series. From 1966 to 1974 all those games
effected the national title picture and the ratings were fabulous. USC and Notre Dame
represented the pinnacle of college football.
        I was in Birmingham in '78. SC won twice there and they won twice in L.A.

against Alabama. SC won 24-14 in that 1978 game. I advanced that game and had no

feeling of black-white problems. It was just another game in that regard, although it

determined a shared national championship. It was a huge game, but not seen as anything

remarkable off the field.

The story that says Bear Bryant did not have Sam Cunningham on a stool in front of his
players in 1970, but rather in the crowded hallway between the visiting and home lockers
at Legion Field, and that he said, "This here's what a football player looks like" more for
the benefit of old-line alumni and administration, makes a lot of sense. He already had
black players, but he had a bigger problem with the administration, the fans, and to some
extent the media.
McKay was a unique personality. USC had very few black athletes before McKay. There
was C.R. Roberts, Don Buford, Brice Taylor, and not many others. But it didn't take
McKay long to recruit blacks, and he had a lot of them. Jimmy Jones became our first
black starting quarterback in 1969 as a sophomore.
More blacks than whites started. McKay was conservative in some ways politically, but
his football line was "win the damn game."
"Shut up and play."
"Do your job."
McKay's ambition from the beginning was to win, but to win successfully. If the best
players were black, that was not an issue. He didn't talk about USC's black-white
relations. They were pretty good in tumultuous times. He'd just play the best player in the
game no matter who he was.


Jim Perry was the longtime sports information director at the University of
Southern California. In 1974, he co-authored McKay: A Coach's Story, the
autobiography of John McKay.


                                      MIKE ROTH
Center
1982


My experience there, I didn’t get until after I was out, maybe 20 years or so. My world
has been a work in progress so to speak. Maybe I'm confused or I hope maybe I'm not
understanding it at the moment. When I was at USC I had a girl I dated who had a lot of
issues. I came from a real dysfunctional family. She had a bad attitude and I came away
from that with an experience that made me a better person.
        Football was good. I enjoyed it, but I came away with more from the struggles I

faced there with football, with school relationships really. I was able to get through it and

graduated.

Afterwards got I married, and it's 21 years, a great marriage. I have a son whose eight,
and I've had to be strong because he has some issues that we're dealing with, but life's
been really good to me. But USC was almost a boundary. It's like you come out first, like
a foundry that burns off the crack. It was like climbing Mt. Everest. Bruce Matthews's
dad was All-Pro with the Chiefs, and his brother was an All-American, and it was like
normal to him, like he was raised play football. He was tremendous. There were these
great athletes who were inculcated in it from when they were a kid, but I had not been.
My dad was a hairdresser who never played sports. Ours was a very dysfunctional family.
I did it on my own. I did it on my own did, I did it from scratch, but I give a lot thanks to
Coach Robinson.
I started at Hawaii, then went to junior college. I got kicked off the Hawaii team because
I got in a fight with the coach. I talked to Robinson and he said go to J.C. and if I did well
he'd bring me there, and he was true to word. He really gave me an opportunity. Part of
me felt like I left a lot on the table, that I didn't fulfill my end of the bargain. I got into the
wrong relationships and was not being totally focused. I graduated but today if I took
those classes I'd get more out of it. Classes were really hard. I faced failure but had to
battle through it.
I learn from struggle, from failure, but I love the school. I have respect for the football
team and have no ill will, but my own experience was tough. It made me tough-minded.
It was a tremendous juggernaut.
What saw me through was my Christian faith. In life you have choices, crossroads of life.
You have choice one, which is a road that will lead you to a certain area, and other roads
are different. If I'd taken steroids and trained differently, things might have been
different, but my choice was to do it right, but it was tough. It took everything I had. I
had a brother who played at Nebraska. Those guys all juiced to play. At Penn State
they're all on steroids. It was a different era. Drugs make a world of difference. I'm not a
tremendously big guy. I competed with guys who were close to 300 pounds. I'm 250. I'm
still strong but it's so hard in that environment, training eight hours a days plus school. A
tremendous amount is required of an athlete and to be at a high level is very difficult.
I made a promise to God I would never do that. My faith is what got me through. Without
faith it would have been disastrous. Today I'm really involved in my church and my
family is involved. My son, Garrett has autism and I'm dealing with that, but like
everything else faith is the answer.
The path we travel on, the relationships with USC teammates, helped my development.
Don Mosebar was a teammate and good friend who has a company here in the south bay.
He values the progress of developers for lenders. I see him a lot.
Jeff Bregel was a real character. I knew him when I was a senior and he was a freshman.
I played against him every day in practice. He was so good. He was a top football player.
He had a good relationship with his family. He and his dad were really close. I think he
was from the San Fernando Valley. He did very well. Kelly Thomas was a friend. I saw
him a couple years ago. He works for the Department of Water and Power.


Mike Roth prepped at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. After a year at

the University of Hawaii, he transferred to West Los Angeles J.C., and from there to

USC where he was a back-up center. He runs his own real estate firm in the South

Bay.


                                   JEFF SIMMONS

Wide Receiver
1980 - 1982


I'm an old school guy, and USC was always my school. I grew up rooting for the Trojans

all the way. Charlie Moses was a junior or senior when I was a freshman. He just

wreaked havoc, but he got dismissed from the team.

       I grew up in Stockton, and Sam Dickerson was one of the reasons I loved, and

went to USC, other than an infatuation with O.J. Simpson. Sam's cousins and my mom

were best of friends. I'd go to his aunt's house. She would invite any homeless drunk or

derelict and we would have family members and wayward people at her home on

Saturdays. I was watching Southern California play, and I'm watching on television, on a

black-and-white TV, and the players would run out with their helmets in their arms and

give their names and position. He'd say, "Number 18, Sam Dickerson. Stockton,
California. Wide receiver." We'd lose our collective minds. To know somebody from

Stockton was on TV playing for USC was unreal, and man that was my first early

introduction to Southern Cal. He was always making catches.

In 1969 Sam caught the winning touchdown in the shadows of the end zone to beat
UCLA, a legendary moment, and I later heard Pete Carroll was a high school student in
the stands that night, rooting for the Trojans. This guy goes to UOP, in my hometown of
Stockton, and becomes the coach at USC and coaches my son Kevin Arbet. The world is
so small. Sam Dickerson was my guy, a big inspiration.
Jimmy Jones at that time was starting at quarterback, and he caught flack, but he was a
heck of a passer and held a lot of records. Sam was incredible. Another guy I admired
from the late 1960s and early '70s was Bobby Chandler. I'm as much a fan of Southern
Cal football as I am an alumnus. I lived and died it since I was five or six. My dad would
tell me about this little guy called "the Duck." It was Mike Garrett. I watch him against
Cal and eight guys grabbed him, and he just slipped through all of them and scored. I
lived and died with SC. If they lost my week didn't work. When they came on TV I could
not get anything else done. I once did a speech for our debate team, in Modesto, and that
was the day Notre Dame had the green jerseys, and I heard 49-something they lost, and I
was crushed. I was involved in a speech and a debate tournament, that was the Dan
Devine team, and I was ruined for the debate.
John Robinson was a good motivator. We'd rise to the occasion and recognize the
importance of what we were doing. In 1978 at Alabama, the year before they'd lost to
'Bama at the Coliseum, J.R. put together a collection of film collage and says. "Look at
the guys who are gonna win," and he shows that the team that pushes the line of
scrimmage is the team that's winning. In big games, money games, with everybody in the
country watching, their all looking to see how you will do. We went down there and it
was all this, "Roll Tide!" We refused to be intimidated. It was "big man on big man," a
Marv Goux saying. He'd say, "If they hit you in the mouth spit it back . . . we'll play 'em
in the parking lot . . . we'll play 'em in an empty lot." I had the sense of the moment. This
is your opportunity to shine.
One of the teammates I admired was Randy Simmrin. He left the year I came in. He
could catch the ball and run routes. He had the ability to make plays, the ability to catch
the football. He'd average 20 yards a catch, and that was in the days when SC didn't
throw the ball quite a bit. He had like 41 catches his senior year, so I idolized him and the
numbers he put up. That was unheard of.
Vic Rakhshani was another receiver and a great guy. He's very humble. Vic's a very
handsome man. He had done some movies, some camera work, but his demeanor was
humble and meek. He's a very strong Christian. He was an intelligent football player.
Vic had a sixth sense and we'd do all kinds of things, real "zoom" stuff; hybrids,
movement. Vic about this time was the forerunner to all that stuff that came in, that Paul
Hackett and Norv Turner did. He was a guy doing things that are now all the rage. We'd
go to the H-back or hybrid receivers, like Norman Chow liked to do.
Marcus Allen, you know, it was interesting. He first came there, he was 19 maybe, a
freshman, and Marcus; it was almost like he fit in with all the older guys. He started as a
defensive back so I as a receiver didn’t like him. At the first practice he and I got in a
fight. What I admired so much about him, he was one of those guys who don't understood
how good they really are. It was no big deal.
The only guy I was in awe of was Charlie White. In the huddle I'd be next to him and my
eyes would go out of my head. Charlie turns to John Jackson, an assistant coach, and
says, "Get him out of here, he's star trippin'."
I didn't see what was so special about Marcus at first, but as time went on and I watched
him play, I could understand the athleticism of this man. He is one of the most athletic
people I ever played with. He's not a 4.5 sprinter, but he could do it all: throw, catch, run.
As I got older White was a great runner but Marcus was a great athlete who could play
any position.
When I watched Kevin Arbet, there's few things for me that are really special. I passed a
lot of that on to him, like my experience being recruited. I was being recruited by USC
and was there when they lost to Cal at Berkeley. I think it was 1977, Cal won 17-14. Joe
Roth had led them to a win a couple years earlier.
You'd have thought Cal had won the Rose Bowl, they were so happy, and I'm thinking if
SC wins it's just another win. Paul Hackett let me in the Trojans' locker room, and I'll
never forget what I saw in there. Anthony Munoz and Charlie White almost came to
blows. They were just livid, and you kept hearing comments like, "You're messing with
my money," and "We're not gonna go to the Rose Bowl now." You'd have thought
somebody had died. Munoz is punching lockers, somebody is screaming, and I thought to
myself, "These guys are serious about winning."
So the next week I'm on a recruiting trip to Berkeley, and they play Washington.
Washington beat Cal on the last play and those guys said, "Aw, don't worry guys, we beat
SC."
I wanted to play for a winner, a champion. At USC, they cared. That's What It Means to
Be a Trojan. That sealed it for me. They 'd show a guy from UCLA on TV, and he'd be a
pretty boy with a trim Afro. The SC guys looked rugged, they looked like football
players. The UCLA guys looked like a central casting player. SC looked like, "I'm hear to
play."
For me going to USC and leaving as the all-time leading receiver in school history, I can't
tell you how much that meant to me. I wanted my name etched in the annals of USC
history. I finished with four school records as the greatest receiver in the history of the
University. That was special. For six years or so I'd open the program and see my name
there. The fact is a lot of those records have been broken, but my final game was against
Notre Dame. We won and I got to direct the band afterwards.
You can't close the script better than that. Coach Robinson introduced me as the "greatest
receiver in the history of Southern Cal." We formed a column from the track to the field
and the seniors walked off, and you walk, you don’t run. You take the time to shake
hands. It's a beautiful thing and remains as one of my all-time great moments.
The only thing that tops that is seeing your son play at the same place you played your
last game. Against Louisiana Tech Kevin intercepted a pass and ran 75 yards for a TD.
That gives me chills to think of it now, this young man who enters as a walk-on. Hackett
was gracious to let him go there with nothing and make something of himself, to become
a scholarship player and have Heisman teammates, win national titles and bowl games.
We both have national title rings. I was at USC in 1978, his are from 2003 and 2004. I
can't tell you the pride I have in being a Trojan. This is not Miami or Florida State, a few
sprinklings here and there. Southern California has enjoyed consistent domination since
1920. I'm part of that, and it's awesome.

Jeff left school the all-time USC career record-holder at the wide receiver position,

which had been occupied by the likes of Lynn Swann just a few years earlier. He

earned the Brice Taylor award (1982) in honor of the first Trojan All-American,

and the Theodore Gabrielson award as the outstanding player in the Notre Dame

game. Simmons was selected for the East-West Shrine Game and the Japan Bowl.

He played for John Robinson and Marv Goux with the Los Angeles Rams (1983).

His stepson, Kevin Arbet, was a standout on the 2003-04 Trojan national

champions.



                                    SCOTT TINSLEY

Quarterback
1980 - 1982


I was in the Southern California football program for the last five years that John
Robinson was the head coach (1978-82). Marv Goux was still with the program and it
was still the "glory days" of Trojan football.
        I red-shirted in 1978. We won the national title. It was a fun year. We should have

won in 1979, too, but a tie with Stanford cost us a second straight number one ranking.

My teammates included Charles White, Anthony Munoz, Paul McDonald and Ronnie

Lott. From 1979-82, during those four years I was the holder for extra points and field

goals. 1980 was my sophomore year. I started the last two games, vs. UCLA and Notre

Dame, both big games. We had UCLA beat. Marcus Allen scored late in the fourth

quarter and we were ahead, 17-13. A couple of possessions were exchanged, and on their

last drive Jay Schroeder scrambled on a fourth down from his own 30. My roommate Jeff
Fisher went for the interception, but the ball bounced off his shoulder. Ronnie Lott put on

the brakes. Dennis Smith was faced the other way. Freeman McNeil caught it on the dead

run. It was like the "immaculate reception." He ran for the winning score. I threw it in the

end zone a couple of times, but time ran out on us and that win slipped through our

fingers.

We came back the next game against number one Notre Dame at the Coliseum. Michael
Harper had to replace Marcus Allen, who was hurt, and he had a fine game and we drilled
the Fighting Irish, 20-3, which was a great, great day. In 1980 we had a lot of talent and it
could have been one of the all-time great USC teams, but the season is not remembered
that way for different reasons, but we had an incredible collection of great athletes that
included Lott, Roy Foster, Keith Van Horne, Dennis Smith, Marcus Allen . . .
In 1981 spring camp I thought I'd be the starter, since I'd started the last two games of the
1980 season, which should have been a win over the Bruins and of course was a victory
over the Irish. Sean Salisbury was a blue chip freshman quarterback. John Mazur was a
sophomore. I thought I'd won the job but they put Mazur in. I thought I was done. I held
for field goals in 1981. We had the talent and expectations to go all the way. It was a
good season but not a great one. We finished 9-3. We beat Oklahoma, Notre Dame and
UCLA. George Achica blocked a field goal in the last second to give us the victory over
the Bruins, but we lost the Fiesta Bowl and we lost to Washington.
The 1981 Oklahoma game is one of the greatest in Trojan history. It was the biggest
game in the country. We were ranked number one and the Sooners were number two. The
game was played early in the year at the Coliseum. It was great but there were mixed
feelings for me. I grew up a huge OU fan, but they ran the wishbone or the option. I heard
from Barry Switzer but I couldn't do that. I'd been at Putnam City West High School in
Oklahoma. Our coach didn't do that. All the others went to the option but we didn't. I ran
up good numbers and went through the recruiting process. I knew Switzer. I'd been to the
Barry Switzer camp and he said, "We recruit athletes." I'm not gonna go to Oklahoma
State or Kansas State. OU recruited me out of respect but I chose not to play for them
because their offense was not tailored to my throwing style. So, when they came out to
play us, I wanted to play and I didn't wanna lose to them. I didn't wanna lose to anyone
but I really wanted to beat Oklahoma.
It was a huge game but extremely disappointing not to play. I thought I'd be the starter
but it didn't work out that way. One thing I never forgot was they led us 24-21 with two
minutes left, and OU had the ball on our 48, fourth and one, and if he goes for it and gets
the first down, they win. They ran the ball good all day but fumbled a bunch of
exchanges. They'd fumble 10 and lose six of 'em, a lot on quarterback-center exchanges.
Because of that Switzer punted, and Mazur drove 'em down the field.
We had maybe two seconds to go and we're down on their two. We could kick and settle
for a tie, but that's not the USC style, so we go for the win. The TV cameras picked up on
Coach Robinson talking to Mazur, whose a sophomore in his third game, but Robinson's
got his arm around him, he's smiling and saying, "Hey, this is why you come to USC."
It was typical of Coach Robinson, who stayed calm and imparted that to his players.
Other coaches would be frantic, waving their hands, yelling into their headsets, but not
Robinson and not the Trojans. He sends Mazur back out there and he hits Fred Cornwell
for a touchdown pass and glory, 28-24. Robinson was great with that.
We beat people up at the line of scrimmage. The quarterback's in a good situation. We
always ran the ball well, and when you did throw it the second safety was up on the line,
they were always forced into a man-to-man defense, and it was easier to throw it.
Coach Robinson was very much like that, calm and reassuring. Before the 1980 UCLA
game when I got the start, we were stretching and he just takes this personal moment to
walk over to me and says, "Take a look around." The Coliseum's ringed with cardinal and
gold, and blue and gold, and he says, "Just like Putnam City West." There's 90,000-plus
at the Coliseum. When you'd play certain games, you'd come out of the tunnel, and
usually a couple times a year you'd look and the peristyle end was full, and that's when
you knew it was a big game.
In the Fiesta Bowl loss to Joe Paterno, Curt Warner and Penn State, 26-10, it was the only
game in my five years at USC where I felt we had no chance to win. We had a great
team. Marcus Allen set all the rushing record and won the Heisman Trophy, but we lost
26-10. It might as well have been 50-10. Curt Warner out-played Marcus.
I was friends with Mazur and Sean, but they were ahead of me. Mazur got hit late in the
Fiesta Bowl. I said, "He better get up," but he stayed down long enough he had to be
taken out of the game. Sean went in the second half, but we never cranked it up and lost.
In 1982, Salisbury was installed as the number one quarterback. I'm told that Randall
Cunningham, the younger brother of Sam "Bam" Cunningham, wanted to come to USC,
but was told that they were pinning all their hopes on Sean. Cunningham went to UNLV
and became an All-Pro at Philadelphia, and the USC program went on a period of down
years.
We had another good team in 1982 but fell just short enough to prevent us from reaching
our usual goals. Mazur got mad that he lost his starting job to Sean and he transferred to
Texas A&M, which put me right back in the mix in the second half when Sean blew out
his knee. I started the last four games in my senior year. It was ironic that in my career, I
started twice against UCLA and twice against Notre Dame. In 1982 we played the Bruins
and the Fighting Irish back-to-back again, just like 1980. ESPN had just started
SportsCenter and they highlighted these games. They were the ABC games of the week. I
got four of those and more airtime than if I'd stayed in my home state of Oklahoma.
We lost the opener at Florida. It was super-hot hot and humid. Wilbur Marshall was all
over Sean all afternoon. We played a re-match in Norman and they used these chop
blocks on the corners. I remember we practiced for it hard, and we beat Oklahoma, 12-0.
That ended a string of consecutive games the Sooners had scored at least two points, an
NCAA record, and then after that USC broke that record until SC was shut out some
years later. I didn't start but Robinson let me play in front of my hometown friends and
family. He was classy.
Sean got hurt. At number seven Arizona State, I came in late in the fourth quarter. I did
okay but we got beat 17-10. We had the ball on their goal ready to go in but we sent a
guy in motion too early and got hit with a penalty. We couldn't stick it in. I got the
California start and we killed them, 42-0. We went to Arizona and had a shootout on the
road, winning 48-41.
The UCLA game was a classic. It was the first Trojan-Bruin game played in the Rose
Bowl after UCLA left the Coliseum. Their fans got tired of walking past all our shrines
every game. We trailed 20-6 well into the second half, but we scored twice. We called
time-out on their one-yard line. I called a misdirection pass to Mark Boyer, our tight end.
Then there was confusion, with a lot on the line as to who would go to the Rose Bowl if
UCLA wins or ties, and we went for two. I thought they'd play man, try for Jeff
Simmons, but I got blindsided by Karl Morgan and we lost, 20-19.
We had a chance to redeem our season the last game against Notre Dame. We came back
to win, 17-13. Mike Harper had another good game against the Fighting Irish. He had
good games against them in 1980 and '82. It was another game where we're gonna go for
the win, not the tie. Let the other teams go for ties, Trojans go for wins, and Michael went
over the goal without the ball. The referee didn’t call it and glory was ours.
In 1979 Tim Shannon was a freshman. Jeff Fisher wen to the Chicago Bears after the
1980 season and Tim moved in with me to the Moon apartment behind sorority row. He
was my roommate and close friend for two years, from 1981-82. His father is Mike
Shannon, the great St. Louis Cardinals' third baseman and longtime announcer. I met
with him all the time. Mr. Shannon was a classic Cardinal. He'd come into town for the
cardinal and gold game and we always had a great time. Whenever I've been on the road
for many years on business, I'd always take clients up to Mike's private box at Busch
Stadium and introduce them to Mr. Shannon.
I never heard the story that Tom Cruise was going to enroll at USC until Risky Business
became a blockbuster, but I did meet Kelly McGillis from Top Gun. Someone said she
graduated from USC. I don't know. I knew Jennifer Nicholson, Jack Nicholson's
daughter, really well. I think she's a clothing designer and does well. Lou Brock's son
played football at USC and was great athlete.
Marv Goux was like a second dad to me, and a great man. I speak for a lot of people
when I say that about him. Chris Smith was the best baseball hitter I ever saw. Tim
played baseball as well as football, so I watched a lot of ballgames. Rod Dedeaux's team
won the 1978 national title, and I remember being amazed at the varsity alumni games
when Tom Seaver, Dave Kingman and all these superstars would come out. Smith just
comes over to the fence and says, "I’ll hit two out today," and he did. He'd come back
and knock on the door when he was done with winter ball, usually just in time for the
Notre Dame game. I don't know about his defense, but he just wanted to hit. Bill Bordley
was finishing up at USC when I got there, and he was a flame-thrower who would have
been a Major League star had he not hurt himself.
I've followed the Trojans and really like how Pete Carroll handles the situation at
quarterback. He's the very best coach in the nation. I'm good friends with Colt Brennan. I
live in Orange County and he came out of the Mater Dei program that produced Matt
Leinart. His coach, Bruce Rollinson, is a great Trojan.


Scott Tinsley's first year in the program was 1978, when Troy captured the national

title. He was the starting quarterback in his senior year (1982), earning the Marv

Goux award for contributing the most in the UCLA game, when he led the Trojans
on a furious fourth quarter comeback until a courageous two-point attempt was

thwarted by the Bruins' Karl Morgan. Scott played in the 1983 Japan Bowl.




MICKEY MEISTER WAS MY FRIEND

www.American-Reporter.com, 2006



Marin County, California is one of the most affluent, prosperous places in the world. Not
only does it contain some of the richest zip codes and home prices, but its leafy environs
symbolize westernized Ivy League reverence for education and scholarship.
Consequently, graduates of Marin's high schools regularly matriculate at the top colleges
this nation has to offer, using their advantages and contacts to vault into great success in
life.
        Out of all the graduating seniors who made up Marin County's Class of 1979, it
can be argued that the one most likely to succeed was Mickey Meister, 18 years of age,
wearing the cap 'n' gown of the counties' most prestigious school of the era, Redwood
High. Among the laundry list of traits that make up "advantages" in the modern world,
Mick ran the table.
        Mick stood six-feet, five inches tall and weighed 220 pounds. Look up
"handsome" in the dictionary, and a picture of Mick in 1979 appears. He had a lion's
mien of brown hair and a smile that lit up a room. Girls drooled over him and guys
wanted to warm themselves in his sunshine. Everybody loved him. Or envied him.
        Mick either had a photographic memory or was just gifted when it came to
numbers. Either way, he was a math genius who could compute figures in his mind like
Dustin Hoffman in "Rainman".
        Mick was an only child. He lived in a mansion in Ross, one of the most exclusive
enclaves in one of the most exclusive of locations. Everything he wanted was handed to
him. His daily allowance matched the meal money provided to top professional athletes.
        Speaking of sports, Mick was named National High School Athlete of the Year in
1979. His competition included John Elway from Granada Hills and Jay Schroeder from
Palisades. It was on the baseball field where I knew Mick, and where our friendship
developed.
        When I got to Redwood, I began to hear stories about Meister's legend from the
Central Marin Babe Ruth League and junior high hoops. He was said to be a man among
boys. I spotted Mick for the first time playing tennis on the College of Marin courts. He
wore a perfectly matched white outfit, had a state-of-the art racquet, and the strokes to
go with it. He also could talk "trash" with the best of them.
        In those days, Redwood under taskmaster coach Al Endriss was one of the two or
three top prep baseball programs in America. Endriss was nothing if not hard-nosed.
         "This isn't a Democracy," he told us. "It's a dictatorship."
         Every once in a while a skilled sophomore would make the varsity. Mick made the
"big club" as a freshman. The tradition was for "rookies" to carry equipment and handle
menial tasks. Mick would have none of it. He knew he was destined to be the best pitcher
Redwood ever had, and demanded the number 19 jersey that was always worn by the
staff ace. Meister never paid Endriss the respect he demanded through fear and
intimidation. He was kicked off the team, and his teammates voted to keep him off.
Endriss knew he needed him, though, and brought him back. Mick nonchalantly
sauntered back, never uttering a whiff of apology or remorse. Mick went through
Redwood's female population like Patton's Army in the Low Countries. He drank and did
drugs. He seemed impervious to any ill effects. In 1977, despite the fact that our staff
included four pitchers who would play professionally (five would earn athletic
scholarships) Mick was the main man. The honor of starting the league opener was going
to go either to Mick or myself. I learned that it was Mick when I walked in the library and
Mick stood up and announced, loudly, that "Super sophomore Mickey Meister will be
starting for the Giants today." He was 11-1, earned all-league honors, and led us not
only to a 33-4 record and the North Coast Section title, but the "mythical" National
Championship of high school baseball. In his junior year, Mick was 14-0, made
consensus prep All-America, and Redwood again won the NCS (finishing number two in
the nation). As a senior, Mick capped the greatest pitching career in Marin history with
another All-American season.
         The world was at his feet. In my life I have never known a more self-confident
egotist than the teenage Mick. Despite his braggadocio, Mick was impossible not to like.
He had the copyright on charisma, and as Dizzy Dean once said, "If you can do it, it ain't
braggin'."
         The Boston Red Sox drafted him, but Mick decided to accept a full-ride to the
University of Southern California. I attended USC, too. It was there where I cemented my
friendship with him. Mick's ride at this private school was worth about $70,000. It was
also at this time that small fissures began to appear in Mick's life.
         His father, Jack, had been a minor league pitcher who had built his own
insurance business, but he was starting to run into financial problems. His mother, June,
had been an aspiring actress who claimed to have dated Marlon Brando before marrying
Jack. When Mick pitched in high school, June would sit in her car with a bottle of booze.
Her alcoholism was a known "secret." June was a talker. When you called Mick, you had
to give yourself 15 minutes because she could talk your head off if she answered the
phone. As soon as Mick graduated from Redwood, his folks broke up. June moved into a
small apartment in Greenbrae, and Jack moved to Atlanta, where he married a black
woman. She was not Tyra Banks. Mick's USC teammates called her "Aunt Jemima". For
the first time in his heretofore charmed life, Mick had to hold his tongue.
         Still, USC was a blast. In his sophomore year, Mick led the Trojans with a 9-3
record and was incredibly popular with all the beautiful USC coeds. But he partied too
hard. He rarely attended class, unless it was something like Film Appreciation and was
held at night. Mick was a film buff and an authority on all things rock 'n' roll, especially
Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones. Jagger was his not just his namesake but his role
model, which explains much too much.
         Mick spent hours playing video games instead of studying. He would find a smart,
pretty girl and cheat off of her. He drank every night. He had no work ethic, and it
affected his pitching. By his senior year he was out of favor with legendary coach Rod
Dedeaux. The L.A. Times, noting that four years earlier he was considered the nation's
best high school recruit, called him the "enigma." Instead of putting his math skills to use
as an aspiring accountant or engineer, Mick became a card shark. He outsmarted his
teammates in poker games, and on trips to Vegas learned how to count cards out of a
three-deck shoe. Mick had chutzpa in a big way. If he did not sleep with a girl, he
claimed to sleep with them. One of his "conquests" approached Mick when he came to a
campus restaurant with his teammates.
         "Hi, I'm Leslie," she said. "I thought I should introduce myself, since we've been
sleeping with each other." It did not faze Mick in any way. The things that would buckle a
normal guy had no affect on him. He was brazen.
         Mick never graduated. His standing as a prospect fell precipitously, and Seattle
drafted him in the low rounds. In the minor leagues, he drank heavily and took advantage
of the small town groupies. After two inauspicious seasons, his once-bright baseball
career was over.
         Mick ended up in the south bay area of Northern California, living in San Jose
and eventually Fremont. He always had the touch with women. His girlfriends were
always attractive. He always cheated on them. They always deserted him. He always
found a replacement. Mick actually found gainful employment, counseling students at
Silicon Valley College on their career prospects. It amazed me that he could hold a job
like that. It seemed utterly incongruous that somebody like Mick "counseled" students. He
was never in his office when you called him, bragging that he played golf and expensed
everything on the company dime. He was always juggling women; the divorcee did not
know about the secretary who did not know about the college chick. His friends felt sorry
for the girls but kept their mouths shut, even when they would ask them, "How could he
lie to me like that?"
         Eventually, things started going south in the South Bay. "Mick sightings"
described a haggard guy who no longer resembled the sports stud of his youth. His
mother passed away, and for all practical purposes Mick lost touch with his old man. He
drank at work and was the subject of sexual harassment complaints. He was suspected of
everything from absenteeism to embezzlement. Mick became addicted to gambling and
owed markers to bookies all over the country. He was fired.
         Mick had friends with money. He went to all of them, but over time each of them
cut him off. After being evicted, he would stay with friends, but always outstayed his
welcome. A constant tobacco chewer, he would leave his dip cups around the house for
the wives and kids of his friends to find, and eventually he just spat on the carpet,
blaming the children. Mick's friend, Mac, was the last to help him. He tried to direct his
credit card number only to motels and restaurants, but when he discovered that the
money he lent Mick went to wine, not food and shelter, he had to cut him off and change
his phone number.
         Mick then lived in a car - or worse - in Texas. I thought about Mick on
Thanksgiving in 2003. On the one hand, I know he had nobody to blame but himself, and
that if I had been blessed with his gifts I would have used them to the limit. Mick never
had any spiritual guidance. He laughed at the idea of religious faith, and seemed to
admire people who got away with bad deeds. He loved the way O.J. Simpson had gotten
away with murder, and thought Bill Clinton's ability to walk through the raindrops was a
textbook for life. On the other hand, I could not help but feel thankful that I have what I
have. My problems were minuscule compared to Mickey Meister's, and while he may not
have acknowledge God, I prayed that he would find peace.
         The last of Mick's friends to see him before he left for Texqas in 2003 reported
that as he was being driven to the bus station, he was still bragging about his latest
sexual conquest. Then he thought about his situation, and finally it seemed to hit him.
Still, the film buff in him was yearning to get out.
         "I don't know how this happened to me, but this could be a movie," he said. "What
would we call it? An 'American Tragedy'?"
         Three years later, Mickey Meister passed away.. To those who knew what had
become of him, this was news we expected since 2003. He was 44 years old. His life is a
Shakespearean cautionary tale of wasted talent and excess. He was a man of
extraordinary flaw, yet also one of great charisma. It is the fervent hope of this old friend
of Mick’s that somehow that charisma, combined with Mick’s spiritual knowledge of
death’s impending harvest - and hopeful repentance - impressed God enough to grant
salvation to his soul.

I was his friend, so I wanted to know what happene. When Mickey became homeless in
Texas, I wrote an article that ran nationally for The American Reporter, trying not just to
understand his cautionary tale but maybe to help him, if I could.
         The article found its way to Texas, where residents of Earl Campbell’s old
hometown of Tyler were trying to make sense of the strange, oddly entertaining drifter
named Mickey. The article detailed Mick’s success, his failures and his faults. The
desired effect was that he would grasp the realities of his life, causing him to right his
ship; take stock in himself; stop drinking; find peace through Christ.
         I heard through friends that Mick was peeved at the article, especially since it
shed light that made it harder to flimflam local Texas women. But he had a strange pride
in his faults, causing him to show the article around town, cherry-picking the parts about
his sports heroics and, oddly, bragging that “it’s all true.” Even the parts about his
childhood affluence were used to create the image that a trust fund was waiting, that he
just needed enough to get by, a loan, an investment in an Internet stock that was a sure
thing until his ship came in.
         The article hit a nerve. Numerous old Redwood and USC people came across it
and contacted me with “Meister stories.” Mick’s circle of friends started getting emails
from Tyler, Texas. The typical query went like this: “I have a female friend who has
befriended a man named Mickey Meister. She is not very attractive and quite flattered to
receive male attention. Each day she meets Mickey at ‘TGIF Friday’s,’ where he spends
the day drinking on my friend’s tab until she arrives after work. They drink and eat, she
pays the tab, and they go. Mickey has access to her bank account, ATM and 401K. He
promises he will pay her back, as he is investing in a big deal. He claims a doctorate
from USC, to be a former big league All-Star, and other fantastic fables.”
         Mick’s friends, myself included, tried to warn off these “lonely hearts club
women,” apparently with some success, but there was always another one. Finally, some
months ago, he talked one of them into coming to California with him. She weighed close
to 300 pounds and had given Mick access to her savings. Looking back, Mick was coming
home to die. He knew his liver could not take the alcohol abuse he put it through. The
handsome pitching ace was unrecognizable the last few years.
        But, again. . . why? As his friend, Alex Jacobs once said, “Mick’s a complex
human being.” To figure out the roots of his demise, one must look to a youth in which
his physical, mental and economic gifts were so great that he took them for granted. To
those of us who knew him, this was plainly obvious.
        As an athlete, he showed up and dominated. Females? Same thing. Money? It
seemingly grew on the trees of his Ross surroundings. Academics? His photographic
memory meant he did not need to study. His parents doted on him; his friends were more
like apostles. Door after door. . . welcome, Mick.
        But Mick cheated on girlfriends and stole from his male friends. One good pal
had a computer heisted by Mick. He was dishonest. Employment never lasted. He took
money from a Marin County bank that employed him as a teller, telling a friend who
inquired how he could do such a thing, “It’s really pretty easy once you get past the
morality of it.”
When caught red-handed stealing, cheating and lying, he just smiled. He was proud of
his ability to get away with stuff. He loved Bill Clinton because he was a slickster who
never got caught. He used his math skills to cheat at cards.
        My personal, humble analysis is that he lacked spiritual guidance. As it says in
the Gospel According to Matthew, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world,
only to lose his soul?” It was in this verse that I found strange hope for Mick, because in
the end he lost the whole world. This was why I wrote about him in 2003, hoping he
would realize this, repent and save his soul, for in God’s mystery our Earthly stumbles
can be the pathway to Heaven. This remains my hope.
       Mick’s friends will gather for memories of him at Marin Joe’s on April 29.




SHAM OR SLAM?

StreetZebra, 2000



A crowd of 500 fans and camera crews from Parade magazine, NBC and ESPN showed

up at Riverside's Poly High School on the evening of January 28, 1982 to see if Cheryl

Miller would score 100 points against Norte Vista High. Norte Vista was one of the worst

high school girls' hoop teams of all time, coming in at 0-13. They had already lost to

North Riverside, 117-8. Norte Vista had lost to North Riverside, 126-11, the previous

year. Miller had scored 77 in a 137-11 win over them in 1981, and they had gone
through three coaches in three seasons.

       WAS IT JUST COINCIDENCE THAT MILLER AND HER TEAMMATES BROKE EIGHT NATIONAL

AND C.I.F. RECORDS WHEN THE TV CAMERAS WERE ROLLING, OR WAS IT A SETUP? SHOULD

MILLER HAVE PLAYED THE ENTIRE GAME?

"I GUESS I PICKED A NICE NIGHT TO DO SOMETHING," MILLER SAID. "I DIDN'T SET OUT TO
SCORE 100 POINTS."
OR DID SHE? WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER, SHE HAD SCORED 105. HER BROTHER, REGGIE, A 6-5
JUNIOR FORWARD ON POLY'S BOYS' TEAM, SCORED 32 THAT NIGHT IN A 74-69 OVERTIME LOSS
TO NORTE VISTA.
THE 137 POINTS SCORED BY THE MILLERS MAY BE A WORLD RECORD FOR A SISTER-BROTHER
COMBINATION.
CHERYL BECAME THE FIFTEENTH SCHOOLGIRL TO PASS THE 100-POINT MARK. LINDA PAIGE OF
DOBBINS TECH HAD SCORED 103 THE PREVIOUS YEAR, AND MARION BOYD OF LONACONING
CENTRAL HIGH IN MARYLAND HAD SCORED 156 IN 1924.
SHE WAS DIFFERENT, HOWEVER. FLASHIER. A NEW KIND OF FEMALE SHOWSTOPPER.
       "I GUESS I HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT," SAID POLY COACH FLOYD EVANS

AFTER THE CENTURY-MARK GAME. "WE DIDN'T PULL BACK. BUT WHAT ELSE SHOULD I TELL MY

KIDS? SHOULD I TELL THEM TO PULL UP WHEN THEY GET A GOOD SHOT?"

THE FACT THAT A 30-SECOND CLOCK EXISTED ELIMINATED NORTE VISTA FROM THE OPTION OF
STALLING. T.J. BIENAS, NORTE VISTA'S COACH, HAD TOLD THE TEAM BEFOREHAND THAT IF
THEY FAILED TO "SHOW UP" OR FOULED ON PURPOSE, THEY WOULD NOT GET A LETTER.
When you are 0-13, getting a letter is not such great motivation, so one has to ask
themselves if the cameras and the situation all boiled to a conspiratorial head that night.
THE QUESTION COMES DOWN TO COACH'S RESPONSIBILITY. DO YOU LET A PLAYER BREAK A
RECORD WHILE SHOWING UP ANOTHER TEAM IN THE PROCESS? DO YOU ALLOW YOUR TEAM TO
BE HUMILIATED AT THE EXPENSE OF SOMEBODY ELSE'S GLORY?
Nevertheless, the 6-3 Miller has gone down in history as one of the greatest women's
basketball players ever. Her high school teams were 132-4, winning four Southern
Section championships, while she garnered consensus All-American honors. At USC she
led the Trojans to two national championships, was everybody's All-American, and was
the top player in the nation. In 1984 she led the United States to victory in the L.A.
Olympic Games, and she is one of the few women who could dunk.
MILLER TRANSCENDED GENDER ROLES BY WORKING AS A COURTSIDE REPORTER FOR TNT
DURING NBA GAMES, AND HAD A STINT AS TROY'S COACH. SHE IS NOW THE VOLATILE COACH OF
THE WNBA'S PHOENIX MERCURY. EMOTION IS A MILLER TRAIT. REGGIE PLAYED AT UCLA
BEFORE BLOSSOMING INTO A STAR FORWARD WITH THE INDIANA PACERS. HE IS WELL KNOWN
FOR HIS TAUNTING AND ANTICS DURING PLAY-OFF GAMES.
Cheryl, like Reggie, is respected as a player, but is not loved by everyone. Once after
Southern Cal beat Cal State Long Beach, she sat on the rim blowing kisses. Another time,
after beating Tennessee, she did a cartwheel in front of the Lady Vols.' bench.
"I DON'T CONSIDER MYSELF A HOT DOG," SAID MILLER. "BUT I'M NOT A SUBTLE PLAYER."
There is not enough mustard in America to cover this hot dog! She was the female
version of Reggie Jackson.
"I KNOW I WOULDN'T ALLOW SOME OF THE THINGS CHERYL DOES," CAL STATE LONG BEACH
COACH JOAN BONVICINI ONCE SAID.
Cheryl toned her act down considerably when the media spotlight of the 1984 Games was
on her.
SC COACH CHRIS GOBRECHT THINKS THAT THE WOMEN OF TROY CAN RETURN TO THE DAYS OF
GLORY, HAVING LANDED HARBOR CITY NARBONNE'S EBONY HOFFMAN.
Hoffman may be a great like Miller, but she is a reserved personality who will not create
the kind of controversy Cheryl did.
        CHERYL'S CIF RECORD WAS ALMOST BROKEN WHEN LISA LESLIE OF MORNINGSIDE

HIGH SCHOOL IN INGLEWOOD SCORED 101 POINTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF A 1990 GAME VS.

SOUTH TORRANCE, BUT THE SOUTH TORRANCE COACH REFUSED TO ALLOW THE TEAM TO COME

OUT FOR THE SECOND HALF.

       LOVE HER OR HATE HER, ONE THING IS FOR SURE: CHERYL MILLER HELPED PUT

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ON THE MAP. THE WNBA AND PLAYERS LIKE LESLIE CAN THANK

CHERYL, ONE OF THE PIONEERS WHO CREATED OPPORTUNITIES NOW AVAILABLE TO WOMEN IN

BASKETBALL.




                                    BRENT MOORE

                                    Defensive Tackle

1983 - 1985


Most guys at USC were prep All-Americans. Cal told me I could play, they needed me,

but they didn't offer a scholarship. They needed help right away on the line, but go figure,

they want me to come and play but I have to pay my way? John Berry from Walnut

Creek; we were two guys from Northern California who made the same circuit of
recruiting trips. Nebraska, here. So the Cal coach said, "Yeah, we'll let you know. We'll

talk turkey." In this case he offers me a "chance" to walk on. I said, "I'll go to USC." USC

had in the mean time offered me a ride. San Diego State called, but those trips weren't

that great, so I just figured, I'm going to SC.

        I came from Marin County and USC was a real shock for me. Some guy named
Ron Blum was supposed to be the best athlete ever to come out of Marin County. Tom
Zechlin was my coach at San Marin. Marin is where Pete Carroll came from. Now I'm at
a place where guys played at these powerhouses like Mater Dei, Long Beach Poly and
Edison. "Blue chip" superstars who'd played in the most high-profile situations.
        IT WAS WHAT DROVE ME. I WAS NOT A HIGH SCHOOL ALL-AMERICAN. I WAS

UNDERSIZED AT 210 POUNDS. I GRADUATED AROUND 230 OR 235. IT WAS AN UPHILL

BATTLE ALL THE WAY. I HAD A CHIP ON MY SHOULDER, BUT I BROKE MY FOOT WORKING

OUT IN THE SUMMER AND HAD TO SIT TWO WEEKS AND WATCH PRACTICE. FINALLY I GET

OUT THERE AND PUMP MYSELF UP, "HEY, I'M ON SCHOLARSHIP. I THINK I CAN GO WITH

THESE GUYS." SO WHAT DID THEY DO? THEY PUT ME WITH THE WALK-ONS. I SPENT THREE

YEARS ON THE SCOUT TEAM. JOHN ROBINSON WAS THE COACH AND ONE DAY KENNEDY

POLA DIVES A BLAST AT ME. I WAS AT LINEBACKER AND I'M BRINGING IT TO POLA.

ROBINSON SAYS, "TAKE IT EASY ON HIM." I'M UP AGAINST DON MOSEBAR, ROY FOSTER,

BRUCE MATTHEWS, KEN RUETTGERS. I PLAYED WITH HIM IN GREEN BAY. I PRACTICED

AGAINST THOSE GUYS. WE PLAYED OHIO STATE IN THE 1985 ROSE BOWL. RUETTGERS GOT

REALLY GOOD IN THREE MONTHS. HIS TECHNIQUE WAS PERFECT. I JUST THOUGHT, "IF HE

DOESN'T KILL ME IN PRACTICE, I'M GONNA BE OKAY." HE PLAYED IN GREEN BAY FOREVER.

        When it came to academics I was fortunate. John Berry was pre-med. He was a

nose guard. Tony Colorito was pre-med. Matt Koart took classes with me. He was gonna

be a lawyer, so we studied a lot. My group had help, but now they have a real set-up for

student athletes. But we were coming off academic probation so they really pushed
academics. I got a business degree.

       USC was great. I recall my freshman year, the Oklahoma game. We were one,

they were two. I grew up an OU fan, so I'm not sure who I was rooting for awhile. I didn't

know SC history, but I was lucky that through Marv Marinovich, when I was a freshman

he hooked me up with Marv Goux. It was his recommendation that got me in. Gil Haskell

recruited me but it was on Marv's recommendation that the offer was made.

I attended Craig Fertig's football camp at Oregon State, where he was the coach at that
time. I would hang out with Marv Marinovich's son, Todd Marinovich. Marv was
married to Craig's sister so that's how the connection was made. I was there in the
summer and Marv Marinovich would have Todd there, and he worked him hard. I spent
several weeks there every summer and got to know Todd very well as he was growing
up, and he was being recruited to SC as I was leaving. I'm pulling for Todd.
The "Five-oh" was our spot. The "Nine-oh" was for the frat guys; we were stuck at the
"Five-oh." Sometimes it was hard to be a student-athlete. I remember the week of the
Notre Dame game some of the coaches, most notably Artie Gigantino said, "I don't want
to see any of those damn textbooks." The focus was on football.
Pete Carroll and I met up here at the Marin County Hall of Fame dinner. I also met him at
"Salute to Troy," where teams from 25 and 50 years before come and are introduced to
the current squad. I just said, "Hi Pete, I'm from San Marin," and he said, "Ooooh, San
Marin, huh!" I'm told he played Pop Warner football in Marin against Dan Fouts. Pete
was with the Redwood Junior Giants, Fouts was with the Drake Junior Pirates, so maybe
Marin's not all that light in football after all.
I'm involved in the Pop Warner program and we play the teams from central Marin and
there's always three or four guys with SC hats, which is the Carroll influence. You know,
I was a spoiled kid from Marin, but I had my eyes open. I was dropped off in Green Bay,
Wisconsin, plus I'm coming from USC, where you pick your cleats off a shelf, but at
Green Bay you have to buy them. USC was a step up from Green Bay, especially back
then. We started 1-9 and that makes everybody freak out. There's a lot of pressure that
goes with that.
In the meanwhile, Colorito goes to Denver and they play in the Super Bowl. When you
win everybody loves everybody. It was culture shock socially, and all the females
seemingly were married at 15 or 18. Basically I did time there. Ruettgers got a house
there, but most just pack it up and are ready to leave at the end of the season, after four or
five months straight of cold.
They had me switch positions five times at Green Bay and then I blew my ACL. I asked
for a release, that's how bad I was willing to go anywhere else, to try again, but they had
a roster limit at camp and I sat the year out. I thought I could go into rec sports and get
through it. Players have a hard time leaving the game. So I retired and discovered
everybody was working. In life I was behind everybody.
What It Means to Be a Trojan means that I've grown to love USC. I'm very proud to have
gone to SC, it was the best thing I've ever done. I played football for the Trojans, played
in the Rose Bowl. I'm not from a Trojan family. I'm from an Oregon State family, but I
didn't follow the Pac-10 or SC history.
I GOT "STUCK" THERE, AND WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO GET STUCK. AS I BECAME MORE
INTERESTED, I CAN APPRECIATE THIS, ALL THE USC PEOPLE IN SO-CALLED "CAL
COUNTRY," AND THE BAND PLAYS CONQUEST, WHICH IS THE MOST POLITICALLY
INCORRECT SONG IN SPORTS, DEPICTING THE SPANISH CONQUISTADORS CONQUERING SOME
AZTEC VILLAGE. BUT THE SONG GETS MY BLOOD GOING NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES I
HEAR IT. BY THE TIME YOU'RE A SENIOR YOU GET A LITTLE JADED, BUT IT STILL GETS YOU,
AND WALKING THROUGH THE NARROW COLISEUM TUNNEL, WHICH IS ALWAYS TOO SHORT
FOR ME, AND THOSE LIGHTS ALMOST HIT MY HEAD, AND THERE'S THE COLISEUM; THE
CROWD, THE HORSE, THE BAND, THE COLORS, THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN, THE DOWNTOWN
SKYLINE, THE MIRACLE MILE, THE MOUNTAINS AND THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS ON ONE SIDE,
THE OCEAN IN THE DISTANCE TO THE WEST. COUNT ME IN.

