USC band, Laker Girls honor Jerry Buss

USC fans had something to cheer about beyond the Trojans beating Boston College and showing at least some life on offense.

Seven months after dying from an undisclosed form of cancer, former Lakers owner Jerry Buss was Saturday honored at halftime at the Coliseum in a number of ways. The USC band played a number of Buss’ favorite songs, including Rocky’s “Gonna Fly Now,” Louis Prima’s “Just a Gigolo,” TMB’s “Tusk” and Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A. The band spelled out “B-U-S-S” on the field. And both the Trojan band and Lakers girls formally honored the Buss family, including team president Jeanie Buss.

Buss bought the Lakers in 1979 and eventually oversaw the franchise winning 10 of its 16 NBA championships. In the previous two decades, Buss spent his time at USC completing his doctorate in physical chemistry. He was then often referred from Lakers employees as Dr. Buss. Shortly after purchasing the Lakers, Buss initially had the USC Song Girls dance at halftime as the “Golden Girls.” They then developed into the Laker Girls. Meanwhile, Jeanie later attended USC and earned a degree in business.

Based on posts on her Twitter account, it appeared Jeanie soaked in every moment.

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