USC Morning Buzz: Alumni Game Update

ALUMNI.SCRIMMAGE

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I never knew until a few days ago that USC’s 1961 spring scrimmage was actually a game that pitted USC against USC alumni football players. I wondered if this was a regular occurrence and discovered the USC v. USC Alumni was just a one-time meeting at the Coliseum in 1961.

Two USC star players I’ve highlighted recently — Marlin McKeever and Mike Henry — actually played in the game. I’m told two other USC stars and established NFL players, Jim Sears and Al Carmichael, also played. Pretty extraordinary when you think about it.

Wide receiver Hal Bedsole, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame, played for the actual USC team and was sent in for one play at quarterback. He ended up getting crunched between the helmets of McKeever and Henry.

“About two weeks later, I was hunched over like an old man,” Bedsole said. “I went to see a doctor and they did an X-ray. There were three holes in my stomach and they did surgery that night. It was a pretty good lick.

 “There were quite a few injuries on both sides.”

After that game, USC coach John McKay decided there would be no more alumni contests.

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  • Yale O. Leftwich

    Sears and Carmichael stars of the ’52 team,great memories…injuries ’caused end to the idea,same as college all stars yearly game with NFL champs…

    • TrojanLights

      I remember what may have been one of the last College All Star games at Chicago’s Soldier Field. A ferocious lightening and thunder storm arose at Halftime and they cancelled the 2nd half.

      • Yale O. Leftwich

        I remember one that way also…

  • Richard Fond

    Note the infield dirt and the left field screen in front of tunnel 20. In 1961 the Dodgers were still tenants

    • TrojanLights

      They would normally leave the dirt infield down for football games till the baseball season ended then transplant grass in early October.

  • TrojanLights

    Hal was the 1959 L.A. City Player of the Year as a Quarterback actually.

  • B.Miller

    THOSE NEW F UCLA UNIFORMS ARE TERRIBLE! Looks like someone spilled baby blue and copper paint together and rubbed their bare butt in it!

    • UCLA Bleauz

      It’s OFFICIAL!…… Hopefully, Kiffin won’t still be there, or else Wolfie will be even MORE unbearable than he already is……

      • Helen

        You’re assuming Scottie still has a job in 2016.

        • UCLA Bleauz

          Excellent point, Helen…. you always were a forward thinker….

        • B.Miller

          Don’t let gotroy22 see this post.. or it will get flagged for deletion…

          • gotroy22

            BM has begun an e-mail campaign to take over as Daily News sportswriter and IBS expert.

    • UCLA Bleauz

      I guess that Scottie is letting this news age like fine wine before he bother to post it……or else he is busy trying to create the perfect snide remark………

      • TrojanFan3.0

        I would guess the snide remark approach

      • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

        He’s trying to figure out how he can spin that somehow UGLY still has a better OOC schedule.

        • UCLA Bleauz

          Exactly!…..and whine about the neutral site….and it would be the ultimate FU to Scottie if the game were broadcast on the Pac-12 Network!…..

        • TrojanFan3.0

          I’m sure the anxiety is building. He might be conferring with bucket on this one

        • TrojanFan3.0

          I’m sure the anxiety is building. He might be conferring with bucket on this one

      • B.Miller

        I’m sure he has his staff (gotroy22) helping him come up with something clever.. Or they will just delete all of our post because Scott wasn’t the first to report it!

        • gotroy22

          BM has delusions of running his own sports and IBS blog.

    • Helen

      Now that’s what I call Morning Buzz!!!

      • TrojanFan3.0

        A lot of bragging rights on the line!

    • http://www.10-commandments.org/ 10 Commandments

      anytime anywhere right?

    • Toejam For Life

      Boy, won’t it suck to get spanked by Lame Kitten in the Sarkiffen Bowl?

      • B.Miller

        you just worry about A&M

        • gotroy22

          BM needs to just worry about managing the loud symptoms of his Crohn’s Disease. But good news BM! Remission is possible!

          • B.Miller

            Oh man.. snappy come back.. you got me there.. Weew!

          • gotroy22

            Wee isn’t your problem, BM.

    • Toejam For Life

      Then again, two five-win seasons by Sark and there won’t be a Sarkiffen Bowl!

      • UCLA Bleauz

        That ain’t gonna happen, but you are hopeful that it does, aren’t you?……

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    fantastic info as always, wolfman!!

    #SweeeeetScooops

    • TrojanFan3.0

      Why would it matter to a guy who parades around wearing a baby blue sweater with a bear on it?

      Dementia is in control!

      • gotroy22

        TrojanFan3.0. One month ago
        On what day of the week?…taco Tuesday

        Another Summer repeat from CowPolyFan3.0.

        • UCLA Bleauz

          I like tacos….and Jello….. and taco flavored Jello…

        • TrojanFan3.0

          It must suck when you can’t afford tacos on Tuesdays

          • gotroy22

            It must suck when you are so brainless you just repeat the same lame posts for 3 years.

        • TrojanFan3.0

          It must suck when you can’t afford tacos on Tuesdays

    • TrojanFan3.0

      Why would it matter to a guy who parades around wearing a baby blue sweater with a bear on it?

      Dementia is in control!