BRENT MOORE WAS IN THE PROGRAM FROM 1981 TO 1985 BEFORE PLAYING FOR THE

GREEN BAY PACKERS.



BIG UNIT WAS BAY AREA BOY OF SUMMER

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 2001



PHOENIX – HE IS THE PAUL BUNYAN OF BASEBALL. IN THE MODERN DAY VERSION OF DAVID

VS. GOLIATH, HE IS GOLIATH. THIS GUY IS NOT EVERYMAN. HE IS TO PITCHING WHAT ROMMEL

WAS TO DESERT COMBAT, CHUCK YEAGER TO AVIATION, EINSTEIN TO QUANTUM THEORY.

       RANDY JOHNSON’S NATURAL SKILLS MAKE HIM STAND OUT ABOVE AND BEYOND THE

NORMAL, THE AVERAGE, AND THE HUMDRUM.

       STILL, THIS FRANKENSTEIN OF BASEBALL, THIS 6-10 MILLIONAIRE
<I>WUNDERKIND</I> WHO IS SO DIFFERENT, SO SKILLED, SO GIFTED, IS IN FACT VERY MUCH
LIKE THE REST OF US.

       THE CHAIR

       IT HAD BEEN A FEW YEARS SINCE I LAST SAW RANDY JOHNSON, BUT I ATTENDED USC

WITH HIM, AND WHEN I APPROACHED HIM IN THE LOCKER ROOM AND ASKED IF HE HAD A FEW
MINUTES, HE SAID, “OF COURSE I DO.”


       NOW, JOHNSON HAS A COMFORTABLE RECLINER NEXT TO HIS LOCKER AT BANK ONE

BALLPARK IN PHOENIX, BUT HE WAS NOT SITTING IN IT.

       “DO YOU MIND IF I SIT HERE?” I INQUIRED.
       HE NODDED “SURE,” AND SO I DID.
     APPARENTLY, THE RECLINER IS NOT AVAILABLE TO JUST ANYBODY. PITCHER MIKE
MORGAN DROPPED BY, OPENED A NEARBY REFRIGERATOR, AND OFFERED ME A BEER.
       “NO THANKS,” I SAID. GEE, WHAT A NICE GUY.
       “CAN I GET YOU A SANDWICH?” ASKS MATT WILLIAMS.
       WAIT A MINUTE! I AM GETTING GOOFED ON BY THE DIAMONDBACKS.
       “I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE SITTING IN YOUR CHAIR, AM I?” I ASK THE BIG UNIT.
       HE SMILES.
      “YOU KNOW WHAT?” HE SAYS. “US TROJANS STICK TOGETHER. YOU CAN SIT
ANYWHERE YOU LIKE.”

       YOU GOTTA LOVE THE GOOD OL’ BOY NETWORK. I CONDUCT THE INTERVIEW, WHICH
LASTS THE BETTER PART OF 45 MINUTES, SITTING IN THE RECLINER.

      IT EVENTUALLY GOT SO COMFORTABLE I ALMOST TOLD MORGAN THAT I HAD
RECONSIDERED THAT OFFER OF A COLD BREW.

       THE CONVERSATION CENTERS NOT ON JOHNSON’S GREAT CAREER STATISTICS, OR
“WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE RANDY JOHNSON?”, WHICH SEEMS TO BE THE SEMI-BORING FOCUS OF
99 PERCENT OF MODERN-DAY SPORTS INTERVIEWS. AT LEAST NOT THE RANDY JOHNSON WE SEE
ON TV. NO, IT IS TIME TO TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE, TO THE BIG UNIT’S ROOTS.



       BERCOVICH FURNITURE

       WHEN THE PUNDITOCRACY OF BASEBALL TALKS ABOUT A GUY’S BACKGROUND, THEY

OFTEN REFER TO THE HIGH SCHOOL HE PLAYED AT. HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL IS VERY MUCH A

RITE OF PASSAGE, AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE. HOWEVER, IT MAY NOT BE THE PLACE WHERE A

BASEBALL PLAYER BEST HONES HIS BUDDING SKILLS. THE PREP SEASON USUALLY STARTS WHEN

THE WEATHER IS COLDER, WETTER. THE SEASON GOES ABOUT 30 GAMES, GIVE OR TAKE, AND

OUTSIDE INTERESTS LIKE SCHOOL, GIRLS, FRIENDS, AND CLIQUES CAN ENCROACH ON ONES’
CONCENTRATION.

        SUMMER BALL IS WHERE PROGRESS IS MADE. IT CAN BE AMERICAN LEGION, CONNIE
MACK, JOE DIMAGGIO OR SENIOR BABE RUTH LEAGUE. KIDS PLAY MORE GAMES THAN
DURING THE HIGH SCHOOL SEASON. THEY TRAVEL, THEY FACE GREAT COMPETITION, AND THE
TEAM ITSELF OFTEN DRAWS FROM A LARGER POPULATION BASE THAN THE SCHOOL, MAKING FOR
AN “AREA ALL-STAR” CONCEPT.
        THE WEATHER IS WARM. THE PLAYERS HAVE FEWER DISTRACTIONS IN THE SUMMER.
THEY ARE MORE SKILLED BY AUGUST THAN THEY WERE IN MAY.
        YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A TEAM IN BALTIMORE CALLED MAMA LEONE’S. THE SPONSOR
WAS, AS YOU CAN GUESS, AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT. REGGIE JACKSON PLAYED FOR LEONE’S.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WROTE AN ARTICLE ABOUT THEM. TODAY, IF YOU ARE A TOP PROSPECT IN
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, YOU MIGHT TRAVEL 30 MILES OR SO TO PLAY FOR LONG BEACH’S
CONNIE MACK TEAM AT BLAIR FIELD, OR THE ORANGE COUNTY DOGS.
        IN THE 1970S AND ‘80S, SUCH A TEAM PLAYED HARD, FAST BASEBALL AT LANEY
COLLEGE IN OAKLAND, AND ON DUSTY BALL FIELDS FROM ONE END OF THE BAY AREA TO THE
OTHER – AND BEYOND.
        THEY WERE CALLED BERCOVICH FURNITURE. IF THAT NAME SOUNDS FAMILIAR, IT IS
BECAUSE MR. BERCOVICH, WHO RAN A FURNITURE STORE (AND MAYBE A FEW OTHER THINGS)
WAS A CLOSE, PERSONAL FRIEND OF RAIDERS’ OWNER AL DAVIS. WHENEVER TALK WOULD
BREAK OUT ABOUT NEW STADIUM FINANCING, OR A RE-SHUFFLING OF THE OWNERSHIP GROUP,
THIS GUY BERKOVICH’S NAME WOULD POP UP. YOU NEVER SAW HIS PICTURE. HE WAS NOT A
MEDIA DUDE, BUT HE WAS A MOVER AND A SHAKER.
        MAYBE HE OWNED SOME LAND, OR HAD SOME PARKING LOTS THAT COULD BE
CONVERTED INTO THE RAIDERS NEW FOOTBALL PALACE. WHATEVER. HE HAD MONEY, HE
LOVED SPORTS, AND HE WAS CONNECTED TO THE POWERS-THAT-BE.
        HE ALSO LIKED TO SEE YOUNG ATHLETES PROSPER.
        BERKOVICH HAD THE DOUGH. RAY LUCE KNEW THE GAME. LUCE HAD PASSION FOR IT.

LUCE RAN BERKOVICH FURNITURE FOR YEARS. OFTEN, THEY PLAYED DOUBLE-HEADERS – IN

DIFFERENT CITIES. MAYBE AN AFTERNOON GAME AT LANEY, THEN A NIGHTCAP IN WALNUT

CREEK. HECK, THEY PLAYED TRIPLE-HEADERS. BETWEEN MEMORIAL DAY AND LABOR DAY,

LUCE’S TEAM MIGHT PLAY 120 GAMES!

       Luce loved baseball and kids. He liked to be around them. The guys who played

for him swear by him. One of those guys was a very tall, thin southpaw who had been

born in Walnut Creek, and was pitching at Livermore High School.

        “Yeah, we’d play three games a day,” recalled Johnson. “We’d play in Hayward,
we’d play in Oakland. We’d play wherever there was a game and a team to play against.
It was a Bay Area All-Star team. Jack Del Rio played for us. Don Wakematsu, Doug
Henry, Kevin Maas. We had guys from Berkeley. Guys would travel to play, or move in
from outside the area.”
        Wakematsu and Henry were stars at Tennyson High in Hayward who went on star
at Arizona State. Henry, of course, has been a top relief pitcher for years, including
productive seasons with the Giants. Del Rio starred in baseball, basketball and football
at Hayward High, and led Southern Cal to the 1985 Rose Bowl victory before playing
linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings.
        Mass, from Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School, played at the University of
California and, for a couple of seasons at Yankee Stadium in the early 1990s, looked like
the next Babe Ruth.
        “It was the best team I’ve ever been on,” says Johnson, obviously making this
reference within context. “The caliber of ball was excellent, and it was a lot of fun.”
        Another Bay Area left-hander, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, once made a similar
statement when he said the best team he ever saw was “either the 1968 USC Trojans, or
any Taiwan little league team.” Space did concede that the 1975 Cincinnati Reds could
compete in this league, as well.
        Speaking of USC, that is where Mr. Johnson went next. You hear about these
players who turn down millions of George Steinbrenner’s or Ted Turner’s dollars to play
college ball at USC or Stanford. This must have been the case for Randy, right?
        Not quite.
        “Johnson was not the best pitcher on the team,” says former Berkovich teammate
Bruno Caravalho, who also played with him at USC.
        “Luce would have us travel all over the Bay Area,” says Johnson, “and beyond

the Bay Area. We’d go to the Wine Country, the Central Valley, anywhere. My Dad

would often drive me. It was a bit of a haul, but Dad would take me to the games. I really

appreciate my Dad. He played mostly rec league softball, but he saw that I had potential

ability.

           “Luce was mostly a good organizer. He wasn’t the greatest manager I ever

played for, but there’s no doubt he knew how to put a good team together.”


           Livermore: Cy Young award capitol

           Livermore, California is a place known mostly for its laboratory, where nuclear

weapons are worked on by government scientists. Other than that, it is just down the road

from Altamont, where The Rolling Stones’ held their infamous free concert in 1970,

which resulted in a Hell’s Angel stabbing a fan.
       Today, it has become a bedroom community, and BART makes it easier for its
residents to commute to San Francisco or Oakland.
       “It was a small town,” recalls Johnson. “At least, it seemed like a small town. It’s
40 or 50,000, but it’s a place where you are removed from city life. It was pretty rural.”
       The Big Unit was more of farm boy type, not a sophisticate from the San

Francisco Bay Area. He reflected what Livermore was all about. Still, little old

Livermore has produced more Cy Young awards than any town of comparable size in

America. Sure, Johnson has three, but Mark Davis, a left-hander out of Granada High,

won one in 1989 at San Diego.

“I never thought about that,” says Johnson. “I remember when Davis was at Granada,
that was a few years before me, and I’d go to see him pitch.”
Johnson went 4-4 at Livermore High in 1982, but the Cowboys did not give him much
support. His 1.65 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings pitched in 1982 landed him
All-East Bay Athletic League and All-County honors. Atlanta (yes, Turner’s team) made
him their fourth round draft choice. USC came around with a scholarship offer.


"I thought he was a little wacky."

       Johnson discussed his future with his dad. They both knew that he was a work in

progress, a project.

         Heck, this guy was the Hoover Damn. The Tennessee Valley Authority. The
Pyramids.
         Minor league baseball might have eaten him alive, so it was decided that the
University of Southern California, a national powerhouse led by the greatest collegiate
coach of all times, Raoul “Rod” Dedeaux, would be the best place for him to hone not
just his diamond skills, but his life skills, too.
         Dedeaux, winner of 10 National Championships, is to his sport what John
Wooden is to his. This guy is a genius, right? He must be a coach who combined the
discipline of Vince Lombardi, the tact of Mike Krzyzewski, and the strategic thinking
of…Napoleon.
         “I thought he was kind of wacky,” says Randy.
         Some guys just hang on too long, and that seems to have been Rod’s case.
         “He was the best baseball man I ever played for,” said Lee, who starred at USC
15 years before Johnson arrived. “He didn’t look like a ballplayer, but he had eyes in the
back of his head. He knew every play that would happen before it happened. He was in
the seventh inning when the game was in the third.”
         “Rod never really was on hand,” says Johnson of the Dedeaux he played for.
(Assistant coach) “Keith Brown ran the program. I mean, he surrounded himself with
good baseball people, and he was a fun guy who I enjoyed playing for. I still run into Rod
in LA and it’s always nice to see him.”
        After playing a couple years of minor league ball, I was finishing up my degree at
USC during this period. While Dedeaux was at the top of his game during Spaceman’s
era, he was pushing retirement during the Unit’s time. Dedeaux, a millionaire trucking
executive who “moonlighted” as SC’s coach for a dollar a year out of love, had never
been a full-time collegiate coach. By the 1980s, I recall him showing up for games late,
sometimes after attending a cocktail party.
        Still, the Trojans had one of the most talented college baseball teams ever

assembled. Aside from Johnson, the Trojans had a first baseman named Mark McGwire.

        In the entire history of this great game, it can be argued that the most intimidating
offensive player ever is McGwire, and the most intimidating pitcher is Johnson.
       So, naturally, facing mere college opponents wearing uniforms that read
“UCLA,” “Arizona State” and “Fresno State,” these two larger-than-life diamond gods
led Troy to unheard of heights of glory!?
       Actually, they lost in the NCAA Regionals – when they even made the play-offs.
        “I wished I’d learned more,” Johnson says of his college career (1983-85). “I
was still a project when I left.”
       The project was also a lefty. A California lefty. The connotations of what this
means go back a long way. Rodeo’s Lefty Gomez, aside from being a Hall of Famer with
the Yankees, was known as “El Goofy”.
Spaceman was, well, Spaceman…the King of Flaky Lefties.
       It is hard to pin Johnson down, but Dedeaux recalls him this way: “Randy was

one of the most colorful personalities in college baseball,” says the man who, now

retired, is still a familiar figure at SC and Dodger games. “But he also had the ability to

go along with it. He was an excellent competitor, and had a Major League fastball. He

always provided an exciting performance.”

       Johnson may not have been Mark Fydrych, or even Turk Wendell, but he was a

team cheerleader who attracted attention on the hill. He would talk to himself, frequently

ran around the infield shouting encouragement to teammates, and congratulated himself

for good pitches.

       Big Mac was all he was cracked up to be, a two-time All-American, College
Player of the Year in 1984, and an Olympian. It was not just Mac and the Unit, either.
Del Rio was a catcher on those teams, and a good ballplayer, too. Pitcher Sid Akins was
an Olympian. Brad Brink would pitch in the big leagues. Randy Robertson and Mickey
Meister were talented, hard-throwing right-handers. Phil Smith and lefty Bob
Gunnarsson were tough pitchers. Even the pitching coach, Bill Bordley, had pitched in
the Majors and had once been considered the best college pitcher ever (today, Bordley is
a Secret Service agent who was assigned the Chelsea Clinton detail at Stanford).
       Aside from McGwire, SC had offense, in the form of third baseman Craig

Stevenson, spray-hitting outfielder Alby Silvera, and power threats Reggie Montgomery

and John Wallace.

       With all this talent at his disposal, Dedeaux could not get his club into the NCAAs

in 1983, and they were blown out in the Regionals the next two seasons. After going 5-0

as a freshman, Johnson was statistically mediocre in 1984 and ‘85, and this reflected his

team’s enigmatic performance.

       “I never gave that much thought to the fact that Mac and I were teammates,” says
Johnson, “and now we’re so-called `dominant’ players. He’s a home run threat now, and
he was then. He has size, and ability.
        “The fact we didn’t get into the College World Series was disappointing. You
need pitching. We had talented pitchers – Akins, Brinks, Meister, Gunnarsson – but we
didn’t pitch well in the Regionals. We were not as outstanding as you have to be to win at
that level. Pitching wins games. I had height and ability, but I was a long way from where
I am now.”



A rapport with other power pitchers

       Johnson’s professional career is well documented. He pitched for Montreal, and

came into his own in Seattle. He has dominated the game in a way few pitchers ever

have, and he also had a connection with power pitchers of previous eras.

        “I talk to Tom Seaver when the Mets come to town,” says Johnson. Seaver

starred at USC before becoming a superstar with the Mets, and now is a TV broadcaster
in New York.

       “I talked to Nolan Ryan a few times. I have rapport with guys like that. They have
the same make-up that I do. As a pitcher, if you have the ability to talk to guys who’ve
been there before you, that’s just great. I’ve seen Sandy Koufax a few times, too, and
admire him because his career has some parallels to mine.”
        Today, another Trojan lefty, Barry Zito, has hit the scene with the sudden impact
not of the “project” Johnson, but more reminiscent of the 21-year old Vida Blue. The
young pitcher who interests Johnson more, because of the parallel, is St. Louis’
hard-throwing Rick Ankiel.
       “He’s proven that he’s a fine pitcher,” says Johnson, “he pitched great until the
post-season. It’s nothing that can’t be worked on.”
       The Cardinals must be patient with Ankiel. Not everybody was so patient with
Johnson when he was pitching at Jamestown, West Palm Beach, and Jacksonville. After
going 0-4 at Montreal in 1989, the Expos decided he was expendable.
       If they had been more patient, like the Dodgers were with Koufax, they could have
reaped the benefits of having one of the game’s greatest pitchers starring for them.
       Still, hindsight is always 20/20. Johnson is in his zone now. He is happily married
and raising his family in Paradise Valley, not far from the BOB. He is low-key and
thoughtful.
       He might even let you sit in his chair. If he does, make sure you tell his teammates

that you only drink imported beer.




                                     JEFF BREGEL

OFFENSIVE GUARD
1983 - 1986


I WAS A TWO-TIME CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN, BUT I SHOT UP AND PLAYED WITH A LOT OF

PAIN. I HURT MY BACK AT STANFORD STADIUM BEFORE THE EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME. I

LET MY ABDOMINALS GET OUT OF SHAPE AND HAVE A CONGENITAL CONDITION. I HAD THIS

THING THAT CRACKED ALL THE WAY TO LEVEL GRADE-TWO. I COMPLAINED ABOUT IT BUT

THEY DROPPED MY RATING IN THE COMBINE AND I WAS DRAFTED IN THE SECOND ROUND

AFTER I WAS LISTED AS HURT. I EARNED TWO SUPER BOWL RINGS IN SAN FRANCISCO, BUT
THE WHOLE TIME MY SPINE WAS FUSED. AFTER I COMPLAINED ABOUT IT I HAD SURGERY.

DR. ARTHUR WHITE PERFORMED THE PROCEDURE. LATER HE GOT IN TROUBLE WITH SOME

PATIENT, BUT HE WAS THE 49ERS' DOCTOR. I COULD WRITE A GREAT BOOK ON MY OWN! I

HAVE A FRIEND, BOB CASE, WHO OWNS ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS MEMORABILIA

COLLECTIONS IN THE WORLD. BETWEEN HIS COLLECTION AND MY MEMORIES I'D HAVE A

LOT.

       I WAS AN ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN AND MAINTAINED A VERY HIGH GRADE POINT

AVERAGE AT USC. I WAS PRETTY DISCIPLINED, MORE SO THROUGH FOOTBALL. THE

SCHEDULE BECAME A ROUTINE AND IT WAS A WELL-RUN PROGRAM. TED TOLLNER TOOK IT

SERIOUSLY. I EXCELLED IN THE BUSINESS SCHOOL. SOME CLASSES, LIKE ANTHROPOLOGY, I

DIDN'T CARE FOR, BUT THE FINANCE CLASSES I HAD INTERESTED ME. I'D PUT THINGS OFF

BUT I MADE SURE I HAD ENOUGH TIME TO STUDY OR CRAM FOR A BIG TEST.

I LIKED THE BUSINESS SIDE AND KNEW I WAS GONNA BE IN SOMETHING LIKE BUSINESS
SECURITIES ANALYSIS, AND ALSO REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS AND LIKE SECURITIES. I
KNOW HOW TO VALUE A COMPANY AND HAVE BEEN DOING ALL THAT THE PAST SIX YEARS.
I'VE BEEN IN MORTGAGE CONSULTING. I DO SPLITS-AND-REFERRALS. IT'S BEEN A GROWTH
PERIOD FOR ME.
AT AGE 44 I SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE SUCCESSFUL, BUT ONCE FOOTBALL WAS OVER I WAS
DEPRESSED. IT DIDN'T WORK OUT THE WAY I THOUGHT IT WOULD. I HAD A REAL VISION OF
WHERE MY CAREER WOULD GO, BUT MY BACK INJURY CAUSED PROBLEMS. I'M OVER ALL
THAT NOW, AND I'M GETTING ROLLING FINANCIALLY. I GOT A LOT OUT OF BUSINESS
SCHOOL AND HAVE KNOWLEDGE THAT PROBABLY CAN ALLOW ME TO WORK FOR SEVERAL
DIFFERENT COMPANIES.
I SAW COACH CARROLL IN MAY 2008 AT THE ROD SHERMAN FANTASY CAMP, AND I SEE
THAT PROGRAM OF TROJAN REWIND AND CARROLL REALLY DOES IT LIKE A REALITY SHOW.
IT'S JUST LIKE THE SEASON.
Ted Tollner, I loved him. He was a big Jeff Bregel fan. I started four years and was
always improving as a player. Ted's son, Bruce is a big sports attorney and sports agent
now, I think he's with Leigh Steinberg and handles top prospects. His daughter Tammy
was in school then, too. I'm not sure what she did. She was in a sorority and was pretty
good-looking. I think she got married after college.
Pete Carroll was with the 49ers after I left. I left the Niners on bad terms from my back
surgery. They rushed me out when I was in pain and was not in good shape. I said I
wanted to just end it. Maybe I jumped the gun. Later, without all my football routines, it
was a difficult transition.
I heard a lot about Coach Carroll when I was in the NFL. They all talked a lot about him
and you knew he would go on to bigger and better things. Mike Holmgren was our
offensive coordinator. He loved SC guys; he'd been a quarterback there in the '60s. We
had a lot of Trojans; Riki Ellison, Ronnie Lott, and we had great camaraderie. Things
changed as we switched head coaches from Bill Walsh to George Seifert. He was less
personable. I knew Jim Plunkett when I was in the Bay Area. Mike found his path in
coaching, he won the Super Bowl with Green Bay and now he's with the Seahawks, but
I'm told that when Mike was a high school quarterback in San Francisco he was
considered the far greater prospect than Plunkett, who was at another Bay Area school at
the same time. Joe Montana was my teammate. He recently moved his kid to Oaks
Christian High and there was a competition for quarterback there between Montana's kid
and Wayne Gretzky's kid. There's something "only in L.A." about that. He was a great
teammate.
I met a lot of great folks at USC. We'd hang out at the old 502 Club. Jerry Buss's
daughter was there, I think. I think she went with some SAE guy. I was there with Jack
Nicholson's daughter, Jennifer. That place was incredible. It was across from Webb
Tower. The girls would find us there. We'd go to the 901 for the hotties, the sorority girls.
 The football tradition at USC is such that when something goes wrong, they correct it.
After Tollner and Larry Smith, they turned it around and put on a show. Carroll has
created a great advantage, a great program, and with recruiting he's gotten back to the
traditions, the Heismans, the linemen; the days of Ron Yary winning the Outland Trophy,
Brad Budde won the Lombardi. The list of All-Americans on that campus was unreal. We
joked if SC was in the same neighborhood as UCLA, it would turn the screws on
recruiting. Now the campus has improved, it's cleaner, the smog's been cleared, and the
whole neighborhood from STAPLES Center to Galen Center is safer, and they have safe
housing down by the Coliseum where in my day you didn't think of going. This has
happened just as recruiting's become the best in the country, and that's because the
campus is so much better and Carroll created an atmosphere that's just great for that team.
I give Carroll credit for going into the inner city to try and make things better, but
honestly that's gotten worse, but he tries.
Usually the USC-Notre Dame thing is the rivalry that evokes the most passions among
the guys in pro football, because there's more players from those two schools than
anybody else. Ronnie would get on Joe, Joe would razz me, but I was a part-time starter
so I was not as much in the mix. With Joe around, and others, we'd have the same effect
on each other talking about the rivalry. It was really neat at team meetings, or we'd watch
games on TV in the hotel on Saturday before games the next day. There wasn't any
serious betting but there was good-natured ribbing. It was fun; "We're gonna do it . . .
we're gonna beat you guys."
The difference between pro and college; between USC and Notre Dame, or with UCLA;
we all had great athletes back then. Oregon was not a powerhouse. Oregon State was at
the bottom of the Pac-10. You play against some inferior guys in college, but in the NFL
everybody has burners. The pass rushers move around well. The big difference is in the
quality of opponents week in week out. Practice was a stepping stone for those types of
games.
I was on the sidelines when we beat Cincinnati in the 1989 Super Bowl. I had a bum
knee, my ACL needed to be repaired. We beat the Redskins to get there. I'd gotten hurt
against San Diego blocking against Keith Browner, a Trojan teammate of mine with the
Chargers. It was a trap play. I blocked out the other guard but he rolled into me and we
got jumbled. In my third year I had started but then had back problems.
I've been trying to help this doctor who has a fantasy camp for the living heart
foundation. He does these screenings so it helps out guys. I've helped him set up several
conventions. We do screenings for ex-NFLplayers. I'm told the average age of death for
NFL guys is 56 or something. Lots of guys have good medical care but not all. The
glamour of pro football gives way to this life after the game and the burdens of ill health
are the price we pay.
San Francisco was great but it was nothing like USC. I go to re-unions once in while, but
pro football is nothing like "Salute to Troy." I see all these guys I played with or were
alums. It's funny, the girls go from the "glory girls" at SC, the song girls, to basically
groupies in pro football, girls hanging out in hotel lobbies. I've heard it said and I don’t
disagree, that life as an elite athlete at SC, not just football but baseball, track, you know .
. . that it's a better life, better-looking women, more adoration, than it is not just in the
minor leagues, but in some "big league" towns, say Milwaukee or someplace. You can
see why Matt Leinart would rather be a fifth-year senior at USC and live in an apartment
called "the bean" when he could have a million bucks in some pro city.
Baseball players at USC had a blast, too. I knew a lot, many of 'em were friends, and
guys like Rodney Peete also played baseball. USC's been to the College World Series
many times. Rod Dedeaux was there when I was there and I know his son Justin, who I
think was helping out.


Jeff Bregel was a two-time consensus All-American offensive guard (1985-86). A

member of the 1984 team that won the Rose Bowl, he was also an Academic

All-American, twice a member of the Playboy Pre-Season All-American team, and

played in the 1986 East-West Shrine Game. Bregel played for the San Francisco

49ers and earned two Super Bowl rings as a member of the 1988 and '89 world

champions.



                                       REX MOORE

INSIDE LINEBACKER
1984 - 1987

USC WAS GOOD TIMES AND GOOD FRIENDS. IT WAS THE 502 CLUB. IT WAS TEAMMATES.
       BRENT MOORE, A DEFENSIVE END, WAS A REAL GOOD FRIEND. I'VE STAYED IN

TOUCH WITH HIM. HE PLAYED FOR THE PACKERS. BRENT WAS A REAL FREE SPIRIT, AN

INTELLECTUAL WHO MADE GOOD GRADES. WE HAD A FEW GUYS WITH A REAL ACADEMIC

FOCUS, BUT IT WAS NOT A PRIORITY FOR A LOT OF US. FOOTBALL WAS MY TOP PRIORITY.

BRENT AND SOME OTHER GUYS FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA; JOHN BERRY WAS A LOT

LIKE THAT.

BRENT IS FROM MARIN COUNTY, AND THAT'S WHERE PETE CARROLL IS FROM. THERE ARE
SIMILARITIES I SEE IN THEIR PERSONALITIES, AND YOU CAN ARGUE THAT MAYBE THEIR
APPROACH WORKS BEST IN FOOTBALL. SOME OF US FROM THE SOUTHLAND WERE FROM THE
OLD SCHOOL, TOUGH-AS-NAILS SCHOOL.
TIM GREEN WAS THE OLD SCHOOL, A QUARTERBACK WITH A LINEBACKER'S MENTALITY. HE
WAS AN ENTREPRENEUR WHO HAD A MOVING COMPANY IN PASADENA, THEN HE WENT
BACK TO SCHOOL TO BECOME AN ARCHITECT, AND NOW HE HAS AN ARCHITECTURAL FIRM
IN LOS ANGELES. HE WAS THE CO-MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN THE 1985 ROSE BOWL.
KENNEDY POLA WAS A HECK OF A WARRIOR AND A REAL TROJAN. HE GOT INTO COACHING
I LIVE IN THE NEWPORT BEACH AREA, CORONA DEL MAR. I'M A NURSING HOME
ADMINISTRATOR AND RUN FOOTBALL CAMPS. I HAD SOME INJURIES AND MAYBE I COULD
HAVE HAD A PRO CAREER, BUT I'M OKAY WITH IT AND USC WAS THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF
MY LIFE.
IN 1984 I WAS A BACK UP. I STARTED TWO GAMES BECAUSE THE GUY IN FRONT OF ME WAS
INJURED. BUT I HAD PLAYED SOME DURING MY "RED-SHIRT" YEAR IN 1983. KEITH BIGGERS
WAS IN FRONT OF ME. HIS STRENGTHS WERE MY WEAKNESSES MY WEAKNESSES WERE HIS
STRENGTHS. I FILLED THE MIDDLE. HE WAS MORE A SIDELINE-TO-SIDELINE PLAYER. HE
WAS SOMETIMES TOO FAST AND WOULD GET BEYOND THE POINT OF ATTACK.
JACK DEL RIO WAS MORE THAN A GREAT PLAYER. HE WAS A GREAT TEAMMATE AND
CHAMPION. HE DEFINITELY WAS A LEADER ON OUR TEAM AND THE DEFENSE. WHEN HE
SPOKE EVERYBODY LISTENED. IT WAS LIKE DEAN WITTER. I LOOKED TO JACK LIKE WE’D
LOOK TO GUYS LIKE RIKI ELLISON. THOSE GUYS HE PLAYED WITH, HE CONNECTED US
THROUGH JACK. I ROOT FOR THE JAGUARS BECAUSE OF JACK AND KENNEDY POLA, WHOSE
WITH HIM IN JACKSONVILLE. IF I SAW HIM IT'S LIKE OLD WAR VETS, WE JUST PICK UP WHERE
WE LEFT OFF. I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR HIM. HE WAS A FIERCE
PLAYER WHO HAD REAL DESIRE. THAT IS THE STANDARD.
GREEN WAS LIKE A LINEBACKER IN THE QUARTERBACK POSITION, A GUY YOU WANTED IN
THE FOXHOLE NEXT TO YOU, IN A DARK ALLEY, WHEN THE BOMBS GO OFF. I WAS
ATTRACTED TO HIM AS A TEAMMATE BECAUSE OF THOSE QUALITIES.
SEAN SALISBURY WAS A DROP-BACK QUARTERBACK. GREEN COULD RUN A BIT BETTER. HE
WAS MORE OF A BALL CONTROL-TYPE QUARTERBACK. OUR STYLE WAS, THE DEFENSE
WOULD SHUT 'EM DOWN. FRED CRUTCHER WOULD GET FOUR YARDS. FRED WAS A DURABLE
BACK. TIM WOULD PLAY WITHIN THE SYSTEM. IN 1984 HE PLAYED THAT WAY IN OUR BIG
WIN THAT YEAR, WHICH WAS AT THE COLISEUM AGAINST NUMBER ONE WASHINGTON.
THE HUSKIES WERE AWESOME, THE BEST TEAM IN THE NATION, A MAJOR COLLEGE
POWERHOUSE, BUT WE ROSE UP AND EARNED ONE OF THE GREAT UPSETS IN USC HISTORY
TO BEAT THEM, 16-7, AND THAT GAVE US THE CONFERENCE TITLE AND A TRIP TO
PASADENA.
TED TOLLNER WAS FULL OF INTEGRITY AND LOYALTY. HE WAS A TOUGH MAN AND I CAN'T
SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT COACH TOLLNER. I'M THANKFUL AND APPRECIATIVE TO
HIM PERSONALLY, FOR MYSELF AND AS A TEAM.
I'M FROM THE SCHOOL OF "IF YOU HAVE NOTHING NICE TO SAY ABOUT SOMEBODY DON'T
SAY ANYTHING." LET ME JUST SAY THAT DR. MIKE MCGEE WAS THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR,
AND HE LACKED RESPECT FOR COACH TOLLNER. I DID RESPECT HIM. IT'S TOUGH TO BE THE
HEAD COACH OF ANY USC TEAM, AND THE QUARTERBACK, TOO. AS LOYAL AS I AM TO
USC IT BOTHERS ME HOW QUICKLY ALUMNI CAN TURN ON GUYS. TED DID NOT GET A FAIR
SHAKE. THERE WERE KEY PEOPLE WHO LACKED PATIENCE
       1986 WAS A DIFFICULT EXPERIENCE. UCLA BEAT US BADLY AND WE BLEW A HUGE

LEAD IN THE FOURTH QUARTER AGAINST NOTRE DAME AT HOME. EVERY TIME YOU LOSE

PART OF YOU DIES. ADVERSITY IS; IT'S WHAT CHAMPIONS DO IN ADVERSITY THAT

DIFFERENTIATES YOU FROM NON-CHAMPIONS. CHAMPIONS COME TOGETHER AND FIGHT

ON!

        Losers are quick, non-champions start to blame each other and the wheels come

off the wagon. We'd hunker down, this was tradition through the ages, it's how we'd deal

with losses and adversity. It's what I tell my team in the youth leagues. Kids today seek

out alibis.

        The toughest opponent for me was UCLA's Gaston Green. In the five years I was

in the program, UCLA beat us three times (1983, 1984, 1986). We beat them in 1985 and

1987. It seems like he always had 200 yards rushing. As a middle linebacker I found him

pretty tough. USC respects them. That's What It Means to Be a Trojan. When a running

back is moving on you, that deflates you and I had to respect his toughness.

        WHEN YOU'RE 18 IT'S DIFFERENT THAN NOW, AT 43. FOOTBALL WAS MY FATE, USC

MY COUNTRY. FOOTBALL WAS MY PRIORITY. NOW I HAVE FAMILY PRIORITIES. IT'S

DIFFERENT NOW, I HAVE FAITH IN A HIGHER POWER NOW. I THINK ABOUT THE MEN AND
WOMEN FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY. THIS IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD AND

I LOVE IT. I HAVE MY OWN FAMILY SO SOME THINGS ARE DOWN THE LIST FOR WHAT IS

IMPORTANT, BUT I'LL NEVER SHOW DISLOYALTY FOR MY ALMA MATER. I LOOK AT THESE

WORLD WAR II GUYS AND I SEE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO RAISE MY

FAMILY IN THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. WITHOUT THEM THERE IS

NO USC, NO FOOTBALL.

       1987 WAS MY SENIOR YEAR. WE OPENED WITH MICHIGAN STATE ON MONDAY

NIGHT FOOTBALL. WE GOT BEAT AND I BLEW OUT MY ANKLE, BROKE MY FIBULA AND

MISSED THE WHOLE YEAR. WE HAD A GOOD YEAR AS A TEAM BUT LOST TO SPARTANS

AGAIN IN THE ROSE BOWL.

       We beat Troy Aikman and UCLA to win the conference when Eric Affholter

caught a touchdown in the end zone. At the half we trailed like 10-0 or 13-0 and we were

at the Bruins' goal line with one play left. Rodney Peete gets intercepted and the guy runs

the field, looking like it's gonna be a touchdown. If they score they're up 20 at the half

and it's over. Rodney chased him 100 yards and tackled him a few yards from our goal,

the gun sounded and they had no chance at a TD or a field goal. Rodney showed his heart

and what he's all about. That turned it around and we won, 17-13.

The difference between the Notre Dane and UCLA rivalry; when I think of Notre Dame I
think of a longer history. There's history on the other side. UCLA's more territorial, it's
between Southern California guys. Even at El Modena, it was a local battle for our
neighborhood against Villa Park; the west side of town was a better neighborhood and the
other side was tougher. I was interested in the tough part of town. That was our history.
It's a fight for respect and territory. The same was true at USC. For me, there was never a
question that I'd go out of the area. I had a brother at Stanford but I was a Southern Cal
guy.
Orange County is considered "Trojan country." It produces the best prep athletes in the
nation. People ask why this is so. It's a combination of things. We have good weather and
it's a middle class community of parents who support their kids and schools. Competition
is not frowned on, winning is not a dirty word. It's a patriotic place where tough coaches
are admired, not fired.
Sports competition makes everybody better. It raises the bar. At USC we practiced hard.
A lot of times on Saturday it was easy compared to the guys I went up against all week.
It's self-fulfilling. More people get attracted to it. Competition raises you to a higher
level.
USC is so special. I've known my wife since the sixth grade. We did not particularly get
along very well, but we had a class near each other at USC. We'd see each other at the
VKC steps and talk. We found out we were not that bad. After class, after a couple of
weeks we'd look forward to seeing each other. We became friends, we'd have lunch after
class, and the next thing we know we fell in love with each other. That along with having
kids has been the biggest paradigm shift in my life.
         Sam Anno, Tim Green. These are good friends. There are some guys I'm not in

touch with, but we went to Hawaii with Tim and his family. Tim McDonald was a great

defensive back. We shared a day on a boat and discovered we liked each other and didn't

want to leave each other's side. I heard that the line, "Show me the money!" from Jerry

Maguire came from Leigh Steinberg asking Tim what motivated him to play, but that guy

would play for nothing. He had a huge heart and was one of the best players I ever played

with. McDonald was a quiet leader.

       THE TROJAN FAMILY COMES TOGETHER. THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT

DEMOGRAPHICS, BUT WHEN YOU PAY THE PRICE TOGETHER IT BONDS YOU TOGETHER. IT'S A

LITTLE LIKE GOING TO BATTLE. IT'S DIFFERENT FROM BASKETBALL OR BASEBALL. THERE'S

A FEAR YOU GO THROUGH, AND THAT MAKES THE BONDS MAYBE JUST A LITTLE CLOSER

THAN OTHER SPORTS. THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS, THE ADVERSITY BRINGS YOU

TOGETHER. ME, I REMEMBER WE HAD THIS NEW JUKE BOX IN THE LOCKER ROOM AND

SOMEBODY WOULD PLAY "LITTLE RED CORVETTE." SOMEBODY ELSE WOULD PUSH A

BUTTON FOR WILLIE NELSON. THERE WAS THIS BIG FIGHT OVER WHAT IS PLAYED, BUT

AFTER THAT FIGHT THERE WAS COHESION. AFTER THE CONFRONTATION WE WORKED IT OUT

AMONGST OURSELVES. YOU DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN ONE OR THE OTHER. WE COULD LISTEN

TO BOTH.
REX MOORE WAS A "BLUE CHIP" RECRUIT WHOSE HIGH EXPECTATIONS WERE CUT

SHORT BY INJURIES, BUT HIS REPUTATION FOR AUDACITY AND FOOTBALL TOUGHNESS

ARE LEGEND AMONG HIS TEAMMATES. IN 1986 MOORE WON THE DAVIS-TESCHKE

AWARD FOR MOST INSPIRATIONAL PLAYER, AS WELL AS THE MARV GOUX AWARD

(OFFENSE) FOR GREATEST CONTRIBUTION IN THE UCLA GAME.



                              MARTIN CHESLEY

TIGHT END
1985, 1988


HOW DID A KID FROM A FAMILY OF 10 KIDS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. BECOME A TROJAN? I
CAME OUT OF ANACOSTIA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN WASHINGTON. ALL 10 KIDS IN MY
FAMILY EARNED SCHOLARSHIPS TO COLLEGE, AND ALL OF THEM HAVE DEGREES. I HAVE
FOUR SIBLINGS WHO PLAYED NFL BALL. IT STARTS WITH A SOLID FOUNDATION AT HOME.
MY MOM AND DAD RAISED US IN A PROPER MANNER. MY BROTHER DELMAR AND I WERE
THE LAST TO ATTEND COLLEGE. I HAD SIBLINGS AT NORTH CAROLINA AND BOSTON
UNIVERSITY ON SCHOLARSHIP. EVERYBODY WANTED TO DO BETTER THAN ONE ANOTHER.
MY MOTHER SAID IT WOULD BE A CRISIS, AN EMBARRASSMENT IF YOU DIDN'T GET A
DEGREE. OTHERS GOT MASTER'S DEGREES, SO WE WERE OUT TO OUTDO ONE OR ANOTHER,
TO ACHIEVE ALL THE ACCOLADES AND WHATEVER.
       RODNEY PEETE WAS ANOTHER BIG PREP ATHLETIC TALENT WHO CAME INTO USC

AT THAT TIME. I STILL STAY IN TOUCH WITH HIM, ALONG WITH SOME OF THE COACHES LIKE

DAVE WANNSTEDT. I PUT A LOT OF TRUST AND FAITH IN THOSE GUYS WHO RECRUITED ME.

I HAD OVER 200 SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS AND I LOOKED AT LOTS OF SCHOOLS, EACH FROM

GOOD CONFERENCES; GOOD PROGRAMS LIKE ILLINOIS IN THE BIG 10; THE ACC;

NEBRASKA, USC. UCLA RECRUITED ME BUT I'D ALREADY BEEN TO USC AND I DIDN'T

FEEL LIKE TRAVELING 3,000 MILES A SECOND TIME FOR THEIR RECRUITING TRIP. LONNIE

WHITE WAS MY HOST. HE SHOWED ME AROUND. I SAW THE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS. I

WANTED TO GET INTO RADIO-TV BROADCASTING. L.A. WAS THE NUMBER ONE MEDIA
CAPITOL AND IF YOU WISH TO PURSUE THAT FIELD, USC'S SECOND TO NONE. IT WAS A

GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND I HAD A COMFORT LEVEL WITH THE COACHES.

MARCUS ALLEN STAYED AT THE HYATT WILSHIRE WHEN I VISITED. HE WAS ON THE LOS
ANGELES RAIDERS AND WAS WITH HOWIE LONG. I WASN'T SO SURE WHO LONG WAS, BUT
THEY'RE "TALKING SMACK" WITH ME. THEY WERE GETTING READY TO PLAY SEATTLE THE
NEXT DAY TO GO TO THE SUPER BOWL IN JANUARY 1984. THEIR OPPONENTS LOOKED TO BE
MY PRO TEAM, THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS. I TOLD HIM THEY'D GET THEIR BUTTS KICKED
BY THE REDSKINS, AND WE STILL LAUGH AND TALK ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS, LIKE HOW
MARCUS BROKE THAT LONG RUN AND THE RAIDERS DOMINATED WASHINGTON. THERE'S A
LOT OF CAMARADERIE AND WE GO ON AND ON AND ON.
I WAS A TIGHT END AND LINEBACKER IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND A TIGHT END IN COLLEGE.
KEITH JACKSON, WHO WENT TO OKLAHOMA AND PLAYED FOR THE EAGLES; AND ANTHONY
WILLIAMS OF ILLINOIS, WERE A COUPLE OF OTHER TOP TIGHT ENDS OF THAT ERA. IN 1984 I
RED-SHIRTED, BUT I WAS ON A TEAM THAT WON THE ROSE BOWL. I PLAYED A FEW MINUTES
AND WAS ASKED IF I WANTED TO "RED-SHIRT." MARK BOYER AND JOE CORMIER WERE
AHEAD OF ME, SO I DIDN'T SEE THAT I'D GET MUCH PLAYING TIME, I DON'T THINK. TIM
GREEN WAS THE QUARTERBACK. HE'D BEEN AN ALL-AMERICAN AT EL CAMINO J.C., BUT
SAT BEHIND SEAN SALISBURY. SEAN WAS INJURED AND TIM GOT HIS OPPORTUNITY AND
SHINED IN THE ROSE BOWL WIN OVER OHIO STATE. I THINK HE OWNED ALL-AMERICAN
MOVING COMPANY IN PASADENA AT ONE TIME.
IT WAS AN ODD SEASON, HOWEVER. WE LOST TO UCLA AND NOTRE DAME. IT'S HARD TO
SAY WHAT HAPPENED IN THE UCLA GAME. WE HAD GOOD PRACTICES, IT WAS A GOOD
WEEK. COACH TED TOLLNER PREPARED US WELL. NOW HE'S WITH THE 49ERS. HE SAID WE
WERE READY.
TIM GREEN WAS A WINNER, BUT THAT WEEK WAS COMING OFF THE WASHINGTON GAME.
THERE WAS SO MUCH UP FOR THAT WASHINGTON GAME, THAT WERE WE EXHAUSTED. ALL
THE ENERGY AND HYPE HAD BEEN DIRECTED TO THAT GAME, AND WHEN WE WON IT, NOW
THAT WE KNEW WE WERE IN THE ROSE BOWL . . . BUT IT WAS A CASE OF A RIVAL, WE WERE
UP FOR IT BUT IT JUST WASN'T OUR DAY THAT DAY. THEY HAD SOMETHING TO PROVE.
UCLA WAS GOOD EVERY YEAR IN THE 1980S UNDER TERRY DONAHUE, THEY WERE AT
LEAST EVEN WITH US. I THINK THEY WENT TO THE COTTON BOWL AND HAD GOOD TEAMS
YEAR AFTER YEAR, AND THEY BEAT US, 29-10.
1984 WAS ALSO THE YEAR OF THE NOTRE DAME RAIN GAME AT THE COLISEUM. MY
GIRLFRIEND FLEW OUT FOR THAT GAME AND SAT IN THE RAIN. IT WAS THE WORST WEATHER
I'VE EVER BEEN A PART OF; JUST NASTY WEATHER, A BLACK, DARK DAY IN THE STADIUM.
THE STADIUM EMPTIED OUT. WE WERE STUCK IN THE MUD AND WE NEVER GOT UNTRACKED
IN A 19-7 LOSS.
        WASHINGTON WOULD HAVE WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HAD WE NOT

BEATEN THEM AND GONE TO THE ROSE BOWL. THEY BEAT MIAMI IN THE ORANGE BOWL.

