Wayne Carlander Follow-Up

Just a quick follow-up since many readers are unaware of USC forward Wayne Carlander despite the fact he was the all-time leading scorer when he finished his career. He led USC to its last Pac-10/12 title in 1985.

And he scored 38 points against UCLA in one of the greatest games between the schools, a four-overtime thriller at Pauley Pavilion that USC won, 80-78. Carlander also led USC to a 78-77 double-overtime victory over UCLA at the Sports Arena.

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  • steveg

    Nice to see

  • 10 Commandments

    Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain

    I think Walt Hazard broke this commandment multiple times that night…..

    • Larry Harris

      I’m sure he went to confession immediately after. Walt has to be cut a little slack. It was his 1st year coaching, which followed 3 years of Larry Farmer (argueably the worst coach in Bruin history) at the helm. It was also the 3rd game in a row losing to the non-basketball school…AKA Figueroa Tech.
      I loved it!

  • john wolcott

    I was at that game. I recall that SC seemingly had it won in regulation and then in at least a couple of the overtimes, but SUCLA stayed in it until Troy finally pulled it out.

    I also recall that the crowd, including me, was so spent that we hardly had enough energy at the end to yell.

    • marvgoux1

      Whatever happened to the coach of that fine team?

  • john wolcott

    Well, marvgoux1, it sounds as if you already know, but Stan Morrison, was fired the next year and SC then lost two superstars to Loyola.

    • Larry Harris

      POINT OF CLARIFICATION…Morrison was not fired. It was a mutual decision between him and the university, thus avertiing a bullet. Everybody wins! He was 19-10 in ’85 and was voted Coach of the Year of the P-10. One normally fires a coach right after winning COY? Knowing nothing about what transpired, even a blind man could see there was something rotten in Denmark. I was also in attendance at that overtime game and to quote an ex-ucla coach, “It was a real barn burner”.
      A 3rd superstar, Tom Lewis, who, at that time was considered the best of the three, went to Pepperdine.
      Bottom line – Forget Morrison, forget Sam Gilbert, and forget Bibby/Miller. Excrement happens! Time to move on.

  • john wolcott

    Actually, Larry Harris, there was a difference of opinion (or statement); AD Mike McGee stood by the story that Stan Morrison resigned, but when Morrison was asked he said McGee fired him.

    And of course this topic is so archaic that it did not attract many comments from our posters.

    But it was a sad day for me when Stan left.