Right across the street from Howard Jones Field yesterday, students chanted and passed by during a peace walk that happened during football practice.
So USC decided to go with an ancient spelling of Shakespear on Hecuba. Seems an odd choice when it’s something so many people would do a double take on if they bothered to read it. And the backlash hardly seemed worth it. I’m guessing this decision was made by Max Nikias, who was making revisions to the statue as late as July.
USC’s freshmen offensive players met the media on Tuesday and some, like tailback Stephen Carr and wide receiver Joseph Lewis (above), are ready for immediate roles.
“With my size, it’s always been an advantage,” the soft-spoken Lewis said. “I just want to make an impact on the team. I think I’ve adjusted very well.”
In today’s paper, I wrote about a wonderful USC tradition that is largely forgotten. For about 15 years starting in the late 1940’s, every USC All-American made his footprints in cement. That’s Frank Gifford below. And even George Tirebiter above!
What happened to the cement footprints? Are any available to view? And will they ever all be displayed on campus? Read the full story here
Former USC kicker Matt Boermeester filed a petition to overturn his expulsion. The most interesting part seems to be USC’s response. It says Zoe Katz, Boermeester’s girl friend,described previous abuse a part of an “ ‘on and off’ again relationship” with Boermeester.
USC says Katz expressed fear of Boermeester’s reaction to her original statement in a text message to a Title IX investigator. At that point, Boermeester was not aware a report had been made.
”He can’t know I made a statement,” one text read from Katz read, according to the filing. “Can you not tell him I made a statement.”
USC’s filing said Katz told investigators she “often had bruises on her legs or arms” from Boermeester, who “would hit her or grab her tightly when he was angry.”
“She reported that the physical contact and become ‘more often and more hurtful’ and that bruising had become more commonplace recently because Petitioner had become ‘more angry,” the filing read. “She said that when she did not do what Petitioner wanted, she would get bruised.”
USC started preparing for Western Michigan game today. Jack Sears worked with the scout team and is officially now the No. 3 QB, which means Matt Fink is the backup. Viane Talamaivao was carted off the field with a foot injury but Clay Helton said he would only be out a couple days. Freshman safety Isaiah Pola-Moa had shoulder surgery and is out for the season. Defensive end Hunter Echols had surgery for an infection in his hip and will be out 6-8 weeks. He was expected to redshirt anyways.
I wonder if Roger Noble Burnham, who created Tommy Trojan in 1930, would have had trouble spelling Shakespeare like the error on the base of Hecuba at the USC Village.
UPDATED: Here is USC’s statement on the matter: “To E, or not to E, that is the question. Over the centuries his surname has been spelled 20 different ways. USC chose an older spelling because of the ancient feel of the statue, even though it is not the most common form.”
Former USC and current Chargers lineman Max Tuerk has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Tuerk: “This offseason, I made the mistake of taking over-the-counter supplements. In doing so, I opened myself up to the possibility of consuming a tainted supplement – something that ultimately led to a positive test for a banned substance. I accept responsibility for my actions and understand the NFL’s policy is very clear on this matter. This is a very hard way to learn a lesson, and I will never make this mistake again.”