KEN RUETTGERS AND DUANE BICKETT WENT UP AGAINST ME EVERY DAY. THEY PREPARED

ME. THERE WAS SO MUCH CAMARADERIE AT PRACTICE. I STILL SEE RUETTGERS'S DAD FROM
TIME TO TIME IN BAKERSFIELD. KEN BROUGHT ME UNDER HIS WING, HE WOULD TEACH ME

HOW TO BLOCK IN THE COLLEGIATE STYLE AS OPPOSED TO THE HIGH SCHOOL STYLE. HE'D

CALL ME "CHES." "GIVE ME A GOOD LOOK, CHES, GET ME READY, I WANNA GET BETTER,"

HE'D SAY. I PASSED THIS ON TO MARCUS COTTON AND JUNIOR SEAU. KEN WOULD SAY,

"YOU MAKE ME ALL-CONFERENCE, I'LL MAKE YOU ALL-CONFERENCE." THAT'S WHAT IT

MEANS TO BE A TROJAN.

       Jack Del Rio was an All-American linebacker that year. I learned a lot in that year

from guys like that. Ohio State was a great opponent in the Rose Bowl. Coming in they

had Keith Byars, Chris Spielman at linebacker, receiver Cris Carter. I believe I cried

during that game, it was emotional. We good practices although we had wet weather, it

was one of those years. We practiced at East Los Angeles Junior College and it was quite

family oriented.

We came together. Tollner was a player's coach. Throughout that game we never had a
doubt despite all their hype. We were underdogs but had quality players, as well. We had
young up-and-coming stars like Ryan Knight at tailback who were considered very
promising underclassmen. Our line was one of the best in college football with Jeff
Bregel and Ken Ruettgers. We got after them defensively, we out-played them. Our
coaches out-coached them, as they do today. The Pac-10 out-coaches other conferences,
and we were faster, hungry. We had seniors who knew it was their last year. Timmie
Ware, Mark Boyer who played in Indianapolis. We had a good, solid foundation. It was
the closest team I've ever been with throughout my career, and we beat the sixth-ranked
Buckeyes, 20-17 to finish ninth in the UPI poll.
1985 was a very tough year. We were down, there were sanctions against us, there was
no TV, it was lingering from previous years. We lost to Baylor. We had an opportunity to
win the Pac-10 but the luster was not there. We lost to Hardy Nickerson and Cal that year
or we would have gone to the Rose Bowl. Salisbury was back but he never lived up to his
"blue chip" promise and we went to Rodney Peete, who was a freshman.
So it all came down to UCLA at the Coliseum. It was one of those games they talk about,
where no matter how bad the season if you beat UCLA it saves the season. They had a
strong team as they always did.
It came down to the last play. I was in on that play when Rodney scored. I hurt my
shoulder. We were down at the east end of the Coliseum. He kept the ball. Sean was
originally the starter but was not doing as well as either Rodney or Kevin McLean.
Rodney was full of determination and eagerness. UCLA did not expect the plays called
for him, and people thought they were busted plays until they found out later. UCLA had
quality players. They always had speed at linebacker and their inside guys played
aggressively. A play was called for Rodney to drop back, but it was a quarterback keeper.
They think it's a pass situation, but once the receiver runs out his route we go to the
"72-option weakside." Rodney read it, then he'd run and we ran that several times for first
downs. They couldn't pick up on it. We won, 17-13 but they still went to the Rose Bowl.
We lost to Alabama in the Aloha Bowl and they were trying to get Ted out of there.
It was tough. Ted was always on the hot seat. He was a player's coach but some of the
alums didn't think he was head coach material. He had great assistants. Many of them
went to the NFL; Wannstedt and others. He was a leader and a good, sound offensive
coordinator. We had a great quarterbacks coach. Ted was a great recruiter, a great family
man. I'd send my son off to play for him. We definitely came off a good year in 1984, but
in '85 the probation had dwindled from 1982 or '83. Wannstedt thought we'd win the
conference.
In 1988 under Coach Larry Smith we were unbeaten and looking to win the national
championship. Rodney Peete and Troy Aikman of UCLA were the frontrunners for the
Heisman Trophy, and it all came down to the UCLA game at the Rose Bowl. That was
the "measles week."
I came back from the hospital. I had been operated on, injured vs. Cal a couple weeks
earlier when I caught a ball running straight down the field. It was a Billy Kilmer-type
pass, a "dying quail," and I chased it but came down and got hit and tore my ACL. So I
get back from the hospital. I'd been visited from my boy Rodney, and brother he was not
feeling that well. I was in pain. I'm on medication, I'm in space.
         So now my roommie's not feeling good and I'm giving him a hard time. We lived

in a downtown apartment at 3rd and Lafayette Park Place. The "crap hit the fence," so to

speak. He felt weak. My girlfriend (now my wife) came over to assist, and he came over

to my room and he looked really bad. He was diagnosed with measles.

       HE TRIED TO PRACTICE AND WATCH FILM BUT LOST HIS VOICE THAT WEEK. HE

COULDN'T CALL SIGNALS, SO WE HEARD THEM FROM AARON EMMANUEL OR LEROY HOLT,

THE RUNNING BACKS, AND WE'D SNAP THE BALL ON THEIR CALL. EVERY DAY I WAS

FEELING PAIN AND THERE WERE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER RODNEY WOULD PLAY.

THEY'D ALL CALL THE APARTMENT. MAL FLORENCE WOULD CALL, AND I WAS NOT

SHARING INFORMATION TO GIVE THE OPPONENT'S ANY IDEA. EVERYBODY KNEW WHERE HE

LIVED, AND IT WAS A TABLOID-TYPE SITUATION WITH THE PRESS OUTSIDE THE APARTMENT.

ONE NIGHT THE MEDICATION I WAS ON GAVE ME ADVERSE EFFECTS, AND ERICA TOLD
RODNEY I NEEDED HELP, AND I WAS THREATENING RODNEY. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WAS
SAYING. I WAS IN PAIN AND HE LOOKED SO BAD. RODNEY CALLED THE DOCTOR TO "DO
SOMETHING ABOUT MARTIN." HE SAID, "HYDRATE HIM." I WAS SWOLLEN AND HE LOOKED
BAD. WE HUGGED AND I DEPARTED. THE AMBULANCE ESCORTS ME OUT AND THE PRESS
THINKS IT'S RODNEY. IT WAS A ZOO.
THEY FINALLY HAD HIM LEAVE THE APARTMENT. THERE'S ALL THESE CAMERAS, MEDIA
GETTING STORIES. THEY LOCKED HIM UP IN A HOTEL. THEY TRANSPORTED HIM TO THE
HOTEL SO NOBODY COULD DISTURB HIM. I WOULD WHIP HIS TAIL WHEN I'D COMMUNICATE
WITH HIM. I KEPT GETTING CALLS ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FROM FLORENCE, BUT HE
PUT HIS OWN WORDS INTO THE STORY.
       I TOLD HIM THAT IN MY OPINION, RODNEY WOULD PLAY. I SAID THAT WITH HIS

HEART, HIS COURAGE, AND HIS MOTIVATION, IF I WERE TO PUT MY MONEY ON IT, HE'D PLAY.

WITH HIS DEMEANOR, I THOUGHT HE'D STICK IT OUT AND PLAY. THE STORY CAME OUT

THAT MARTIN SAYS RODNEY WILL PLAY. I GOT SOME ANGRY REMARKS FROM TRAINERS.

THEY SAID, "WHY'D YOU GIVE AWAY OUR RESOURCES?" FLORENCE CHANGED THINGS UP.

HE WAS A BIG USC GUY AND MIGHT HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CREATE A SELF-FULFILLING

PROPHECY. RODNEY, IT TURNED OUT, PLAYED WELL. HE SCORED BEHIND JOHN GUERRERO,

OUR BIG OFFENSIVE LINEMAN. HE GOT BEHIND HIM AND PAUL GREEN, A COLLEAGUE OF

MINE, AND HE GAVE ME THE PHILIPPIANS SIGN AFTER HE SCORED.

       You're a Bruin for four years, but a Trojan for life. Ken Norton Jr. will vouch for

that. Maybe he's not willing to come out and say why Karl Dorrell didn't hire him, but in

that game Ken, in my opinion, didn't make much noise against us. We shut him down and

kept him from making tackles. I didn't really know of him all that much, but he obviously

went on to greatness.

My good friend Daryl Gross, who was an associate athletic director who went to
Syracuse; we talk every month or so. He's truly the one responsible for getting Pete
Carroll to USC. Gross and Carroll were with the New York Jets together. Tim
McDonald, whose now coaching at Edison High in Fresno; he and Pete had 49er
connections. Pete's a great man. I'd have loved to have played for him. He calls me "Baby
Shaq" and I call him "Pistol Pete."
USC's a family affair, and the 502 Club was like our home. There was nothing else like it
back then. Injuries and surgeries hampered me. I'm not supposed to play sports anymore,
to take chances because of potential paralysis. I never went pro, but I knew I didn't want
to be in sports information like Tim Tessalone. Dr. Mike McGee wanted me to work for
him, but I wanted to play and if I couldn't do that I didn't want to be on the office side of
athletics.
The 502 Club, the school; in college sports everybody has a connection with each other
whether you are an athlete or just a student. We share the experiences that pro players
and their fans don't share . . . professors, fraternities, experiences. This may be so at most
colleges, but there is something at USC that is not at other universities, that's at USC. I
have a friend of mine who went to the University of North Carolina, and he said, "We
don’t have that connection." It's amazing, we still talk. 40 or 50 different guys. We hug
each other. Sam Anno, my old teammate whose now a coach, grabs and kisses me. It's
like that.
Maybe it's because USC is in a large city where a lot of the athletes come from and often
tend to stay after graduation. Most Southern or rural college campuses are separated by
distance from big populations like New York or even Houston - Texas is in Austin,
A&M's in College Station - so the alumni and athletes are less likely to live near each
other and congregate at games and events.
I'm proud of my D.C. connection. Bob Schmidt is a former Trojan who is a lawyer in
D.C. I think Schmidt played some NFL ball, quarterback, and I think he sponsors a
scholarship. I understood he took over as Willie Wood's guardian when Willie, whose
also from Washington, was hospitalized and he raises money for him. Jack Del Rio and
Kennedy Pola called me when my mom passed away, and that made me feel so warm. I
thought Jack would go into baseball, as he was a great player. Duane Bickett was a
monster in practice.
Memories, man . . .

Martin Chesley was a tight end whose career was broken up by injuries. His brother

Delmar was a four-year inside linebacker at USC.


                            MARK "AIRCRAFT" CARRIER

Safety
1987 - 1989

I played at Long Beach Poly High. It was a power then, it had a lot of history in athletics,

especially football, but it didn't have the notoriety then that it has now with the Internet

and print media. They get more public relations. It's amazing how many good people who

have been there. You know Poly has produced tennis players, baseball players, golfers . .

.
       Billie Jean King and Tony Gwynn played there. Chase Utley was a Jackrabbit. So

many people come out of there over the years. I forget everybody. I'm pretty proud of

that history, of the people who come out of there, and the diversity of the school.

I was a pretty highly recruited high school Parade All-American and all that stuff. I
considered Notre Dame. I even made a verbal commitment to Notre Dame, then changed
my mind. I woke up the next day and thought I would be best served at USC.
I came in the fall of 1986 and "red-shirted." Larry Smith came in 1987. I started at
defensive back that year. We bottled up Troy Aikman and UCLA to win the Pacific-10
title and advance to the Rose Bowl. It was one of those storybook games you hear about,
made for TV. They were number five in the country and we were just coming into our
own. We'd won three in a row but we were getting beaten by Aikman and all those
All-Americans. They had a 13-0 third quarter lead but we came back. One thing after
another happened, but the key thing was we kept them out of the end zone and got some
turnovers. We kept pressure on Troy and won the game.
ONE OF THE THINGS I'M ASKED ABOUT MANY TIMES IS, DO I HAVE ANY REGRETS? I DON'T
BUT I WAS 0-FOR-THREE AGAINST NOTRE DAME. THE TOUGHEST WAS IN 1988 WHEN WE
WERE TWO AND THEY WERE NUMBER ONE. THAT WAS TO PLAY FOR THE TITLE. WE WERE
FAVORED BUT LOST AT HOME. THEY SOUNDLY BEAT US. IT WAS VERY DISAPPOINTING TO
ME AND THE WHOLE TEAM.
IT'S HARD TO SAY WE LET DOWN AGAINST MICHIGAN IN THE 1989 ROSE BOWL A MONTH OR
SO LATER. I DON’T THINK SO. MICHIGAN HAD A GOOD TEAM IN THEIR OWN RIGHT. WE HAD
THE LEAD AND WERE GOING IN FOR THE WINNING SCORE, BUT WE FUMBLED THE BALL
AWAY. DON’T GET ME WRONG, THOUGH. WE COULDN'T STOP LEROY HOARD, SO IT'S TOO
EASY TO SAY WE LET DOWN.
I WON THE JIM THORPE AWARD IN 1989. I BEAT OUT NATHAN LADUKE OF ARIZONA STATE
AND TODD LYGHT OF NOTRE DAME, AND MADE THE ALL-AMERICAN TEAM IN 1988 AND
1989.
TIM RYAN WAS LIKE A BROTHER TO ME. WE CAME TOGETHER AND HIT IT OFF. HE WAS LIKE
OUR LEADER OF OUR GROUP. HE WAS OUTSPOKEN AND VERY CONFIDENT. HE NEVER
LACKED FOR ENTHUSIASM. BEHIND THE SCENES HE WAS OUR LEADER. HE SET THE TONE
AND HAD THAT DESIRE.
TIM, CURTIS CONWAY AND I WERE ALL TEAMMATES WITH THE BEARS A FEW YEARS LATER.
KEITH VAN HORNE WAS THERE WITH US HIS LAST COUPLE YEARS. WITH ME IN CHICAGO,
THE NOTRE DAME PART, THEY KNOW WHO YOU WERE, THE SCHOOL YOU'RE FROM. I GOT
THAT EVERYWHERE I WENT. THEY LET ME KNOW WHAT THE RECORD WAS.
I PLAYED SEVEN YEARS FOR THE BEARS AND MADE ALL-PRO THREE TIMES. I'VE HEARD
MAYBE I'LL BE SELECTED TO THE COLLEGE HALL OF FAME. I SEE PEOPLE GOING IN AND
WONDER WHAT THE CRITERIA IS. I JUST GOT IN TO THE USC HALL OF FAME TWO YEARS
AGO, AND IN SOME WAYS IT'S BIGGER THAN SOME OTHER HALLS OF FAME. IT'S AN ELITE
GROUP AND I WAS TAKEN ABACK TO BE SELECTED, BECAUSE YOU'RE IN CONTENTION NOT
JUST WITH FELLOW FOOTBALL PLAYERS BUT OLYMPIANS, MAJOR LEAGUE STARS,
BASKETBALL PLAYERS, TRACK STARS, WOMEN ATHLETES, COACHES. YOU LOOK AT THE
LIST AND IT'S PERHAPS THE GREATEST LIST OF ALL-AROUND ATHLETIC GREATS ASSEMBLED
ANYWHERE!
I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING JIM MURRAY OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. HE WAS A
VERY SMART AND KNOWLEDGEABLE MAN, EASY TO DEAL WITH. REPORTERS COME IN ALL
DIFFERENT KINDS, BUT HE WAS JUST A GUY. HE AND MAL FLORENCE WERE NICE GUYS WHO
MADE YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE. TOM KELLY HAS THE BEST VOICE I EVER HEARD. I CAN
LISTEN TO HIM ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT LONG.
I was involved in sportscasting after retirement but got into coaching. I'm in my third
year coaching. I was at ASU. I'm not sure if coaching is what I'll do for 20 years. I'm not
sure I want to. I need to master what I'm doing and let it go from there. I enjoy what I'm
doing and don't think about it that much. The hours during the season are what they are.
In the off-season it's more like an eight-to-five job, but in-season it's at least 12 hours a
day. You lose a great deal of sleep. You can work from six in the morning until after
midnight and come back early the next day. If you can’t deal with it, stay out of the
coaching profession.


Mark Carrier was a two-time All-American and winner of the Jim Thorpe award

for best defensive back in the nation (1989). Twice named All-Pacific 10, Carrier

was a 1989 Playboy Pre-Season All-American selection, and was elected to the USC

Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He was selected in the first round by the Chicago

Bears, playing in Chicago (1990-96,) Detroit (1997-99), and Washington (2000).

Carrier was selected to the All-Pro team three times. After pro football Mark

became a radio sports commentator, then went into coaching as an assistant with

Arizona State and the Baltimore Ravens.



                                 JOHN "J.J." JACKSON

FLANKER-SPLIT END
1986 - 1989


I'M FROM DIAMOND BAR IN EASTERN LOS ANGELES COUNTY. JIM EDMONDS, WHO PLAYED
FOR THE ANGELS AND CARDINALS, IS FROM THERE. I ATTENDED BISHOP AMAT HIGH
SCHOOL, WHICH WAS STILL A BIG-TIME POWER WHEN I WAS THERE. MAZIO ROYSTER, ERIC
BIENIEMY OF COLORADO, RON BROWN, ALL PLAYED THERE. BISHOP AMAT PRODUCED
ADRIAN YOUNG, PAT HADEN, J.K. MCKAY AND PAUL MCDONALD OF USC. J.K.'S
BROTHER RICH, NOW A GM IN THE PROS, WENT THERE. JOHN SCIARRA OF UCLA WAS A
LANCER. PHIL CANTWELL AND GARY MARINOVICH COACHED AT AMAT. IT WAS A GREAT
ERA, BUT IN RECENT YEARS THEY'VE NOT BEEN PARTICULARLY GOOD.
      I CAME TO USC FOR FOOTBALL MAINLY AND HOPEFULLY TO PLAY BASEBALL. I WAS
ALWAYS THE KID WHO LOVED WHATEVER SPORT I PLAYED IN WHATEVER SEASON IT WAS. IT
WAS NEVER CLEAR-CUT.
I LIKED 'EM BOTH. THEY'RE TWO DIFFERENT SPORTS. THERE'S PROS AND CONS AND HARD
TO CHOOSE ONE OVER THE OTHER.
      I PLAYED FOR TED TOLLNER AS A FRESHMAN IN 1986 AND FOR LARRY SMITH FROM
1987-89. WE HAD GREAT QUARTERBACKS, RODNEY PEETE MY FIRST THREE YEARS AND
TODD MARINOVICH MY SENIOR YEAR. THEY WERE POLAR OPPOSITES IN MANY ASPECTS.
RODNEY WAS OBVIOUSLY MORE MOBILE. HE HAD THE INTANGIBLES A QUARTERBACK
NEEDS AS A WINNER. YOU CAN'T TEACH LOT OF IT. QUARTERBACKS WHO ARE GOOD BUT DO
NOT HAVE THAT INTANGIBLE DON’T BECOME GREAT. THE LACK OF IT IS A FACTOR WITH
COMPARING THE TWO. RODNEY WAS A MORE MOBILE QUARTERBACK AND A MORE VOCAL
TYPE LEADER THAN TODD. TODD LED BY EXAMPLE. I KNEW TODD AT A YOUNGER AGE.
TODD WAS EXTREMELY ACCURATE. HE COULD KNOCK A SODA CAN OFF A TRASHCAN FROM
40 YARDS AWAY. TODD WAS AS ACCURATE A PASSER AS I EVER PLAYED WITH. I WAS A
SENIOR WHEN HE WAS A "RED-SHIRT" FRESHMAN AND IRONICALLY I CAUGHT THE MOST
BALLS IN MY CAREER FROM HIM, MORE THAN RODNEY. I NEVER TOOK A "KILL SHOT," HE
COULD KEEP HIS RECEIVER'S OUT OF HARM'S WAY, WHICH WAS A TESTAMENT TO HIS
ACCURACY AND FIELD VISION. BOTH QUARTERBACKS LOVED PRESSURE AND PLAYED
BETTER UNDER PRESSURE. WHEN THE HEAT IS ON THEY WERE AT THEIR BEST.
        WHEN THERE WAS MEDIA CRITICISM, BOTH PLAYED BETTER THE NEXT WEEK.
RODNEY PEETE WHEN HE HAD THE MEASLES, AND DID NOT PRACTICE THE WHOLE WEEK,
PLAYED ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRED GAMES IN THE USC-UCLA HISTORY, BEATING THEM
IN THE ROSE BOWL. THEY WERE LOADED. IN THE FIRST GAME TODD PLAYED AFTER A POOR
PERFORMANCE IN A TIE WITH UCLA IN 1989, TODD PLAYED GREAT IN THE ROSE BOWL,
BEATING MICHIGAN, 17-10.
      I PLAYED ON SOME GREAT BASEBALL TEAMS AND WE WERE LOADED WITH TALENT.
MY TEAMMATES INCLUDED DAMON BUFORD, MURPH PROCTOR, JIM CAMPANIS, BRET
BOONE, JEFF CIRILLO, MARK SMITH, BRETT JENKINS, MIKE ROBERTSON, RANDY POWERS,
PHIL KENDALL, JOHN CUMMINGS, AND BRET BARBERIE. BARBERIE MARRIED JILLIAN
BARBERIE. HE MET HER IN CHICAGO WHEN SHE WAS AN ASPIRING TV PERSONALITY AND
HE HOOKED HER UP, HELPED ADVANCE HER CAREER. RODNEY PEETE WAS MY TEAMMATE
AND A GREAT BALLPLAYER.
      MIKE GILLESPIE IS THE BEST COACH I EVER PLAYED FOR IN ANY SPORT, FOR SEVERAL
DIFFERENT REASONS. HE MANAGED PERSONALITIES AND ATTRACTED TALENT. SECOND, HE
KNEW HOW TO DEAL WITH AND MANAGE DISPARATE PERSONALITIES; TALENTED PLAYERS
PERSONALITIES. BOONE AND CIRILLO DID NOT HAVE A GREAT FRIENDSHIP, BUT THROUGH
GILLESPIE PLAYERS THAT DID NOT MESH ALSO DID NOT HATE EACH OTHER. DIFFERENT
PERSONALITIES DO DIFFERENT THINGS. WITH GILLESPIE WE HAD FOOTBALL PLAYERS ON
THE TEAM; GUYS WHOSE FATHERS HAD PLAYED IN THE BIGS OR AT USC OR WERE WEALTHY
ALUMS; FAMILIES WHO WERE WELL OFF AND THOSE WHO WERE NOT WELL OFF. HE
HANDLED IT ALL AND COORDINATED IT EXTREMELY WELL.
        SO GILLESPIE WAS THE BEST FOOTBALL OR BASEBALL COACH I PLAYED FOR. WE
HAD UNBELIEVABLE TALENT OFFENSIVELY. WE COULD HIT WITH ANYBODY, WE COULD DO

A LOT OF THINGS AND SCORED A LOT OF RUNS. WE HAD SOME GOOD PITCHING BUT NOT

ENOUGH TO ADVANCE DEEP IN TOURNAMENTS. STANFORD DID. POWERS WAS PHENOMENAL

BUT ONCE YOU GOT PAST HIM, KENDALL WAS GOOD, REID MIZUGUCHI AND TIM

QUINTANILLA WERE PRETTY GOOD, BUT IN THE POST-SEASON YOU PLAYED THREE OR FOUR

GAMES IN A WEEKEND AND WE'D RUN OUT OF PITCHERS. YOU'RE GETTING DOWN TO YOUR

FOURTH STARTER. THE FIRST GUY CAN'T COME BACK AND THERE'S NOT ENOUGH DEPTH.

THE FORMAT WAS DIFFERENT THEN AND YOU NEEDED MORE PITCHING.

       After USC I played in the NFL, for the Cardinals for three years and the Chicago

Bears for one. I was drafted in baseball by the San Francisco Giants, and played two

years in their organization, then three years in the Angels' chain. I wish I'd had a chance

at playing in the Major Leagues, as I would have been one of only three or four guys to

play in the NFL and the big leagues.

       I have great memories that I can't compare to anything, and it helped me becoming

a broadcaster. I'm truly blessed. I got an opportunity with Fox Sports and have been

fortunate to be with them during a period of tremendous growth. Multiple-channel cable

TV and the growth of collegiate football, and the incredible growth of televised high

school football, all occurred during a time when USC's been the dominant program in the

nation. It has given me opportunity and exposure beyond just the local market. For me, I

started my broadcast career with Fox Sports after my NFL career, and I give Tom Kelly

credit for bringing me in. What It Means to Be a Trojan is that Trojans help each other,

we extend a hand for each other, and that's what Tom did for me. I saw him and joked

with him, I told him that he had a good gig, that it would be nice to look good and get
paid for it.

      HE SENT ME TO THE GUYS AT FOX; JERRY GARCIA, GARY GARCIA AND JEFF

PROCTOR, AND IT WAS LIKE, "WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?" AND I SAID I WANTED TO BE ON

CAMERA. I STARTED WITH USC BASEBALL AS TOM KELLY'S PARTNER. HE CARRIED ME.

FOX THEN LAUNCHED A HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS PACKAGE AND IT GREW FROM THERE:

PAC-10, ARENA FOOTBALL, COLLEGE BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL, MAJOR LEAGUE

BASEBALL. EACH WAS A BUILDING BLOCK ALONG THE WAY AND MY TIMING WAS GREAT.

KELLY GOT ME STARTED, ONE TROJAN HELPING ANOTHER. TOM IS 100 PERCENT CLASS, A

GREAT GUY. THAT MANTRA REPEATS ITSELF OVER AND OVER AT USC.    EVERY OTHER

SCHOOL YOU'RE THERE FOUR YEARS, BUT YOU’RE A TROJAN FOR LIFE! TO HAVE SOMEBODY

REACH OUT AND MENTOR ME WAS GREAT. I'M SO THANKFUL TO TOM FOR THE

OPPORTUNITY. HE MADE ME WHAT I AM TODAY, WHICH IS MORE THAN JUST AN

EX-FOOTBALL PLAYER. IT'S BEEN GREAT.

     PETE CARROLL, IN MY CASE I CAN ATTEST, YOU ARE PART OF THE TROJAN FAMILY.
HE GETS THAT. I'VE NEVER HELD A "REGULAR" JOB. EVERY JOB I'VE EVER HELD, I NEVER
TRULY INTERVIEWED FOR THE JOB AND GONE THROUGH A PROCESS OF HIRING. IT'S ALWAYS
BEEN A TROJAN WHO SAID, "HEY, COME WORK FOR ME." I NEVER SAT DOWN FOR FORMAL
INTERVIEWS. PEOPLE WOULD GET TO KNOW ME PERSONALLY AND SAY, "LET ME SEE WHAT
YOU CAN DO." I'D NEVER BEEN IN FRONT OF A CAMERA IN MY LIFE WHEN I GOT THE JOB AT
FOX. HOW DO WE GET YOU TRAINED? THOSE OPPORTUNITIES ARE AT USC AND SET IT
APART FROM SO MANY SCHOOLS. WE HAVE ORGANIZATIONS, ALUMNI CLUBS; IT'S A BIG
REASON WHY ANYBODY SHOULD GO THERE. IT'S A GREAT SCHOOL BUT PART OF HUGE
FRATERNITY.
     AS AN ATHLETE, WE HAVE A HUGE ADVANTAGE WHEN IT COMES TO WORKING IN THE
MEDIA. IT'S A BIG MEDIA MARKET AND WE GET INTERVIEWED A LOT, MUCH OF IT
NATIONALLY. OUR NETWORK IS HUGE, AND KIDS AT USC GET USED TO IT, THEY'RE
COMFORTABLE IN THAT ENVIRONMENT.

JOHN "J.J." JACKSON WAS A FIRST TEAM ALL-PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE WIDE

RECEIVER IN 1989, WON THE THEODORE GABRIELSON AWARD AS THE OUTSTANDING

PLAYER IN THAT SEASON'S NOTRE GAME GAME, AND WAS SELECTED FOR THE SHRINE
EAST-WEST GAME HIS SENIOR YEAR. J.J. WAS AN NCAA POSTGRADUATE

SCHOLARSHIP WINNER, AN NCAA TOP EIGHT RECIPIENT, A NATIONAL FOUNDATION

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE, AND TWO-TIME ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN (1988-89). JACKSON

PLAYED FOR PHOENIX (1990-92) AND CHICAGO (1996) IN THE NFL. ONE OF THE BEST

ALL--AROUND ATHLETES IN TROJAN HISTORY, HE ALSO WAS A CENTER FIELDER ON THE

USC BASEBALL TEAM WHO WENT ON TO THE SAN FRANCISCO AND CALIFORNIA

ORGANIZATIONS. HE IS NOW A POPULAR, WELL-REGARDED SPORTSCASTER FOR FOX

SPORTS, WHERE HE SPECIALIZES IN USC, SIDELINE REPORTAGE AND MAJOR HIGH

SCHOOL GAMES WITH JIM WATSON. HIS FATHER, ALSO NAMED JOHN JACKSON, WAS

AN ASSISTANT USC FOOTBALL COACH.



A LINE DRIVE HITTER

STREETZEBRA, 2000



FORMER USC TROJAN JEFF CIRILLO WAS A HIDDEN NUGGET IN MILWAUKEE WHO NOW PUTS
UP BIG NUMBERS AT COORS FIELD
       ROBIN YOUNT PLAYED 20 YEARS IN THE ANONYMITY OF MILWAUKEE. WHEN FANS READ

OF HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT HIS 1999 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION, IT WAS LIKE BREAKING

OPEN OLD SOVIET ARCHIVES: A REVELATION.

YOUNT WAS PART OF A DIFFERENT ERA, A PERIOD OF IN WHICH THERE WERE A FEW FELLOWS
WHO PLAYED ON THE SAME CLUB THEIR ENTIRE CAREERS.
LIKE YOUNT ANOTHER L.A. PRODUCT, CIRILLO, WAS PUTTING UP GREAT NUMBERS YEAR IN AND
YEAR OUT IN MILWAUKEE, BUT NOBODY KNEW ABOUT HIM, EITHER. HE RECEIVED LITTLE
RESPECT IN ALL-STAR VOTING, DESPITE A .307 CAREER AVERAGE DATING TO 1994. THE
ELEVENTH ROUND PICK FROM THE 1991 DRAFT HIT .321 WITH 15 HOME RUNS, 88 RBIS AND
194 HITS IN 1999. HE IS A STELLAR THIRD BASEMAN WHO POSSESSES A GUN FOR AN ARM.
CIRILLO HIT .325 IN 1996 AND .321 IN 1998.
TWO OFF-SEASONS AGO, CIRILLO WAS TRADED TO THE HIGH-PROFILE COLORADO ROCKIES,
WHERE HE NOW HITS IN THE BALL-CARRYING HIGH AIR OF COORS FIELD. WOW, JEFF, DOES
THIS EXCITE YOU?
"IT’S A CHALLENGE," SAID CIRILLO, WHO HAD JUST MOVED INTO A NEW HOME IN REDMOND,
WASHINGTON AFTER A VACATION TRIP TO SUN VALLEY WHEN I CAUGHT UP WITH HIM. "THEN I
STARTED TO THINK ABOUT MILWAUKEE, AND I HAD SOME REGRETS, BUT I'M OLD ENOUGH TO
UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. I HAD SOME STRONG RELATIONSHIPS THERE.
GEOFF JENKINS AND I ARE LIKE BROTHERS, HE WAS IN MY WEDDING. I HOPE I HELPED HIM, HE
HAS A WORLD OF TALENT."
JENKINS IS PART OF THE SC CONNECTION THAT DOMINATED THE BREWERS' ROSTER THE PAST
FEW SEASONS. THE OTHER EX-TROJAN WAS BOBBY HUGHES. CIRILLO PLAYED WITH JENKINS
OLDER BROTHER, BRETT AT SC FROM 1988-91.
"THE OFFENSIVE STYLE AT COORS MAKES FOR SOME LONG GAMES," SAYS CIRILLO. "THE THIRD
BASE COACH THERE BEFORE I CAME OVER ONCE TOLD ME THEY DON'T SEE THEIR FAMILY MUCH
AT HOME, BUT I'M OLD ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND THE POSITIVES ASSOCIATED WITH PLAYING
THERE."
THAT WAS THE SECOND TIME IN A MINUTE THE 31-YEAR OLD MENTIONED HIS AGE. WHO DOES
HE THINK HE IS, METHUSELAH?
"I'VE GOTTEN BIGGER WITH WEIGHT TRAINING OVER THE YEARS," HE SAYS IN REFERENCE TO HIS
INCREASED POWER NUMBERS, ALTHOUGH THIS GUY ALWAYS HAS BEEN A LINE DRIVE HITTER. HE
COULD HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN HURT BY THE MOVE TO COORS IF HE HAD FALLEN FOR THE LONG
BALL SYNDROME, BUT HE WAS ALSO JELPED HITTING IN THE SAME LINE-UP WITH TODD HELTON.
CIRILLO IS A RIGHT-HANDED GEORGE BRETT, A GUY WHO POUNDS TWEENERS FOR DOUBLES
AND HARD GROUND BALLS FOR SINGLES.
HE DOES HAVE A HANDLE ON WHY OFFENSE HAS DOMINATED BASEBALL IN RECENT YEARS.
"IT'S BECAUSE OF WEIGHTS," HE SAYS. "HITTERS GET BIGGER AND STRONGER, BUT IF PITCHERS
LOSE FLEXIBILITY IT DOESN'T DO THEM ANY GOOD. I NEVER USED TO WORK ON MY UPPER BODY
WHEN I WAS A PITCHER."
CIRILLO REFERS TO HIS STELLAR COLLEGE CAREER, WHERE HE WAS A POWER PITCHER WHO
WOULD TAKE ON THE ROLE OF CLOSER, COMING IN FROM THIRD BASE WHILE WARMING UP IN
BETWEEN PITCHES. IT WAS ACTUALLY QUITE A SPECTACLE! HE HIT FOR AVERAGE, NOT POWER,
AND PROVIDED STEADY LEADERSHIP.
PASADENA-BORN JEFF PREPPED AT TINY PROVIDENCE HIGH IN BURBANK, WHERE HE WAS
DRAFTED IN THE 37TH ROUND IN 1987. HE IS ALSO A HANDSOME DEVIL WHO IS MARRIED AND
HAS CHILDREN NOW, BUT THERE ARE STORIES OF GIRLS CALLING HIS LISTED NUMBER AT ALL
HOURS. HE NEVER LACKED FOR DATES AT USC, A SCHOOL KNOWN FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL COEDS.
"I OWE MIKE GILLESPIE A LOT," SAYS CIRILLO OF SC'S COACH. "HE TOOK A CHANCE ON ME
COMING OUT OF A SMALL SCHOOL WITH SUPPOSEDLY INFLATED STATS."
THE TROJAN TEAMS CIRILLO PLAYED ON FROM 1988-91 WERE SOME OF THE MOST TALENTED IN
THE HISTORY OF COLLEGIATE BASEBALL, AND INCLUDED THE LIKES OF FUTURE BIG LEAGUERS
BRET BOONE, DAMON BUFORD, JOHN CUMMINGS, AND MARK SMITH. STILL, THEY NEVER
MADE IT TO THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES, LOSING TO HAWAII IN THE '91 REGIONALS AT HOME.
SOME HAVE PLACED THE BLAME ON GILLESPIE, STATING THAT HE WAS TOO TIGHT IN HIS
PROSECUTION OF GAME STRATEGY, BUT CIRILLO HAD A DIFFERENT TAKE.
"WE HAD GUYS WHO WEREN'T TEAM PLAYERS," HE SAYS. "WHEN SOME OF THOSE GUYS LEFT WE
WENT FURTHER WITHOUT THEM."
JEFF MADE A FEW COMMENTS "OFF THE RECORD," BUT HE DID SAY "IT'S NO SECRET BRET
BOONE AND I DON'T GET ALONG. HE'S OVERRATED. HE'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE. I DON'T KNOW
WHAT IT IS, IF HE'S JUST GOT THAT BIG LEAGUE MENTALITY BECAUSE HIS DAD PLAYED THERE."
WHERE BOONE IS COCKY AND PROBABLY SACRIFICES SOME BATTING AVERAGE FOR THE SAKE OF
HOME RUNS THAT ARE ALL TOO INFREQUENT, CIRILLO DISDAINS "BIG FLIES" FOR A STEADY
STREAM OF TEAM-HELPING BASE HITS.
"I GOT THE MOST OUT OF MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE," CIRILLO SAYS, PAYING HOMAGE TO
GILLESPIE. "I LEARNED A LOT FROM HIM. ONE THING ABOUT GILLESPIE IS THAT HE TEACHES
THE INTANGIBLES; BASE RUNNING, THE MENTAL GAME.
"THE MENTAL TRANSFORMATION, THE STEPS THAT GO FROM BEING A CUSP PLAYER TO BEING AN
ENTRENCHED PRO, ARE IN SOME WAYS ABOUT FEAR AND PARANOIA. THE FEAR OF FAILURE.
NEVER BEING SATISFIED. NEVER REALLY BEING COMFORTABLE. A LOT OF GUYS HAVE SUCCESS
AT THE A OR DOUBLE-A LEVEL, BUT THEY CAN'T MAKE IT OVER THE HUMP. EVERY STEP YOU
ASK YOURSELF, `CAN I DO IT.'"
THE 6-2, 195-POUND CIRILLO, A GREAT ALL-AROUND ATHLETE, HAS ALWAYS HAD TO LOOK AT
HIS CAREER REALISTICALLY.
"WHEN I WAS DRAFTED," HE RECALLS, "I THOUGHT, I'LL JUST GIVE IT A SHOT. SO MANY GUYS
WERE DRAFTED AHEAD OF ME, I DIDN'T HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN MY CORNER, NOT A LOT OF
MONEY WAS INVESTED IN ME, SO I JUST HAD A BURNING DESIRE TO SHOW PEOPLE I HAD WHAT IT
TOOK."
CIRILLO'S ATTITUDE HAS HARDENED A BIT OVER THE YEARS, PROBABLY BECAUSE HE HAS HAD
TO WORK HIS WAY PAST PLAYERS RATED AHEAD OF HIM. NOW HE LOOKS AT A LOT OF PEOPLE
WHO HE KNOWS DID NOT BELIEVE IN HIM AT ONE POINT, AND WHILE HE IS STILL A GENTLEMAN,
ONE SENSES A DEFINITE PRO MENTALITY THAT IS DIFFERENT FROM THE MORE RELAXED
DEMEANOR OF HIS COLLEGE DAYS.
HE MAKES A LOT OF MONEY (CIRILLO IS REPRESENTED BY DENNIS GILBERT'S OLD FIRM, THE
HIGH-PROFILE BEVERLY HILLS SPORTS COUNCIL), AND HE GETS MORE MORE BASEBALL
TONIGHT AIR TIME NOW THAT HE BOUNCES FROZEN ROPES ALL OVER COORS FIELD.
WHAT DOES GILLESPIE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT HIS PROTÉGÉ?
"HE'S AN AMAZING STORY."


                                        THE

                                    NINETIES


                                  GENE FRUGE

NOSE GUARD-DEFENSIVE GUARD
1987 - 1990
TIM RYAN WAS A CLASSIC TROJAN WITH A CLASSIC TROJAN PERSONA: MOVIE STAR GOOD

LOOKS, CHARISMATIC, MARRIED A RAIDERETTE, ALL-AMERICAN BIG MAN, PRO FOOTBALL

STAR AND MEDIA PERSONALITY! NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT TIM

RYAN. HE WAS SOMEBODY WHO TOOK ME UNDER HIS WING, BUT I DIDN'T HAVE THE
COACHING ENCOURAGEMENT FROM HOME. HE BECAME LIKE A BROTHER TO ME, AND I WAS

A SURROGATE MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY. WE WENT TO OAK GROVE HIGH SCHOOL IN SAN

JOSE TOGETHER, AND I WAS AT HIS HOUSE MORE THAN MY HOME. SOMETIMES HE'D NOT

EVEN BE THERE, BUT I'D VISIT HIS HOUSE AND HIS FAMILY. I WAS VERY CLOSE TO HIS

FAMILY, THEY HAD A BIG IMPACT ON ME, NOT JUST FOR FOOTBALL BUT THE PERSONAL SIDE

OF THINGS.

       TIM LED HIS LIFE BY COMMANDING AUTHORITY. HE LED BY EXAMPLE. ALL THAT HE

TOUCHED HE WAS GREAT AT. HE WAS AN ALL-AMERICAN IN BASKETBALL. WE HAVE A

FRIENDLY COMPETITION, IT'S LIKE THAT, BUT IN MY OWN MIND JUST KEEPING UP WITH HIM,

TO BE CLOSE TO HIM, HELPED ME A LOT. ALL I EVER WANTED WAS TO BE LIKE TIM. I DIDN'T

HAVE ALL THE HISTORY LIKE HE HAD. I HAD ONE YEAR OF FOOTBALL. I WAS NOT TRAINED,

BUT I WAS A BIG OLD DUDE AND MADE TACKLES FOR A LOT OF LOSSES. AFTER GRADUATION

HOLES OPENED UP FOR A GIANT GUY LIKE ME, BUT I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING. MY COACH

WAS LEE EVANS. HE PAID FOR MY ATTENDING THE U.S. MARINE FOOTBALL CAMP, WHERE I

LEARNED FUNDAMENTALS. THAT GOT ME GOING. I'D ALWAYS HAD DISCIPLINE. I'D PUT MY

NOSE DOWN AND DO WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE. I LEARNED IT FROM TIM. HE HELPED ME A

LOT, TO HAVE A PLAYER OF HIS CALIBER AHEAD OF ME AT THE NEXT LEVEL.

TWO THINGS GOT ME INTO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. BECAUSE OF MY LATE STATUS, I WAS
NOT HIGHLY RECRUITED, BUT TIM KNEW WHO I WAS AND HE MADE IT SOUND LIKE USC
WAS THE PLACE TO BE, THE MECCA OF FOOTBALL. HE WANTED TO BE PART OF THAT. SOME
PAC-10 TEAMS LIKE WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA STATE, AND ARIZONA WERE
INTERESTED, BUT NONE OF THE BIG NAME SCHOOLS LOOKED AT ME, NONE OF THE SC'S,
MIAMI'S OR MICHIGAN'S OF THE WORLD. I WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY AND CONTENT TO GO
TO ONE OF THE SECOND-TIER PROGRAMS, BUT I HEARD THE FLEETWOOD MAC SONG "TUSK"
COMING OUT OF THE TUNNEL. I HEARD THAT AND WANTED TO BE PART OF IT. I KNOW
PEOPLE KNOW WHERE THAT COMES FROM. I WAS INSPIRED. THAT GOT ME
I WENT TO TIM AND I SAID, "WHY NOT ME?" SO WE PUT TOGETHER A TAPE OF ME PLAYING
AND SENT IT TO USC. I WAITED TO FIND OUT. THEY SAW THAT VIDEO. I WRITE A LETTER TO
TED TOLLNER PERSONALLY INTRODUCING MYSELF AS GENE FRUGE OF OAK GROVE HIGH
SCHOOL, AND I KNOW TIM RYAN, I'M A RIGHT TACKLE. I'M HERE WAITING, BUT I HEAR
NOTHING FOR A WHILE. I KEEP MY FINGERS CROSSED, THEN I GET THIS LETTER. THEY
LOOKED AT ME AND WERE IMPRESSED. I HAVE TIM'S SIZE AND MORE SPEED. NO SOONER DID
I GET A LETTER FROM USC THAN MY MAIL BLEW UP. WHEN THE RECRUITERS HEARD SC
WAS INTERESTED, THEY KNEW I HAD TO BE GOOD! TIM HAD A LOT TO DO WITH IT.
Tim and I come from meager backgrounds. His family did worse than mine, and this was
a blessing for both, a chance for us to do good for our families. For me, all the good
things that happened in my life started at Southern Cal. If not for Ryan, I'd never have
been noticed, but I did gel with the opportunity. What I did was work hard and do the
best I could. I was very competitive. Tim was an All-American. He got that position on
the other side. I have an All-Americans in my position, Dan Owens. Where do I want to
compete? I play nose tackle, I take what they give me, and I'm best at stopping the run.
Others might have been better was I was more prepared, but I was a late bloomer. I had
the opportunity as a Trojan. I started slow except for the fact I'd come on late, but I would
finish strong. Being a Trojan means being at the highest level. I didn't realize it all at
once, I made same mistakes, and I didn't train as hard as I needed because I didn't know
what it was until I saw the level of conditioning and dedication at USC. I learned a lot.
Later, I was one of the top conditioned athletes on the team. People said it would never
happen for me, but again I'm a late bloomer and was not gonna quit until I'd done all that
possible. That's What It Means to Be a Trojan!
It was a valuable lesson to me. To sum up the experience in a nutshell, the statement I
want to make to bring it all together, the moral of my story is that I went from being
disciplined, to doing as I was told, to being well trained, to doing different things, to
doing what you know to be the best thing . . .
In my early years my conditioning was an issue, but I was "yes sir," I'll do what I'm told,
and be a typical nose tackle, stuff the gap, close the gap, do the job . . . By the time I
stopped doing that, and getting off the block to get down field and make tackles behind
the line of scrimmage, the coaches started looking at me beyond my being a back-up.
Originally I'd give Don Gibson a breather. I took my job seriously. I did that every day
until Gibson got hurt. He hurt his knee. I stepped up and was asked to do the job do full
service, and not just squeeze the middle. All of a sudden I'm doing the opposite step, I'm
anticipating, I'm making tackles. That's what you do in football, but in our scheme that's
not your job. In my senior year I learned what I should have known earlier. It wasn't
enough to be well trained, that 's just not what was called for.
Against Ohio State I had a great game. Because of Gibson getting hurt leading to the
1990 Rose Bowl, I became a starter. The coaches were nervous, not sure of my category.
Do I bang it up and try to do what was right? Larry wanted me to just bottle the middle,
to let the linebacker do his job.
When the Rose Bowl came around Don was healed and they sat me down. They put Don
in. That was it for me, I played no downs. I was stuck all summer long, all through
spring ball in 1990, the same thing. They told me, "Make no mistakes, up the middle is
yours." Larry Smith himself came to the sideline and he yanks my facemask, and he's
yelling in my face, "You've yet to make a tackle! You've yet to do this or that . . ." I can’t
recall all of it, but he was not pleased.
"That's all you ever told me to do," I said. I don't understand, it's my senior year, and I
decide I'm not gonna go back to disciplined training, I'm not just gonna do what I'm told,
because I knew what I was doing and I did what I knew was best. Sometimes the other
guy's wrong, and if you don't do what's right there's no ink out of the box, and your
opponent's are going down.
SO, IN 1990, THE FIRST SIX GAMES OF THE YEAR I STARTED WORRYING ABOUT FOOTBALL
AND HOW I CAN GET TO WHERE I WANT. OHIO STATE WAS A BIG ONE. A GUY NAMED
BEATTIE WAS OPPOSITE ME. I DIDN’T WANNA HEAR THAT I HAD LET THAT GUY RUN ALL
OVER ME. I HAD A BIG DAY IN 1990 AT OHIO STATE. I GOT AN INTERCEPTION. THERE WAS A
THUNDERSTORM AND THERE WERE LIGHTNING BOLTS THAT HIT THE FIELD, AND THEY
CALLED THE GAME WITH A MINUTE OR SO LEFT, AND WE WON, 35-26.
OFF THE FIELD, WE HUNG OUT AT THE 502 CLUB. THE CAMARADERIE AT THE "FIVE-OH"
WAS MAGICAL. MY FIRST YEAR I COULDN'T GO IN. REX MOORE DID ALL THESE CRAZY
THINGS I HEARD ABOUT AND I FINALLY GOT TO GO IN THERE MYSELF. IT WAS AN AWESOME
PLACE THAT MADE YOU FEEL MOST LIKE A TROJAN. THERE WERE FORMER TROJANS ON THE
WALL, PICTURES OF USC AND NOTRE DAME IN THE ROOM, PLAYERS IN THE NFL AND GUYS
FROM BEFORE, PLUS ALL YOUR TEAMMATES. EVERYBODY KNEW YOU. PEOPLE WHO WERE
DIE HARD TO THE TROJAN TRADITION. IT WAS THE PLACE YOU WENT TO BE PART OF THAT
IT. IT WAS PART OF THE COMMUNITY, ALL OF US WERE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PLAYERS
AND THE SCHOOL. IT WAS A PLACE TO RALLY AROUND. FRIENDSHIPS WERE MADE AND
FORGED THERE THAT LAST A LIFETIME. EVERY WIN OR LOSS, AFTER IT WAS A PLACE TO
CELEBRATE VICTORY OR DROWN OUR SORROWS AFTER A DEFEAT.
 YOU'D SEE CELEBRITIES IN THERE. MARRIAGES WERE MADE IN THE "FIVE-OH." THE
OWNER, TONY CARAVALHO, WAS THE MOST CARDINAL AND GOLD INDIVIDUAL THAT THERE
EVER WAS. HE WAS THE CENTER OF THE TROJAN FAMILY. HE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US, WE
COULD HIDE IN THERE AND KEEP IT PRIVATE IF WE DIDN'T WANNA DEAL WITH CROWDS.
WE'D COME IN AT TWO IN THE MORNING AFTER A ROAD TRIP AND JUST UNWIND. OTHER
TIMES THERE WAS THIS EXCITEMENT IN THE 502: "THERE'S CHARLES WHITES . . . THERE'S
O.J." I MET THE DAUGHTER OF THE UNCLE BEN RICE EMPIRE AT THE 502 CLUB. THAT'S
WHAT THE "FIVE-OH" WAS FOR ME.
 IN MANY WAYS I WAS MOVING SLOW. TIM WAS THE BIG MAN ON CAMPUS BUT I WAS NOT.
TIM WORKED WITH ME ON MY PRESENCE. SOME GUYS BECOME COCKY AND ARROGANT. I
WAS MEEK AND TIMID, BUT I SAW HOW OTHERS ROLLED AND OPERATED. I LEARNED. I GOT
CONFIDENCE. I WAS PRACTICALLY AFRAID OF GIRLS AT FIRST, TERRIFIED OF REJECTION. I
GAINED CONFIDENCE, NOT AS A WOMANIZER, BUT TIM TAUGHT ME TO BE COMFORTABLE
WITH WOMEN WHO GAVE ME GOOD VIBES. I PERCEIVED MYSELF AS NOT VERY DESIRABLE
BUT IT CHANGED FOR ME AT USC. I TALKED TO WOMEN ON AN EVEN PLAYING FIELD AND
LEARNED I ACTUALLY WAS A NICE GUY. I'VE CARRIED THAT WITH ME ALL THIS TIME, AND
THAT COMES FROM MY EXPERIENCE AT USC.
I HAD A "NEVER DIE" ATTITUDE GIVEN TO ME FROM MY PARENTS AND I BUILT ON IT AT
USC. I FOUND IT THERE, IT MADE ME A MAN, IT MADE ME OUTGOING, IT MADE ME A PEOPLE
PERSON. NOW I MAKE IT MY LIFE, IN PR AND REAL ESTATE. MY FRIENDS WERE CONFIDENT;
RYAN, SCOTT ROSS. THOSE GUYS KNEW THEY WERE GREAT AND IT RUBBED OFF. I SPENT A
LOT OF TIME WITH BOTH THOSE GUYS AND THEY LIKED ME.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS I WENT FROM BEING DISCIPLINED, DOING WHAT I WAS TOLD
TO BE BEING WELL TRAINED, AND THEN TO WHAT IT IS YOU THINK IS BEST. ALWAYS GO
BACK TO THAT AND PUT YOUR NOSE DOWN AND GRIND. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE THE
SMARTEST, THE CUTEST OR THE BEST, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS THAT OPTION TO THEN TAKE
WHAT YOU LEARNED AND NOW CALL YOURSELF WELL TRAINED AND EDUCATED.



GENE FRUGE PLAYED ON THREE STRAIGHT ROSE BOWL TEAMS (1987-89) AND ON A

HANCOCK BOWL TEAM HIS SENIOR YEAR. THE 1989 TROJANS BEAT MICHIGAN IN THE

ROSE BOWL TO FINISH EIGHTH IN THE NATION. THEY WERE RANKED EVERY YEAR OF

HIS CAREER. HIS BEST GAMES WERE AGAINST OHIO STATE, WHEN TROY BEAT THE

BUCKEYES 42-3 (1989 IN LOS ANGELES) AND 35-26, WHEN HIS KEY INTERCEPTION

HELPED SEAL VICTORY AT COLUMBUS.



                             TODD MARINOVICH

QUARTERBACK
1989 - 1990


THINGS ARE GOING WELL FOR ME. I'M COACHING YOUNG QUARTERBACKS IN ORANGE
COUNTY. I DO PRIVATE LESSONS FOR SIXTH AND SEVENTH GRADERS. BOB JOHNSON AT
MISSION VIEJO HAS A HIGH-PROFILE CAMP THERE, BUT I WAS NEVER PART OF HIS SYSTEM.
      I WAS HIGHLY RECRUITED AS HAS BEEN REPORTED, BUT IT WAS ALWAYS ASSUMED I

WAS HEADING TO USC. I REALLY DIDN'T GO TO ANY OTHER SCHOOLS BUT I ALMOST

REBELLED AND WENT TO STANFORD. I LIKE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND IDENTIFIED WITH

THE LIFESTYLE UP THERE. I WENT ON A TRIP TO STANFORD AND TWO "TRIPS" TO USC. JACK

ELWAY ASKED ME ON A SCALE OF ONE TO FIVE, WHAT WERE THE CHANCES I'D COME TO

STANFORD, AND I TOLD HIM FOUR, BUT LARRY SMITH

PUT ON HIS BEST SUIT DURING THE RECRUITING PROCESS, AND IT CAME DOWN TO PLAYING

IN THE ROSE BOWL. I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO COME DOWN TO THE COLISEUM EVERY YEAR

AND LOSE LIKE JOHN ELWAY HAD DONE. THERE WAS THAT ALLURE OF THE QUARTERBACK

HISTORY AT STANFORD, PLUS IT APPEALED TO MY ARTISTIC INTERESTS, WHICH HAD

STARTED EVER SINCE I WAS A FRESHMAN AT MATER DEI HIGH SCHOOL. I TRANSFERRED TO
CAPISTRANO VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL AS A SOPHOMORE.

       WHAT A DREAM TO HAVE PLAYED FOR PETE CAROLL AND NORM CHOW! I WENT TO

PRACTICE AND HE'S A QUALITY GUY. WHAT A DREAM I TOLD HIM IT WOULD HAVE BEEN.

THAT ATMOSPHERE IS ALLURING AND ATTRACTIVE. HE MAKES IT FUN. THEY STOPPED

PRACTICE WHILE WARMING UP AND HE INTRODUCED ME TO THE TEAM. I WAVED AND THEY

ACKNOWLEDGED ME. I'VE NOT SEEN ANY OTHER GROUP THAT IS SO CLASSY.

I "RED-SHIRTED" IN 1988. WITH THE RODNEY PEETE SITUATION I WALKED INTO, IT MADE
ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. I HAD A YEAR TO MATURE AND LEARN FROM A GUY
LIKE RODNEY WHOSE A QUALITY PERSON, TO WATCH HOW HE HANDLED HIMSELF ON
CAMPUS AND WITH THE MEDIA. YOU LEARN THROUGH EXPERIENCE. YOU CAN'T PUT A PRICE
TAG ON IT. I TRAVELED THAT YEAR, THOUGH. THEY TOOK ME TO ALL THE AWAY GAMES TO
GIVE ME A FEEL FOR THE ROAD.
MY FIRST START WAS THE 1989 SEASON OPENER WITH ILLINOIS AT THE COLISEUM. THE
GAME WAS SCHEDULED FOR MOSCOW, BUT PLANS FELL THROUGH FOR POLITICAL REASONS.
THE BERLIN WALL CAME DOWN TWO OR THREE MONTHS AFTER THAT GAME. WE RAN A
VERY CONSERVATIVE OFFENSE BUT SEEMED TO HAVE IT WON, UNTIL JEFF GEORGE GOT HOT
AND THEY UPSET US, 14-13.
A FEW WEEKS LATER CAME THE DEFINING GAME OF MY COLLEGIATE CAREER, AT
WASHINGTON STATE'S MARTIN STADIUM. IT WAS AN INTENSE GAME AND WE TRAILED,
17-10, WITH A COUPLE MINUTES TO GO IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. THE NOISE WAS
PHENOMENAL.
THE COMEBACK WAS UNBELIEVABLE. WE WERE GETTING READY TO STOP THEM AND GIVE
OURSELVES THE OPPORTUNITY TO DRIVE FOR THE WINNING SCORE. CLEVELAND COLTER
WAS STANDING ON THE 50-YARD LINE WAITING TO CATCH THE PUNTED BALL, AND HE'S AN
ALL-AMERICAN, SO I'M FIGURING WE'LL HAVE GREAT FIELD POSITION. BUT THE PUNT GOES
OFF HIS HEAD AND JUST BOUNCES AND BOUNCES AND BOUNCES UNTIL WE RECOVER IT ON
OUR OWN EIGHT-YARD LINE.
That took all the wind out of my sails and we started out the series 0-for-three. Then I hit
Gary Wellman for a first down. Wellman pretty much did it all. Wellman and Leroy Holt.
We did it all with passes and converted four fourth down conversions on that drive. We
just advanced until we scored a touchdown from three or four yards out. I looked to
Ricky Ervins in the flat pattern and then came back to Wellman. That made it 17-16 and
we decided to go for two and the win. We stayed with the same play as the TD and made
it.
I didn't call any audibles on that drive. I love two-minute situations. I always enjoyed it
because I was in the "shotgun." I loved it because I could see the field and was more
comfortable back there calling my own plays. The coaches called the plays except in a
two-minute drill. They gave me the green light to do audibles and call my own plays
because most of the plays came in from a run/play "check with me" from the offensive
coordinator, but with two minutes we didn't have time to run plays in. Our offensive
coordinator was either Ray Dorr or John Matsko.
We returned to Los Angeles after the game, which was played at mid-day. I was
downstairs at Heritage Hall putting my stuff away when Smith's secretary came down
and said, "You've got a phone call from President Reagan." I thought it was a joke.
Reagan had been out of office since January but was at the height of his popularity with
Communism on the verge of defeat.
Larry walked out and gave me his office, and I thought this was different. It was Reagan.
I immediately recognized his voice. He was the in hospital recovering from surgery and
had watched the whole game, and he had this distinctive way of saying, "Way-uhl, Nancy
and I enjoyed your game today. You inspired us . . ."
He played The Gipper and a lot of people thought he was a Notre Dame guy, but
President Reagan's a Trojan all the way. I was quiet and grateful for the call. The others,
they thought I was full of crap. As I told the story people still think I was full of crap, but
guys who were with me at the 502 Club that night all had been there and verified it
happened.
THE ENERGY AT NOTRE DAME IN 1989; ONE OF THE GREATEST EXPERIENCES OF MY
COLLEGE CAREER WAS THAT STADIUM. IT'S SIMILAR TO THE ROSE BOWL. THERE'S NOT A
LOT OF ROOM BETWEEN THE FIELD AND THE STANDS THERE, THE BANDS AND THE CROWD
ARE RIGHT ON YOU, AND THEIR CROWD IS KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT WHEN TO GET LOUD
AND WHEN NOT TO. I WAS WEARING A TURTLENECK AND TWO SHIRTS. I'M CALLING FROM
BEHIND THE CENTER AT THE LINE AND I SEE CHRIS ZORICH, THEIR ALL-AMERICAN, AND
HE'S WEARING A CUT OFF-JERSEY WITH STEAM COMING OUT OF HIS FACEMASK. THE
HELMETS ARE COLD BUT THEY WERE USED TO IT. IT WAS THE FIRST COLD GAME I EVER
PLAYED, IT WAS IN LATE OCTOBER. IT WAS NOT A REAL FACTOR BUT THEY WERE ALL
BARING THEIR ARMS AND LOOKING BEASTLY. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING GAMES IN
THE RIVALRY HISTORY, BUT THEY PREVAILED, 28-24 TO KNOCK US OUT OF THE NATIONAL
TITLE HUNT.
WE PLAYED MICHIGAN IN THE 1990 ROSE BOWL. IT'S FUNNY, I DON'T KNOW HOW I CAN
SUM IT UP EXCEPT THERE WAS NOT MUCH EXCITEMENT. IT WAS A COMBINATION WHERE I
PLAYED WELL BUT THEY THOUGHT RICKY WAS THE MVP. WE JUST BROKE THEIR BACKS
AND CONTROLLED THE BALL AT THE END TO WIN, 17-10. WHAT FINALLY STANDS OUT
ABOUT THAT GAME IS THAT IT WAS BO SCHEMBECHLER'S LAST GAME. AS A KID I WATCHED
HIM FOREVER. ON THE PLAY THAT SEALED IT, WE MADE A BIG PUNT, AND HE THREW HIS
HEADSET TO THE GROUND. I KNEW IT WAS OVER THEN.
IN 1990 I WAS A HEISMAN CONTENDER AND WE WERE A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
CONTENDER. WE OPENED AT THE KICKOFF CLASSIC NEAR NEW YORK CITY. THE BIG THING
THAT STANDS OUT IS THAT PRIOR TO THAT GAME, AT THE PRE-GAME MEAL THAT
AFTERNOON, USA TODAY WAS SPREAD OUT FRONT ON THE TABLE, AND THE SPORTS PAGE
HAD MY PHOTO AND IT ASKED, "MARINOVICH SWAN SONG? IS THIS HIS LAST YEAR?" I'D
NOT EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT IT BUT THIRD-YEAR PLAYERS WERE COMING OUT FOR THE FIRST
TIME. WE'D LOST JUNIOR SEAU AND MARK CARRIER, AND THE PAPER BROUGHT ATTENTION
FROM THE COACHING STAFF, BUT IT WASN'T MY IDEA, IT WAS THE NEW YORK MEDIA. WE
BEAT SYRACUSE AND LOOKED REALLY GOOD.
We had an all-time shootout with Tommy Maddox and UCLA at the Rose Bowl at the
end of the season. A lot was going on with Smith and I, and he's playing games. He took
Shane Foley to ASU and we only beat 'em, 13-6. The reason given was my attendance,
missing classes, which was a joke because all they go by is G.P.A., but this was the thing
he used to make a pit for me. For what reason, I don't.
They didn't announce I would start the UCLA game until the game that day. I wanted to
make the most of it to prove my worth. That is the best stadium I ever played in, that
Rose Bowl energy is the best. We didn't do much in the first half. I didn't do much but we
broke out in the fourth quarter. Johnnie Morton was the youngest receiver I threw to in
my era, and he just beat this guy on the cover to give me a chance. The main receiver
wasn't clear, so I went to the right guy on the sidelines and gave him a shot at a great
catch.
The last touchdown I was going for Gary while he made a timing/crossing route from the
14 or the 17. We called a time-out and I said, "Let's try Gary up the middle between the
two safeties," but he got bumped at the line of scrimmage so we had to go to the "mack"
side for Johnnie Morton. It was just like catches made by Sam Dickerson to beat UCLA
in 1969, and J.K. McKay's catch to beat Ohio State in the 1975 Rose Bowl. It was my
favorite route since Pop Warner, the corner station.
What It Means to Be a Trojan. The deciding factor on why I went to USC was my
grandfather, "Chief" Henry Fertig, who ran the Huntington Park police department. Chief
asked me, when I'm done playing college football, where did I want to live? I said I
wanted to live in Southern California.
HE SAYS, "WHY MAKE YOUR NAME IN MIAMI OR SOMEPLACE? IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO
GO OUT OF STATE." THAT WAS THE DECIDING FACTOR. I FOUND OUT OVER THE YEARS THAT
THE TROJAN FAMILY EXTENDS LONG AND FAR. WHEREVER I GO I AM WELCOMED WITH
OPEN ARMS. THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF MY FELLOW TROJANS, ALONG WITH MY FAITH IN
MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, HAS SUSTAINED ME THROUGH SOME REALLY TOUGH
TIMES.



TODD MARINOVICH SET THE ALL-TIME NATIONAL PASSING RECORDS, AND WAS

PERHAPS THE MOST HIGHLY-RECRUITED, SOUGHT-AFTER AND HERALDED PREP

FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO EVER LIVED COMING OUT OF CAPISTRANO VALLEY HIGH

SCHOOL IN ORANGE COUNTY. HIS FATHER, MARV WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE 1962

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. HIS UNCLE COACHED PAT HADEN AND J.K. MCKAY AT BISHOP

AMAT HIGH. HIS MOTHER WAS THE SISTER OF CRAIG FERTIG, HERO OF THE 1964

USC-NOTRE DAME GAME. HIS GRANDFATHER, HENRY "CHIEF" FERTIG, WAS A

LEGENDARY FIGURE AT TROY. HE POSSESSED PERHAPS THE GREATEST TROJAN

PEDIGREE EVER. NICKNAMED "ROBO QB" BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN RAISED AND

NURTURED ON A STEADY HEALTH FOOD DIET AND WORKOUT REGIMEN BY HIS FATHER,
HE WAS A FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN WHO LED THE TROJANS TO VICTORY OVER

MICHIGAN IN THE 1990 ROSE BOWL AND THE NEXT YEAR ENGINEERED A STUNNING

45-42 WIN OVER UCLA IN PASADENA. TODD HAD PROBLEMS WITH COACH LARRY

SMITH BUT WAS A FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICE OF AL DAVIS AND THE LOS ANGELES

RAIDERS, BUT DID NOT ACHIEVE SUCCESS. HIS LIFE HAS BEEN A SHAKESPEAREAN

DRAMA, BUT HE APPEARS TO FOUND PEACE THROUGH CHRIST, AND TODAY COACHES

HIGH SCHOOL QUARTERBACKS IN ORANGE COUNTY.




                                SCOTT ROSS

INSIDE LINEBACKER
1987 - 1990


I WAS A LINEBACKER AT EL TORO HIGH SCHOOL IN ORANGE COUNTY, WHICH IS REALLY
"TROJAN COUNTRY." I WAS BEING RECRUITED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, COACH
CHRIS ALLEN AND THEIR HEAD COACH, LARRY SMITH RECRUITED ME. THEY WERE
PUSHING HARD, AND ALLEN CAME FROM ARIZONA TO MY HOUSE. I HAD BEEN RECRUITED
BY USC COACH TED TOLLNER'S CREW, BUT TOLLNER WAS NOT RECRUITING ME AS HARD
AS SOME OTHER SCHOOLS. THEN THERE WAS A SWITCH. TOLLNER WAS FIRED EARLY IN
1987, AND LARRY SMITH GOT THE USC JOB TWO WEEKS LATER. SO NOW COACH ALLEN
WAS IN MY HOUSE, AGAIN HE'D TRAVELED FROM ARIZONA, ONLY THIS TIME HE'S
RECRUITING ME FOR USC BECAUSE HE'D COME OVER WITH COACH SMITH. I WAS ALREADY
SET ON USC. I HAD BEEN POLITE AND LISTENED TO COACH ALLEN AND TO ARIZONA, BUT I
WAS GOING TO USC.
     I WAS A FRESHMAN IN 1987, BUT I GOT PLAYING TIME. REX MOORE WAS THE
STARTING INSIDE LINEBACKER. DELMAR CHESLEY BACKED HIM UP. I DIDN'T TRAVEL. WE
PLAYED THE KICKOFF CLASSIC IN EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY AGAINST MICHIGAN
STATE, AND I WAS IN ENSENADA WATCHING THE GAME. I WATCHED TONY MANDARICH
BREAK REX MOORE'S ANKLE, AND IT WAS LIKE A JOE THEISMANN THING, AND I LOOKED AT
MY FRIEND AND SAID, "MY 'RED-SHIRT' SEASON'S OVER WITH."
     ON MONDAY COACH SAID, "DELMAR'S AHEAD OF YOU. YOU'RE NUMBER TWO. GET
READY." I PLAYED ON SPECIAL TEAMS, AND FIVE GAMES OR SO INTO THE SEASON WE
TRAVELED TO SOUTH BEND TO PLAY NOTRE DAME. I'M 218 POUNDS. NOTRE DAME'S
RUNNING UP THE MIDDLE. DELMAR'S GETTING HIS BUTT KICKED, SO THE ASSISTANT COACH
WAS FURIOUS, HE WAS SPITTING MAD.
     "GET ME A LINEBACKER WHO CAN FILL THAT HOLE," HE SCREAMS, AND HE JUST
LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, "ROSS, GET IN THERE." I'M A FRESHMAN AND IT'S MY FIRST
GAME, VS. NOTRE DAME. I PLAYED THE REST OF THAT GAME AND STOPPED THE RUN. WE
LOST BUT I NEVER LOST THE STARTING POSITION AGAIN AFTER THAT.
      I'D WORE NUMBER 64 BECAUSE OF HACKSAW REYNOLDS, BUT HERE I WAS, I WAS
STARTING AND I GOT ACCEPTED INTO THE SENIOR UPPER CLASS. THERE WERE EXCEPTIONS.
MARCUS COTTON DIDN'T APPRECIATE A FRESHMAN RUNNING THE HUDDLE, BUT REX SAID
NUMBER 35 WAS A LONGSTANDING LINEBACKER NUMBER AT USC, SO I WENT FROM
WEARING NUMBER 64 TO NUMBER 35.
      OUR QUARTERBACK WAS RODNEY PEETE, WHO I DESCRIBED AS THE MOST MODEST
"HOLLYWOOD PLAYER" YOU COULD IMAGINE. HE FIT THE IMAGE OF THE USC FOOTBALL
PLAYER; GOOD-LOOKING, CHARISMATIC, A LEADER, ARTICULATE. HE WAS LIKE A MOVIE
STAR, LIKE WHAT A CASTING AGENT WOULD RECOMMEND TO PLAY A QUARTERBACK IN A
FOOTBALL MOVIE.
      RODNEY NEVER LOOKED DOWN ON ANYBODY. HE KNEW I WAS INSECURE, BUT HE
PROPPED ME UP. HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS I EVER PLAYED WITH. HE WAS A
SENIOR IN 1988, HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE, HE ALWAYS ENCOURAGED YOU. HE WAS SO
VERSATILE. RODNEY WAS A SUPERIOR ATHLETE, A GREAT BASEBALL PLAYER. AT FIRST
HE'D BEEN A RUNNING QUARTERBACK BUT HE COULD THROW THE BALL, TOO, AND WAS A
PRO PROSPECT. I PLAYED WITH JUNIOR SEAU, WILLIE MCGINEST AND TIM RYAN, BUT
RODNEY WAS THE BEST ALL-AROUND ATHLETE AND LEADER. HE WAS MORE LIKE THE BO
JACKSON OF USC, VERY VERSATILE, AND HE WAS THE POLITICIAN OF OUR TEAM. HE KNEW
HOW TO TALK TO EVERYBODY, HOW TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE. HE WAS DIPLOMATIC AND
HELPED MAKE THE TEAM WORK. JUNIOR WAS QUIET, NOT A LEADER OF THE TEAM THE WAY
RODNEY WAS.
      IN 1987, WE WERE TRYING TO ESTABLISH OURSELVES. UCLA WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF
A STRONG RUN. TROY AIKMAN WAS THEIR QUARTERBACK, AND UNDER COACH TERRY
DONAHUE, THEY HAD BEATEN USC FOUR OF FIVE YEARS AND WON THE ROSE BOWL A FEW
TIMES, AND THERE WAS TALK IN LOS ANGELES THAT THE BRUINS NOW HAD THE BETTER
FOOTBALL PROGRAM. WE'D GONE THROUGH THE FIRING OF OUR COACH AND WERE
STRUGGLING. WE ENTERED THE UCLA GAME AT THE COLISEUM UNDERDOGS BUT WITH A
CHANCE TO GET TO THE ROSE BOWL WITH AN UPSET.
      THAT GAME WAS THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD. WE RALLIED AND CAME FROM
BEHIND AGAINST THEM. RODNEY HAD A PASS PICKED OFF, A HEARTBREAKING PLAY WHERE
WE COULD HAVE BEEN RIGHT BACK IN IT BUT IT WAS PICKED AND RAN BACK ALMOST THE
LENGTH OF THE FIELD, BUT RODNEY CHASED HIM DOWN AND TACKLED HIM YARDS FROM
THE END ZONE BEFORE THE GUN SOUNDED. IT WAS A SWING FOR US AND THEY COULDN'T
SCORE WITH TIME EXPIRED. RODNEY BROUGHT US ALL THE WAY BACK, WE WON 17-13,
AND WENT TO THE ROSE BOWL.
      I HADN'T REALIZED THE MAGNITUDE OF THAT GAME WHEN YOU'RE 18 OR 19, BUT
HERE WE'VE BEATEN TROY AIKMAN, AND TERRY DONAHUE WAS CURLED UP IN THE FETAL
POSITION, CRYING IN THE TUNNEL AFTER THE GAME. I FELT FOR HIM BUT I DID LAUGH, I
GAVE A LITTLE SNICKER, BECAUSE IT WAS A SWEET WIN. WE KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO
BE HUMBLED.
      IN 1988 WE HAD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ASPIRATIONS. RODNEY AND AIKMAN
WERE ON EVERY MAGAZINE COVER, THE TWO HEISMAN HOPEFULS. EARLY IN THE SEASON
WE BEAT OKLAHOMA AND UCLA BEAT NEBRASKA, AND WE BOTH ASCENDED TO ONE-TWO
IN THE POLLS, SO THE WHOLE SEASON THERE WAS THIS ANTICIPATION OF A SHOWDOWN FOR
ALL THE MARBLES. IT SEEMED LIKE IT WAS ONE OF THOSE CALIFORNIA SEASONS THAT
HAPPEN EVERY SO OFTEN. THE LAKERS WON THE NBA TITLE, STANFORD WON THE
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES, THE DODGERS BEAT OAKLAND IN THE WORLD SERIES AND THE
49ERS WON THE SUPER BOWL, SO IT SEEMED LIKE USC-UCLA WAS A NATURAL IN '88.
       FINALLY, WE GET TO THE UCLA GAME AT THE ROSE BOWL. IT'S GONNA BE PEETE VS.
AIKMAN FOR THE HEISMAN TROPHY. THE WINNER OF THE GAME WILL BE CONFERENCE
CHAMPION, PROBABLY BE RANKED NUMBER ONE OR AT THE LEAST PLAY IN THE ROSE
BOWL FOR THE NATIONAL TITLE. PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE 1967 USC-UCLA
GAME, O.J. SIMPSON VS. GARY BEBAN, AND YOU CAN'T PLAY A BIGGER, MORE
HIGH-PRESSURE COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME. THE INTENSITY, THE MEDIA BUZZ, WAS OVER
THE TOP.
       SO WHAT HAPPENS? RODNEY PEETE GETS THE MEASLES. IT COULDN'T HAVE
HAPPENED TO A BETTER GUY. WE RALLIED BEHIND RODNEY, LIKE WE KNEW WE'D HAVE TO
PLAY AS A TEAM AND NOT RELY ON OUR STAR IN ORDER TO WIN. FOR THE DEFENSE, WE
INCREASED OUR INTENSITY, OUR URGENCY TO GET TO THE ROSE BOWL GAME ON NEW
YEAR'S DAY IF WE DO THIS. OUR BEST GUY IS SICK SO WE FIGURED WE CAN'T LET IT GET
AWAY. WE HAVE TO STOP TROY AIKMAN.
       WE DID JUST THAT. IT WAS KIND OF A MEDIOCRE WIN, NOT A BIG CRUSHING, BUT WE
CONTROLLED THEM, 31-22. RODNEY'S STATISTICS WERE NOT GREAT. HE RECOVERED
ENOUGH TO PLAY, BUT WE WON AS A TEAM. NO SOONER DO WE WIN THAT GAME, WE HAVE
TO PLAY NOTRE DAME AT THE COLISEUM ONE WEEK LATER. THIS IS A UNIQUE ASPECT OF
USC FOOTBALL. OTHER TEAMS PLAY ONE BIG RIVALRY GAME. OHIO STATE GEARS UP FOR
MICHIGAN, AUBURN-ALABAMA. EVEN NOTRE DAME IS GEARING UP FOR US AT THE END,
AT LEAST IN EVEN YEARS, BUT IN THOSE YEARS WE HAVE TO PLAY UCLA AND NOTRE
DAME IN CONSECUTIVE WEEKS. WHAT OTHER PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY WOULD EVER PUT
ITSELF THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THAT?
       ALL SEASON IN 1988 IT WAS USC-UCLA, PEETE VS. AIKMAN. NOW WE'VE BEATEN
THEM, AND IT WAS LIKE, OH MAN, NOTRE DAME'S UNBEATEN, TOO AND WE HAVE TO BEAT
THEM TOO, IF WE WANT TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS. IT'S HARD TO SAY IT WAS A LET DOWN VS.
NOTRE DAME. IT'S STILL NOTRE DAME. I PLAYED WELL, BUT I CAN SEE HOW YOU LOOK AT
THE WHOLE TEAM AND WE LOST OURSELVES. I THINK AS A TEAM, AS A WHOLE, WE HAD
WON THE "SUPER BOWL OF L.A.," AND THEN HAVE TO PLAY A GREAT NOTRE DAME TEAM.
TROJANS DON'T MAKE EXCUSES, MANY USC TEAMS HAVE DONE WHAT WE HAD TO DO, BUT
IT'S SORT OF LIKE A BASEBALL TEAM THAT GETS ON A HITTING STREAK, PEAKS, THEN HITS A
LULL. A LOT OF GUYS WERE STILL ON A HIGH.
       IT'S NOT SO MUCH A FACTOR IN THE PROS AS IT IS IN COLLEGE, WHERE YOU STILL
PLAY ON EMOTION. YOU PLAY IN FRONT OF 80 TO 100,00 FANS, AND AN AVERAGE PLAYER
PLAYS EXCEPTIONAL, AND AN EXCEPTIONAL PLAYER PLAYS OUT OF HIS MIND. IN THE PROS
YOU HAVE TO PLAY EXCEPTIONAL ALL THE TIME. BUT FOR 20-YEAR OLDS IT’S A LOT TO
ASK.
       PEETE HURT HIS SHOULDER IN THE 1988 GAME WITH NOTRE DAME. I REMEMBER HIM
HURT, BUT TO TELL THE TRUTH, AS MUCH AS WE WERE A TEAM, THE DEFENSE IS CONSUMED
WITH DEFENSE, SO WE LET THE OFFENSE ALONE, YOU DON'T MEDDLE IN THE OFFENSE. WE
WERE DOWN THREE AT THE HALF AND IT WAS ANYBODY'S GAME, EVEN THOUGH RODNEY
WAS HURT AND NOT PLAYING GREAT, BUT THEY DOMINATED US IN THE SECOND HALF,
INTERCEPTED HIS PASS AND RAN IT BACK, AND WE LOST, 27-10. IT'S TOUGH TO BE MORE
DOWN THAN WE WERE, BECAUSE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WAS TAKEN FROM US AND
OUR BIGGEST RIVAL, THE FIGHTING IRISH, NOW HAD THE INSIDE TRACK AT IT. THAT WAS
LOU HOLTZ'S TEAM. I REMEMBER SCREAMING AT HOLTZ ON THE FIELD. WE KNEW EACH
OTHER. THE INTENSITY GETS UP AND IT'S HARD TO LOSE TO THEM, ESPECIALLY ON OUR
HOME TURF.
     SO MUCH WAS LOST THAT DAY. THE NATIONAL TITLE, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN
RODNEY'S HEISMAN. IT WAS LIKE, HE WAS GONNA WIN IT AFTER BEATING AIKMAN, BUT
OUT OF NO WHERE BARRY SANDERS AT OKLAHOMA STATE HAS QUIETLY BEEN PUTTING UP
INCREDIBLE RUSHING TOTALS. NOW THAT RODNEY HAD A BAD GAME ON THE BIG STAGE,
SANDERS WON IT.
     WE STILL WENT TO THE ROSE BOWL AGAINST MICHIGAN. IT GOT TO BE THE NORM
GOING TO THE ROSE BOWL FOR ME. I WENT AFTER THE 1987, 1988 AND 1989 SEASONS. I
CAN'T SAY WE LET DOWN AGAINST MICHIGAN AFTER LOSING TO NOTRE DAME IN '88. WE
LED 14-3 AND SEEMED TO BE IN CONTROL, BUT THEY RALLIED AND BEAT US. PEOPLE SAID
WE WERE UNINSPIRED BECAUSE WE WERE NOT PLAYING FOR NUMBER ONE, BUT IT'S STILL
THE ROSE BOWL SO I DOUBT THAT.
     LARRY SMITH WAS UNSUNG. HE TOOK ME TO THREE ROSE BOWLS. HE WAS A TOUGH
COACH. WE WENT FULL SPEED IN PRACTICE IF HE THOUGHT WE WERE GETTING SOFT. HE
WAS GREAT WITH PEETE, THE TWO OF THEM COMMUNICATED WELL. THEY WERE ON THE
SAME LEVEL, BUT HE WAS A LITTLE CONSERVATIVE. HE GOT CONSERVATIVE WITH TODD
MARINOVICH.
     I COMPETED AGAINST TODD IN ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BALL. I WAS AT EL

TORO AND HE TRANSFERRED TO SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, WHERE HE SET EVERY NATIONAL

RECORD AND WAS THE BIGGEST PREP RECRUIT MAYBE OF ALL TIMES. THE EXPECTATIONS

FOR HIM WERE OFF THE CHARTS. HIS DAD, MARV MARINOVICH, HAD PLAYED AT USC.

TODD WAS LITERALLY A SCION, TROJAN ROYALTY ON BOTH SIDES OF HIS FAMILY, BORN

AND BRED TO PLAY QUARTERBACK FOR USC. HIS DAD CONTROLLED EVERY ASPECT OF HIS

LIFE, WHAT HE ATE, HIS WORKOUTS, HIS PREPARATION, BUT WHEN TODD LEFT HOME HE

WAS GONNA DO WHAT HE WANTED.

       Smith and Todd; the two of them didn't communicate. If Todd would have his way

he'd run shoots, trick plays, and he'd change plays in the huddle. Larry'd go nuts even if it

worked and Todd would gain 20 yards.

        In 1989, no one remembers the season opener vs. Illinois. Todd was a "red-shirt"
freshman and he starts. Jeff George was Illinois' quarterback. We led 13-0 but Smith
didn't let Todd open up. We just ran the ball and held them on defense, but late in the
game George starts to bring them back, and we go into a "prevent defense." With 1:30
left they had a third down and they needed a touchdown. Jeff threw a lightning strike
over my head. I jumped up and got ahold of the ball, tipping it, and Mark Carrier was
behind me ready to intercept the ball, and their receiver went up and caught the ball and
went into the end zone. If I'd let it go Carrier would have intercepted it and we'd have
won.
        Todd's best game at USC may have been the 28-24 loss at Notre Dame in 1989.

That was a tough pill to swallow. Smith's conservative approach never really meshed

with Todd, who was more of a "West Coast offense" guy, a freelancer who was good at

reading defenses. We beat Michigan, 17-10 in the 1990 Rose Bowl, to finish 9-2-1. It was

a surreal experience. There was a picture of me in the Los Angeles Times, on the front

page, and that was the highlight of my career. We beat Bo Schembechler in his last game.

We couldn't have beaten a bunch of better guys. We ran into those guys from Michigan

out in L.A. a few nights earlier, plus there was the "Beef Bowl" at Lowry's Prime Rib. It

was a good win, but my senior year we go to the John Hancock Bowl and the season was

a disappointment.

     WE HAD HIGH HOPES FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND TODD WAS A HEISMAN

CANDIDATE. WE OPENED WITH A BIG 34-16 WIN BACK IN NEW YORK OVER SYRACUSE IN

THE KICKOFF CLASSIC, BUT WE RAN INTO THAT GREAT DON JAMES TEAM AT WASHINGTON.

THEY BEAT US IN SEATTLE AND EVERYTHING CRUMBLED. TODD AND COACH SMITH

ARGUED. JUNIOR SEAU SIGNED AFTER HIS JUNIOR YEAR SO HE WAS NOT WITH US. WE BEAT

TOMMY MADDOX AND UCLA, 45-42. THAT WAS TODD'S GREATEST MOMENT, BUT WE

LOST AGAIN TO NOTRE DAME AND THEN WE WERE UNINSPIRED IN THE HANCOCK BOWL.

TODD AND SMITH ARGUED ON TV AND THAT WAS THAT.

     WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TROJAN? I DON’T THINK THERE'S A BETTER CLUB OR

CAMARADERIE OTHER THAN THE U.S. MILITARY WHEN IT COMES TO A HELPING HAND.
THERE'S NO ONE BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO THAT, THEY ALL WANT TO HELP, TO CATCH A

GAME WITH ME. I HAVE FRIENDS IN THE ALUMNI WHO ARE 80, AND THERE IS A CONNECTION

WITH PEOPLE THERE, WE BREAK DOWN WALLS WITH EACH OTHER, OPEN UP AND THEY HELP

YOU.

       WHEN I HAD TO COME BACK TO USC TO GET MY DEGREE I CALLED THE ORANGE

COUNTY TROJAN FOOTBALL CLUB AND THEY CAME UP WITH MONEY FROM THE JOHN

WAYNE SCHOLARSHIP FUND, WHICH PAID MY WAY TO GET MY DEGREE. I NEVER WOULD

HAVE GRADUATED WITHOUT THEIR HELP.

      THE GENERATION GAP TOTALLY BREAKS DOWN DUE TO THE USC CONNECTION. I
BECAME BEST FRIENDS WITH AN 80-YEAR OLD GUY WHOSE 45 YEARS OLDER THAT ME, BUT
HE LIVED THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND COULD RELATE TO MY PROBLEMS AND
WE JUST HIT IT OFF.
      PETE CARROLL IS REMARKABLE. HE INTUITIVELY UNDERSTANDS THIS AND
INCORPORATES IT INTO HIS PHILOSOPHY. I WAS WITH SOME OF THE YOUNGER GUYS LAST
YEAR BEFORE THE SEASON, AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE THE SELF-DISCIPLINE. IT WAS NOT
HARSH, BUT IT WAS SOMETHING THEY WANTED AND NEEDED, AND HE GAVE IT TO THEM IN A
WAY THEY ACCEPTED. THE THINGS THEY DO IN THE OFF-SEASON, I THOUGHT WAS
WONDERFUL THAT THEY GET UP AT SIX IN THE MORNING TO GO RUNNING. HE MAKES SURE
THEY'RE NOT OUT PARTYING, RUNNING AMOK, AND I COULDN'T BELIEVE THE DISCIPLINE
THEY IMPOSE UPON THEMSELVES AND UPON EACH OTHER.
      I ATTENDED A FOOTBALL EVENT AT PHIL TRAINI'S RESTAURANT IN LONG BEACH,
AND THEY WERE DISCIPLINED IN THAT ENVIRONMENT. THEY HAD THIS GREAT DEMEANOR,
THERE WAS NO ALCOHOL IN-TAKE, THEY WERE NOT DRINKING, AND IT WAS ALL BECAUSE
OF CARROLL. I WAS AMAZED. THE OLD SCHOOL WILD BOYS WOULD GET IN TROUBLE, RUN
AMOK, GET CRAZY AT THE OLD 502 CLUB, BUT PETE'S GOT A COMPLETE HANDLE ON THAT. I
HAD A HARD COACH BUT THIS GUY IS HARD, YET HE MAKES IT SEEM LIKE YOU ARE
IMPOSING HIS DISCIPLINE ON YOURSELF. THE ABILITY TO DO THAT IS SOMETHING YOU
CAN'T TEACH, BUT PETE'S GOT IT.
      MAYBE PART OF IT IS SOCIETIES' REACTION TO SPORTS. THERE'S A LOT OF MONEY IN
IT AND PARENTS SEE IT AS A WAY TO PROMOTE THEIR KIDS, SO THE ONES WHO MAKE IT MAY
BE MORE DISCIPLINED AND FOCUSED, BUT CARROLL'S EMBRACED IT AND THERE'S AN
ACCEPTANCE OF WHAT'S IN STORE FOR YOUNG MEN WHO COME TO PLAY FOR HIM. HE TELLS
THEM, "HERE'S WHY WE DO THIS," HE EXPLAINS IT, WHERE SMITH WOULD JUST SAY, "ITS
MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY." PETE'S ALMOST LIKE A COUNSELOR.
     "THIS IS BEST FOR THE TEAM AND YOURSELF," HE'LL TELL THEM. PARENTS LOOK AT
KIDS AS AN INVESTMENT. MY DAUGHTER IS GOOD AT GOLF SO I THINK SCHOLARSHIP, AND
PETE CONNECTS TO THAT WAY OF THINKING. A PARENT MEETS PETE CARROLL AND COMES
AWAY THINKING, "THIS IS THE GUY WHO CAN BEST MAXIMIZE MY SON'S POTENTIAL AS A
PLAYER, A STUDENT AND AS A MAN." MOST COACHES IT'S ONE OR THE OTHER; A GOOD
COACH BUT ACADEMICS TAKES A BACK SEAT, BUT WITH PETE YOU'RE GETTING A
WELL-ROUNDED EXPERIENCE.
      I MET PETE OUT ON THE FIELD AT PRACTICE. PETE TIES IN THE OLD AND NEW, AND
THERE'S NEVER A PROBLEM GETTING ON THE FIELD, HE'S REAL GOOD ABOUT THAT. THE
WAY I KNOW HIM THROUGH PRACTICES, AND WE'RE ALL A FAMILY, HE LOVES THE
TRADITION AND COMPLETELY USES THAT.
      I KNEW ROB JOHNSON, WHO WAS USC'S QUARTERBACK IN THE EARLY 1990S. HE
WAS MY WATER BOY IN HIGH SCHOOL. HIS OLDER BROTHER, BRET, WAS MY TEAMMATE AT
EL TORO HIGH SCHOOL, AND THEIR DAD, BOB JOHNSON WAS OUR COACH. MY
TEAMMATES, BRET, SCOTT SPAULDING AND COLT MILLER, ALL WENT TO UCLA. I THINK
THEY ALL MADE A MISTAKE. BRET LEFT UCLA AND TRANSFERRED TO MICHIGAN STATE.
ROB, BEING OUR WATER BOY, SAW THAT, SO MY DECISION REFLECTED ON HIM, AND HE SAW
HIS BROTHER'S MISTAKE, AND CHOSE USC
      IT'S A BROTHERHOOD. TO THIS DAY I LOOK AROUND IN SOCIETY AND SEE SC PEOPLE.
THEY'RE ALL OVER THE PLACE. I NEVER MET A BAD USC GUY. THEY JUST RISE TO THE TOP.
      WHEN I WAS A PLAYER, I WENT TO THE 100-YEAR REUNION AT THE COLISEUM.

AARON EMANUEL AND I BUTTED HEADS ALL THE TIME. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SAID HE WAS

SUPPOSED TO BE A HEISMAN CANDIDATE BUT HE WASN'T. WE WERE IN THE LOCKER ROOM

AND THESE OLD CRONIES COME IN, AND WE'VE GOT A KEG OF BEER, AND AARON AND I GOT

INTO IT, AND WE'RE IN SUITS, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE RESPECTFUL. WE START TO GET AFTER

EACH OTHER, AND PAT HARLOW GRABBED ME, AND I HEARD A COUPLE OF THE OLDER GUYS

CHUCKLING, SAYING IT HASN'T CHANGED SINCE THEY HAD PLAYED THERE. WE WENT OUT

AND HAD A GOOD TIME AT DINNER, AND THE NEXT DAY WE LAUGHED AND SHOOK HANDS.

WE'RE ALL TROJANS AND RESPECT EACH OTHER.



Scott Ross was an All-American in 1990. He was All-Pac-10 in 1988, 1989 and 1990,

played in three Rose Bowl games (1988, 1989, 1990), was selected team Most

Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, and was the recipient of the

Davis-Teschke award as a senior. USC's record was 35-12-2 in his four years.

After selection to the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl, he was drafted by
the New Orleans Saints, and played for them in 1991.


                                    DERRICK DEESE

Offensive Guard
1990 - 1991

I played at the University of Southern California from 1990-91. I came from El Camino

Junior College, which is one of the best J.C. football programs in the nation. John

Firestone, a legend, was my coach there. Between him and the offensive line coach there,

they made great names for themselves. They do a great job of getting kids to the next

level. The good thing is they're still sticklers for getting kids an A.A. degree. They make

sure you get it whether you needed it or not, and it's one reason I still stay involved.

        I played at Culver City High School, which was not a very good program but it's
getting better. I see they've been making it to the play-offs more the last seven years. My
senior year was the first time they'd been in the play-offs in 15 years or something.
Carnell Lake of UCLA and myself, we cam from there.
        Clarence Shelmon recruited me for USC out of El Camino as an offensive guard. I
also played on the defensive line in high school and at El Camino. The funny thing is
Coach Gene Engle was not sure if I'd play on the offensive line or not. He recruited me to
play there. They give you an envelope detailing your position responsibilities, and mine
was for both sides of the ball. I felt like Coach Engle, whose still there, it was hard for
him because there'd been a disruption of coaches because of what happened my senior
year. He told my mom, "I never make promises," but he guaranteed he'd get me to a
division I school. My situation was, I wanted to play football and get an education. To be
honest, I wanted to be a police officer, so I went to El Camino and Clarence Shelmon
talked to their coaching staff. My tapes had been shown and they said I had great speed
and technique. I spoke with a lot with coaches and I signed with the Trojans in the spring
of 1990.
        Mark Carrier and Junior Seau would have been seniors that year, but they were
two of the first players to leave early after their junior years. Now it's common but then it
was rare, but we lost them. We expected to compete for the national championship that
year and had we had them it would have been much more possible.
        I got to USC, and you have an air about yourself there. Basically you felt like
everybody wanted to be at that school. As on offensive lineman, you get hyped. It's
"Running Back U." and it's "Linebacker U.," but we've had a lot of offensive linemen and
that was the thing SC was known for. Unless you are a real football addict, you don't pay
attention to offensive linemen, but you have to have them in order to have the running
game USC's always had.
        I was an L.A. kid, so growing up I knew a lot about it and knew all about the
USC-UCLA rivalry. So I get there and find out we're kicking off the season for college
football and have a chance to go big and win a national championship. The opener was
the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium, in the Meadowlands at East Rutherford, New
Jersey. It's a pro stadium and that was a big hyped game. No one else was playing so all
the focus at the beginning of the season was on us, and you want it to be like that at the
end of the season like at the beginning of the season. You want to be playing for number
one. That was our focus, to show what we had worked for all spring and summer.
        Our quarterback was Todd Marinovich. The funny thing about Todd is I played
with some of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game. I think if he'd stayed
focused he would have been a great quarterback, but Coach Larry Smith had a spat with
him over control issues, over who had the power, and it affected Todd. He came out
early, and looking back, if he'd stayed another year he could have changed USC as a
whole if you think about it. He was up for the Heisman for three-quarters of the season,
he'd been a Freshman All-American and led the Trojans to a Rose Bowl victory, so if he
comes back, I look at him like a guy who probably could have won the Heisman.
        We lost to Notre Dame, 10-6. That was after our big offensive game with UCLA. I
don't think there's a big physical difference between the Irish and the Bruins. I look back,
and both teams were well coached and had great guys on both sides of the ball, who
played in the NFL. In big games the first team that makes a mistake is usually the first
team to lose. We fought back as well as we could and felt we had a chance to win. Some
people thought that coming back from the high of the UCLA game caused us to lose, but
great teams keep that level of play consistent.
        The UCLA game in 1990 was one of the greatest games in USC history. It was my
first year coming from junior college at El Camino, where we had a semi-horseshoe of a
stadium. It seats a few thousand and for a big game you're talking several hundred
people. Then we play the Kickoff Classic in our first game. This is after I've played in the
Cardinal and Gold spring game, which can get a few thousand in one section of the
Coliseum, which to me was like wow, and in New York . . .
        So at Giants Stadium we warm up and I'm thinking, this isn't so bad. Then you
hear the introductions, and after we've rested in the locker room and hear the roar of the
crowd, and now we go out there and see this big, full stadium, all around there's 40 or
50,000 people, and it's shocking for a junior college transfer. Then we go to the Rose
Bowl to play UCLA. Being an L.A. kid, that's the "granddaddy." If you're in the Pac-10
you wanna play in the Rose Bowl, bottom line. USC owned that stadium for quite some
time. Now we get to play our rivals there. They're the enemy whose gonna have bragging
rights all year, and you know all those guys. We follow them, they follow us. They see us
out in J.C. or high school, we know each other. We get to the game, and I remember they
had Scott Miller, a receiver from Saddleback and I had played against him. He was a
pretty good guy and you knew he could take the game and control it if given the
opportunity, and we entered the game and I'll say this is, it's the biggest game aside from
Notre Dame also. We get out there and see 100,000-plus going crazy. That is
phenomenal. Even in the NFL you don't experience that type of crowd atmosphere. That's
a true football game, and it became a definite game of mistakes, a game of inches in
which the lead must have switched hands 10 times or better. I talked to people from
UCLA and they’re always asking, could Johnnie Morton have made it if not for the
one-foot rule in college, or what if he needed two more feet in the end zone, and that’s
where it becomes fun, and we both showed up to play and obviously the best team won!
      I STARTED WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS IN 1992 AND PLAYED WITH BOTH JOE
MONTANA AND STEVE YOUNG. WE WON THE SUPER BOWL IN 1995. I PLAYED WITH JEFF
GARCIA. THOSE QUARTERBACKS, IN THEMSELVES, THEY SHOW HOW MUCH MORE YOU NEED
TO THINK, HOW MUCH THEY ACHIEVED, BUT THEY'VE ALL HAD DIFFERENT REASONS WHY
THEY SUCCEEDED.
     MONTANA'S SECRET, WHEN YOU LOOK AT JOE, YOU LOOK AT A GUY WHOSE
EXTREMELY SMART. HE COULD READ DEFENSIVE PLAYERS. HE HAD AN AIR ABOUT HIMSELF
AND WAS ABLE TO LEAD GUYS TO A HIGHER LEVEL. IN HIS CASE HE HAD GOOD ATHLETES
AROUND HIM AND HIS CONFIDENCE RUBBED OFF ON ALL THOSE AROUND HIM. HE HAD A
SWAGGER, NO MATTER WHO WAS COMING INTO THE GAME, NO MATTER WHERE YOU
PLAYED ON OFFENSE, IT RUBS OFF AND MADE PEOPLE BETTER AROUND HIM.
      IN 1994 I THINK STEVE YOUNG PUT THE PRESSURE ON HIMSELF TO WIN THE SUPER
BOWL, AND TO BE THE BEST NO MATTER WHAT HE DID, NO MATTER, HE WAS NOT GONNA BE
SATISFIED WITH HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ACCOLADES. IT DIDN'T MATTER. IT'S EASY TO
SAY, BUT BASICALLY HE'D TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS AND DECIDED WHAT HE'S GONNA
DO WITH THE HORN. HE HAD TO PLAY A LONG TIME BEHIND A QUARTERBACK CONSIDERED
THE BEST IN THE GAME. TO REPLACE SOMEBODY LIKE THAT IS PRESSURE, BUT HE PUT THE
SAME PRESSURE ON HIMSELF. THE 49ERS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A TEAM, WHEN I GOT THERE
WAS NOTHING LESS THAN WINNING THE SUPER BOWL. IT'S LIKE USC CAN GO 11-2, WIN THE
ROSE BOWL AND FINISH NUMBER TWO, BUT IT WAS A DISAPPOINTING SEASON BECAUSE THE
EXPECTATION IS A NATIONAL TITLE. THAT BREEDS EXCELLENCE. WHEN YOU PUT THE
PRESSURE ON YOURSELF AND PLAY WITH THAT, YOU CARRY THAT ON AND OFF THE FIELD.
NOTHING BREAKS YOU. THERE'S NOTHING YOU CANNOT ATTAIN, AND YOU WILL DO IT, AND
STEVE WAS A GUY, WE BROUGHT IN OTHER PLAYERS AND HAD LOST TO THE COWBOYS, BUT
THAT THIRD YEAR THERE WAS A SENSE, A SMELL IN THE AIR, THAT WE WERE GONNA WIN
THE SUPER BOWL. WE LOST TO PHILADELPHIA AND KANSAS CITY, THEN RAN OFF AN
11-GAME WINNING STREAK. EVERY TIME WE STEPPED ON THE FIELD BEFORE THE KICK, YOU
KNEW WE WERE GONNA WIN. WE WERE 13-3 HEADING INTO THE PLAY-OFFS. WITH STEVE
WE KNEW WHAT WE NEEDED TO WIN THE PLAY-OFFS, AND HERE'S DALLAS, AND YOU FEEL
DIFFERENT ABOUT YOURSELF WHEN YOU WIN THAT GAME.
     ALL EDDIE DEBARTOLO SAID WAS, "WE WILL BRING BACK THE LOMBARDI TROPHY."
THERE WAS NO HESITATION, IT DIDN'T MATTER WHO WE WERE GONNA PLAY, TO ME THAT
WAS STEVE, IT WAS THE WAY STEVE RELIEVED THE PRESSURE TO GO TO THE SUPER BOWL,
AND HE DID EVERYTHING IN HIS ABILITY TO WIN, BUT IF WE DON'T WIN, IT'S A FAILURE.
EVEN IF HE'S THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN THE NFL, IT DOESN'T MATTER. THERE WAS
A LOOK IN HIS EYES, AND HE KNEW ENOUGH TO KNOW HE WAS THE PERFECT QUARTERBACK
TO REPLACE MONTANA, AND HE DID A GREAT JOB. THAT GUY WAS A GREAT QUARTERBACK,
AND WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP HE PROVED IT WITH WHAT HE DID. THAT'S WHAT WAS HE
SUPPOSED TO DO, TO NOT BACK DOWN FROM A CHALLENGE.
     MY TEAMMATE GARY PLUMMER SAID, "THERE'S NO MORE MONKEY, OR GORILLA, OR
ELEPHANT HANGING ON HIS BACK ANY MORE." IT WAS LIKE A HEAVY WEIGHT HAD BEEN
MOVED AND WE LOVED TO OWN THAT VICTORY MORE THAN EVER. SO I'VE PLAYED WITH
TWO HALL OF FAMERS, BOTH JOE AND STEVE.
     PETE CARROLL CAME TO SAN FRANCISCO IN 1995. WHEN HE CAME THERE, HE WAS
GUY WHO'D BEEN FIRED BY THE JEW YORK JETS. HE WAS OUR DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
AND OUR DEFENSIVE PLAYERS LOVED HIM. MERTON HANKS, TIM MCDONALD; THEY ALL
LOVED HIM. I FIND IT IRONIC, IF YOU LOOK AT THE 49ERS THEY'RE KNOWN FOR OFFENSIVE
PLAYERS. WHAT THEY DO IN GAMES, PEOPLE FIGURE THE 49ERS' DEFENSE IS RANKED IN
THE TOP 10, THEY DO A GREAT JOB, BUT WE'D WIN 11 OR 12 GAMES AND GO TO THE
PLAY-OFFS BECAUSE OF OFFENSE. THAT'S THE MEDIA WRITING. BUT WE KNEW EVERYBODY
NEEDED TO PLAY, TO SHOW UP, AND HE SHOWED UP AND FIRED UP ANY PLAYER ANY TIME,
AND GUYS LOVED TO PLAY FOR HIM, AND YOU THOUGHT HE COULD BE THE GUY WHOSE OUR
NEXT HEAD COACH. THERE WERE VETERANS WHO THOUGHT ABOUT IT, AND HE DEFINITELY
WAS A GREAT DEFENSIVE MIND, AND WHEN HE LEFT GUYS WERE IN SHOCK BUT THEY WERE
HAPPY HE GOT A HEAD COACHING POSITION IN NEW ENGLAND.
      I THINK STEVE MARIUCCI WAS HIRED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AFTER
CARROLL WAS ALREADY GONE. THERE WAS A LOT OF CONTROVERSY ABOUT WHETHER
MIKE SHANNAHAN WOULD BE THE NEW COACH. PETE HAD SUCCEEDED RAY RHODES AS
THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR. I DON’T KNOW IF PETE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE HEAD
COACH HAD HE STAYED. THAT'S A HARD ROAD TO GO DOWN, I JUST DON'T KNOW.
      IF PETE HAD BEEN THE 49ERS' COACH, I'M NOT 100 PERCENT SURE WHAT HE WOULD
HAVE DONE IN SAN FRANCISCO, TO BE HONEST. FOR THE GUYS WHO PLAYED FOR HIM, I
THINK THEY LOVED HIM. NEW ENGLAND WAS NOT THE PERFECT JOB FOR HIM, BUT LOOK
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER HIM. I CAN'T SAY IF THE PERSONNEL WAS PERFECT FOR HIM, BUT HE
GOT THAT ORGANIZATION PREPARED FOR WHERE THEY ARE NOW. SOMEBODY HAS TO
START SOMETHING TO CONTINUE OFF WHAT WAS THERE. LOOK AT HIS RESUME. HE WAS
WITH THE JETS ONE YEAR. HE WAS A DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.
YOU'VE GOT TO GIVE A COACH, HE NEEDS FOUR OR FIVE YEARS TO REALLY DECIDE WHAT
HE'S DONE. YOU NEED TO GET GUYS OUT WHO WERE THERE BEFORE HIM.
      WHEN HE WAS HIRED AT USC, I CAME ON THE AIR, TIM MCDONALD AND ME, AND
WE SAID THEY'D MADE A GREAT HIRE. I THINK HE WAS A GREAT HIRE, AND IT CAN'T GET
ANY BETTER FOR USC. WHAT WAS FUNNY IS LATER WE FIND OUT THAT MIKE GARRETT
THOUGHT HE WAS NOT GONNA HIRE HIM. YOU'VE GOTTA BE KIDDING ME. HE WAS THINKING
ABOUT GOING IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS.
      PLAYERS WHO PLAYED FOR HIM KNEW HOW GOOD HE WAS. I SAW HIM COACH EVERY
DAY, SO I KNEW. THE ALUMNI AND THE MEDIA WERE NOT EXCITED, BUT YOU KNEW
PLAYERS WANTED TO PLAY FOR HIM, AND I KNEW THIS. THE THING IS, WHEN I WAS
PLAYING FOR HIM BEFORE HE WAS AT SC, I WOULD SAY, "I BET THIS GUY'S A GOOD
RECRUITER." YOU'D LOOK AT CARROLL AND NEVER SEE CARROLL HIGHLY UPSET. HE WAS
ALWAYS SMILING, THERE WAS ALWAYS SOMETHING GOOD ON THE OTHER SIDE, AND A KID
CAN SEE THAT.
      EITHER HE HAS IT OR HE DOESN'T, AND THAT'S WHY YOU LOOK AT IT NOW, HE COULD
GET AN NFL JOB, BUT FRANKLY AS A PAST TROJAN, I HOPE HE NEVER TAKES ANOTHER JOB.
HE'S GOOD FOR USC. HE HAS A GREAT STAFF. LOOK AT THE WAY HE RUNS HIS SYSTEM.
YEAH, SOME KIDS LEAVE EARLY, BUT THEY GOTTA UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S NOT JUST ONE
PERSON WHOSE THAT GOOD, BUT A LOT OF INTANGIBLES IN A TEAM GAME THAT MAKES YOU
THAT WAY.
      REGGIE BUSH WAS LIKE THAT. HE NEEDED THAT TEAM AROUND HIM, TO KNOW IT'S
NOT ALL ME. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS CARROLL, EVEN WITH KIDS WHO LEAVE EARLY,
HE'S STILL ABLE TO TAKE IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL. GUYS CREDIT THAT . . . YOU'RE TALKING
GREAT USC COACHES, AND HE'S RIGHT IN THE MIX. ONE THING THAT'S DIFFERENT WITH
THIS GUY THAT THEY, PREVIOUS COACHES, DON'T EVEN COMPARE IS HE'S DONE IT WITH
GREAT PLAYERS LEAVING EARLY AND HE HAS TO RE-LOAD.
      FOR MIKE GARRETT, IT'S LIKE, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, YOU WANNA JUMP ON MY
BANDWAGON, BUT GARRETT - EVERYBODY MAKES MISTAKES - BUT A REAL MAN CAN
STAND UP AND ADMIT, "I WAS WRONG," AND THAT'S HOW YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT IT.
GARRETT NEEDS TO SAY, "I DIDN’T ASK HIM TO BE OUR COACH, BUT HE'S THE BEST THING
IN YEARS."
      THERE'S LOTS OF REASONS FOR HIM TO STAY AT USC, BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE INTO
ACCOUNT A GUY'S DESIRE TO PROVE HE COULD MAKE THE SAME TRANSITION IN PRO
FOOTBALL. THIS IS WHAT MAKES HIM TAKE ANOTHER JOB, IS FULL CONTROL, PERIOD. IT'S
HARD TO GO OUT AND COOK THE DINNER YOU WANT WHEN ANOTHER BUYS THE GROCERIES
AND THEY GET THE WRONG MEAT. YOU CAN'T COOK STEAK IF THEY BUY CHICKEN. MAYBE
THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE, I DON'T MEAN THAT'S NOT OUT THERE. BILL WALSH, THEY
THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY INSTALLING THE "WEST COAST OFFENSE." A LOT OF THOSE
COACHES HAD A MAJOR INFLUENCE ON CARROLL. WALSH TOUCHED A TON OF PLAYERS
AND COACHES. HE WAS INVOLVED WITH THE 49ERS WHEN PETE WAS THERE AND THEY
ESTABLISHED A STRONG RELATIONSHIP, SO WALSH IS HUGE INFLUENCE ON PETE.
      CARROLL, TO BE HONEST, HAS MADE A NAME THAT WILL LIVE ON FOR DECADES.
HE'LL BE TALKED ABOUT WHEN MY KIDS ARE OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE KIDS. YOU CAN'T
LOOK BACK AND SEE HIS ACHIEVEMENT AND NOT SAY HE HAS NOT MADE A NAME FOR
HIMSELF. DOES HE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH MORE AT A HIGHER LEVEL? YOU MENTION
COLLEGE LEGENDS LIKE KNUTE ROCKNE, BEAR BRYANT AND BUD WILKINSON; PETE'S
THERE NOW, I THINK.
      STEVE SPURRIER TRIED IT HIS WAY, IN COLLEGE OR THE NFL, BUT WHO DOES THE
RECRUITING IN THE NFL? LOOK AT THE QUESTIONS A GENERAL MANAGER ASKS. DO WE
WANNA PAY HIM? IN COLLEGE IT'S, "DO WE HAVE A SCHOLARSHIP?" CARROLL CAN GET 10
"FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS" IN ONE RECRUITING CLASS. IN PRO FOOTBALL YOU CAN'T DO
THIS, YOU'VE GOT THAT BUDGET. JERRY JONES WILL PUT THE MONEY OUT. DAN SNYDER AN
A FEW OTHERS WILL SPEND MONEY TO GET THE PLAYERS AS LONG AS THEY HAVE TO.
      ANNOUNCING IS GREAT. AN INTERESTING THING IS I ALWAYS DID RADIO FROM MY
SECOND YEAR WITH THE 49ERS. I'VE DONE A LOT OF ELVIS AND JAYVEE ON KMEL "HOT
97," THEN 94.9 AND SO FORTH, "BIG JOE" WAS HIS NAME, AND I LIKED IT. ON RADIO I GET A
CHANCE TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO SOMEONE WHO CAN'T SEE YOU, BUT YOU HAVE TO GIVE
THEM A VISUAL. ON TV IT'S ALL ON THE SCREEN, BUT IT'S JUST YOU ON THE RADIO. YOU
HAVE TO KEEP PEOPLE LISTENING TO YOU WHO CAN'T SEE YOU. I LIKE THINGS DIFFICULT
MORE THAN EASY, THAT'S THE ROAD I TRAVELED.
      I DID "IN THE TRENCHES WITH DERRICK DEESE," WITH RICK BARRY ON KNBR/68 IN
SAN FRANCISCO. FROM THERE I WENT TO TAMPA AND DID AN ESPN SHOW DOWN THERE.
CHRIS VISHER GOT ME ON WEEKLY AND WHEN GOT HURT AND I GOT A TRY-OUT ON 570 IN
LOS ANGELES AND GOT HIRED. IT'S KIND OF FUNNY BECAUSE "BIG JOE" FROM NORTHERN
CALIFORNIA WAS ON WHEN I CAME TO L.A. THAT'S JOE GRANDE FROM "POWER 106."
THEY HIRED ME, AND 570 LET ME DO THIS SHOW, AND I STAYED THERE A YEAR. FOX
SPORTS HAD ME SIT DOWN IN THERE, AND THEY LIKED WHAT THEY HEARD, AND IT'S BEEN
THAT WAY EVER SINCE. IT'S DIFFICULT BECAUSE I'VE HAD A LOT OF INJURIES AND I CAN'T
SIT AS LONG AS YOU NEED TO . . .
      ULTIMATELY, YOU DON’T WANNA BE A GUY WHO WALKS THE FENCE. I PICK ONE SIDE
OR ANOTHER. "IN THE TRENCHES" GAVE SOME GLORY FOR THE LINEMEN. THE "PRETTY
BOYS," THE BLONDE GUYS LIKE BOOMER ESIASON, THE FRANK GIFFORD TYPES, THEY GET
LOTS OF THESE POST-CAREER MEDIA JOBS, BUT MIKE GOLIC GETS TO DO THOSE THINGS.
YOU LOOK AT IT, AND OFFENSIVE LINEMEN ARE BIG GUYS, BUT WE GET TO PUT IT FORWARD
LINCOLN KENNEDY HAS HIS OPINIONS AND THEY'RE DIFFERENT.
      WHY DO SO MANY USC ATHLETES DO SO WELL ON THE RADIO? THERE'S A MEDIA
PERIMETER AROUND THE CAMPUS. IT'S TRADITION. YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO TALK TO
SOMEBODY EVERY DAY. LOS ANGELES IS ONE OF THE TOP THREE MARKETS IN THE WORLD,
SO YOU'RE GONNA BE SEEN AND HEARD. SOME GUY FROM A SMALL TOWN MAY TALK TO
FIVE OR 10 PEOPLE IN A WEEK WHEN YOU BRING HIM TO L.A. I GUARANTEE, JASON SEHORN
WAS LIKE THAT, COMING FROM A TINY TOWN LIKE MOUNT SHASTA, BUT HE BECAME A
CELEBRITY IN NEW YORK. HE LEARNED HOW TO HANDLE THAT, LIKE GIFFORD DID, AT
USC. THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND YOU AT USC; CELEBRITIES ARE COMING BY, AND
THE LAST THING YOU WANT TO SEE ON TV IS YOU SAYING "UH . . . I UH . . . LET ME SEE . . ."
THAT'S NOT HOW YOU WANT TO BE PORTRAYED. YOU WANT TO BE VIEWED AS AN
INTELLIGENT MAN, AN INTELLECTUAL WHO CAN CONVEY HIMSELF TO ANYONE. A LOT OF
PEOPLE DON'T LIKE WHAT I SAY, BUT KNOW WHAT I AM SAYING IS MY HONEST OPINION,
AND I'M BUILDING A FAN BASE OFF THAT.
       That's what you're looking for. You don't have to like it, but you have to
appreciate what someone says. Disagree with my opinion, but I know what I'm talking
about. I've played and I'm knowledgeable, that can't be denied. Those are things you look
at. That's what I can do because of what I did at USC. They have speech classes,
communication classes, plus psychology and sociology. You have to be able to get
yourself out there in the open field and be a guy who can speak to anybody. You have no
choice, you had to do interviews, we had to do that. Even if you just got here, they'll say,
"Get here and speak." You learn that, and it's not just football.
       Basketball players, baseball players, women athletes like Lisa Leslie . . . Jim
Rome interviews USC athletes all the time and says that far and away our people are the
most articulate. Baseball players like John Jackson and Tom Seaver are well spoken.
Years ago when Tom Seaver was a young celebrity/superstar in New York, he knew how
to handle it. He'd say, "That's a journalistic trick you're trying to pull; I learned that in a
journalism class at USC." Or "I took public relations classes in college and know what
you're trying to do."
       Plus I learned what not to do from people in the media when I was a player. I
never respected Ralph Barbieri on KNBR/68 in San Francisco. He was dogging me even
though he never played, so I told Mark Ibanez, who did a post-game show on channel
two, that I didn't appreciate certain members of the media trying to discredit me,
especially when they had two DUIs in a couple months like Barbieri did. Ibanez laughed
so hard they had to do a second take, but I repeated it on air. After that Barbieri had all
kinds of praise for Derrick Deese. Whatever.

Derrick Deese was selected for the 1992 Hula Bowl, then starred with the San

Francisco 49ers from 1993-2003. He was a member of their 1994 world
championship team and was with the 49ers when Pete Carroll was an assistant with

them from 1995-96. After playing for Tampa Bay (2004), he became a national

sports radio host.



                                        MATT GEE

Inside Linebacker
1988 - 1991


I came from a small town, Arkansas City, Kansas and went to USC, where I played
inside linebacker. I was a highly recruited player out of a town of 10,000 people, and they
tracked me down. We had a great historical high school program down there, so scouts
knew to come there.
        Coaches Larry Smith and Ted Tollner both recruited me after they found me, and
they really loved me. I as on their list, but not excited about California. I was all for going
to Oklahoma University, because my town is near the Oklahoma border. I was a good
track athlete and had set a high school javelin record, and was asked by the Olympic
Committee to try out for the javelin at a camp with track and field professionals, for the
Seoul, South Korea Olympics. So there I was, along with these track veterans, and it was
held at USC, so I was at Heritage Hall. I'd dodged USC, but they came out and I ran the
40 in 40.6 seconds, but I fell on the track and scraped my hand. I went into the training
room, and the coaches just went down there and talked me into coming to SC. I took a
trip and here I was. I did my research on SC and saw all their linebackers were in the
pros. Back then for linebackers, it was by far USC
        I went from a tiny town to L.A., so it was an awakening culturally, but my
expectations were centered on football; to win a national title. They also said I could run
track if I wanted to, as long as I played spring ball, because others had done the same
thing. USC has a long tradition of dual-sport athletes - football-track, football-baseball -
as does UCLA, who allows dual sports as does SC. But I couldn't keep up with the
javelin and track and still play football. I came out for some points in track meets, but not
full time. We went to two Rose bowls when I was there.
        I think to be a Trojan is everything. For me, coming from the Midwest, I had no
idea how big it was, to be a Trojan, to have that connection for life. For people who live
in Southern California, people's eyes get big when they hear you went to USC. "So did I."
Not having grown up here, but as time progressed, I became tight friends with so many
USC people. Even my business today is centered around USC people. They stick
together. As you progress from freshmen to seniors, you don't realize how important it is
until you leave school. I can't emphasize enough, so many things happened when I was
there, it's unreal. I can't imagine something else. I go see coaches I've not seen in years,
and it's just great. And it’s a small school, a tight area to have to know a lot of people, it's
so small.
        Coach Smith was Coach Smith. I didn't really get to know him until my senior
year, when he was under stress. I stayed close with my position coaches. He had nothing
to do with the defense. I was the captain my senior year and we got closer, but he was a
standoff guy. He never bothered me. His nose was always to the grindstone and he
worked constantly. Some people didn't like him but I did.
        Coach Tom Roggeman was my linebackers coach all the time I was at USC. He
had a real Marine drill sergeant's demeanor, was constantly yelling and was very intense.
He'd love to hear about this book. He was as old school as he could possibly get. Smith
and his people were all old school guys. Their philosophy going into games was that it
was a constant fight, and you just beat 'em down.
        Away from football, our hangout was this legendary watering hole called the 502
Club. It was a restaurant called the California Pizza and Pasta Company, but the bar was
called the "Five-oh." It was at the corner of Jefferson and McLintock in the University
Village, next to the Bank of America where a Yoshinoya Beef Bowl is now, and it was a
part of USC for about 20 years. Kids at USC today don't have a place like that to go to.
They cab to downtown clubs, or Westwood or the South Bay, but people at USC in those
years had the "Five-oh," and even today if you mention the 502 Club people have this
look in their eyes, like it's a secret code or message, like, "Yeah, I remember the
'Five-oh.' " Coach Smith tried to keep us out of there, but everybody was in there;
baseball players, women athletes, fratties, locals, everyone.
        I felt like I was one of the owners when I went in there. You felt like you knew
everybody. Tony "Bruno" Caravalho, who did own the place, took care of us and I smile
when I hear of it. I almost got sick to my stomach when it closed. Certain guys, most of
the guys met there to blow off steam. Tony made us feel like family. When the 502
closed down from the 1992 riots, it changed USC. Now there's a glitzy corridor between
STAPLES and the Galen Center. The neighborhood's cleaner, there's upscale housing for
faculty, the air quality is greatly improved, and the academics are better, but there's no
place to go on a Thursday night like the old 502 Club. The 901 Club is still around but it
never compared then or now.
        I still stay in touch with Scott Ross. Mike Salmon is doing great, the Gibson
brothers, Don and Craig. We’ve all taken care of Todd Marinovich at one time or
another. He's trying to get well. He's a good guy. Matt Willig and Pat Harlow are good
friends. I married a USC girl, Alana graduated from there. I stayed in L.A. and went to
the Raiders. I was on their practice squad in Los Angeles for one and-a-half years, and
that prolonged my time here. Then my wife and I got married, and I'm sure glad I did stay
in the area. I can't imagine living anywhere else.
        I try to go to as many games as I can at home, but with three kids it's hard on
Saturdays. But my kids love it here. I go out to the practice field two or three times a year
to keep in contact. I know Pete Carroll. We got set up at San Francisco when I was trying
out with the 49ers and he was the DB coach there, so I knew him at San Francisco before
he went to the New England Patriots. He's a people person. I wish I'd played for him.
        It's really hard to explain What it Means to Be a Trojan. It's a great thing and I'm

very honored by it. People do not realize this until they're out of school, and it's like

having a gold medal. I hope I can get my kids in there. I got my start there and love it.
MATT GEE WAS A FOUR-YEAR LETTERMAN AND TEAM CAPTAIN HIS SENIOR YEAR. HE

WAS IN THE LOS ANGELES RAIDERS' ORGANIZATION BEFORE BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL

BUSINESSMAN IN THE L.A. AREA.



                            TIM "MAD DOG" LAVIN

FULLBACK
1990 - 1991


IN THE FALL MOST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS LIVE FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOONS. I

LIVED FOR TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND THURSDAY.        THOSE WERE MY DAYS.

       GROWING UP IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA I REMEMBER ALL THOSE USC GAMES ON

TV. SEEING THE CROWDS IN THE STADIUM, HEARING KEITH JACKSON’S VOICE, AND

WATCHING "STUDENT BODY RIGHT." IT BECAME MY DREAM TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR THE

USC TROJANS. AFTER BEING NAMED CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN

FOOTBALL MY SENIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL, I KNEW I WAS WELL ON MY WAY TO GETTING

A SCHOLARSHIP TO USC.   BUT WHEN I DIDN’T, I HAD TWO CHOICES; GO SOMEWHERE ELSE

OR "WALK-ON." AT THE ADVICE OF NUMEROUS OUTSIDE INFLUENCES, I WAS TOLD I WOULD

NEVER PLAY AT USC, MUCH LESS EARN A SCHOLARSHIP. I WAS TOLD TO GO TO A SMALL

SCHOOL AND BE A BIG FISH IN A LITTLE POND.   HEARING THAT, MY MIND WAS NOW MADE

UP. I DECIDED TO "WALK-ON" AT USC.

IN AUGUST OF 1988, I WALKED-ON AND WAS OBVIOUSLY SENT TO THE SCOUT TEAM. I WAS
TOLD I WOULD PLAY FULLBACK AND NOT TAILBACK LIKE I DID IN HIGH SCHOOL. AT A
STAGGERING 195 POUNDS, I WAS CURIOUS HOW I WAS GOING TO COMPETE WITH THE OTHER
FULLBACKS WHO WERE IN THE 225- TO 245-POUND RANGE. ON TOP OF THAT, MY TASKS
WERE TO BLOCK THE TROJAN DEFENSE IN PRACTICE, WHO WAS RANKED FIRST OR SECOND
IN THE COUNTRY AT THE TIME. I HAD THE DISTINCT HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO TRY AND
BLOCK GUYS LIKE JUNIOR SEAU, TIM RYAN, AND SCOTT ROSS AMONG MANY OTHERS.
NEEDLESS TO SAY, IT WAS BRUTAL. I HAD TO ICE DOWN MY BODY DAILY. BUT, IT WAS FUN.
THE MIDDLE OF PRACTICE WEEK WAS MY TIME. WE WOULD GO FULL PADS, ALL OUT,
"SMASH MOUTH" FOOTBALL. I GOT INTO MORE FIGHTS THAN ALL THE OTHER GUYS ON THE
TEAM PUT TOGETHER. I KNEW I WAS GOING TO BE ON SCOUT TEAM FOR A YEAR OR TWO
AND I WAS DETERMINED TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT. GO FULL SPEED EVERY PLAY. THOSE
GUYS HATED ME. I LOVED IT.
IN YEAR TWO, I HAD MADE MY WAY ON TO SPECIAL TEAMS AND SAW ACTION ON
SATURDAY’S ON KICK-OFF AND KICK-OFF RETURN. OUR SPECIAL TEAMS COACH, BOBBY
APRIL DONNED THE NICKNAME “MAD DOG” ON ME AFTER KNOCKING DOWN A
WASHINGTON HUSKIES PLAYER ON HIS BACKSIDE DURING A GAME AT THE COLISEUM. BUT,
DURING THE WEEK I WAS STILL ON THE SCOUT TEAM. I WAS NOW PLAYING ON SPECIAL
TEAMS BUT STILL WANTED TO MOVE UP THE DEPTH CHART AT FULLBACK AND SEE ACTION
IN THE BACKFIELD AND EARN THAT SCHOLARSHIP. I HAD TO DO SOMETHING DRASTIC.
THE BEST PART WAS MY FIGHT WITH JUNIOR SEAU, WHO HAD A CAST ON HIS WRIST ALL
TAPED UP. WE FOUGHT FOR A GOOD 15 SECONDS, WHICH IS A LIFETIME WHEN YOU ARE
GETTING HIT BY A CAST. I DID WHAT I COULD AND THE COACHES HAD A HELL OF A TIME
BREAKING US UP. I KNEW I WAS GOING TO LOSE, BUT SEAU WAS GOING TO BE ONE TIRED
SOB WHEN IT WAS OVER. IN THE LOCKER ROOM AFTER PRACTICE, JUNIOR CAME UP TO ME
AND SHOOK MY HAND AND SAID, "WAY TO GO MAD DOG, DON'T EVER GIVE UP."
THEN THERE WAS NOTRE DAME WEEK. I NOTICED A SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS HELMET
HANGING IN THE EQUIPMENT ROOM AS DECORATION. I GRABBED THE HELMET AND PEELED
OFF THE STICKER. I NOW HAD A GOLD HELMET AND IT FIT “ALMOST” PERFECTLY. IT WAS
REALLY TIGHT. I GAVE MYSELF A BUZZ HAIR CUT TO MAKE A LITTLE MORE ROOM AND
SUITED UP. I HAD ALSO MEMORIZED THE NOTRE DAME FIGHT SONG. WHEN MY TEAMMATES
HIT THE FIELD, THERE WERE 110 GUYS WITH THEIR CARDINAL HELMETS ON. I HIT THE FIELD
WITH A GOLD HELMET SINGING, “CHEER, CHEER, FOR OLD NOTRE DAME. WAKE UP THE
ECHOES HEARING HER NAME…” I JUST KEPT RUNNING AROUND THE FIELD SINGING,
WEARING THIS GOLD HELMET AND WAITING FOR SCRIMMAGE TIME. NEEDLESS TO SAY,
WHEN THE SCRIMMAGE STARTED, EVERYONE WAS DOWN AT OUR END OF THE FIELD
WATCHING. THE MEDIA, KICKERS, PUNTERS, AND LONG SNAPPERS STARTED A CHEERING
SECTION. EVERY PLAY THERE WAS A FIGHT. THE EXCITEMENT AROUND US HAD THE
PLAYERS AND COACHES AT THE OTHER END OF THE FIELD WATCHING AND NOT DOING THEIR
OWN PLAYS. IT WAS ABSOLUTE MADNESS AND I HAD THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE.
SHORTLY AFTER THAT, I GOT A LETTER IN THE MAIL FROM THE USC ATHLETIC
DEPARTMENT: "DUE TO YOUR EFFORTS, WE ARE PUTTING YOU ON SCHOLARSHIP." IT’S A
GREAT DAY TO BE A TROJAN! FOR THE NEXT TWO SEASONS I WAS PLACED ON EVERY
SPECIAL TEAM AND ALTERNATED AT FULLBACK. NOT KNOWN AS "FULLBACK-U," I
FINISHED WITH JUST THREE CARRIES FOR 22 YARDS DURING MY CAREER.
I WAS AFFORDED TWO QUICK TRYOUTS IN THE NFL WITH THE 49ERS AND THE RAIDERS. I
DIDN’T MAKE IT. BUT, I LOOK BACK AND REALIZED I HAD A BLAST. WE WERE ON THREE
CONSECUTIVE BOWL TEAMS. THE ROSE BOWL WAS OBVIOUSLY VERY EXCITING.
EVERYTHING LEADING UP TO THE GAME IS A MAJOR EVENT AND EVERY PLAYER IS TREATED
LIKE A STAR. EVEN THOUGH I WASN'T A STAR, IT WAS A BLESSING TO HAVE SOME LITTLE
KID ASK FOR YOUR AUTOGRAPH, WANT A PHOTO WITH YOU, OR JUST WATCH HIM SMILE
BECAUSE HE MET A PLAYER FOR THE TROJANS. SURE, EVERY PLAYER ENJOYS THE
ATMOSPHERE AND THE THRILL OF RUNNING ON THE FIELD IN THE LARGEST STADIUMS IN
THE COUNTRY, AND PLAYING IN THE BIGGEST GAMES ON NATIONAL TV. BUT, IT IS ALSO
THE TIMES WHEN YOU ARE MET BY THE YOUNGSTERS. IN THE HOTEL LOBBY, THERE WERE
SEVERAL KIDS IN WHEELCHAIRS ASKING FOR AUTOGRAPHS AND PHOTOS AND TELLING US
HOW PROUD THERE WERE OF US. AT THAT POINT, I WAS JUST BLESSED I COULD WALK AND
HAD THE GREAT, HEARTWARMING MOMENT TO MAKE THAT KID HAPPY FOR JUST A FEW
SECONDS. IT PUTS LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE AND I WALKED AWAY IN TEARS.
IN THE END, I GOT TO PLAY FOOTBALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. I
GOT TO PLAY FOR THE TROJANS WITH OVER A CENTURY OF HISTORIC TRADITIONS. I GOT TO
DO SOMETHING THAT MILLIONS OF OTHERS DREAM ABOUT. IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE A
TROJAN. I AM SO GRATEFUL


TIM LAVIN WAS INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM FROM 1988-91. ORGINALLY A

"WALK-ON," HE EARNED A SCHOLARSHIP THROUGH HARD WORK AND TALENT AND WAS

A MEMBER OF TWO ROSE BOWL TEAMS (1988-89) AND THE 1990 TEAM THAT WENT TO

THE JOHN HANCOCK BOWL. HE IS WORKING ON A BOOK ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCES

WITH THE CATCHY, DOORS-RIFF TITLE WALK ON THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE.




PAST AND FUTURE PLAY WINNING TENNIS AT MERCEDES

StreetZebra, 2000



UCLA's Gimelstob helps SC's Leach make last year a winning one.

A bit of the past teamed with a bit of the future when former UCLA tennis star Justin

Gimelstob teamed with ex-USC national champion Rick Leach to defeat some local talent

(Zach Fleischman/John Fruttero) in a first round doubles match at the Mercedes-Benz

Cup on Tuesday, July 25 at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center, 6-4, 6-4.

       The match was a homecoming for both players. Gimelstob has previously been

quoted as saying that the Tennis Center was "his house," a reference to his home court

during his UCLA days.
"I wish I could retract that," he says. "I meant just to say that I'm determined to do my
best when I play here."
Justin also played down the significance of an ex-Bruin playing with an ex-Trojan.
"That stuff's far removed from where we are now," he remarked. "I'm just honored to
play with Rick because he's got so much experience. I know he has a steady partner, but
last year I approached him and said that if he ever needed someone, I'd love to play with
him, and to learn from him."
The 6-6 Gimelstobs' father was a college basketball player, and Justin had success in
hoops growing up in New Jersey and Florida.
"What I get from basketball, it's difficult to really compare," he says, "but the sacrifice
and pressure of all sports is related. Actually, tennis is different, being an individual
sport, but doubles does lend itself to the team concept a little more. It's interesting to
observe your partner and make suggestions."
As for the team of Fleischman and Fruttero, Justin remarked, "They're good young
players."
Looking back (it is only a couple years, but tennis pros morph into "grizzled vets" pretty
fast), Gimelstob said he chose UCLA because he wanted to stay with a coach who was
associated with the program, and "I just loved playing for Billy," a reference to long-time
coach Billy Martin.
The southpaw Leach is a very mature player with an attacking style that is tailored to his
doubles game, which is one of the best in the world. Rick grew up with Street Zebra.com
executive producer John Simerson, who claimed to have taught him all his "bad habits"
off the court. Leachie was more than willing to pin the blame on Big John, but he could
not defend his decision not to choose Simerson as his doubles partner despite their 4-0
record together in the amateur ranks.
All kidding aside, Rick recalled that "His <Simerson's> parents were nice enough to let
me stay in his house when I was traveling on the California Junior Davis Cup circuit,
and we've been friends ever since," which includes their time playing together under
Leach's father, Dick, the head coach at USC.
"Every time I come here it brings back memories," Leach said of playing at UCLA, which
was constructed for the 1984 Olympics and became the Bruins' court during his SC
career. "We used to play at the old sunset courts, but after they built this place the rivalry
was hot, and we'd fill the stadium. It's never been a mean rivalry, not a hatred kind of
thing."
Leach is one of the most consistent players on the tour, having won a major tournament
championship in each of the past 14 seasons. In January, he and regular partner Ellis
Ferreira won the Australian Open doubles title, but Ferreira did not want to travel so
much in between Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, which left Leach looking for a partner in
Los Angeles.
The Mercedes-Benz is a big deal to a guy who grew up in Arcadia and Laguna, then
played for his dad at SC. It was a homecoming for both players, and the crowd was
sprinkled with friends and supporters.
"Ferreira's my normal partner," said Leach, "but he wanted another week to rest his
back, which has been hurting him. The rest of the summer's gonna be pretty heated, right
on up to the U.S. Open. I've known Justin since he joined the pro tour, and I've had some
intense battles with him. He offered to be my partner, and I'm excited to be here. As for
the SC-UCLA rivalry, I gave him a hard time, asking if he'd be parking in the
handicapped zone, but it's all in good fun."
(For those who were not in L.A. a year ago, UCLA's football team ran into trouble when
it was discovered many of their players were illegally issued handicapped parking
stickers.)
"All my shots are geared to rushing the net," Leach says of his aggressive style.
"Volleying is my biggest asset, it's how I've made a living, and with Justin and myself,
we're both tall and feel we control the net. I don't think I've lost my quickness at the net,
and in doubles the game is won or lost there."
The rumor mill has swirled with word that Leach is retiring at the end of this season to
succeed his dad as SC's coach, but Leach adamantly insists that, while he will be
assisting his father on a full-time paid basis, it is strictly that: Assisting. Still, with his
background and credentials, Leach will likely be considered for the top job when the time
comes.
"I'll be there every day," he says of the upcoming challenge. "I just hope I've learned
from my dad--his demeanor is quiet and patient, since he was a player himself and
understands the pressure. My dad sees us <SC> in the top 15 next season, but our goal is
to get back to beating Stanford again. I just hope to share my knowledge with the kids,
who can use the college experience as a stepping stone."
The Trojans' lost a number of key players to injury or the pro ranks before the 2000
season, and most of their losses were 4-3, so they obviously are close to the top. What
motivated Leach to retire?
"I'm married, and I want to spend more time with my family," he says. "This season I've
been to Europe four times, we travel all the time, and I'm just tired of living out of a
suitcase. I want to be able to sleep in my own bed every night."
I spoke to Rick about the legendary George Toley, who coached Stan Smith and USC to
three National Championships in the 1960s, before Dick Leach took over.
"I had the privilege of knowing Coach Toley since I was a kid," he says of the man who
was inducted into the Tennis hall of Fame this year.
Leach is still excited about having won the Australian doubles championship early this
year.
"It was totally unexpected," he says. "We played the last set to 18-16. I just don't think it's
good to play a tiebreaker in the fifth set of a grand slam event."
This makes sense for Leach to have this attitude, since years ago his father played the
longest match of all time, which Rick states was the motivating factor in the creation of
the tie-breaker.
The aches and pains of the pro tour have taken their toll on Leach, who ices his aching
knee after matches.
"I just wish we could play on more soft courts in the U.S.," he says, but with the exception
of the South, clay courts are rare here.
Leach has had a successful career, and made his friends and family proud. No doubt, his
contributions at his alma mater will continue to keep him in the spotlight of the L.A.
tennis scene for a long time to come.


                                   TASO PAPADAKIS
Fullback, Inside Linebacker
1994, 1996

Like my father before me I played at Rolling Hills High School, but when they combined

it with Palos Verdes High it became Peninsula High, which is what it was when my

younger brothers went there. I was at USC from 1993 to 1998 and graduated with a

diploma in religious studies with an emphasis on Eastern thought.

       I was involved in the football program from 1993 to the spring of 1997, but I

stepped out of it when I had my fifth orthopedic surgery at the end of spring practice in

'97. I just thought, "That's that!" I came in as a fullback originally until they changed me

to a middle linebacker a year and a half into it, just like my dad had been a running back

but they moved him to linebacker because they had running backs like Sam "Bam"

Cunningham ahead of him.

       To me, education was the most important part of What It Means to Be a Trojan. I

studied in the religion school. When I was there it was considered progressive. I got

hooked into the subject from a class I took for general education. I was turned on by the

rhetoric, the train of thought and analysis that coupled with emotions, and discovering

deeper paths of spiritual thought. The teachers were progressive. One interesting

professor was on a real "Jesus kick" with emphasis on the historical New Testament and

the role of Easter. Professor Peter Nosco was the head of Eastern religious studies, which

teaches many different courses on Eastern thought, including Zen Buddhism. I finished

really strong with these classes.

BEING GREEK, I GREW UP NOT REALIZING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MY HERITAGE UNTIL I
COULD GET SOME RETROSPECTIVE. I LOOK BACK AT MY FATHER, WHO WOULD READ
POETRY, INCLUDING "THE BEATS": ALLEN GINSBERG, RICHARD BRAUTIGAN, JACK
KEROUAC; MIND BENDING STUFF, MEANT TO BE READ OUT LOUD LIKE "HOWL."
BRAUTIGAN'S DREAMSCAPE WAS COOL TO HEAR. MY FATHER PRACTICED HIS SPEECHES IN
FRONT OF US. HE WAS A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER WITH A THROUGH-LINE ON GREEK
CONCEPTS, OF THE "ID," HE'D READ ULYSSES AND HOMER. HIS CONCEPTS AND IDEAS,
ABOUT APPROACHING PEOPLE, RELATIONSHIPS, PHILOSOPHICAL IDEAS, WERE ALWAYS
BEING ESPOUSED AROUND THE HOUSE. FOOD WAS ALSO A BIG PART OF MY UPBRINGING, A
CELEBRATION OF LIFE. OUR RELIGIOUS EMPHASIS WAS LUTHERAN, AND IN MY HIGH
SCHOOL MEMORIAL I QUOTED VERSES FROM ISAIAH. I WAS EXPOSED TO A LOT OF THAT.
       I didn't choose this, to apply the cognition of philosophy, when I played. I did not

address those issues at the time. It's demanding if you start thinking, it involves the

opening of areas that create sensitivity, and that's not so hot about running into fullbacks.

On a football team you don't want to give anybody a reason to second-guess you. I didn't

want to have real conflicts. There's not really a symbiosis between the two studies,

football thinking and philosophical thinking. I was stuck in an area between the two and

waited until I was out of football to expand my way of thinking.

The intellectual pursuit that I engaged in class helps me now. I think everything you learn
in life can be used, whether it be writing or photography. People tuck away inside of
themselves the things they learn. Perhaps these issues don't manifest themselves on the
images I photograph, but it's present. I don't always know what it means, but my
education enriches my work.
John Robinson was my coach. My experiences with him are easier to make sense of now
that I'm outside of the game. I was hurt and worked myself back into playing shape. I had
different experiences, but he was a wonderful speaker. He knew young people
unbelievably well. The way he spoke to you was very emotional, it was very direct and
personal. As a coach he was a little scattered. Choosing assistants, he surrounded himself
with people he trusted and relied on, but the way he chose, he kind of lacked specificity
with his coaching. He gathered up on a conversation then walked over and talked to some
alumni, then came back. He was entitled to his point of view and due the respect worthy
of his accomplishments, but at that stage of his career, I don't know the levels of his
motivation to come back after he'd been out of it awhile. From my experience he was like
a father to me, but his focus was not as much as it should have been. He was a beautiful
man but a bit disconnected, and even a bit jaded.
It always came back to academics at SC. I was in special religious department and didn't
stray too far from that. I was at USC at a time when Dr. Steven Sample was establishing
himself and turning USC from a very good university to a world-class institution of
higher learning. He insisted on higher entrance requirements and there was a transition
period.
A lot of alumni saw what was happening and came to the conclusion that there was a
trade-off; that Dr. Sample could preside over a great academic university or a great
football school, but not both. I think towards the time I left and when my brother Petros
was there, the alumni was satisfied that we were now a top academic school and it was
okay not to dominate in football as long as we were.
Dr. Sample had a lot of inter-action with the football team. I knew him quite well. He was
very energetic and passionate. As a football player, our role as student-athletes was clear.
When Coach Pete Carroll came in he had the challenge of restoring the football tradition
while maintaining academics, and to have successfully accomplished that has been a
huge achievement. I don’t know too much about the program on a day-to-day basis, but I
interact with Pete. He lives near my family in Rolling Hills Estates and I see him at the
pizza parlor with his family or down at the Hermosa pier. He loves the beach and
inter-acts with fans there. They give him plays and he takes them seriously.
Pete gives you his undivided attention and looks you in the eyes. He listens very intently
and has a unique countenance with people. Anything he does is intense with results that
are correct or successful. At that level he's going to succeed and not just in football. It's
not just the way he conducts practice. He's not pre-occupied and lives in the moment.
Pete's son was at Peninsula High School and my brother plays there. He takes
suggestions, he likes the ocean, it's like a good church for him. Fans come up to him and
like any good director takes suggestions. He's open-minded, he's able to have as much
going on as he does and the kids are open-minded with him. Every day he's your "god,"
so you mold yourself into that kind of mentality. He studies and his football players see
he's open-minded and grab onto his ideas. A coach gives you his personality, and if he's
maniacal then you feel constricted.
As far as my studies go, it's possible I was below par. I spent a lot of time slamming
dominoes on a table in school and could have studied more, or managed my time better
off the field. Some quarterbacks are pre-med. It's not easy, but I did well and loved it.
        I spent 10 years as a Shakespearean actor in productions up and down the coast. I

performed in some of the "sweat houses" in Hollywood, and have the Shakespearean

language. Petros also loved and reads Shakespeare and would quote from The Bard at

press conferences when he was playing, which perked up the ears of writers not used to

hearing such things. When I got to Hamlet it was the end of the line. Macbeth is a role

that ruins your mentality for awhile. I've never been to London to study with the

Shakespearean masters, I but saw Ian McKellen play King Lear.



TASO PAPADAKIS COMES FROM THE "ROYAL FAMILY OF USC." HIS FATHER, JOHN

AND BROTHER, PETROS PLAYED FOR TROY. HIS GRANDMOTHER "SAT IN" ON WRITING

CLASSES AT THE SCHOOL BEFORE EMBARKING ON SCREENPLAYS AND DAILY MISSIVES

SHE SENDS TO THE NEWSPAPER. PETROS IS A HIGH-PROFILE MEMBER OF THE L.A.
MEDIA. THE FAMILY RESTAURANT, PAPADAKIS TAVERNA IN SAN PEDRO, WAS THE

FINEST GREEK EATERY IN THE CITY, AND DESTINATION FOR COUNTLESS TROJANS

AFTER GAMES OVER THE YEARS. TASO IS A PHOTOGRAPHER WHOSE WORK CAN BE

VIEWED AT WWW.TASOPHOTO.COM.




I'S TOO EARLY TO HYPE PALMER FOR HEISMAN . . . OR IS IT?

STREETZEBRA, 2000



IF TROJANS' WIN, QUARTERBACK WILL BE A CANDIDATE


THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S STORIED FOOTBALL PROGRAM ALWAYS LIVED

AND DIED BY THE RUN. AT LEAST, THAT IS THE WAY WE REMEMBER IT. FOUR HEISMAN

TROPY-WINNING TAILBACKS (MIKE GARRETT '65, O.J. SIMPSON '68, CHARLES WHITE '79 AND

MARCUS ALLEN '81) ESTABLISHED THE SCHOOL AS "TAILBACK U." HOWEVER, THEY HAD

TOP-NOTCH QUARTERBACKS HANDING OFF TO ALL THOSE STUDS, AND PUTTING THE BALL IN

THE AIR EFFECTIVELY ENOUGH TO KEEP THE DEFENSE HONEST.

       "WE'VE ALWAYS HAD A GREAT QUARTERBACK TRADITION, GOING BACK TO PETE

BEATHARD AND BILL NELSON IN 1962; CRAIG FERTIG IN 1964, AND THE BEST COLLEGE

QUARTERBACK FOR THE KIND OF TEAM WE HAD WHEN O.J. SIMPSON WAS HERE WAS STEVE

SOGGE," SAYS GARRETT, NOW THEIR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. "MIKE RAE AND PAT HADEN WERE

GOOD PROFESSIONAL QUARTERBACKS, AS WAS SEAN SALISBURY.   RODNEY PEETE WAS A

HEISMAN CANDIDATE IN 1988, AND IN THE 1990S ROB JOHNSON STARRED.

"THE EMPHASIS ON THE PASS SHOWS MORE CREATIVITY" THAN THE OLD
"THREE-YARDS-AND-A-CLOUD-OF-DUST" MENTALITY. "THE CONCEPT HAS CHANGED, AS
300-POUNDERS ON DEFENSE ARE NOW QUICKER AND MORE AGILE."
The school has transitioned from a power-running offense to a more sophisticated
passing system since John Robinson first left in 1982.
CARSON PALMER WAS ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY RECRUITED PREP FOOTBALL STARS IN THE
NATION AT SANTA MARGARITA HIGH SCHOOL IN 1997. HE STARTED SEVERAL GAMES WITH
SUCCESS AS A TRUE FRESHMAN IN 1998, BUT THE ROAD TO GLORY WAS INTERRUPTED BY AN
INJURY LAST YEAR.
Asked about Palmer, USC sports information director Tim Tessalone practices "low
expectations" Heisman politics.
"HE HAS A LEGITIMATE CHANCE TO BE A CANDIDATE IN 2001, BUT THAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN,"
SAYS TESSALONE. "IF HE PERFORMS WELL, EVERYTHING WILL FALL INTO PLACE. IF HE GETS OFF
TO A BIG START, MAYBE HE'LL BE A CANDIDATE BY MID-SEASON, BUT THAT'S JUST A QUESTION
RIGHT NOW. IF IT DOES HAPPEN, WE'RE PREPARED TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO EXPOSE HIM
TO THE NATION AND PROMOTE HIS CANDIDACY."
        Coach Paul Hackett is like Hamlet's mother, who "doth protests too much," when

the talk turns to the Heisman.

       "I'm not trying to play it down, but he needs to have a year of playing time. He's

not arrived yet," he says, then adds, "He does have a great supporting cast. I'm excited,

maybe he'll merit it."

THE FAVORITES ARE DREW BREES OF PURDUE AND MICHAEL VICK OF VIRGINIA TECH.
PALMER BEAT BREES IN 1998. SOPHOMORE VICK, NOT LIKELY TO PLAY IN A NEW YEAR'S
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AGAIN, TOILS IN THE BACKWATERS OF BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA.
Southern Cal is in a position to have their best team since the 1996 Rose Bowl champs.
They have the speed, experience and schedule to contend for the National Championship.
If they beat Penn State in the Kickoff Classic, get off to a 5-0 start, and Palmer is putting
up numbers, he will start getting Heisman mention. He is also helped by the fact that SC
has transitioned from its traditional emphasis on the run into the West Coast offense.
"WE'VE SHIFTED FROM BEING A HARDCORE RUNNING TEAM," ADMITS HACKETT, ADDING "WE
ASPIRE TO GET BACK TO THAT. WE NEED AN ASSERTIVE OFFENSIVE LINE TO DO THIS, AND A
TAILBACK THAT CAN HANDLE THE CHORE, BUT CARSON SETS THE TONE. HE'LL ONLY BE A
SUCCESS AS LONG AS HE HAS A RUNNER HE CAN HAND OFF TO A LOT."
If Sultan McCullough runs for 1,200 yards, and Palmer throws for 200 yards a game,
USC will win with a balanced attack.
"IF WE WIN," SAYS PALMER, "EVERYTHING WILL FALL INTO PLACE. I WON'T WIN THE HEISMAN
UNLESS WE'RE IN THE TOP FIVE, COMPETING IN THE ORANGE BOWL OR ROSE BOWL AT THE END
OF THE YEAR."
Coming off his injury last year, Palmer says "I'm a bundle of nervous energy getting
ready for the season. Right now, I'm working on my timing and rhythm with the receivers,
and I watched a lot of film. I don't have any restraints placed on me, except that I'm
under orders to duck out of bounds instead of lowering my shoulder. In high school, the
DBs were 160 pounds, but here they're my size."
PALMER GREW UP NEAR SC'S PRE-SEASON IRVINE TRAINING CAMP, PLAYING FOR SANTA
MARGARITA COACH BOB JOHNSON, A MAN WHO IS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR SOUTH ORANGE
COUNTY'S REPUTATION AS "QUARTERBACK HEAVEN."
           Palmer is the latest of this group (Todd Marinovich, Rob Johnson, among

others) to lead the Trojans', and probably play in the NFL. He could be the first of them

to bring home that little guy with the high-stepping gait.


BARRY ZITO IS KEY TO OAKLAND'S RE-EMERGENCE

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, 2001



BARRY ZITO REMINDS PEOPLE OF BILL BORDLEY. WHO, YOU MIGHT ASK? WELL, FOR THOSE OF

US WHO SAW HIM, BORDLEY WAS THE BEST COLLEGE PITCHER EVER. SOME PEOPLE THOUGHT

HE WAS AS GOOD AS SANDY KOUFAX. THERE ARE SCOUTS AND PACIFIC 10 UMPIRES WHO SAY

HE WAS THE BEST PITCHER IN THE WORLD, NOT JUST IN COLLEGE, BACK WHEN HE WAS LEADING

USC TO THE 1978 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

       ZITO HAS THE SIZE, THE BIG KICK, THE HESITATION AT THE TOP OF HIS MOTION, AND

THE CLASSIC KOUFAX-STYLE OVERHAND DELIVERY. HE BRINGS IT WELL OVER 90 MILES PER

HOUR, WITH HOP AND MOVEMENT. HIS CURVEBALL CRACKLES.

"HE'S THE REAL DEAL," SAYS USC COACH MIKE GILLESPIE, WHO COACHED ZITO WHEN THE
TALL LEFTY WAS THE TOP PITCHER IN THE NATION IN 1999. BARRY BECAME A RICH YOUNG MAN
WHEN THE OAKLAND A'S MADE HIM THEIR FIRST PICK IN THE DRAFT. IT HAS ALL HAPPENED
PRETTY FAST.
ZITO GREW UP IN THE SAN DIEGO AREA, ROOTING FOR THE PADRES. AT UNIVERSITY HIGH
SCHOOL, HE HAD A "DECENT" SENIOR YEAR, THREW A FASTBALL THAT TOPPED OUT AROUND 83
MILES AN HOUR, AND WAS DRAFTED IN THE FIFTY-NINTH ROUND IN 1996. HE WAS HELPED ON
HIS MECHANICS BY A COACH NAMED CRAIG WEISMAN, AND SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION
WAS THROWING 10 MILES AN HOUR HARDER.
BARRY TOOK HIS 3.1 GRADE POINT AVERAGE TO UC-SANTA BARBARA AND COACH BOB
BRONSEMA, WHICH SEEMED LIKE A PRETTY GOOD CHOICE AT THE TIME. CAL STATE,
NORTHRIDGE AND WAKE FOREST LIKED HIM, TOO, BUT THE SC'S, FULLERTON'S AND MIAMI'S
OF THE WORLD HAD BIGGER FISH TO FRY.
"SC SEEMED OUT OF MY REACH," RECALLS BARRY. "I GOT FULL FINANCIAL AID TO SANTA
BARBARA, PLUS SOME SCHOLARSHIP HELP."
IT HAPPENS TO SOME KIDS. TOM SEAVER WENT INTO THE MARINES AND CAME OUT A BALL OF
MUSCLE. HOW CAN YOU EXPLAIN IT? YES, BARRY LIFTED WEIGHTS AND WORKED HARD, BUT HIS
"LATE" DEVELOPMENT CAN ONLY BE ATTRIBUTED TO GOD, WHO SEEMS TO HAVE A PLAN FOR
ARMIES, COUNTRIES, KINGS AND BALL PLAYERS - SOMETIMES. AT SANTA BARBARA HE WAS A
FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN, STRIKING OUT 125 IN 85 INNINGS. HE WAS UP TO 6-3, 195 POUNDS,
AND THE SCOUTS TOOK NOTE OF HIS IMPROVED MECHANICS.
HE STARTED WORKING WITH A SAN FERNANDO VALLEY TRAINER, ALAN JAGGER, AND FIGURED
THAT HE HAD ENTERED A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY IN WHICH HE WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR
SOME BIG BONUS MONEY.
"SANTA BARBARA JUST WASN'T A HIGH-PROFILE PROGRAM," HE SAYS.
FOR THIS REASON, HE TRANSFERRED TO L.A. PIERCE COLLEGE, ALTHOUGH HE SAYS HIS
DEPARTURE FROM SANTA BARBARA WAS UGLY. ZITO SHOWCASED HIS WARES FOR THE 1998
DRAFT, AND WAS 9-2 WITH A 2.60 ERA AND 135 STRIKEOUTS IN 103 INNINGS.
"THE COMPETITION JUST WASN'T THAT GOOD IN JC," SAYS BARRY.
AFTER LOSING TO HARBOR IN THE STATE PLAY-OFFS, ZITO FOUND HIMSELF DRAFTED IN THE
THIRD ROUND BY TEXAS. HE WAS INTENT ON SIGNING, BUT HE IS A SAVVY GUY WHO KNEW HIS
MARKET VALUE. THE RANGERS CAME IN AT $350,000, BUT BARRY HELD OUT FOR MORE,
FINALLY TOOK OFF FOR THE CAPE COD LEAGUE, AND LEFT HIS DAD IN CHARGE OF THE
NEGOTIATIONS. THE OLD MAN HAS A HARD-NOSED REPUTATION, NO DOUBT BASED ON HIS
MONEY DEMANDS. ZITO MADE THE CAPE ALL-STAR TEAM, BUT DECIDED NOT TO SIGN.
THE RESULT WAS A WINDFALL FOR MIKE GILLESPIE, WHO NEEDED A NEW INFUSION OF TALENT
TO REPLACE ALL THE STUDS WHO WON HIM THE '98 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. ZITO PICKED
SC OVER CLEMSON, BUT HE HAD TO GO TO GROSSMONT COLLEGE TO GET AN A.A. DEGEE
FIRST. HE ENROLLED AT SOUTHERN CAL IN JANUARY, 1999, AND IMMEDIATELY ASSUMED THE
ROLE OF ACE.
GILLESPIE LOVED HIM, AND HE LOVED GILLESPIE.
"I ALSO EXPERIENCED ROD DEDEAUX," ZITO SAYS, RECALLING GETTING THE CHANCE TO MEET
THE LEGENDARY FORMER COACH. HE WAS A CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN IN 1999, PITCHING
THE TROJANS PAST PEPPERDINE IN THE WEST REGIONAL BEFORE THE TEAM LOST A
HEARTBREAKING 1-0 DECISION TO STANFORD'S JASON YOUNG, WHEN A FLY BALL WAS LOST IN
THE DUSK AT SUNKEN DIAMOND, WITH THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES ON THE LINE. FOR FANS
THAT WERE UNAWARE OF BARRY'S ROCKY BUT FLASHY ROAD, HE SEEMED TO BE A SURPRISE.
SCOUTS, COACHES, GILLESPIE; THEY GOT WHAT THEY EXPECTED.
"THE USC-STANFORD RIVALRY IS ALWAYS A BATTLE," ZITO SAYS OF WHAT IS PROBABLY THE
BEST CONFRONTATION IN THE NATION. "THEY'D COME HERE, WIN TWO OF THREE. WE'D GO
THERE, TAKE TWO OF THREE."
THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF NOT PITCHING TROY TO A REPEAT NATIONAL TITLE QUICKLY WORE
OFF WHEN BILLY BEANE, THE A'S BOY GENIUS GM AND ARCHITECT OF BASEBALL'S BEST STORY
THE LAST FEW YEARS, MADE BARRY THEIR NUMBER ONE PICK. $1.6 MILLION LATER, ZITO WAS
LIGHTING UP THE CALIFORNIA LEAGUE, WHERE HE WAS 3-0 WITH A 2.45 ERA WITH 62
STRIKEOUTS IN 40 INNINGS OF WORK AT VISALIA. IN MID-AUGUST HE FOUND HIMSELF IN
MIDLAND (AA TEXAS LEAGUE), AND WHILE HE DID NOT SCHMOOSE WITH GEORGE W, HE DID
PITCH FOUR IMPRESSIVE GAMES.
"IT'S A TINY TOWN," ZITO SAYS OF THE PLACE WHERE THE PRESIDENT GREW UP. "HIGH SCHOOL
FOOTBALL IS HUGE THERE."
HE IS A STRIKEOUT PITCHER ALL THE WAY, WHO HAS LEARNED TO TRUST HIS BULLPEN--OR SO
HE SAYS--BUT AFTER USUALLY FACING 130-PITCH LIMITS, WHEN HE BROKE INTO PROFESSIONAL
BALL HE FOUND HIMSELF LIMITED TO 100 PITCHES BY THE PROTECTIVE A'S.
 ZITO'S WORK ETHIC IS LEGENDARY. HE SAYS OF THE SUBJECT OF GETTING READY FOR SPRING
TRAINING, "THE LESS I WILL HAVE TO CATCH UP TO PEOPLE. I DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE OTHER
GUYS, I CAN'T GET CAUGHT UP IN IT. I DON'T LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT I WANT AND I KNOW WHAT I
NEED TO DO TO WORK HARD, AND HAVE EVERYTHING FALL IN PLACE."
HE WORKS WITH A NUTRITIONIST AND A PERSONAL TRAINER EVERY DAY IS THE OFF-SEASON. THE
RESULT IS THAT HE HAS GAINED WEIGHT BUT LOST BODY FAT SINCE TURNING PRO, WHILE
PUTTING SPEED ON HIS HEATER. AT THE RECENT SC ALUMNI GAME, PITCHERS FROM BOTH
SIDES WERE GETTING TAGGED IN A SLUGFEST. THEN ZITO CAME IN, AND IN ONE VERY
IMPRESSIVE INNING HE MOWED DOWN THE ASSORTED PROS THAT MAKE UP THE ALUMNI AS IF
THEY HAD FORGOTTEN TO BRING THEIR BATS.
THIS IS A KID WHO MAKES YOU SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE. YOU WOULD MORTGAGE THE STADIUM
TO SIGN THIS GUY AFTER WATCHING HIM THROW 20 PITCHES! THAT IS THE THINKING OF EVERY
GENERAL MANAGER IN BASEBALL, TOO. BEANE PROBABLY HAD TO HIRE EXTRA SECRETARIES TO
HANDLE ALL THE CALLS HE GOT FROM OTHER TEAMS WILLING TO TAKE ZITO OFF HIS HANDS.
ONE POSSIBLE TRADE ALMOST WENT DOWN, A BLOCKBUSTER WITH THE ANGELS INVOLVING JIM
EDMONDS. ALTHOUGH THE DETAILS WERE NOT REVEALED, ONE CAN SURMISE THAT ZITO WAS
WHAT THE ANGELS WANTED, AND WHAT THE A'S WOULD NOT GIVE UP, EVEN FOR A PLAYER LIKE
EDMONDS.
BEANE HELD ON TO ZITO. EDMONDS ENDED UP LEADING ST. LOUIS TO THE 2000 CENTRAL
DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP. THE A’S BROUGHT ZITO ALONG SLOWLY LAST YEAR. HE PITCHED FOR
THE SACRAMENTO RIVERDOGS, AND FINALLY MADE THE JUMP TO OAKLAND LATE IN THE YEAR.
JUST IN TIME.
ZITO MAY HAVE BEEN JUST THE SPARK THE CLUB NEEDED TO OVERTAKE SEATTLE BY ONE GAME
TO CAPTURE THE WEST DIVISION TITLE. IN THE PLAY-OFFS, ZITO’S INSPIRED PERFORMANCE
BEATING THE VAUNTED YANKEES IN NEW YORK WAS ONE OF THE GREAT COMING OUT PARTIES
IN A LONG TIME.
        "I ALWAYS KNEW THE A'S DIDN'T WANT TO LOSE ME," SAYS ZITO. THE PROSPECT OF

OAKLAND DEVELOPING A STAFF AROUND TIM HUDSON, MARK MULDER AND ZITO HAS

LONG-TIME BAY AREA FANS WAXING NOSTALGIC FOR THE DAYS OF CATFISH HUNTER, KEN

HOLTZMAN AND VIDA BLUE.

       "THE A'S HAD THE BEST ALL-AROUND MINOR LEAGUE SYSTEM IN BASEBALL MY FIRST

YEAR IN THE ORGANIZATION," SAYS BARRY.   TWO YEARS LATER, MANY EXPERTS PREDICT THIS

WILL BE THE TEAM OF THE DECADE IN THE FIRST 10 YEARS OF THE NEW CENTURY.

"WE HAVE GREAT COACHING," SAY ZITO OF HIS MINOR DEVELOPMENT. "RON ROMANEK,
FORMERLY WITH SEATTLE, HELPED ME A LOT. SO DID THE ROVING COACHES, CURT YOUNG,
GLENN ABBOTT AND PETE RICHERT."
BARRY IS A VERY NICE, POLITE YOUNG MAN WITH HOLLYWOOD GOOD LOOKS. HE IS MANAGED
BY PAUL COHEN OF TWC MANAGEMENT, AND TRAINS AT HEALTH SOUTH IN THE SAN FERNANO
VALLEY. HE HAS A CHANCE, IF HE CAN AVOID INJURY UNLIKE THE GREAT BORDLEY, TO ENJOY A
GREAT CAREER. WATCHING THIS GUY IS ALREADY FUN!



                                JOHN ROBINSON

HEAD COACH
1976 - 1982, 1993 - 1997


USC HAD ENJOYED SUCCESS IN 1962 WITH A NATIONAL TITLE TEAM. IN 1970, 1971; AND

THEN IN '72 THEY HAD THE GREATEST TEAM OF ALL TIME. SAM CUNNINGHAM WAS A

CATALYST IN 1970, A GREAT GUY AND A GREAT ATHLETE, BUT THOSE TWO MEN, JOHN

MCKAY AND PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT, BY THE NATURE OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP, BRIDGED

THE GAP AND SAW SOME OF THAT CHANGE BEFORE IT HAPPENED. WE SEE THIS IN THE

EFFECT OF THE 1970 USC-ALABAMA GAME, AND IT WAS THE EXPERIENCE OF THE

SOPHOMORES OF THAT YEAR WHO FORMED THE INCREDIBLE '72 CHAMPIONS.

       NOW, IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE EFFECT OF THE WEST COAST ON SOCIETY AND HOW

IT PLAYS OUT IN SPORTS, I THINK WE'RE KIND OF WACKY ANYWAY. A LOT OF CIVIL RIGHTS

THINGS WERE HAPPENING, AND CALIFORNIA WAS PART OF THAT WHOLE SCENE.

UP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, WE WERE LIKE A RADICAL "TRIPLE-A" BALL CLUB.
THEY SENT YOU THERE FOR "TRAINING." THERE WAS A LOT OF UNREST, NEW GROUND
BEING OPENED IN THOSE AREAS. PEOPLE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WERE
RELUCTANT, BUT THERE WAS A LOT OF NEW GROUND BEING OPENED UP ON THE WEST
COAST, NOT JUST IN CIVIL RIGHTS LIKE IN THE SOUTH, BUT IN THE EVERY DAY EXPANSION
OF THINGS. IN TERMS OF ATHLETICS, IT SEEMS THAT SO MANY TALENTED
AFRICAN-AMERICAN KIDS GOT A CHANCE TO PLAY IN HIGH SCHOOL IN L.A., AND YOU'RE
NOT GONNA SUCCEED UNLESS YOU HAD RECRUITED THOSE PLAYERS.
OVER A 20-YEAR PERIOD FROM 1962 TO 1982, USC WAS PROBABLY AS STRONG IN
FOOTBALL AS ANY COLLEGE EVER WAS. OUR LOCATION WAS ADVANTAGEOUS. WE'RE
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INNER CITY, SO MANY KIDS GREW UP WANTING TO PLAY FOR
SC. IF THEY WERE BASKETBALL PLAYERS, THEY WANTED TO GO TO UCLA. WITH ALL THAT
GOING ON, IT WAS A MAJOR ADVANTAGE, AND NATIONALLY USC ALWAYS BENEFITED
FROM THE FACT THAT AFRICAN-AMERICANS FELT WELCOME THERE.
THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT SC GOT IT RIGHT. A LOT OF BLACK KIDS LOOKED AT UCLA AS
BEING IN THE RICH PART OF TOWN, SO WE HAD THIS STRANGE MIXTURE OF ALL THINGS
THAT LINKED US TOGETHER. MAYBE MIAMI WAS LIKE THAT, DURING THAT STRETCH WHEN
THEY WERE SO GOOD YOU SAW MIAMI AND SC, SIMILARLY DID NOT HAVE GREAT
FACILITIES, BUT EACH HAD GREAT WEATHER, BUT ATHLETES FELT AT HOME AT THESE
SCHOOLS, AND DISCIPLINE WAS NOT A HALLMARK.
THERE'S A COALITION OF PEOPLE IN THE STANDS AT AN SC GAME THAT A POLITICIAN
WOULD DREAM OF. I'D DRIVE THROUGH SOUTH-CENTRAL L.A. AND PEOPLE WOULD WAVE
AT YOU IF YOU WERE FROM SC.
ONE OTHER THING IS THAT AFRICAN-AMERICAN ATHLETES BECAME VERY SOCIALLY ADEPT
AT USC. MAYBE THIS WAS BECAUSE OF THE HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION, OR BECAUSE THE
SCHOOL'S LOCATED IN A MAJOR CITY. THERE'S ALWAYS MEDIA AROUND, AND MCKAY WAS
BRILLIANT, HE EXPOSED HIS PLAYERS TO THE MEDIA, TO ALUMNI GROUPS, AND SO THEY
BECAME VERY COMFORTABLE AND POLISHED. LISTEN TO CUNNINGHAM, MIKE GARRETT,
LYNN SWANN, MARCUS ALLEN; THEY ARE SAVVY WITH THE PRESS, WELL SPOKEN AND
REPRESENT THE SCHOOL BEAUTIFULLY. NOT ALL ATHLETES, BLACK OR WHITE, DO THIS
ROLE WELL.
IT'S NOT JUST FOOTBALL PLAYERS OR BLACK ATHLETES. LOOK AT JOHN NABER, PAT
HADEN, TOM SEAVER. FAMOUS PEOPLE GO THERE. O.J. OBVIOUSLY FLIPPED BUT BEFORE
THAT; BEFORE HE HAD HIS COLLAPSE, HE WAS A STAR IN HOLLYWOOD AND
SPORTSCASTING.
IT'S A MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREA WITH TWO, THREE, FOUR NEWSPAPERS AND A LOT OF
TV COVERAGE. IT'S DIFFERENT IF YOU GO TO, SAY, ATHENS, GEORGIA AND THE LOCAL GUY
IS ASKING A PLAYER A QUESTION, AND DOWN THERE IT'S, "YES, SIR; NO, SIR; PROUD TO BE
HERE, SIR," THOSE KINDS OF QUESTIONS.
USC AND UCLA ATHLETES WERE EXPOSED TO SO MUCH MORE, AND WERE FROM A TOWN
WITH TWO PRO FOOTBALL TEAMS, TWO BASEBALL TEAMS, TWO BASKETBALL TEAMS, AND A
BROADER SOCIAL WORLD. IT'S VERY INTERESTING AND IRONIC THAT IN THE 1980S AND
EARLY '90S IT KIND OF TURNED THINGS THE OTHER WAY WITH THE RIOTS, AND THIS MADE
IT - L.A. - A NEGATIVE PLACE. USC BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL TOOK A DIP, IT WAS NOT
AS ATTRACTIVE AS IT HAD BEEN, BUT IN RECENT YEARS THE CITY, THE STATE AND USC
HAVE MADE A COMEBACK.
IT WAS FUN TO BE THERE. A LOT OF THOSE ATHLETES WERE GREAT FRIENDS OF MINE, THE
1979 TEAM, THE ONLY NEGATIVE WAS ANTHONY MUNOZ GOT HURT IN THE FIRST GAME
AND PLAYED JUST THE LAST GAME. MARCUS ALLEN WAS A SOPHOMORE, WE HAD A GREAT
SECONDARY, AND WE WERE LOADED FROM FRESHMEN TO SENIORS. THE 1972 TEAM WAS A
VETERAN TEAM; BOTH WERE REALLY GOOD TEAMS. I WAS AN ASSISTANT, MARV GOUX AND
MYSELF. WE WERE BOTH GUYS WHO WERE THERE WITH JOHN MCKAY. IT'S SAD THAT
MARV PASSED ON. THAT '72 YEAR WAS MAGICAL, ESPECIALLY AFTER I'D BEEN AT OREGON.
I WAS AT USC FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS UNDER MCKAY, THEN JOHN MADDEN HAD ME FOR
A ONE YEAR IN OAKLAND IN ORDER TO BROADEN MY RANGE FOR HEAD COACHING, AS USC
HAD ME IN MIND FOR REPLACING MCKAY. THAT HAPPENED. SOMETIMES THE HARDEST
THING IS TO BE PROMOTED FROM ASSISTANT TO HEAD COACH, SO MY ONE YEAR AT
OAKLAND KIND OF HELPED ME TRANSITION. IF YOU GO AWAY, PEOPLE THINK YOU'RE
BETTER. TO BE SUCCESSFUL, I ADVISE A COACH TO TAKE ON DIFFERENT JOBS UNDER
DIFFERENT COACHES AND DEVELOP A RANGE OF EXPERIENCE.
THAT'S WHAT PETE CARROLL'S DONE, AND NOW HE'S BRINGING ALL THIS BACK AT USC. I
HAD AN EASY TRANSITION AND JUST SAID, "I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE A THING."
CERTAINLY NOTHING MAJOR. I WAS HIRED OVER THE PHONE. THEY JUST CALLED ME, I WAS
AT THE AIRPORT, AND THEY SAID, "DO YOU WANT THE JOB?" I SAID, "YES," AND I WAS IN.



JOHN ROBINSON WAS AN ASSISTANT COACH FOR TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONS UNDER

JOHN MCKAY (1972, 1974), THEN COACHED USC TO THE 1978 NATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIP, WON THREE ROSE BOWLS, AND HAD TWO PLAYERS (CHARLES WHITE,

MARCUS ALLEN) WIN HEISMAN TROPHIES. BETWEEN 1976 AND 1982 HIS TEAMS BEAT

UCLA FIVE TIMES WHILE BEATING NOTRE DAME FIVE STRAIGHT TIMES (AND SIX OF

SEVEN). HIS FIRST TENURE COMPLETED THE MOST DOMINANT TWO-DECADE PERIOD

ANY COLLEGE HAS EVER HAD. AFTER A SUCCESSFUL STINT AS HEAD OF THE LOS

ANGELES RAMS, HE RETURNED TO COACH AT TROY FROM 1993-97. THIS INCLUDED A

55-14 PASTING OF TEXAS TECH IN THE 1995 COTTON BOWL; THE 1995 PACIFIC-10

CONFERENCE TITLE; AND A 41-32 TRIUMPH OVER NORTHWESTERN IN THE ROSE

BOWL.


"FOR REAL!"

STREETZEBRA, 2000




SC'S TREPAGNIER, THE TROJANS' MOST ATHLETIC PLAYER, HAS COME INTO HIS OWN.


"FOR REAL!?" WAS JEFF TREPAGNIER'S REACTION WHEN TOLD HE WOULD BE THE COVER STORY

IN THE MARCH ISSUE OF STREETZEBRA.

        TREPAGNIER'S INFECTIOUS ENTHUSIASM SHINES THROUGH WHEN USC'S HANDSOME

6-4, 195-POUND GUARD FLASHES HIS MILLION-DOLLAR SMILE. NO SEEN-IT-ALL, MEDIA-WEARY

HISTRIONICS FROM JEFF, WHO SEEMS SURPRISED THAT HE IS THE FOCUS OF ATTENTION.
HE SHOULD NOT BE. TREPAGNIER IS THE BEST ATHLETE ON A TEAM THAT IS EMERGING AS ONE
OF THE MOST INTERESTING COLLEGE BASKETBALL STORIES IN THE NATION. WHETHER THE
TROJANS' MAKE THE NCAA TOURNAMENT, AND HOW FAR THEY ADVANCE, IS STILL VERY MUCH
UP IN THE AIR. SO IS TREPAGNIER, EVERY TIME THE BEST SHOOTER ON SC'S OPPONENT TAKES A
SHOT. TREPAGNIER HAS BLOCKED HIS SHARE OF THOSE SHOTS BECAUSE HE DOES NOT MERELY
JUMP HIGH, BUT HE IS SUPER-QUICK.
"I WASN'T ALWAYS ABLE TO JUMP HIGH," HE SAYS. "IT JUST STARTED TO BE NATURAL FOR ME
AFTER THE TENTH GRADE."
        THAT WAS AT COMPTON HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE HE PLAYED FOR COACH ROD PALMER (WHO HAS SINCE

MOVED TO CENTENNIAL) AND WAS NAMED TO VARIOUS ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS (USA TODAY, STREET & SMITH)

AND MADE ALL THE REGIONAL ALL-STAR SQUADS (LONG BEACH PRESS-TELEGRAM'S BEST IN THE WEST AND

DREAM TEAM, ALL-CIF SOUTHERN SECTION DIVISION II FIRST TEAM, CAL-HI'S ALL-CALIFORNIA, MOORE

LEAGUE MVP, L.A. TIMES' ALL-SOUTH COAST LEAGUE).

        Trepagnier's natural leaping ability has been augmented by hard work. Henry

Bibby brought in former N.B.A. center Paul Mokeskie to work with the big men. The

results: Front court players' Brian Scalabrine and David Bluthenthal are stronger,

quicker, display better ball-handling skills, and make fewer mistakes. Trepagnier is not a

big man, but the conditioning work, weight training, and ladder drills have paid off for

him as well.

"We do anticipation foot drills <fake pass competitions> every day," explains Coach
Bibby of their 45-minute daily practice ritual, designed to improve foot speed. "The guys'
have improved in those situations, all our players now anticipate where the next pass is
gonna be."
Trepagnier set the school season season steal's record by mid-season.
"That's not a goal of the team," says Bibby. "The goals we have pertain to team goals. If
that's his goal, fine. Steals come from teammates creating steals, whether he knows that
or not."
Trepagnier knows. He also knows that Bibby has been to the mountaintop, and deserves
respect.
"He's won NCAA titles, an NBA and a CBA title," says Trepagnier. "He has the
experience, so when he tells us something we take account of that. We've invested in the
coach, we believe in him 100 percent. Practices are a lot more enjoyable, now that we're
winning. He tells us practice is over, but guys' stay and work on other things. When we
were 9-19, going to practice was like going to a funeral, everybody dreaded it, but you
can't doubt him, even when things go wrong."
Trepagnier is given the task of guarding the best offensive player on the other team.
\       "My focus is on defense in practice," he says. "We work on sliding drills and
full-speed cutbacks. Playing good defense gets our all-around game going. Coach Bibby

doesn't stress offense in practice."

       Trepagnier believes in Bibby, and vice versa. While Trepagnier is a phenomenal

player when it comes to steals and blocked shots, the rap on him is that he takes

ill-advised shots.

"The players don't have a green light," says Bibby of his shot-selection policy. "Jeff got
off-track in the beginning, but he knows, and the whole team knows, that the shots will
come. Trepagnier always takes one or two bad shots per night. He's aggressive. I've
never seen a player who doesn't take bad shots, everyone takes their share of bad shots.
He has to be patient and let the game come to him, maybe not beat his man off the
dribble, but instead get more free throws. He makes up for his bad shots with good
plays on the other end. Jeff is better than he was last year, he plays hard every night. I
have no complaints."
"I've taken some bad shots," admits Trepagnier. "Coach Bibby tells me don't force it. I
play 40 minutes a night, I just let the game come to me now."
Trepagnier has learned not to "force it" on defense, as well as on offense.
"Jeff had some silly fouls," Bibby says of the maturation process. "We worked on cutting
back on his mistakes. I want to play hard defense, and not think about fouls. We don't quit
playing, we'll play Jeff with four fouls. College players don't really `grow up' until their
junior years. It's a big step from one year to the next."
Trepagnier, a junior, has grown up with his teammates. The leader of the Trojans' is
another junior, 6-9 Brian Scalabrine. Scalabrine has the work ethic of Richard Nixon, a
willingness to spend long hours working on fundamentals like footwork, or going to his
left.
"Brian influences us in lots of ways," says Jeff. "He works hard the whole practice, so we
know we should work hard like Brian. He takes constructive criticism, and we have good
chemistry."
Scalabrine is also outspoken, willing to talk up the Trojans' program in a town where
basketball has always been spelled U-C-L-A. Until now.
"We try not to get involved with the media, we're not about controversy," says
Trepagnier, "but when he says we're gonna win, we know we have to do it. We have to
work hard all week to back him up."
Scalabrine pointed out that local coverage is centered in Westwood, but after SC's
convincing January 12 victory over the Bruins', he told any writer willing to listen that
Southern Cal deserved more props. It may be a little early to make this kind of prediction,
but the potential for a cataclysmic power shift in college basketball exists.
Bibby is a highly respected coach, a man who started for three straight National
Championship teams under John Wooden at UCLA He has paid his dues and his status is
now paying off on the recruiting trail. USC has broken ground on a state of the art,
on-campus arena. The current squad has the potential to make a solid mark for
themselves once March Madness gets underway. Steve Lavin is under fire, and the UCLA
program is a mess right now. All of this means that SC has a chance to become a
basketball school, something that they should, be considering the talent base in Southern
California. This is a window of opportunity that needs to be handled better than the last
time SC was on the cusp of real change.
That was in 1986. After capturing a share of the Pac-10 championship in 1985, Stan
Morrison recruited "The Four Freshmen," the best in-coming class in the country, but
when George Raveling replaced him, three of the freshmen transferred. Had they stayed,
USC may have been a Sweet 16 team (or better), and Harold Miner might have been able
to deliver them to the
Promised Land a few seasons later.

       "We know we're pioneers for the future of Trojan basketball,"    says Trepagnier,

"and we're buying into Coach Bibby's system. Being tied for first helps with recruiting,

we need to get more local players. When we get the arena, we can get blue chip

prospects."

Of UCLA's recent troubles, Trepagnier says, "We try to go after them, but we know
they're gunning for us <after S.C. beat them the first time>. We have to work hard to stay
up there. In the past we looked to them, but we know they have great players."
Trepagnier, like all of the Trojans' key players, returns next season. Regardless of how
2000 shakes out, the future is bright at University Park.


MARCH MADNESS: U.S.C. PREVIEW

"This is a great win," Henry Bibby told the media after Southern Cal ended UCLA's
10-game victory skein over the Trojans'. "The streak is over."
        "We're tired of playing second fiddle in the L.A. Times," said Brian Scalabrine.

"They <UCLA.> get all the hype."

Bruin assistant Jim Saia tried to put a positive spin on what looked to be the dawning of
the Bibby Era.
"Scalabrine was solid inside and out," said Saia. "He exposed us, we didn't stop him, and
you've got to give SC credit. Still, it's not mid-season yet, we've got a long way to go."
Some writers are placing Scalabrine on a pedestal, but Bibby is a no-nonsense type,
"We're in charge," said Bibby of on-court decision-making, "not Brian. He's good, but
he's not Michael Jordan."
David Bluthenthal (28 rebounds vs. Arizona State) on playing in Israel:
"You could hear bombs going off in the Golan Heights," he recalled. "There were guards
with Uzis at the airport, we all had armed guards. The Israelis didn't act surprised, most
people there are darker than I am, but the other delegations seemed surprised at me
being with Israel. I felt comfortable there. I went to the Wailing Wall and swam in the
Dead Sea. Clubs in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are wild, it's like Miami's South Beach."
Revenge at Pauley

On February 9 at Pauley, UCLA got their revenge. Scalabrine was a floor leader for

Troy, bringing the ball up court along with David Bluthenthal on more than one

occasion.

       "When you play as much as I have, it just comes naturally," says the big redhead

of his skills. "You get tired posting up all the time. I try to lead by example by working

hard, 'cause I have to in order to be a good player."

"Jerome Moiso's tough to guard," said Bluthenthal, who dominated the boards early.
Moiso, seemingly in answer to Bluthenthal's strong game, responded with great work in
the paint that included some spectacular dunks.
"We knew it would be tough stopping them," said Jeff Trepagnier, "Jason Kapono really
stepped it up." Trepagnier's shot selection was markedly improved, and he made some
nice fall-aways, as well as some well-executed floor driving, followed by a sweet stop,
pull and swish.
"I've been working on that part of my game," he explained.
Paul Mokeskie is modest, but the finesse demonstrated by SC's big men is a direct result
of his coaching.
"We have talented players," he said. "We work on getting them to do their pivot moves in
such a way as not to be called for traveling, which happens to a lot of big men. Brian
works hard because he knows he has to."
The UCLA cheering section finished up their school song with "F--k SC." every time.
USC is no better. School officials need to clean up their respective acts. John Wooden
must cringe when he hears this garbage.


A RELIQUARY FOR REAL BASEBALL FANS
StreetZebra, 2000



Lee, Postema and Moe Berg are inducted into "Shrine of the Eternals"



"Reliquary" means "casket" or "resting place." In the context of the Baseball Reliquary,
"resting place" is more appropriate. Sanctuary might be even better. Sanctuary from the
too-fast, the pedestrian, the average. It is a little known organization, but a delight for
real baseball fans. Actually, it may not be for every baseball fan. The Reliquary is for the
more cerebral among us, as it is devoted to that beautiful confluence of art and baseball.
You see, baseball is the favorite sport of intellectuals, who are able to appreciate its
intricacies, both on and off the field.
        The Reliquary reserves its honors for those who distinguished themselves (in one

form or another) off the field as much as on. Curt Flood and Doc Ellis were among the

1999 inductees. Remember these guys? Ellis got in hot water by complaining about the

softness of his pillow while on Pittsburgh Pirates' road trips, implying that it was some

kind of plot against black players. The white establishment vilified him, and while he was

not always on the mark, in the long run he did expose some truths about baseball. During

his day, the game was not as "color blind" as Bowie Kuhn might have wanted fans to

believe.

Flood sacrificed an All-Star career to challenge the reserve clause, and in the end
opened the gates to free agency. Of course, some might think him evil for doing that, but
the old system was about as unconstitutional as a French penal colony.
On Sunday, July 16 at the Pasadena Central Library, Reliquary President Terry Cannon
presided over the second induction of three more people into their Shrine of the Eternals.
Bill "Spaceman" Lee was a three-time 17-game winning lefty for the Boston Red Sox, but
the former USC All-American was better known for his goofy, off-the-cuff remarks.
Pam Postema is still baseball's only female umpire.
Moe Berg was a catcher for several teams. Oh, and he was a Princeton man, Columbia
Law School graduate, and fluent in 12 languages (but he could not hit in any of them).
Wait, there is more. Berg, who was Jewish, was recruited by "Wild Bill" Donavan of the
OSS (pre-cursor to the CIA) to go to Germany during World War II, posing as a Swiss
physics student, and determine if Hitler was close to exploding an atomic weapon. If so,
his mission was to assassinate the top scientist working in their "heavy water" project,
then eat a cyanide capsule. His recently de-classified file was donated by the CIA to the
Reliquary, and can be viewed in the Pasadena Library (Cannon accepted it saying,
"This'll make good reading tonight").
That is the kind thing the Reliquary thrives on. Postema did not know about the
organization, and looked up "reliquary" in the dictionary after receiving the letter. When
it said "casket," she figured her umpiring career was dead and buried, so why not? She
noted that baseball was mostly a good influence on her life, except that for 13 years the
number one word in her vocabulary was "f-ck."
Unfortunately, Berg is dead so the audience could only listen with rapt attention at a
recounting of his unbelievable life and contribution to the war effort. What this guy did is
far too amazing for a full recounting here, but numerous articles, a book, and hopefully a
movie starring George Clooney tell his story in greater detail.
Lee was the star of the day. He brought his aunt, Annabel, who signed copies of the
article about her in the July issue of StreetZebra. Annabel, you see, taught Bill how to
pitch. She threw the only perfect game in the old All-American Girls Baseball League.
Ex-USC coach Rod Dedeaux was there, and overall the whole thing was baseball
Heaven.
Lee was introduced by "baseball film" director Ron Shelton ("Bull Durham"), an
ex-Baltimore Oriole farmhand himself. Shelton is too Hollywood for this down-to-Earth
crowd, eschewing much conversation with fans and making a hasty exit once his
obligation was complete, but Lee kept the packed room in stitches, saying things like "I
never liked to strike guys out. It's fascist," and "I'm really conservative, because I eat
road kill," or "Politically, you could say I stand back-to-back with Chairman Mao," and
"I hang a Cuban flag on my front lawn, and under it it says, `Long live Fulgencio
Bautista." He also said, "My father told me, `Question authority.' He 's regretted telling
me that ever since….I hang out with George Thorogood. `I'm bad, bad to the bone, I
drink alone'…I live in Vermont, where we have one Representative, and he's a Socialist.
They asked me to run for Governor, and I said I don't believe in the Executive branch of
any government…My address is a rural route box, 'cause I don't want anyone to know
where I live. They told me they were putting in street names, what did I want to call
mine? I said `call it the Theodore Kasczinski Memorial Highway. I'm still on the rural
route. I mean, I'm not for killing anybody, that was wrong, but a lot of what Kasczinski
said was right on. One of these days we're gonna wake up and be really sorry about what
we've done to the world. I look at L.A. today, and I get depressed. There's freeways
everywhere, the 605, the 210, the 10. I remember you used to take Foothill Boulevard to
get to San Bernardino."
        Spaceman was, well, let's just say…BITTER…when recalling his career.

Postema, who had more real reason for wrath, remarked, "But we're not bitter, are we,

Bill?" Overall, though, the tone was light and not meant to offend anybody. Lee showed

up in the baseball uniform he wore pitching both ends of a doubleheader the day before

in a Vermont semi-pro league, and was to wear the next day pitching in still another

game, or a clinic or something. Presumably, he had not showered!

       LIKE MOST THINGS SPACEMAN SAYS AND DOES…HEY, DON'T ASK! MORE INFORMATION

ABOUT THE RELIQUARY CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING TERRY CANNON AT (626) 358-6255, OR

AT THEIR WEB SITE: WWW.BASEBALLRELIQUARY.ORG.




                                           THE
                                 NEW MILLENIUM



                                   KEVIN ARBET

CORNERBACK-SAFETY
1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2004


Jeff Simmons, who was a great receiver at USC, is my step-dad. Through him I rooted
for Southern California. I fell in love with the band and the tradition. I just grew up
rooting for USC. I was a running back, a cornerback and a punt and kick returner at USC
from 1999 to 2004. I came out of St. Mary's High School in Stockton.
        I PLAYED FOR TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONS AND I WEAR THE RINGS PROUDLY. IN THE

2003 SEASON WE BEAT MICHIGAN IN THE ROSE BOWL AND WON THE NATIONAL TITLE. I

WAS HURT HALFWAY THROUGH THAT YEAR. GROWING UP I'D HEARD OF USC'S NATIONAL

TITLE TEAMS, BUT I NEVER THOUGHT I'D BE A PART OF IT. IN LOS ANGELES, YOU WEAR

YOUR SC GEAR AND IT'S INCREDIBLE. PEOPLE HONK AND SMILE AND GIVE YOU VICTORY

SIGNS. WE WENT BACK TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AND I MET PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH.

WE GOT A TOUR OF THE WHITE HOUSE. I DIDN'T KNOW HOW MUCH SECURITY THERE WAS

AT THE WHITE HOUSE, BUT THIS WAS NOT LONG AFTER 9/11, AND SOLDIERS HAD MACHINE

GUNS. THERE'S ALL THESE PICTURES AND STATUES. WE SAW A STATUE OF MARTIN LUTHER

KING AND VISITED THE OVAL OFFICE. WE HAD LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT AND TOOK

PICTURES WITH HIM. I DON'T KNOW IF PETE CARROLL HAD EVER BEEN AT THE WHITE

HOUSE BEFORE, MAYBE AS AN ASSISTANT COACH IN THE NFL, BUT I THINK IT WAS HIS

FIRST TIME. COACH CARROLL HAD BEEN AN ASSISTANT COACH AT OHIO STATE. THAT

TEAM WAS DENIED THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1979 WHEN USC BEAT THEM IN THE

ROSE BOWL. MY STEP-DAD WAS ON THE TEAM THAT BEAT THEM. I JUST REMEMBER HIM

BEING REALLY HAPPY AND UPBEAT. COACH CARROLL WAS FIRED UP HOW COOL THIS WAS.
IN 2002 WE DEFEATED THE BRUINS, 52-21 AT THE ROSE BOWL, AND IN A LOT OF WAYS
THAT WAS THE GAME THAT ANNOUNCED THE PETE CARROLL ERA WAS ON AND WE WERE
NOW A DYNASTY. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST TOTAL BLOWOUTS IMAGINABLE, AND TO DO
THAT TO OUR BIGGEST RIVAL, AND THEY WERE PRETTY GOOD, MAYBE 7-3 COMING IN, ON
THEIR FIELD IN FRONT OF THEIR FANS, WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST DOMINATIONS EVER. I
WAS HURT THAT WHOLE YEAR BUT I REMEMBER CARSON PALMER AND EVERYBODY WAS
FIRED UP. IT HAD BEEN A LONG SEASON. WE LOST EARLY TO KANSAS STATE AND
WASHINGTON STATE, BUT THEN WE WENT ON A RUN. THE 2002 TROJANS IN THE SECOND
HALF COULD HAVE BEATEN ANY TEAM PETE CARROLL HAS COACHED AND WE WERE THE
BEST TEAM IN THE COUNTRY BY THE END OF THE SEASON.
WE WERE ALL PUMPED UP. CARSON SCORED AND JUMPED ONTO THE PILON. KAREEM
KELLY WAS A SENIOR. AND WE HAD A LOT OF SENIORS. IT WAS THEIR LAST REGULAR
SEASON GAME AND IT WAS VERY EMOTIONAL. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE UCLA AND
NOTRE DAME RIVALRY FOR ME IS THAT I HELD A HATRED FOR NOTRE DAME. UCLA, I
HATE 'EM BUT IT'S MORE ABOUT BRAGGING RIGHTS. WE'RE IN THE SAME CITY. WITH NOTRE
DAME, IT'S HATRED BUT IT'S ALSO RESPECT AT THE SAME TIME. NOTRE DAME GOES
DEEPER, AT LEAST FOR ME, BUT COACH SAID TO TREAT EVERY GAME THE SAME.
I REMEMBER LOSING TO NOTRE DAME IN 2001. WE PUT A LOT INTO IT AND GOT BEAT, AND
COACH SAID, "WE'LL NEVER LET THAT HAPPEN AGAIN." IT MADE THE GAME BIGGER THAN
WHAT IT WAS. SO THERE'S HATRED, BUT THE RESPECT RUNS VERY DEEP. AFTER THE UCLA
GAME YOU'RE IN THE SAME TOWN AND YOU SEE THE UCLA GUYS AT THE SAME PARTIES.
THE 2005 BCS ORANGE BOWL VICTORY OVER OKLAHOMA, 55-19, WAS A GAME WHERE
WE KNEW WE WERE GONNA WIN. WE KNEW THEY WERE GOOD, BUT I REMEMBER SITTING IN
A HOT TUB WITH DARNELL BING THE NIGHT BEFORE, AND SOMEBODY ASKED HOW WE FELT,
AND IT WAS LIKE WE FELT SAD FOR OKLAHOMA BECAUSE WE WERE GONNA KILL THEM.
DARNELL SAID, "WE'RE GONNA KILL 'EM." WE KNEW THEY WERE GOOD, THAT THE
COMPETITION IN THE BIG 12 IS GOOD, BUT WE FELT WE COULD BEAT THOSE GUYS. ADRIAN
PETERSON; I WAS IN AWE OF HIM, BUT WE HAD MORE CONFIDENCE THAN THE 2003
NATIONAL CHAMPS. WE WERE 90 PERCENT CONFIDENT IN 2003 AND 100 PERCENT
CONFIDENT IN 2004.
       WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TROJAN? WHEN CARROLL CAME IN HE TURNED IT ALL

AROUND. THE ATTITUDE HE INSTILLED IN ALL OF US, HE'S A GREAT MOTIVATOR AND A

GREAT COACH. WE ALL WANTED TO PLAY FOR HIM. WE HAD TO PLAY FOR EACH OTHER,

TOO, AND HE MADE SURE WE STAYED WITH THE ACADEMICS AS WELL. A LOT CHANGED

WHEN HE CAME IN, INCLUDING ACADEMICS. A COUPLE OF PLAYERS HAD TO LEAVE FOR

ACADEMICS. HE WAS NOT PLAYING AROUND. HE WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE WE COULD RUN

THROUGH BRICK WALLS. WE COULDN'T BUT WE'D TRY ANYWAY. I MOTIVATED SO WELL, TO

THIS DAY, FOUR YEARS REMOVED, IT STILL SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY. I GET SOME
RECOGNITION AS A TROJAN, NOT A LOT, BUT IT'S JUST GREAT TO KNOW I PLAYED,

ESPECIALLY FOR COACH CARROLL ON SOME OF THE GREATEST TEAMS IN HISTORY.

       WHAT I LEARNED AT USC WAS TO BE A BETTER MAN AND HARD WORK. CARROLL

TAUGHT ME, HE POUNDED IT IN US EVERY DAY, TO COMPETE AT EVERYTHING; YOUR JOB,

EVERY DAY NEVER GIVE UP ON ANYTHING. HE ALWAYS STRESSED COMPETITION AND SAID

IT BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN YOU. THAT'S THE NUMBER ONE THING.

I MADE SOME GREAT FRIENDS. KEARY COLBERT, MIKE PATTERSON, LOFA TATUPU. WE'RE
ALL FAMILY.



KEVIN ARBET IS THE STEPSON OF JEFF SIMMONS, WHO WAS USC'S ALL-TIME CAREER

RECEIVERS RECORD-HOLDER WHEN HE LEFT IN 1982. A FIRST TEAM ALL-PACIFIC-10

CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER IN 2001, ARBET WAS ALSO SELECTED AS THE

TOP SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THAT SEASON (AN AWARD NOW NAMED AFTER MARIO

DANELO). HE WAS SELECTED FOR THE 2004 HULA BOWL.


THE HEIR APPARENT TO FLO JO

STREETZEBRA, 2000



IF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WERE A COUNTRY, THEY WOULD HAVE FINISHED

FOURTH BEHIND THE USSR, USA AND EAST GERMANY AT THE 1976 MONTREAL OLYMPICS.

THE TROJANS HAVE DOMINATED TRACK AND FIELD IN A WAY FEW COLLEGES HAVE DOMINATED

ANY SPORT, WINNING NO FEWER THAN 26 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. SINCE THEIR LAST ONE

WAS IN 1976 UNDER THEN-COACH VERN WOLFE, AND THE FOOTBALL TEAM'S LAST NUMBER ONE

FINISH WAS IN '78, HOWEVER, CRITICS HAVE TAKEN TO CALLING SC "YESTERDAY U."

       ONE CANNOT VOUCH FOR THE GRIDDERS, BUT SC TRACK IS BACK. LEADING THE WAY IS
A DELIGHTFUL 5-2 SOPHOMORE NAMED ANGELA WILLIAMS. OKAY, ANGELA WAS SINGLED OUT

BY FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER WHEN SHE WAS 12, ANOINTED AS FLO JO'S "HEIR APPARENT."

SURE, SHE LIVED UP TO THAT ACCOLADE AT CHINO HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE SHE WAS THE

NATION'S FASTEST FEMALE TRACK ATHLETE IN HISTORY. OF COURSE, WHEN SHE WON THE

NCAA 100-METER CHAMPIONSHIP AS A FRESHMAN, IT JUST FULFILLED HER DESTINY, AND

WHEN SHE COMES HOME FROM THE SYDNEY OLYMPICS DRAPED IN GOLD, YOU WILL JUST SAY, "I

HEARD IT FIRST IN STREETZEBRA." ALL THESE THINGS ARE TRUE, AND MORE.

THAT BEING SAID, WHAT IS MOST WONDERFUL ABOUT ANGELA IS HER CHARACTER, HER
PERSONALITY, AND HER SENSE OF DUTY. READ ON.
"THE DRIVE I GET FROM SPORTS, I APPLY TO MY EDUCATION," SAYS ANGELA. "MY FOCUS IS ON
PEDIATRICS. I WANT TO WORK WITH KIDS, MAYBE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY. I'M ALSO INTERESTED
IN THE LAW AND SOCIOLOGY. WHAT I'D REALLY LIKE WOULD BE TO ORGANIZE A BOYS AND GIRLS
HOME, AN ORPHANAGE FOR KIDS WHO ARE 16 AND OVER. THEN I WANT TO ORGANIZE A GROUP
OF HOMES."
HOW MANY 20-YEAR OLDS THINK ABOUT THINGS LIKE THAT? NOT MANY.
"I MEAN, I WANT TO BE SET FINANCIALLY," SHE CONTINUES, "BUT MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME THAT
I HAVE TO DO WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY."
WHAT ALSO MAKES HER HAPPY IS DANCING, WATCHING MUSIC VIDEOS, SWIMMING AND
HANGING OUT WITH HER FRIENDS.
ANGELA AND HER COACHES ARE ACTUALLY MORE FOCUSED ON THE OLYMPICS' THAN ON THE
EARLY PART OF THE COLLEGIATE TRACK SEASON.
"MY COACHES BROUGHT IT TO THE FOREFRONT," SHE SAYS. "MY TRAINING IS FOCUSED ON THE
SUMMER. LATELY, I'M ONLY RUNNING 400S, BUT I'LL BE READY TO SPRINT WHEN THE NCAAS
COME AROUND. IF I HAVE A CHANCE TO COMPETE IN THE OLYMPICS, I'LL BE READY AND JUST
ASK THE LORD FOR GUIDANCE."
ON THE SUBJECT OF THE "LONELY PATH" OF CHOOSING TRACK, ANGELA SAYS, "I CAN'T RELY ON
OTHERS. I WANT TO BE A MENTOR WHO BRINGS OTHERS INTO THE SPORT. IT'S IMPORTANT TO
HAVE OTHERS TO LOOK UP TO, BUT WHEN YOU ARE ALONE YOU MUST BE POSITIVE, BECAUSE
PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU TO FALL."
AS FOR HER PLACE IN TRACK HISTORY, ANGELA'S PHILOSOPHY IS TO "STRIVE FOR RECORDS,
AND MAKE MY OWN HISTORY. MY MAIN FOCUS IS FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW ME AS A GOOD PERSON
WITH CHARACTER. I MEAN, OF ALL THE GREAT RUNNERS, WILMA RUDOLPH IS REMEMBERED
BECAUSE SHE STANDS OUT AS A LOVING PERSON OF CHARACTER."
WHAT IS SO IMPRESSIVE ABOUT ANGELA IS THAT SHE UNDERSTANDS THE UNIQUE GIFTS GOD
HAS BLESSED HER WITH, AND SHE GENUINELY WANTS TO USE THOSE GIFTS TO INFLUENCE
PEOPLE.
"I JUST WANT TO STAY FOCUSED," SAYS ANGELA, AS IF THERE WAS ANY CHANCE SHE WOULD
STRAY FROM HER PURPOSE. "MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME NOT TO REST ON MY LAURELS AND STAY
ON LEVEL GROUND."
     AS LONG AS THE GROUND IS LEVEL, ANGELA WILL BE BREAKING RECORDS.


THIS VANDY DANDY IS NOW A TROJAN

STREETZEBRA, 2000



SAN DIEGO NATIVE'S TRANSFERRING IN IS BECOMING A GOOD HABIT AT TROY



MARK PRIOR WAS BETTER AT SAN DIEGO'S UNIVERSITY HIGH THAN BARRY ZITO. ZITO PLAYED
THERE AHEAD OF HIM, WAS A FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICAN AT U.C.-SANTA BARBARA,
TRANSFERRED TO USC, AND WAS OAKLAND'S TOP DRAFT CHOICE LAST YEAR. PRIOR WAS 10-5
WITH A 0.93 EARNED RUN AVERAGE AS A SENIOR, EARNING ALL-AMERICAN AND ALL-STATE
HONORS, WHILE SLUGGING 15 HOME RUNS AT THE PLATE. THE YANKEES MADE THE SAN DIEGO
COUNTY PLAYER OF THE YEAR THEIR FIRST ROUND DRAFT CHOICE, BUT MARK DECLINED TO
BECOME AN INSTANT MILLIONAIRE IN FAVOR OF COLLEGE.
       MARK WILL NOT ADMIT THAT HIS FATHER JERRY PLAYING FOOTBALL AT VANDERBILT

INFLUENCED HIS DECISION TO PLAY FOR THE COMMODORES. AFTER A FRESHMAN

ALL-AMERICAN SEASON, HE PITCHED IN FRONT OF 10,000 FANS - A MOMENT HE LISTS AS HIS

GREATEST THRILL - FOR THE USA NATIONAL TEAM. PRIOR TRANSFERRED TO SOUTHERN CAL,

AND IS A 2000 PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICAN. MARK "ESTABLISHED HIMSELF IN THE

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE " SAYS COACH MIKE GILLESPIE. "HE IS A SUPERLATIVE

ATHLETE."

"I LEARNED HOW TO LEAD PLAYING FOR COACH SERRANO AT UNI HIGH," SAYS THE MATURE
PRIOR. "I WATCHED ZITO WHEN I WAS A SOPHOMORE, AND WE HAD <USC'S> SETH DAVIDSON,
BUT WE DIDN'T WIN THE C.I.F. <SAN DIEGO SECTION>. THE TALENT LEVEL DOWN THERE IS
GREAT, WITH GUYS LIKE ERIC MUNSON AND ERIC CHAVEZ." BOTH THOSE PLAYERS WERE FIRST
ROUND PICKS.



"I DEVELOPED PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY AS A BASEBALL PLAYER WHEN I DECIDED NOT TO
PLAY BASKETBALL MY SENIOR YEAR" HE CONTINUES. "THAT GAVE ME A CHANCE TO TRAIN YEAR
ROUND, AND WORK ON MY HITTING. I GOT STRONGER, MY OVERALL BODY STRENGTH, MY ABS
AND BACK. I WAS AROUND 200, 205, NOW I WEIGH IN AT 220 POUNDS. AS A SENIOR I THREW
ABOUT 86-89 MILES PER HOUR. NOW I CLOCK IN OVER 90, RIGHT AROUND 90-93."
       A SUPPLEMENTAL "SANDWICH" PICK BY THE YANKEES (43RD OVERALL), PRIOR HAD TO

BE PRETTY DETERMINED TO GET A COLLEGE EDUCATION IN ORDER TO TURN DOWN GEORGE

STEINBRENNER'S MONEY.

"I WAS FOCUSED ON THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE," HE EXPLAINS. "MY DAD PLAYED FOOTBALL AT
VANDERBILT. I WAS RECRUITED BY STANFORD, SC, MIAMI, TULANE - I'M NOT A BIG FAN OF
STANFORD. VANDERBILT FIT ME AS A PERSON, IT WAS MY CHOICE. I LOVED THE VANDY
COMMUNITY, DON'T GET ME WRONG. IT JUST DIDN'T WORK OUT FROM THE BASEBALL AND
COACHING POINT OF VIEW. I JUST OUTGREW THE BASEBALL PROGRAM AT VANDERBILT. IT WAS A
TOUGH SITUATION, I JUST HAD A DIFFERENT OPINION ABOUT HOW A PROGRAM SHOULD BE RUN.
"I LIKE COACH SAVAGE AND COACH GILLESPIE. GILLESPIE OFFERS DISCIPLINE AND
ORGANIZATION, AND I JUST NEEDED TO BE IN A SITUATION WHERE GUYS GET PUSHED AND
CHALLENGED MORE. I FELT MY PHYSICAL AND MENTAL SKILLS WERE THE SAME AT THE END OF
THE YEAR AT VANDERBILT AS THEY HAD BEEN AT THE BEGINNING."
WHAT IS HIS TAKE ON GILLESPIE, WHO IS NOTORIOUS FOR HIS TIGHT REIGN HANDLING
PITCHERS IN GAME SITUATIONS?
"WHAT I KNOW, FROM TALKING TO BARRY, IS THAT HE WANTS PERFECTION, AND HE WANTS IT
RIGHT AWAY," SAYS PRIOR. "HE'S CARRIED ON THE SC TRADITION, AND I THINK HE'LL HELP ME.
I ALSO WORKED WITH SOME ALUMNI, LIKE TOM HOUSE, WHO HELPED ME TO UNDERSTAND
THAT I HAVE TO PROVE MYSELF EVERY TIME I PITCH. I KNOW THE EXPECTATIONS FOR ME ARE
GREAT."
WHAT ABOUT THE FEAR FACTOR? DOES THAT PUSH MARK TO CONSTANTLY BE ON HIS TOES?
"THAT'S VERY TRUE," IS HIS ANSWER. "I GOT ASKED `WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?' ABOUT
TURNING DOWN THE MONEY. AT VANDY I FELT PRESSURE TO THROW A PERFECT GAME EVERY
TIME OUT IN THE SEC, TO PROVE I AM WHAT THEY SAY I AM."



                              BRANDON HANCOCK

FULLBACK
2002 - 2003, 2005


WAS USC EVERYTHING THAT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE? I THINK WITHOUT A DOUBT IT WAS,
BUT TO BE FRANK WITH YOU, THEY WERE 6-6 IN MY SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL.
OBVIOUSLY IT WAS USC, BUT IT WAS A GUT DECISION TO COME THERE. ACADEMICS WAS
MY THING SO I TOOK A THREE-TIERED APPROACH TO HOW MUCH A DEGREE FROM HERE
MEANS. I LOOKED AT THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, THE WEATHER, AND THE DEMOGRAPHICS.
I HAVE FAMILY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, WHICH PLAYED IN MY FAVOR, BUT BASICALLY I
WANTED THE CHANCE TO WIN A NATIONAL TITLE. IT WAS BETWEEN STANFORD OR USC.
STANFORD'S AN ACADEMIC JUGGERNAUT ON THE WEST COAST, BUT THEY'VE NEVER
ASSEMBLED A TEAM THAT COULD WIN A NATIONAL TITLE OR A BCS BOWL GAME. MAYBE
20 YEARS AGO I WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENT DECISION, BUT IN THE LAST 15 YEARS
UNDER DR. SAMPLE, USC HAS NARROWED THE ACADEMIC GAP WITH STANFORD SO MUCH
THAT IT'S THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS NOW.
       I GRADUATED FROM CLOVIS WEST HIGH IN FRESNO A SEMESTER EARLY. WELL, WE

WENT FROM 6-6 TO 11-2 MY FRESHMAN YEAR, THEN 12-1, 13-0, 12-1 MY SENIOR YEAR;

AND 11-2 SINCE. THREE HEISMAN WINNERS, BCS BOWL WINS. WOW. ARE YOU KIDDING

ME? THAT SAID, WITH TWO NATIONAL TITLES AND FIVE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS, THE

WAY THE SCHOOL LIVED UP TO THE HYPE FOR ME WAS THE FACT I GOT MY BACHELOR'S

DEGREE, MY SECONDARY MINOR AND A MASTER'S PAID FOR BY MY SCHOLARSHIP.

ACADEMICALLY THE SCHOOL PROVIDED ME EVERYTHING AND MORE. WITH NO NFL TEAM

IN LOS ANGELES, WE'RE A BIG-TICKET ATMOSPHERE. THE COLLEGE LIFE, THE QUALITY OF

SCHOOL, THE WEATHER, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES; USC PROVIDED ME

ALL I COULD DREAM OF AND BEYOND. IT'S A GOOD TIME TO BE TROJAN!

DALLAS SARTZ WAS MY TEAMMATE AND GOOD FRIEND. THE LOS ANGELES TIMES RAN A
FUNNY HUMAN INTEREST STORY ABOUT HOW DALLAS LIVED IN A PLACE WITH FOUR
GOOD-LOOKING GIRLS, HOW THEY'D MODEL THEIR CLOTHES FOR HIM AND ASK FOR HIS
OPINION BEFORE THEY WENT OUT. "IS THIS TOO SUGGESTIVE, DALLAS?" "DO GUYS LIKE
THIS, DALLAS?" IT WAS LIKE THAT OLD SIT-COM THREE'S COMPANY.
I tried to call him to hang out as much as I could, but it's a tough call because I had a
chance to live with a couple of attractive girls. Sunny Byrd was like 25 or 26 years old,
he was a senior and a wiser man than me, and he says, "Chicks can be crazy." They're
cleaner, yeah, but you gotta put up with so much stuff, and you don't wanna make a mess
where you eat, so to speak. But Dallas, he got in touch with his feminine side. He's a
ladies man and he was like the queen bee in reverse. Besides, he had his buddies living
across the hall so anytime he wanted a break from that he could just walk over there for
the chips and the beer.
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT PETE CARROLL IS ALL TRUE. COACH HAS AN INCREDIBLE GIFT FOR
POWERFUL RHETORIC. HE UNDERSTANDS THE POWER OF WORDS AND CONVEYS A MESSAGE
THAT IS READILY PERCEIVED. HE'S PERSUASIVE, HE COMES TO YOUR HOUSE AND SITS IN
YOUR LIVING ROOM, AND HE GETS YOUR ATTENTION. HE THINKS ABOUT THINGS YOU SAY,
HE LISTENS, AND THE NEXT THING IS, "WOW, WHAT JUST HAPPENED THERE?" I WAS
COMMITTED TO STANFORD BUT AFTER I WENT TO USC AND MET HIM - AND HE DIDN'T EVEN
HAVE HIS RECORD THEN - HE'S A GREAT STORY TELLER AND CAN GO TO A HOUSE IN INNER
CITY L.A., COMPTON, OR A HOUSE NEXT TO A GOLF COURSE IN THE SUBURBS OF MARIN
COUNTY; CARROLL CAN IDENTIFY WITH ANY AUDIENCE. HE'S LIKE A POLITICIAN OR AN
ATTORNEY OR WHATEVER. HE STUDIES THIS STUFF. I WALK INTO HIS OFFICE AND HE'S
WATCHING TAPE OF HIMSELF. I SAY, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING, COACH?" AND HE SAYS HE'S
GOING OVER THIS AGAIN, AND IT'S ALWAYS, "HOW CAN I DO THIS BETTER?"
GUYS FROM EVERY STATE COME TO USC BECAUSE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TROJAN IS
SOMETHING CARROLL CONVEYS AND GUYS WANT TO BE A PART OF. THAT'S ABSOLUTELY
RIGHT. CARROLL HAS A UNIQUE TAKE ON WHAT'S HIP. SO MANY GUYS ARE STOIC OR
ARCHAIC LIKE YOUR GRANDFATHER, BUT THIS GUY KNOWS WHO THE HOTTEST RAPPER IS AT
THE TIME. HE KNOWS THIS STUFF. HE HAS A KEEN MEMORY AND DOESN'T OPERATE A RUN
OF THE MILL MEAT MARKET. HE EMBRACES OUR PARENTS, OUR FAMILY AND MAKES YOU
FEEL LIKE AN IMPORTANT PERSON. I SAT WITH LLOYD CARR OF MICHIGAN AND IT WAS
BOOORRING.
Pete Carroll possesses the kind of charisma that gets guys to want to compete. A Mitch
Mustain wants to be a part of it with no guarantee he'll start. Pete recruits players who are
competitive. These guys are competitive athletes who like to think you are a guy who,
with proper mentoring, can beat anybody out. We had seven tailbacks, all five-star "blue
chip" kids, and none of those guys were thinking, "I'm not good enough." Chris Carlisle
works those guys hard. You work hard at football and at school, and guys learn to be
model Trojans, to earn their stripes on the field. Sometimes they fade away but others
embrace it and make the most out of them. Stafon Johnson was almost ready to hang it up
and go someplace else, but he stuck it out.
THE GUYS WHO HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE TROJANS ARE THE ONES WHO LOOK AT THIS
SITUATION AND IT FUELS THEIR FIRE. I'LL BE THE BEST. MATT CASSEL WAS PHENOMENAL,
PLUS A PITCHER ON THE BASEBALL TEAM. HE WAS DRAFTED WITHOUT PLAYING MUCH
BASEBALL. A MATT CASSEL STAYS IN THE PROGRAM, HE WAS A GREAT QUARTERBACK, BUT
HE NEVER PLAYED BUT STILL HAD A LEGITIMATE SHOT WITH THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.
HE HAD A GOOD PRE-SEASON WITH NEW ENGLAND'S AND RAN SOME GOOD OFFENSIVE
SERIES AND WITH TOM BRADY OUT NOW HE HAS A CHANCE TO SHINE. OUR SYSTEM'S
CRAZY BUT PREPARES YOU. BRANDON HANCE WAS THE FRONT-RUNNER WITH CASSEL AND
MATT LEINART THE THIRD-STRING DARK HORSE. WE'RE STOCKPILED WITH TALENT ON
TALENT, BUT HE ALLOWS FRESHMEN TO PLAY. HE GUARANTEES THEM A SHOT. SOME
SCHOOLS DON'T PLAY FRESHMEN, BUT 80 PERCENT OF OUR INCOMING FRESHMEN PLAY. I
DON'T KNOW HOW HE DOES IT. I'D COACH MYSELF IF I KNEW HOW TO SELL THIS IDEA THAT
YOU CAN BE PART OF SOMETHING BIG.
Sometimes we have guys who get hurt because of the way we practice, which is unique
in its intensity and tempo. We pretty much scrimmage every day, one-on-one at full
speed, double-sword, go hard, compete at a high level. On Saturday you almost slow
down after the week. There's a risk of injury. Every fall camp there's 13 or 14 hamstring
pulls. At one practice guys were dropping off like flies, but he recruits by a philosophy in
which the depth chart is etched in sand, and there's not a lot of drop-off. I was the starting
fullback, but it was no big deal when I tore my ACL. Ryan Powdrell just came in and
kicked butt. He got hurt and Stanley Havili was an incredible athlete until he broke his
leg. It goes to what former assistant coach Ed Orgeron said, which was that football's like
war:
"When you're on the firing line and the guy next to you takes a bullet in the chest, you
just pick up his musket and keep on marching."
Ex-coach John Robinson used to talk about how the fan base at USC was a "politician's
dream." I was attracted by the school's demographics. I took my first recruiting trip to
UCLA with Bob Toledo. The school's surrounded by Westwood. It's pristine, it's so nice
with Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica beach; heck, the Hugh Hefner
mansion's a couple blocks away. That experience, though, you know what, it feels soft,
like a country club. It's too nice. It's not roughneck, hardcore football.
 USC is an island in the ghetto. They've brought it up to speed along with downtown
L.A., "L.A. Alive," the building of STAPLES and Galen Center, new condos, businesses,
restaurants, and nightlife. We've expanded student housing, professor's housing, cleaned
the streets, decreased crime, even cleaned up the smog a lot.
 Downtown was a ghost town when I first got there. Back then you didn't cross
Exposition Boulevard, but now you have a cross-section of demographics, of all kinds of
people. They call it the "University of Spoiled Children," but that's a fallacy. You got
these rich kids who pay $1,000 to live in a "roach motel." There's really good security,
but being there, there's this diversity of contact with all kinds of people, and you enjoy
the academic experience. It's a diverse pool of people and I thoroughly enjoyed that facet
of it. Our fans are a wide-ranging group, from the super elite wealthy, old school alumni.
These are the people who drink wine and eat cheese at Stanford, but they come to the
Coliseum and are part of the scene.
Then you have you're more hardcore crowd. Mark Sanchez and his Latino heritage; the
fans embrace him already. If you're a gal walking across campus in the middle of the
night, there's a little fear factor. Guys a little less. We've had stuff happen. Some bricks
got thrown through a window once. I've seen cholos run through 28th Street with guns
pulled. I'm not sure about all the students, but it makes you appreciate it more than if
you're in this sheltered environment.
We have tennis players at SC from rich families. A lot of these kids are not on campus on
weekends. Some are commuter kids. You have wealthy Jewish kids whose father's are
big-time movie producers, or girls whose dad's live in the wealthiest part of Orange
County, in Emerald Bay. It humbles them a little bit, but for me, coming from my family,
this is a place where I was able to look at life and appreciate what I have.
We had a lot of fun at USC. There's a couple of choices as at any college. You have your
"animal house" fraternities. During the fall, nightlife is the best. That's when a college
becomes a social arena, what with concerts on campus, on Thursday nights the frats
would blow up, there's rush, but if you're a football player you kind of lock it down and
miss that experience. In the spring there's some of that but you never really know until
your last year what the experience of game day is like; the barbecues, the tailgating.
Most of the guys had fun, but it was so much different when USC became a
Hollywood-type environment with Matt Leinart. He's hanging with Paris Hilton and all
these beautiful models and starlets, and we're all a part of that. We'd go to these
Hollywood blowouts, and you're rolling it out with Reggie Bush or someone, and I'm
telling you we were the biggest thing in town. A lot of guys would lock it down during
the season, but after the 1990s, when Pete Carroll got here and the pro teams were gone,
USC football became a celebrity scene. Some of the stuff that went on is still infamous.
You take your licks on a Thursday, then get in a plane Friday, or stay in the team hotel,
and play on Saturday, then the rest of the week is practice. During the season people kept
it close to home.
Some guys don't like being gawked at by chicks. Most want to get away and concentrate
on being a starter. That walk from the locker room to practice could be a gauntlet of
autographs, cameramen and reporters. You'd be late to class because a camera crew
wants a quick interview. Most players live with each other. In the off-season we'd get
around to L.A., the south bay, Manhattan and Hermosa Beach. Maybe a quick trip to
Vegas.
I live in Manhattan Beach and there's a lot of cardinal and gold down there. The Trojans
are huge there. It's a great place to live your senior year and then after you graduate, but
you like that roughneck situation near campus. There were kids with no clue, they'd never
been exposed to that lifestyle. Don't get me wrong, Westwood's nice and you can't say it's
not an advantage for UCLA, but I honestly mean it when I say the neighborhood
surrounding USC was part of the broader educational experience, and I was glad to have
it.


Brandon Hancock was one of the most popular Trojans of the Pete Carroll era; a
hard-nosed fullback who sacrificed for the good of the team. Had he played at
another school, like Sam "Bam" Cunningham in the 1970s Brandon might have
been singled-out for superstarstardom. Hancock was part of two national
champions, two Rose Bowl teams, and the 2003 Orange Bowl champions. He won
the Howard Jones Football/Alumni Club award for the highest G.P.A., and the John
Wayne Memorial Scholarship given to the player aspiring to higher education
beyond graduation, who does not go into pro football. After injuries ended his
career, Brandon became a respected radio football analyst.


MAKING HIS OWN LEGEND

StreetZebra, 2000




Gene Bartow succeeded John Wooden at UCLA After following 11-time national
champion Coach Rod Dedeaux at USC, Mike Gillespie knows how Bartow must have felt.
In 1998, he coached his first national championship team, and following a disappointing
exit from the hunt for the national championship in '99, we sat down with the Trojan
skipper to discuss baseball, big bats, and the Beach Boys.

TRAVERS: First question: did you know The Beach Boys at Hawthorne High?

GILLESPIE: Yes. Brian Wilson and Dennis Jardine were two years ahead of me, and
they were pretty good football players. I was acquainted with them, and stayed updated
with them through a mutual friend. I remember they just started out, singing at school
assemblies.

TRAVERS: Tell me about the 1959 Trojans, considered the "12h National Champion,"
only they were barred from post-season competition because of a football penalty your
freshman year at USC.
GILLESPIE: Back then, if you were ineligible in one sport you were banned in all sports. That was an

incredible team, and even after Oklahoma State won the College World Series, Collegiate Baseball
magazine ranked us number one. We had Bill Heath, who played for the Cubs and the Houston Colt .45s.

Ken Guffey, Ron Stillwell of the Senators (the father of Kurt Stillwell), Fred Scott, John Werhas (now a

respected minister), Don Buford in left. Rex Johnston played for the Pirates and also the Pittsburgh

Steelers. Also Len Gabrielson, Bill Thom and Bruce Gardner.




TRAVERS: IS THE BRUCE GARDNER STORY, HOW HE COMMITTED SUICIDE ON THE MOUND AT
DEDEAUX FIELD, A TABOO SUBJECT AROUND HERE?

GILLESPIE: IT'S NOT REALLY TABOO, ALTHOUGH WHEN COACH DEDEAUX WAS AROUND IT
WAS PROBABLY NOT SPOKEN OF MUCH.

TRAVERS: WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF ROD DEDEAUX?

GILLESPIE: I WAS IN AWE OF HIM, MUTE, A ROOKIE WHO JUST "SHUT UP" WHEN I WAS
AROUND HIM. BACK THEN FRESHMAN DIDN'T PLAY, WE PRACTICED OFF-CAMPUS, MAYBE
PLAYED THE VARSITY IN INTRA-SQUAD GAMES, BUT THE MAN CERTAINLY LEFT A LASTING
IMPRESSION. HE IS BRILLIANT, WITH UNMATCHED CHARISMA, THE SHARPEST TACK IN THE BOX.
HE HAS INCREDIBLE SPEAKING SKILLS.

TRAVERS: BEFORE THE ERA OF MAJOR COLLEGE BASEBALL, IF A YOUNG MAN WAS A TOP
PROSPECT AND ENTERTAINED ANY DESIRE TO ATTEND COLLEGE, ESPECIALLY IF HE GREW UP IN
CALIFORNIA, HE WENT TO USC AND THAT WAS IT. THERE ARE OTHER SCHOOLS, SO WHAT IS IT
THAT ROD DID TO SEPARATE SC FROM ALL THE REST?

GILLESPIE: WELL, THAT GOES BACK TO THE QUESTION, WHAT CAME FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR
THE EGG? SC HAD WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1948, AND AGAIN IN 1958, BUT WE
HAD NOT YET CORNERED THE MARKET. PETE BEIDEN AT FRESNO STATE, JOHN SCOLINOS AT
PEPPERDINE, FRANK SANCET AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA HAD FINE PROGRAMS,
ALTHOUGH FOR A KID FROM L.A. BACK THEN, ARIZONA MIGHT AS WELL HAVE BEEN SAUDI
ARABIA. USC HAD THE TRADITION, THE REPUTATION OF BEING A GREAT UNIVERSITY, WE HAD
THE FOOTBALL TEAM, THE TRACK TEAM WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVERY YEAR.

TRAVERS: I HAVE FOLLOWED USC BASEBALL, AND YOUR CAREER, VERY CLOSELY. QUITE
FRANKLY, I THINK YOU HAVE IMPROVED AS A COACH BECAUSE, IN THE BEGINNING, YOU WERE
VERY INTENSE, HIGHLY PREPARED, BUT I ALWAYS GOT THE IMPRESSION THAT YOU PRESSURIZED
THE GAME. YOUR TEAMS USED TO START OUT VERY HOT, BUT FADE TOWARDS THE END. NOW,
YOUR TEAMS COME ON STRONG AT THE END, AND DARE I SAY THEY SEEM TO BE HAVING MORE
FUN? HAVE YOU "LOOSENED UP," AND IF SO, IS THAT A REASON FOR YOUR RECENT, GREATER
SUCCESS?

GILLESPIE: I DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW TO ANSWER THAT. IF THERE IS AN EVOLUTIONARY
PROCESS, I'M NOT AWARE OF IT. I THINK OUR RECENT SUCCESS IS MORE THE PRODUCT OF GOOD
PLAYERS. I HAVE THE SAME PHILOSOPHY I'VE ALWAYS HAD, AND IF I CARRY THAT THROUGH I
BELIEVE WE WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER AT THE END THAN AT THE BEGINNING. AGAIN, THE ABILITY
TO HANG WITH THE COMPETITION UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR IS A PRODUCT OF BETTER
PLAYERS. I STARTED IN 1987, AND IN '88 WE HAD AS GOOD A TEAM OF POSITION PLAYERS AS
WE'VE EVER HAD HERE. PITCHERS HAVE BECOME GOOD HERE EVENTUALLY, BUT THE BIGGEST
FACTOR IS IMPROVEMENT IN THE DEPTH OF OUR PITCHING.

TRAVERS: OKAY, COACH, IT'S THE FOURTH INNING, SC LEADS 2-0, YOUR STARTER WALKS THE
LEAD-OFF GUY, GOES 2-0 ON THE NEXT HITTER. IS MIKE GILLESPIE LESS LIKELY TO GO TO HIS
BULLPEN IN 1999 THAN HE WAS IN 1989?

GILLESPIE: OKAY, MAYBE I'VE MATURED. I'M LESS NUTS. CONFIDENCE COMES WITH
SUCCESS. THE ROD DEDEAUX/JOHN WOODEN ANALOGY I OFTEN MAKE IS STILL A GOOD ONE.
IF YOU HAVE BETTER PLAYERS WHO ARE CONFIDENT, GOOD THINGS ARE MORE LIKELY TO
HAPPEN. IN THE OLD DAYS, IF UCLA'S BASKETBALL TEAM WAS IN A TIGHT GAME WITH TWO
MINUTES REMAINING, THEY ALWAYS HAD THE EDGE. THINGS HAVE CHANGED AROUND HERE.
BENCH JOCKEYING WAS CRAZY, BUT WE ENDED THAT. NOW, SC JUST BELIEVES THE OTHER
TEAM WILL CRACK. YEAH, I MAY STICK WITH MY STARTER A LITTLE LONGER. I'M LIKE THE STATE
OF MISSOURI; YOU HAVE TO "SHOW ME." I'M LOOKING FOR "RED FLAGS," BUT WHAT YOU HAVE
SEEN IS LESS A CHANGE IN PHILOSOPHY THAN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE BETTER PITCHING NOW.
I'M MORE LIKELY TO GO WITH A SETH ETHERTON OR A BARRY ZITO, BECAUSE THEY'VE
DEMONSTRATED THAT THEY CAN DO THE JOB.

TRAVERS: THERE IS NO QUESTION, BASED ON THE PLAYERS WHO HAVE PLAYED FOR YOU-BRET
BOONE, AARON BOONE, JEFF CIRILLO, MARK SMITH, GEOFF JENKINS, JUST TO NAME A FEW -
THAT YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST RECRUITERS IN AMERICA. MY GUESS IS THAT THERE ARE MORE
TROJANS IN THE BIG LEAGUES THAN ANY OTHER SCHOOL. WHAT IS YOUR SECRET, AND HOW DO
YOU DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF FROM DEDEAUX?

GILLESPIE: WELL, DEDEAUX WAS THE MOST DYNAMIC RECRUITER I'VE EVER SEEN. IT HAS
BEEN A COMPETITIVE ERA, AND TO BE HONEST UCLA HAS ALMOST AS MANY NAMES IN THE
MAJOR LEAGUES AS WE DO. LOOK, IF SC CALLS, YOU'D BETTER BE LISTENING. THE UNIVERSITY
HAS INCREDIBLE HISTORY AND STATURE, AND HERITAGE IN BASEBALL SPECIFICALLY. IN THE
'80S, S.C. WAS STILL SC, ONE OF THE FRONT TWO OR THREE NAMES, BUT WE STILL FINISHED
SECOND OR THIRD TOO OFTEN. CIRILLO IS AN INCREDIBLE STORY. HE WAS NOT HIGHLY
RECRUITED. OUR SUCCESS WAS GOOD BUT NOT OVERWHELMING, OUR NUMBERS IN THE '90S.
NOBODY PAYS ATTENTION THROUGH THE YEARS TO THE POLLS ANYMORE, EVERYBODY HAS 40
WINS A YEAR. NOW, WE HAVE THE RECRUITS' ATTENTION. JOHN SAVAGE IS REALLY RUNNING
RECRUITING NOW, DOING MOST OF THE WORK, AND HE'S INCREDIBLE AT IT.

TRAVERS: YOU MENTION THAT USC HAS ALWAYS BEEN COMPETITIVE, BUT WINNING THE 1998
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HAS REVIVED THE PROGRAM AND PUT YOU BACK ON TOP. HONESTLY,
YOU MUST HAVE BLOWN A BIG SIGH OF RELIEF.

GILLESPIE: NO DOUBT, WINNING WAS A TREMENDOUS SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT. OF
COURSE, I'D BE CRAZY NOT TO SAY THAT IT WAS A RELIEF. IF ROD HAD NOT WON ALL THOSE
TITLES, WOULD I FEEL DIFFERENTLY? I DON'T KNOW. I DIDN'T DWELL ON THE OLD DAYS. I
ALWAYS DID UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON, BUT ROD HAS ALWAYS BEEN A BIG SUPPORTER, HE
WANTED US TO WIN. HE'S BEEN IN OUR CORNER, AND IF HE HADN'T THEN MAYBE THINGS WOULD
HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. LET'S FACE IT, THERE'VE BEEN SOME HEARTS BROKEN AROUND HERE.
WE WERE IN THE '91 REGIONAL DRIVER'S SEAT. THIS TEAM THIS YEAR, EVEN, WAS CAPABLE.
COACH'S HAVE LOTS OF GOALS, AND THE DRIVE TO WIN. I LIKE TO COMPETE, LIKE ANY TYPICAL
COACH.

TRAVERS: WHEN YOU WERE AT COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS, DID YOU EVER DARE DREAM THAT
YOU MIGHT BE THE BASEBALL COACH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA?

GILLESPIE: I NEVER REALLY ALLOWED MYSELF TO THINK THAT. I WAS A CALIFORNIA
SCHOOLTEACHER, LOCKED IN TO A CERTAIN SALARY STRUCTURE. AFTER 20 YEARS, YOU MIGHT
NOT BE ALL THAT WELL PAID, BUT I HAD BENEFITS. I WAS NOT IN A FLEXIBLE SITUATION, I HAD
THREE KIDS AND A HOUSE.

TRAVERS: WHEN DID YOU FIRST START TO THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE?

GILLESPIE: I HAD NO GRAND PLAN. MY STRONGEST INFLUENCES WERE ALWAYS TEACHERS
AND COACHES, I CHOSE P.E. AS A MAJOR, WHICH WE NO LONGER OFFER, AND MADE MYSELF A
CANDIDATE FOR A TEACHING POSITION.

TRAVERS: WHAT WOULD YOU BE TODAY IF YOU WERE NOT A COACH?

GILLESPIE: I DON'T KNOW HOW TO ANSWER THAT. I SOMETIMES LOOK WITH ENVY AT SOME OF
MY FRIENDS WHO HAVE GONE INTO BUSINESS AND MADE 10 TIMES THE MONEY I MAKE. I LIKE
MONEY, BUT I HAVE NO REGRETS.

TRAVERS: MAY I SUGGEST THAT SOME OF THOSE SAME FRIENDS MAY OCCASIONALLY LOOK
WITH ENVY UPON YOU?

GILLESPIE: I HADN'T THOUGHT OF THAT.

TRAVERS: WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A COACH AS A ROLE MODEL AND TEACHER?

GILLESPIE: I SUPPOSE, LIKE ANY PROFESSION, SOME ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS. NOT ALL
WHO COACH ARE SUCCESSFUL AT ACCOMPLISHING ALL THE ROLES OF A COACH. OBVIOUSLY,
IT'S INCUMBENT UPON ME TO TEACH THE GAME, AND THE ONES THAT DO IT BEST DO IT WITH
SOME STYLE AND CLASS. I'M BOUND TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON MY PLAYERS BEYOND JUST
TEACHING HOW TO TURN THE DOUBLE PLAY. TEACHING AND COACHING, I THINK, ARE
INTERCHANGEABLE. I HAVE GOOD RAPPORT WITH MY FORMER PLAYERS, BUT I'M NOT SO DUMB
TO THINK THAT THERE AREN'T SOME THAT HAD A LESS-THAN-POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. I TRY TO BE
FAIR, BUT I MAKE MISTAKES.

TRAVERS: HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED THE RELATIVE ANONYMITY OF COLLEGE COACHING,
AND REGRETTED NOT TAKING THE PATH OF PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL, THE WAY SOMEBODY LIKE
JIM LEYLAND HAS: SCOUTING, MINOR LEAGUE MANAGER, THEN MAYBE THE MAJORS, WHERE
THE BIG MONEY AND NOTORIETY IS?

GILLESPIE: NO. I NEVER REALLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY, ASIDE FROM A CHANCE TO BE A
NON-BONUS PLAYER. PRO BASEBALL OFFERS A GREAT DEAL OF INSTABILITY.

TRAVERS: BOB HAMELIN RETIRED TODAY. HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN PLAYERS LIKE HE AND JOE
CHARBONEAU, WHO HAVE TERRIFIC ROOKIE YEARS AND THEN QUICKLY FADE FROM THE SCENE?

GILLESPIE: THE LONGER WE ARE AT IT, THE MORE STRATEGY FIGURES INTO THE EQUATION,
PLUS PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS. BASEBALL, AS MUCH AS ANY ACTIVITY, IS ONE IN WHICH, IF
YOU ARE NOT CONFIDENT YOU DO NOT SUCCEED. WE HAVE LEARNED THAT YOU HAVE TO BE
ABLE TO RELAX. I SEE THAT WITH CHAD KREUTER, MY SON-IN-LAW (WITH THE KANSAS CITY
ROYALS). SOMETIMES A BETTER GUY COMES ALONG. SOMETIMES A PLAYER IS LIMITED, HE RUNS
HIS STRING OUT. PITCHERS FIGURE OUT HOW TO PITCH HIM. THERE ARE MANY FACTORS, ALL OF
WHICH ADD UP TO THE FACT THAT ANY PLAYER IS STUPID NOT TO GO TO COLLEGE.

TRAVERS: IT IS MY OPINION THAT TODAY'S ATHLETE IS NOT JUST BIGGER AND STRONGER THAN
IN THE PAST, BUT BETTER PREPARED, BETTER COACHED THROUGH THE YOUTH LEAGUES. WHAT
IS YOUR TAKE?

GILLESPIE: BIGGER, STRONGER AND FASTER MEANS BETTER. THEY ARE THE PRODUCT OF
IMPROVED STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING, SUPPLEMENTS, MORE OF EVERYTHING. THERE ARE
MORE OUTSTANDING COACHES, MORE CLINICS, TV, CONVENTIONS, EVEN THE INTERNET. WE
RARELY PLAY A TEAM THAT ISN'T PREPARED; THE COACHES HAVE THEIR TEAMS READY TO PLAY.
EXECUTION OF PROPER FUNDAMENTALS IS NOT UNIQUE TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA,
COLD-WEATHER TEAMS COME OUT HERE AND THEY ARE READY. I FIND NO DIFFERENCE IN THE
APPROACH OF PLAYERS TO THE GAME IN 1966 THAN IN 1996. THE GOOD ONES WANT TO
PRACTICE AND IMPROVE. TODAY'S PLAYERS ARE NO MORE OR LESS DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH.

TRAVERS: COLLEGE BASEBALL HAS BECOME BIG BUSINESS IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.
GIVE ME YOUR TAKE ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE GAME AT YOUR LEVEL.

GILLESPIE: I THINK THERE'S BEEN A DOMINO EFFECT. SKIP BERGMAN WAS RON FRASER'S

PITCHING COACH AT MIAMI. FRASER BUILT A BETTER MOUSE TRAP. BERGMAN MOVED TO L.S.U.

AND COPIED IT DOWN THERE. AUBURN SAW WHAT LSU WAS DOING AND SAID, "WE'LL BUILD A

STATE-OF-THE-ART STADIUM, MARKET THE GAME, AND MAKE MONEY." ATHLETIC DIRECTORS

BEGAN REALIZING THAT THEY SHOULD SUPPORT BASEBALL, AND NOW 50 SCHOOLS MAKE MONEY

IN BASEBALL. THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF WINNING THE NATIONAL TITLE IS EVEN MORE

AWESOME IN LIGHT OF THESE DEVELOPMENTS. THE FACTS SAY THAT TO PASS UP COLLEGE IS

THE MOVE OF A FOOL. GUYS ARE TURNING DOWN ONE MILLION, $1.5 MILLION TO PLAY IN

COLLEGE, AND I CAN GO INTO FAMILIES' HOME AND DEMONSTRATE HOW ALL THE ODDS FAVOR

THE COLLEGE PLAYER.
                                TOM MALONE

PUNTER
2002 - 2005


I WAS REAL LUCKY TO GO TO USC. AS A FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE AT TEMESCAL
CANYON HIGH SCHOOL IN LAKE ELSINORE, CALIFORNIA. WE HAD A GUY NAMED NATE
GOODSON WHO WAS A BIG RECRUIT. USC HAD RECRUITERS LOOKING AT HIM, AND
CONSEQUENTLY I CAME TO THEIR ATTENTION. I WASN'T GOING TO GO TO USC, BUT COACH
PAUL HACKETT AND HIS COACHES SAW ME A LOT. I NEVER HEARD MUCH FROM THEN UNTIL
ED ORGERON CALLED. I GREW UP ROOTING FOR THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES AND HAD NO
INTEREST IN USC, BUT THEY CALLED ME BACK. I THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND I SAW THE
CAMPUS, AND I WAS IMPRESSED. ORGERON OFFERED ME A SCHOLARSHIP. I CHECKED
ARIZONA OUT, A COUPLE OTHER SCHOOLS, BUT COMMITTED WITHIN A WEEK. IT WAS MY
JUNIOR YEAR AT TEMESCAL CANYON. I GOT EVERYTHING READY TO GRADUATE EARLY SO I
COULD COME IN FOR SPRING PRACTICE. I WANTED TO HAVE SPRING PRACTICE AND SUMMER
TRAINING UNDER MY BELT IN ORDER TO GET A HEAD START. I GRADUATED FROM
TEMESCAL CANYON IN DECEMBER OF 2001, AND ENROLLED AT USC IN JANUARY 2002,
RIGHT AFTER THE VEGAS BOWL. I STARTED AS A TRUE FRESHMAN IN 2002.
     QUARTERBACK CARSON PALMER WAS GREAT AND THAT WAS A GREAT TEAM. I
HADN'T REALIZED THE TEAM WAS DOWN A LITTLE BEFORE I GOT THERE, BUT WITH PETE
CARROLL YOU JUST KNEW WE WERE GONNA BE REAL GOOD. CARROLL SAID WE WERE A
COUPLE YEARS FROM COMPETING FOR A NATIONAL TITLE, BUT WE WERE THERE THAT YEAR.
TROY POLAMALU, MALAEFU MACKENZIE, CARSON; WE HAD A FANTASTIC TEAM, AS GOOD
AS ANYBODY IN THE NATION, BUT IT WAS HARD GETTING USED TO COLLEGE AND THE BIG
STAGE.
     RECEIVER MIKE WILLIAMS WAS INCREDIBLE, SO ATHLETIC. HE WAS A BASKETBALL
PLAYER, WE PLAYED BASKETBALL A LOT. HE WAS SO TALL AND SO BIG THAT ANYTHING
THAT WAS COMING UP, HE CAME DOWN WITH. KEARY COLBERT AND KAREEM KELLY WERE
PHENOMENAL AS WELL. THAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST FUN YEARS I EVER HAD. WE STARTED
FAIRLY WELL BUT NOT GREAT. WE LOST A COUPLE GAMES THEN JUST TOOK OFF THAT
YEAR, AND BY SEASON'S END WE WERE THE BEST. THEN ESPECIALLY THE NEXT YEAR IT
CARRIED OVER.
     DEFENSIVE BACK TROY POLAMALU WAS INCREDIBLE, ONE OF THE BEST I EVER
PLAYED WITH. HE HAD A GREAT WORK ETHIC. I PICKED UP HIS WORK ETHIC, IN THE WEIGHT
ROOM AND ON THE PRACTICE FIELD. WHEN PRACTICE WAS OVER WE'D STILL BE WORKING
WITH THE PUNT RETURN TEAM, FOR HALF AN HOUR AFTER PRACTICE, AND WE GOT THAT
FROM TROY. HE WAS AN ALL-AMERICAN AND ONE OF THE ALL-TIME BEST TROJANS. WE
WANTED TO DO ALL WE COULD TO MAKE IT WORK. WE KNEW WE HAD ALL-AMERICANS
AND FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS, AND WANTED TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE TALENT WE HAD.
IT HELPED ME OUT A LOT.
     IN 2003 SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK MATT LEINART TOOK OVER. AT FIRST WE
THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A TRANSITION FROM CARSON TO MATT, BUT HE WAS ANOTHER ONE
OF THOSE GUYS WHO JUST CAME IN, HE HAD THAT WINNING ATTITUDE, AND HE WORKED
HARD IN THE WEIGHT ROOM. HE DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO BE THE BEST. SO DID MATT
CASSEL. HE HAD BEEN AROUND AND THERE WAS A LOT OF COMPETITION FOR STARTING
QUARTERBACK, BUT IT WAS GOOD, WHICH WAS THE GOOD THING ABOUT USC. THERE'S
ALWAYS SOMEBODY WHO CAN TAKE YOUR SPOT. MATT WAS CALM AND WE ALWAYS HAD
THE FEELING IT WAS GONNA BE GOOD WHEN HE WAS OUT THERE.
     REGGIE BUSH WAS A GUY I KNEW FROM THE START, EVERY DAY IN PRACTICE; I FELT
BAD FOR OTHER TEAMS THAT HAD TO KICK TO THAT GUY. HE WAS RIDICULOUS. HE HAD
UNREAL TALENT AND WAS FREAKISH ABOUT WORKING OUT. HE WAS SO FAST AND
EVERYTHING WE DID, HE TOOK OVER, DOING IT REALLY WELL. IN 2003 THAT WAS
PROBABLY THE MOST FUN OVERALL I HAD. THE TEAM HAD A GOOD YEAR. WE HAD A LOSS
BUT BATTLED BACK AND WE WERE ABLE TO BE IN A POSITION TO WIN THE NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE 2004 ROSE BOWL.
      AGAINST MICHIGAN I THINK WE WERE REALLY CONFIDENT GOING IN. BY THAT TIME
IN THE SEASON, THE WAY WE PLAYED NOBODY DOUBTED HOW THE GAME WOULD TURN
OUT. PLUS IT WAS AT "HOME" IN THE ROSE BOWL. WINNING THE NATIONAL TITLE WAS ON
THE LINE. IT WAS LIKE WINNING AGAINST IOWA IN THE ORANGE BOWL THE PREVIOUS
YEAR. NOW WE KNEW WE'D BE GOOD AND WE WERE CONFIDENT.
      WE BEAT UCLA EVERY YEAR. IN 2002, 2003 AND 2005 WE JUST CRUSHED THEM.
BEATING UCLA'S SO BIG, IT'S AWESOME TO DO THAT. WE NEVER HAD TO WORRY ABOUT
THE OUTCOME, WE WERE MESSING AROUND ON THE SIDELINE, BUT WE'D TAKE CARE OF
BUSINESS AGAINST THEM. WE ALWAYS PREPARED HARD, BUT THERE WAS A LITTLE
DIFFERENCE AGAINST THEM. THERE ARE BRAGGING RIGHTS, AND SO MANY GUYS FROM
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA YOU KNEW OR WATCHED, SO IT'S A LOT OF FUN AND GREAT TO
PLAY IN.
      THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE NOTRE DAME AND UCLA RIVALRIES. UCLA IS
MORE FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS, AND YOU KNOW SO MANY PLAYERS IN L.A. YOU'VE GOT THE
BANDS, THERE'S SO MUCH GOING ON IN THE STADIUM, ALL THIS STUFF IS GOING ON, BUT
WITH NOTRE DAME YOU FEEL THE TRADITION OF THAT GAME. PERSONALLY, NOTRE DAME
IS BIGGER AS FAR AS THE RIVALRY MEANT. I HATED USC GROWING UP AND WATCHED THAT
GAME ROOTING AGAINST THEM. FOR THE FANS, THERE'S NO TRADITION LIKE IT, AND
THERE'S SO MUCH HYPE WHEN YOU GO BACK TO SOUTH BEND. IT'S A LOT OF FUN TO BE
PART OF, THAT TWO GREAT RIVALS BOTH HAVE A DIFFERENT FEEL, AND THE NOTRE DAME
GAME IS A GREAT COLLEGE TRADITION IN GENERAL.
      AGAINST OKLAHOMA IN THE 2005 BCS ORANGE BOWL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
GAME, THAT NIGHT EVERYBODY HAD A GREAT GAME ACROSS THE BOARD. WE WERE
PREPARED AND HAD BEEN UNBEATEN DURING THE SEASON, BUT THERE WAS A FEELING OF
BEING A SLIGHT UNDERDOG. WE PRACTICED HARD FOR ALL OUR GAMES, WE HAD THE SAME
APPROACH, BUT OUR PRACTICES WERE A LOT OF FUN BEFORE THAT GAME. WE WORKED
HARD BUT STILL HAD A GREAT TIME GOING OUT IN MIAMI. SOME PEOPLE SAID WE DIDN'T
TAKE IT SERIOUSLY BECAUSE WE'D GO OUT AND SEE THE CITY, AND OKLAHOMA GOT THERE
EARLY. THEY NEVER WANTED TO DO ALL THE BOWL STUFF, BUT COACH CARROLL SAID
HAVE FOR US TO JUST HAVE FUN. IT WAS A REWARD FOR A GOOD SEASON AND WE DIDN'T
CHANGE ANYTHING. WE WENT AT IT AS HARD AS WE COULD IN PRACTICE AND GOT IT DONE,
AND THEN WE'D HAVE A GOOD TIME, BUT WE CAME OUT RIGHT AWAY, JUMPED ON 'EM AND
NEVER LET UP. WE FINISHED EVERY GAME.
      IN 2005 I WAS NEVER ON THE FIELD. I WAS HURT AND NEVER HAD TO PUNT A LOT
BECAUSE WE WERE UNSTOPPABLE. PEOPLE SAID WE WERE THE BEST TEAM IN COLLEGE
FOOTBALL HISTORY. I STRUGGLED WITH AN INJURY. IN THAT UCLA GAME, THE LAST GAME
AT THE COLISEUM, I RAN OUT ON THE FIELD FOR THE LAST TIME AS A SENIOR, BUT I NEVER
PUNTED ONCE. IT WAS A FITTING END, TO NOT PLAY AGAINST UCLA, BECAUSE OUR
OFFENSE WAS RIDICULOUS. WE NEVER GOT HELD TO A FOURTH DOWN. IT WAS AWESOME.
LENDALE WHITE WAS A HEISMAN-CALIBER PLAYER IN HIS OWN RIGHT. HE WAS JUST A
FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO NEVER WENT DOWN. HE'D DO WHAT HE HAD TO DO TO GET A FIRST
DOWN OR GET A TOUCHDOWN. HE WAS A GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER, A GREAT ATHLETE,
BUT HE NEVER TOUCHED HIS TRUE POTENTIAL ON THAT TEAM. AS A PUNTER I COULD
WATCH A LOT OF THE GAME, SIT BACK ON THE SIDE AND WATCH THEM BREAK RUNS.
      BEING DOWN ON THE FIELD AGAINST TEXAS IN THE 2006 BCS ROSE BOWL NATIONAL
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WAS AWESOME, RIGHT UNTIL THE LAST FEW SECONDS. WE'D WORKED
SO HARD AND MATT CAME BACK FOR HIS SENIOR YEAR. WE WORKED HARD ALL
OFF-SEASON AND IT WAS A GREAT SEASON, MAYBE THE BEST ANY TEAM EVER HAD. WE
WERE CONFIDENT AND FELT GOOD BUT TEXAS PLAYED A GREAT GAME. IT WAS DEFINITELY
NOT THE FEELING WE WANT TO LEAVE WITH AFTER FOUR YEARS, AND IT WASN'T WHAT WE
EXPECTED, BUT IT WAS A FUN GAME, IT WAS SO CLOSE. YOU WANT THOSE GAMES, IT'S THE
MOST FUN TO PLAY WELL AT THE END IN CLOSE GAMES. THAT WAS AN AWESOME GAME,
AGAIN SOME SAY THE BEST EVER PLAYED. VINCE YOUNG WAS VERY GOOD AND HE HAD A
GREAT GAME THAT NIGHT. I DON’T THINK, WITHOUT HIM, THEY'D HAVE HAD THE SAME
GAME. HE HAD THE MAJORITY TO DO WITH THAT WIN, BUT THERE WERE A LOT OF GREAT
PLAYERS ON THE FIELD THAT DAY FOR BOTH SIDES. THE FANS HAD A GREAT GAME AND IT
WAS A THRILL TO BE A PART OF IT. I HAD A FEELING FOR A LONG TIME INSIDE, YOU WANTED
ANOTHER YEAR. WE'D WORKED SO HARD TO HAVE A GREAT SEASON AND YOU TRY AND
REMEMBER THAT.
      PETE CARROLL IS THE BEST, PERIOD. I KNOW OF A LOT OF GUYS AT A LOT OF
COLLEGES AND HEAR WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT THEIR COACHES. I CAN'T IMAGINE PLAYING
FOR ANOTHER COACH. PRACTICE WAS 100 PER CENT ALL THE TIME. IF YOU WERE TIRED OR
NOT INTO IT, HE GOT UP TO IT EVERYDAY AND THAT MAKES YOU PRACTICE HARD. WE
ALWAYS HAD A GREAT TIME AND THE TEAM GOT ALONG SO WELL. WE'D SING AND DANCE.
WE ALL WENT OUT TOGETHER, AND WE WORKED HARD, WE WERE PREPARED, BUT WE HAD
MORE FUN THAN ANY TEAM AND HUNG OUT AS A TEAM. CARROLL BROUGHT US TOGETHER.
HE JUST TURNED ON AND KNEW HOW TO PREPARE US, HOW TO PLAY FOOTBALL, NOT JUST
ALL ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD BUT IN LIFE. IT CARRIES OVER: BE EARLY, PAY ATTENTION,
WHETHER IN CLASS OR ON THE JOB, YOU ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST, THERE'S ALWAYS
SOMEBODY WORKING HARDER THAN YOU SO YOU HAVE TO COMPETE VS. YOURSELF MORE
THAN OTHERS ON THE TEAM. IT WAS AWESOME.
      I DON'T KNOW WHAT HIS SECRET IS. COACH CARROLL LOVES FOOTBALL. HE NEVER
TIRES. EVERY GAME HE DOES AS GOOD A JOB AS ANYBODY. HE SAYS ANYBODY CAN BEAT
YOU, NO GAME IS BIGGER THAN ANY OTHER GAME, SO WE NEVER DO SOMETHING SPECIAL
VS. A PARTICULAR OPPONENT. WE'D JUST GO OUT EVERY DAY AND WORK HARD. IT CARRIED
OVER. HE DID A GOOD JOB AND WE ALL BOUGHT IN, AND WE JUST HAD SO MUCH FUN,
DURING GAMES HE RUNS AROUND, AT MEETINGS HE'S ENTHUSIASTIC. ON TUESDAY
PRACTICE HE'S RUNNING AROUND AND NEVER GETS BURNED OUT, AND WE DID IT YEAR
ROUND SO MUCH, DOING IT YOU'D NOT REALIZE HOW HARD WE WERE WORKING BECAUSE
HE MADE IT FUN. OTHER PLAYERS ON TEAMS WERE READY FOR A VACATION BUT WE WERE
READY EVERY WEEK.
TOM MALONE IS THE GREATEST PUNTER (AND FIRST ALL-AMERICAN AT THE

POSITION) IN USC FOOTBALL HISTORY. HE PLAYED FOR TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

(2003-04), TWO ORANGE BOWL CHAMPIONS (2003, 2005) AND A ROSE BOWL

CHAMPION (2004). TOM WAS TWICE ALL-CONFERENCE (2003-04) AND A TWO-TIME

PLAYBOY PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICAN (2004-05). HE WOULD HAVE LED THE NATION IN

PUNTING (2004) EXCEPT THE TROJANS SCORED SO MUCH HE DID NOT GET ENOUGH

TRIES TO QUALIFY. HE PLAYED IN THE 2006 EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME, BUT INJURIES

SUSTAINED IN HIS SENIOR IMPEDED AN OTHERWISE-SURE PROFESSIONAL CAREER.




THE FORREST GUMP OF BASEBALL

STREETZEBRA, 2000


A JOURNEYMAN IS DEFINED AS "SOMEONE WHO WORKS COMPETENTLY BUT NOT BRILLIANTLY."

SUCH A DESCRIPTION CAPTURES THE CAREER OF NEW DODGER CATCHER CHAD KREUTER, WHO

WAS TOLD BY MANAGER DAVEY JOHNSON THAT HE WOULD WORK DAY GAMES AFTER NIGHT

GAMES, BUT HAS SEEN SEEN MUCH MORE ACTION THAT THAT.

      KREUTER HAS SPENT HIS CAREER IN PLACES LIKE TEXAS, DETROIT, KANSAS CITY,

SEATTLE AND CHICAGO, BUT HE HAS DEEP TIES TO CALIFORNIA. HE ONCE PLAYED FOR THE

ANGELS, AND CHAD PREPPED UNDER LEGENDARY BASEBALL COACH AL ENDRISS AT MARIN

COUNTY'S REDWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, LOCATED IN SUBURBAN SAN FRANCISCO. IN THE 1970S

AND EARLY '80S, ENDRISS FASHIONED A PREP DYNASTY. THE SCHOOL WON A NATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIP AND SEVERAL C.I.F.-NORTH SECTION SECTION TITLES. IT WAS NOT UNCOMMON

FOR MOST OF THE STARTERS TO GO ON TO COLLEGE OR PRO CAREERS.
"THE REDWOOD PROGRAM WAS VERY DISCIPLINED," KREUTER SAYS OF HIS YEARS IN
LARKSPUR, "AND WE WERE TAUGHT THE VALUE OF HUMILITY. WHEN YOU LOSE IT'S NOT FUN,
AND AT REDWOOD WE JUST DIDN'T LOSE. LOSING IS HUMBLING, SO THE FEW TIMES WE
EXPERIENCED THAT, IT MADE US DISCIPLINED TO WORK HARDER, AND THIS CARRIED OVER TO
THE REST OF MY CAREER."
KREUTER PLAYED ON THE LAST OF ENDRISS' NCS CHAMPIONS, IN HIS JUNIOR YEAR OF 1981.
HE WAS ALSO AN ALL-EVERYTHING QUARTERBACK ON THE GIANTS' FOOTBALL TEAM, AND UPON
GRADUATION IN 1982 FACED A DILEMMA. THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA WANTED HIM TO
COME OVER TO BERKELEY AND PLAY QUARTERBACK. INSTEAD, HE CHOSE TO PLAY BASEBALL
ONLY AT PEPPERDINE. HEY, HE COULD HAVE BEEN AT MEMORIAL STADIUM FOR THE PLAY.
REGRETS?
"MY MAIN THINKING BETWEEN FOOTBALL OR BASEBALL WAS THAT FOOTBALL MEANT A GREATER
RISK OF INJURY," HE SAYS. "I WAS AT MEMORIAL STADIUM WHEN <FORMER CAL
QUARTERBACK> GALE GILBERT BROKE HIS LEG. IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT AS MUCH AS I LOVE
FOOTBALL, LONGEVITY BELONGED TO BASEBALL. IT WAS STILL TOUGH DURING COLLEGE. I
WOULD WATCH USC AND UCLA PLAY, AND THINK TO MYSELF THAT IF I WERE THERE I'D DO AS
GOOD A JOB AS THEIR QUARTERBACKS. STILL, IN HINDSIGHT AFTER 10 YEARS IN THE BIG
LEAGUES, I HAVE NO REGRETS ABOUT NOT PLAYING FOOTBALL."
OTHER REDWOOD PLAYERS LIKE BRAD COLE AND JIMMY JONES HAD PRECEDED HIM TO
MALIBU, WHERE KREUTER PLAYED FOR WELL-RESPECTED WAVES' COACH DAVE GORRIE.
"SC WAS IN A DOWN TIME BACK THEN," HE RECALLS. "UNLV HAD A GOOD PROGRAM. WE WERE
IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BASEBALL ASSOCIATION WITH PEPPERDINE, LOYOLA, UC
IRVINE AND UC SANTA BARBARA. WE HAD A GOOD PROGRAM, AND THAT STARTED WITH
WALKING ON THE FIELD, PLAYING IN A NICE FACILITY. WE HAD GOOD BATTING CAGES. ALL THIS
CONTRIBUTES TO GETTING A STEP UP ON THE COMPETITION."
IN THE SUMMER OF 1983, KREUTER PLAYED FOR THEN-COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS COACH
MIKE GILLESPIE WITH THE NORTH POLE NICKS OF THE ALASKAN SUMMER COLLEGIATE
LEAGUE. HE WAS LONELY AT FIRST, TRYING TO ADJUST TO THE STRANGE ENVIRONMENT. THEN
HE MET GILLESPIE'S PRETTY DAUGHTER, KELLY. KELLY, AN L.A. GIRL, WAS ALSO ADJUSTING TO
THE "LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN." LOVE FLOURISHED, AND THEY ARE NOW MARRIED.
FATHER-IN-LAW MIKE BECAME USC'S HEAD COACH IN 1987, AND IN THE OFF-SEASONS CHAD
ASSISTED WITH THE PROGRAM FOR A COUPLE YEARS.
"EARLY IN MIKE'S CAREER," SAYS CHAD, "HE WAS FILLING IN ROD DEDEAUX'S SHOES. EVEN
THOUGH THERE HAD NOT BEEN MANY QUALITY TEAMS IN THE PERIOD BEFORE HE GOT THERE,
HE FELT HE TO WIN. THE ALUMNI ARE HUGE AT SC, AND THEY PUT PRESSURE ON HIM, SO WHEN
HE PRODUCED A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, THAT OPENED THE DOOR FOR HIM TO ENJOY IT A
LITTLE MORE.
"I WAS THERE TODAY, AND HIS INTERACTION WITH PLAYER'S IS UNIQUE. HE'S OBVIOUSLY
LEARNED TO RELAX," HE OBSERVED.
        AFTER COLLEGE HE CLIMBED HIS WAY THROUGH THE MINOR LEAGUES, AND WHILE

KREUTER IS NOT A HOUSEHOLD NAME, HE IS, LIKE THE FICTIONAL FORREST GUMP

CHARACETER, SEEMINGLY ALWAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ACTION. HE WAS BEHIND THE PLATE

WHEN NOLAN RYAN STRUCK OUT OAKLAND'S RICKEY HENDERSON FOR HIS FIVE THOUSANDTH
CAREER STRIKEOUT.

        "That is one of the highlights of my career," he says in an understatement. "That

and my first day in the big leagues, hitting a homer off Dave Stewart."

Of course, everybody in L.A. and Chicago knows that Chad has been suspended recently
for going into the Wrigley Field stands after a drunken fan stole his hat and glove, but
due to legal complications, he has been unable to speak about this event.
Chad is the kind of guy who is a leader, never complains, and demonstrates terrific work
ethic. He hits the weights, so as to maintain the strength a catcher needs to handle a long
season, swings from both sides of the plate, and is creditable defensively.
"Hey, this is where I should have been the past 10 years," Chad says of Dodger Stadium.

After having grown up going to games there, one can see in his eyes that the Dodger

mystique is still alive.


                                   MARIO DANELO

Place-kicker
2005 - 2006


When Mario Danelo passed away, former Trojan football player Tim Lavin wrote about
his funeral. Eventually Tim's missive made its way onto the Internet, eliciting a thousand
responses. Here is the essay.


Trojan in the Sky

Mario Danelo # 19 PK

USC Trojans Football 2003-2006
Friday, January 12, 2007

Today, I attended the funeral services of a young man I did not know personally, yet we
are part of the same family; the Trojan football alumni family. Today, I witnessed
families, friends and teammates coming together to pay tribute to a young man who
touched the lives of thousands of people. I was not planning on writing about my
experience but was inspired to do so.
        When I got to the San Pedro church, there was a crowd of hundreds, maybe over

1,000 people gathered around the front entrance spilling on to the blocked-off streets. All

roads surrounding Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church were barricaded by the police
department. At 10:30 a.m., the casket, flanked by eight young men in the prime of their

lives, was carried from the hearse, parked directly in front of the church, up the steps to

the front doors. With over 100 USC football players and coaches in coat and tie

surrounding the front of the church, they slowly followed the casket in a procession that

proceeded inside and down the center aisle to the altar.

From the outside looking in, a funnel of ominous young men disappeared into the wide
open doors that welcomed their entrance. Swallowed up by the flow of their wake,
patrons began to file in side by side. Mary Star seats some 1,500 people. Its high ceilings
cast the sun light through scores of stained glass windows. The pews are split down the
center with a wide middle aisle. Three quarters of the way down the center aisle is a
cross aisle, creating a “t” or a “cross” if you will. With standing room only, both of the
side aisles were jam-packed, making the cross aisle completely full, and the center aisle
filled up. When it was time for the crowd to sit down, those that couldn’t inadvertently
created a standing human cross.
In the rear of the church, the vestibule was shoulder to shoulder, chest to back, 20 people
deep. People continued to arrive only to find out there was no place left
inside. Hundreds of mourners remained standing on the steps outside the church, spilling
on to the sidewalk and into the street between parked limos and police motorcycles. They
were forced to listen to the outside loudspeaker of what was being said on the inside.
Mario Danelo was just 21 years old when he left this earth six days ago. He was the
place-kicker for the USC Trojans. When officials cleaned out his locker, amidst the
socks, cleats, t-shirts and shorts, was Mario’s Bible. That Bible lay on top of his casket
during the entire service. During the homily, the priest spoke of doing mass services for
the Trojan football team before games. He spoke of the tough loss at the end of the
regular season being a tragedy. And then later, on January 1, the victorious Rose Bowl
game that turned into glory. He spoke of the tragedy last week that took Mario away from
us here on earth. And then, the victorious ascension into Heaven that has turned into
glory. And he spoke of remembering the great big smile on Mario Danelo’s face.
When the mass had ended, four people got up to face the overflowing congregation,
inside and out, of more than 2,500 people. First to speak was Joey Danelo, Mario’s older
brother. For some 10 minutes, Joey captivated us with moments of sadness along with
outbreaks of laughter. Fighting back the tears, he actually told several humorous stories
of Mario’s aggressive behavior from his childhood days. He said Mario was the first
five-year old basketball player to foul out of a game in the first 11 seconds of the first
quarter. Later on, in Little League baseball, he was the first pitcher to hit four batters in
the same inning. Regardless of what he and his brothers did together, they were
constantly having fun, living the life, and always smiling. Joey said that Mario once told
him you can tell the content of a man’s character by how many people attend his
funeral. He looked up from his written script to glance around the church through his
watery eyes. It was beyond a chilling moment.
As they got older, they became even closer. In the past couple of years, they hung out
with each other’s friends and became even tighter. Joey finished his eulogy by saying,
“Thank you, I love you buddy,” and walked over and gave his brother one last little pat
on the shoulder as his hand came down on the casket. Brian, his friend of 20 years, took
the podium. He too had several stories that created moments of laughter and sadness at
the same time. Whatever happened while they were growing up, he could always
remember Mario laughing and smiling. Next to speak was from Mario’s San Pedro High
School football team, Coach Walsh. During the coaches’ 26-year reign at the school, only
three players were ever named to the All-Academic Scholar Athlete Team of Los
Angeles, and Mario was one of them. On the field, he was an outstanding young football
player who carried himself with grace, dignity and pride. Off the field, he was an
exemplary student with the highest grades. On or off the filed, Coach Walsh always saw
Mario having fun, and always smiling.
Lastly, Coach Pete Carroll came to the microphone. He reiterated what the priest talked
about earlier of this being a glorious day, and actually a time not to mourn Mario’s
passing, but to celebrate his life. And oh man, how he did live. He was living the
dream. Coach Carroll, not surprisingly, talked of that “Mario Danelo smile” that we had
heard so much about from all the others. And then, for the first time in my life, I
experienced something that I had never experienced before at a funeral service. Coach
Carroll talked about the NCAA scoring records that Mario has. He said, “Most of you
don’t know that Mario has the highest scoring record for college football. I think that is
something to cheer about!” Carroll went on; “…now when I say Mario has the scoring
record, I want to hear you!” Nervous laughter seemed to fill the church. And then Coach
Carroll yelled out for all to hear; “MARIO IS THE SCORING RECORD HOLDER IN
COLLEGE FOOTBALL!” The seated patrons rose to their feet in an eruption of
thunderous applause, cheers, yelling, screaming and whistling. It was like being at the
Coliseum and USC’s Mario Danelo just kicked the winning field goal and the place is
going wild!!!
For nearly two minutes the church was going berserk with deafening cheers on the inside,
absolutely booming roars that filled the daytime sky on the outside and the entire building
was shaking. People, blocks away, must have been thinking, “I thought there was a
funeral going on at Mary Star????”
As the noise slowly started to subside, Carroll stepped away from the microphone,
pointed at his 100-plus players in the front 15 rows and said, “COME ON, LET ME
HEAR YOU!” The football players let out even loader cheers and cries that had to have
echoed through the Coliseum tunnel. The crowd went nuts again for another two minutes
of constant clapping, cheering and whistling led by the Trojan team. It was one of the
most amazing things I have ever seen.
        Shortly thereafter, the priest gave his final blessing and the exodus of 2,000 plus

began to overrun the streets and join those hundreds of others who had been out there for

nearly two hours. On my lapel I wore a Trojan football alumni pin. In my pocket, I had

another lapel pin still in its package. I wanted the Danelo family to have it. But, not

knowing them, it was certainly not appropriate for me to approach them at this time. So, I
wondered what to do as I stood on the grass on the side of the church. Not more than 10

seconds elapsed when Coach Pete Carroll walked by, saw an opening on the sidewalk

and stood alone only a few feet away from me. Questioning my own thoughts of the right

thing to do, I nervously approached Coach Carroll. With the pin in my hand, I reached

out so he could see it. As he looked down at the pin in the palm of my hand, I said,

“Coach, perhaps you can give this pin to Mario’s parents. When Mario walked on the

field, he was a Trojan football player. When he walked off the field for the last time, he

became a Trojan football alumnus. He will always be part of the Trojan Football Alumni

Club.” With that, Coach Carroll took the pin out of my hand, looked me in the eyes and

said,“Thank you. I will give it to them.”

Today I witnessed what the Trojan family is truly all about. Regardless if we know each
other personally or not, we are always family. You may not know us personally, but if
you need us, we are here for you.
May God bless Mario, his family, friends, and teammates during this most difficult time.
FIGHT ON!

Tim Lavin

Trojan Football Alumni ’88-‘91
Club Secretary


Shortly after the Trojans defeated Michigan in the 2007 Rose Bowl, Mario Danelo

walked to the rocky shores of his native San Pedro, California to contemplate

things. He slipped and fell, apparently hitting his head and dying. Since then, the

special teams award has been re-named in his honor: the Mario Danelo Special

Teams Player of the Year award (given to Thomas Williams and Clay Matthews in

2007). Mario's funeral was a well-attended, emotional affair, and when Troy came

out for their first extra point of the 2007 sseason against Idaho, Coach Pete Carroll
sent the team out with only 10 men - no kicker - taking the penalty in his honor.

Mario always said he was "living the dream" playing for USC, and the goalposts at

the Coliseum are draped with those words in his memory.

                                        ****

                                   MARK SPINO

Secretary of the Trojan Football Alumni Club


The week of the 2005 USC-Notre Dame game, Mark Spino emailed his - and others -
inspirational messages, letters and remembrances of the old coach, Marv Goux. Notre
Dame was special to Goux, above and beyond all other games. "This week is about Marv
Goux," Pete Carroll would often acknowledge when asked to address the question of
What It Means to Be a Trojan.
        MRS. GOUX IN TURN FORWARDED MARK SPINO'S EMAILS TO A LARGE LIST OF FORMER

TROJANS THAT INCLUDED ANTHONY DAVIS, SAM CUNNINGHAM, MANFRED MOORE, AND MANY,

MANY MORE. WROTE MRS. GOUX:



       "DEAR FELLOW TROJANS,

"THIS INSPIRING PIECE WAS SENT TO ME BY A GOOD FRIEND. I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT AS
MUCH AS I DID." SPINO CALLED HIS MISSIVE, "THE FIELD MARSHAL," BUT IT COULD JUST AS
EASILY HAVE BEEN CALLED "THIS GAME IS DIFFERENT":



       "THE DOLDRUMS IS OVER FOR OUR PLAYERS.

"EVERY MAN WHO SLIPS THE TROJAN HELMET ON (PAST OR PRESENT) FEELS IT.
"THE NEW COACHES WILL LEARN IT.
"PETE CARROLL WENT TO MARV GOUX TO INQUIRE ABOUT IT.
"IT'S BEEN ALIVE SINCE HOWARD JONES AND THE THUNDERING HERD WENT TOE TO TOE
WITH THE FOUR HORSEMEN AND KNUTE ROCKNE.
"JOHN MCKAY NEARLY PREACHED IT.
"JOHN ROBINSON EMBRACED IT AS IF IT WAS THE CROWN JEWELS.
"USC'S EX-PLAYERS WILL PHYSICALLY PULL ASIDE CURRENT PLAYERS AND EXPLAIN, IN A
MANNER WHERE THERE IS NO CHANCE THE PLAYER DOESN'T UNDERSTAND (NOSE TO NOSE),
IT.
"RONNIE LOTT WON'T BE ABLE TO TALK BUT IF YOU GET THE RARE OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK
INTO HIS EYES AS HE'S LACING HIS CLEATS ON THE DAY OF THE NOTRE DAME GAME, YOU
WILL KNOW IT.
"ANTHONY MUNOZ CAN ONLY WHISPER BUT HE SPEAKS ONLY ABOUT THE ALL OUT
COMMITMENT TO PHYSICALLY ASSAULT NOTRE DAME'S PLAYERS, ALL OF THEM, ON EVERY
PLAY ALL GAME LONG OR ELSE YOU CANNOT BE ON THIS TEAM AND YOU ARE NOT A
TROJAN FOOTBALL PLAYER AND HE NEVER WANTS TO HEAR OF YOUR EXISTENCE AGAIN.
"NOT A LOT WAS EVER SAID ABOUT DOING YOUR ASSIGNMENT, HOLDING ONTO THE BALL,
CONVERTING THIRD DOWNS.
"THIS GAME IS DIFFERENT.
"THIS GAME IS FOR THE GREATEST OF MEN, ONLY.
"THE MENTALITY THAT IS DEMANDED AND THAT, WILL, BE GIVEN BY EVERY MAN WEARING
THE TROJAN HELMET, WHENEVER MATCHED UP WITH NOTRE DAME.



      SPINO'S MESSAGE CREATED A NUMBER OF EMAIL RESPONSES FROM OTHER TROJANS
WHO HAD PLAYED FOR GOUX:



      "SWEENEY DAWG,

"I REALIZE YOU ARE MAKING THE TRIP WITH THE TEAM TO 'BACK WATER INDIAN NO PLACE'
THIS WEEKEND FOR THE GAME. THUS, I COULD NOT HELP BUT SHARE THE ATTACHED STORY
FROM ONE OF OUR TEAMMATES ABOUT COACH GOUX. STILL TODAY - THE ONLY THING I
HATE MORE THAN UCLA FOOTBALL IS NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL. READING THE ATTACHED
MAKES ME WISH I COULD GO BACK TO SOUTH BEND. SUPPORT THE CAUSE AND HELP IN THE
BURNING OF THEIR BARNS AND PILLAGING OF THEIR VILLAGES.
"LET THE TROOPS KNOW THAT THIS GAME IS DIFFERENT. IN THE WORDS OF GENERAL
GEORGE S. PATTON, 'THEIR HEALTH IS OF NO CONCERN AND FROM THIS POINT FORWARD, IF
THEY ARE NOT VICTORIOUS, LET NO MAN COME BACK ALIVE!'



             "FIGHT ON!"

...

      "COACH GOUX WOULD GATHER US AROUND HIM AND HE'D START TO TELL US A

STORY ABOUT A YOUNG PLAYER AT USC WHO ALTHOUGH UNDERSIZED AND OUTWEIGHED,

STARTED AT CENTER AND MIDDLE LINEBACKER. THIS PLAYER WAS THE PINNACLE OF

DESIRE AND HARD WORK OFTEN LEADING NOT JUST BY EXAMPLE BUT BY INSPIRATIONAL

SPEECHES DURING A GAME. HIS LOVE OF THE GAME WAS UNMATCHED.

"AS HE SPOKE HE WONDERED AROUND THE FIELD, ALWAYS STARTING DOWN BY THE END
ZONE AND SLOWLY WORKING HIS WAY OUT TOWARD MID-FIELD AS HE STAYED IN THE
MIDDLE OF ALL THE PLAYERS.
"DURING MUCH OF THE STORY HE WOULD STARE DOWN AT THE FIELD, KIND OF KICKIN' AT
IT AND PAWING AT IT WITH THE BOTTOMS OF HIS SHOES. IT SEEMED TO ME FROM THE FIRST
TIME I WITNESSED THIS RITUAL THAT HE WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING FOR SOMETHING. I WAS
WRONG. HE WASN'T LOOKING FOR SOMETHING. HE WAS LOOKING FOR A SPOT. AS HE
CONTINUED THE STORY, THIS ABSOLUTE PILLAR OF STRENGTH AND DETERMINATION, THE
CORNERSTONE OF THE ENTIRE FOOTBALL PROGRAM AT USC, A MAN WHO HAD BEEN AT
MCKAY'S SIDE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, THE DEFENSIVE LINE COACH, STARTED BREAKING
DOWN.
:"I REMEMBER ELBOWING THE GUY NEXT TO ME AND ASKING, 'WHAT'S HAPPENING TO HIM?'
THE PLAYER, WHO WAS A FEW YEARS AHEAD OF ME, TURNED TO ME WITH TEARS
STREAMING DOWN HIS FACE, AND SAID, 'SHUT UP.' COACH GOUX STARTED MOVING
AROUND THE FIELD, FASTER AND FASTER AS WE STRUGGLED TO STAY WITH HIM. IN ONE
LIGHTNING BOLT OF GUT-WRENCHING PASSION, HE SCREAMED OUT, 'WHERE IS IT, WHERE IS
IT?' AS HE CRISPLY WALKED AROUND, SOMETIMES IN CIRCLES LIKE HE WAS GETTING CLOSE,
ALL THE TIME LOOKING DOWN AT THE NOTRE DAME STADIUM'S GRASS. TEARS FLOWING
LIKE A RIVER.
"THEN, IN A SPLIT SECOND, IN A MOMENT OF RECOGNITION, THIS MAN EXPLODED INTO A
SICK COMBINATION OF PAIN, REGRET, FEAR, DETERMINATION, DESIRE, RETRIBUTION,
PASSION AND SORROW. CRYING IN AN UNCONTROLLABLE MANNER, BAWLING, WEEPING,
COACH GOUX SNAPS HIS HEAD UP, TO EXPOSE HIMSELF TO US. SO THAT WE WOULD
ALWAYS KNOW. SO THAT WE WOULD NEVER FORGET. THE FACE I LOOKED INTO WAS
UNRECOGNIZABLE TO ME. I DIDN'T YET KNOW WHAT IT WAS. COACH GOUX WAS POSSESSED
WITH ALL THAT HIS LIFE HAD BEEN AND ALL THAT HIS LIFE WAS AT THAT POINT. LIKE A BIG
CAT, HE SPUN AROUND AND MADE SURE THAT EVERY PLAYER MADE DIRECT EYE CONTACT
WITH HIM.
" 'THIS IS THE SPOT,' HE SCREAMED LOOKING DOWN AGAIN. 'THIS IS THE SPOT.' LOOKING UP
AT US, HE SAID, 'THIS IS WHERE THEY GOT ME,' HIS VOICE TRAILING OFF. INSTINCTIVELY,
WE ALL STARTED BACKING UP, UNTIL COACH GOUX STOOD ALONE, LOOKING DOWN AT THE
GRASS AND PAWING AT IT WITH HIS SHOES. I REALIZED THAT THE PLAYER IN THE STORY
WAS HIM. FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE MINUTES YOU COULD HERE A PIN DROP, AS WE WATCHED
THIS MAN DEAL WITH THE MOMENT THAT ENDED HIS DREAMS AS A PLAYER, FOREVER.
"WHEN HE LOOKED UP AGAIN, THE MEANING, THE FEELING THAT MAKES THIS FOOTBALL
PROGRAM WHAT IT IS. THAT THING THAT MAKES USC FOOTBALL SPECIAL, WHATEVER IT IS,
SHINED LIKE A LIGHTHOUSE BEAM IN THE INDIANA NIGHT FROM HIS EYES.
" 'I WOULDN'T TRADE MY TIME AS A USC FOOTBALL PLAYER FOR ANYTHING.' THEN HE SAID
WHILE LOOKING DOWN AND GETTING MORE AND MORE ANIMATED IN A HURRY, 'I WAS
CLIPPED FROM BEHIND RIGHT HERE,' AS HE POINTED AT THE GRASS. 'GOT ME IN MY LOWER
BACK AND HIP,' HE GROWLED.
"I DON'T RECALL SEEING ANGER IN A MAN'S EYES, LIKE HIS AT THAT MOMENT. 'GET IN
HERE,' HE DEMANDED AS THE ENTIRE TEAM CLOSED IN ON HIM. 'TIGHTER, TIGHTER, UNTIL
YOU CAN'T BREATH. NOW LISTEN TO ME. NOTRE DAME ENDED MY DREAM AS A PLAYER.
THEY ENDED IT RIGHT HERE WHERE WE STAND TOGETHER. I'LL NEVER BE ABLE TO FORGET
IT OR CHANGE IT. I CAN, HOWEVER, BRING A FOOTBALL TEAM HERE EVERY OTHER YEAR
WITH THE BEST PLAYERS THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. A FOOTBALL TEAM THAT IS A GREAT
BIG FAMILY. A TEAM WHO LOVES EACH OTHER AND WILL GO TO WAR FOR EACH OTHER. A
TEAM WHO DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THE LAST PLAY. A TEAM FULL OF MEN WHO'S ONLY,
LIVING, BREATHING DESIRE IS TO BE ALLOWED BY GOD ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY TO HIT A
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL PLAYER AS HARD AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE.'
"THE TEARS WE'RE FLOWING AND WE WE'RE MESMERIZED BY THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE. THE
EMOTIONS OF THE TEAM WERE LAYING ON THE TABLE FOR COACH GOUX TO MOLD. HE
PAUSED, SO AS TO LOOK YOU IN THE EYE. THEN HE LOOKED DOWN AND STARTED TO SHAKE
HIS HEAD BACK AND FORTH. STILL LOOKING DOWN, HE SLOWLY SAID WITH A DEEP VOICE,
'I CAN'T HIT THEM ANYMORE BUT GOD KNOWS THAT I WANT TO. MORE THAN AWAKENING
TOMORROW MORNING, I WANT ANOTHER SHOT AT A NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL PLAYER. JUST
SO I COULD SEND THE CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S
FOOTBALL TEAM WAS IN TOWN AND THAT TODAY WILL END IN PAIN FOR YOU AND YOUR
TEAM AND YOUR FANS AND YOUR SCHOOL. THAT USC WAS HERE AND WE'RE TAKING
EVERYTHING YOU HAVE.'
"HIS HEAD ROSE UP.
" 'THERE WON'T BE ANYTHING LEFT WHEN WE'RE DONE HERE,' HE SCREAMED. AT WHICH
POINT THE ENTIRE TEAM EXPLODED TOGETHER.
" 'THEY GOT ME BUT THEY'RE NOT GOING TO GET YOU. THEY F----D ME RIGHT HERE BUT
THEIR NOT GOING TO F--K YOU. NOT TOMORROW, NOT TOMORROW. TOMORROW WE WAKE
AS ONE. TOMORROW WE TAKE THE BODY. TOMORROW EACH AND EVERY MAN ON THIS
TEAM WILL ATTACK HIS OPPONENT IN A WAY THAT HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE.
TOMORROW WE ARE RELENTLESS. TOMORROW WE PLAY THE MOST POWERFUL BRAND OF
FOOTBALL EVER SEEN. TOMORROW WE ARE DEVASTATING, PLAY AFTER PLAY, EVERY MAN
UNTIL THE FINAL WHISTLE. WE'RE NOT EVEN GOING TO LOOK UP AT THE SCOREBOARD
DURING THE GAME. IF I SEE ANY MAN LOOK UP AT THE SCOREBOARD, I'LL KILL HIM. F--K
THE SCORE, WE CAME HERE FOR MORE THAN THAT. TOMORROW WE TAKE A PROGRAM'S
HEART AND TEAR IT TO PIECES WITH OUR BARE HANDS. TOMORROW WE PLAY WITH PRIDE
AND DIGNITY. EVERY PLAY, EVERY PLAYER ON THE FIELD FOR NOTRE DAME GETS
KNOCKED TO THE GROUND. ALL OF THEM, EVERY PLAY. THEN YOU REACH DOWN TO HELP
THEM BACK UP. THAT'S WHO WE ARE. TOMORROW WE PLAY LIKE MEN. TOMORROW WE
PLAY LIKE TROJANS.' "



MARK SPINO, SECRETARY OF THE TROJAN FOOTBALL ALUMNI CLUB, WAS GIVEN THE

TROJAN FOR LIFE AWARD IN A FORMAL CEREMONY FEATURING ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

MIKE GARRETT AND MARV GOUX'S LOVELY WIDOW, PATTI GOUX.



USC HOF: BEATHARD, SEAU, BOSELLI? HANK WORKMAN (BASEBALL)

								
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