USC Morning Buzz: A Playboy All-American Team To Never Forget

1976.PLAYBOYThis might be the most poignant Playboy All-American team ever: 1976. It features USC tailback Ricky Bell (42), who led the nation in rushing in 1975 (1,875 yards) and gained 347 yards in a game against Washington State in 1976. His life ended tragically in 1984 at the age of 29 from heart failure caused by of dermatomyositis.

Cal quarterback Joe Roth (12) is right behind Bell and probably the most iconic player in Bears’ history. Roth entered the 1976 season as a Heisman Trophy favorite but during the season suffered a recurrence of melanoma. He died shortly after the season at the age of 21 in 1977.

The other Trojan in the photo is offensive tackle Marvin Powell (76), the only player to make the College Football Hall of Fame but not the USC Hall of Fame. The defense below features USC defensive lineman Gary Jeter (79).

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Pictures and complete lineups after the jump:

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Left to right, top to bottom: Bob Lingenfelter (70), lineman, Nebraska; Don Hasselbeck (89), tight end, Colorado; Joel Parrish (67), lineman, Georgia; Mike Vaughn (79), lineman, Oklahoma; Tom Osborne, Coach of the Year, Nebraska; Rob Lytle (41), runner, Michigan; Marvin Powell (76), offensive tackle, USC; Joe Roth (12), quarterback, California; Larry Seivers (89), receiver, Tennessee; Tony Dorsett (33), runner, Pittsburgh; Dan Beaver (3), kicker, Illinois; Ricky Bell (42), tailback, USC; Leo Tierney (62), center, Georgia Tec

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Left to right, top to bottom: Ross Browner (89), lineman, Notre Dame; Bob Baumhower (91), lineman, Alabama; Phillip Dokes (91), lineman, Oklahoma St,; Gary Green (43), defensive back, Baylor; Stan Black (36), defensive back, Mississippi St.; Mike Fultz (72), linebacker, Nebraska; Gary Jeter (79), defensive lineman, USC; Kim Rowekamp (43), linebacker, Michigan St.; Robert Jackson (55), linebacker, Texas A&M; Brian Ruff (51), linebacker, Texas A&M; Brian Ruff (51), linebacker, The Citadel; Lester Hayes (82), defensive back, Texas A&M; Gavin Hedrick (46), punter, Wash. State.

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  • UCLA Bleauz

    There are TWO Brian Ruff’s?????? …And they went to two different schools?

    • Helen

      Scottie couldn’t even cut-n-paste correctly. Maybe it’s time for the Daily News minion gotroy22 to take over this blog.

      • gotroy22

        Helen would love to take over and turn into WeAreSC II.

        • UCLA Bleauz

          I guarantee you there would be fewer typos, cut-and-past posts, and inflammatory BS that you find daily on this blog…..

          • gouxtroy22

            All your points may be true but only Scott had CJ Spiller becoming a Trojan. Talk about a scoop…

          • UCLA Bleauz

            The only thing Scottie scoops is ice cream… and it shows… BOY, does it show…..

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

            the wolfman has been working out.

          • UCLA Bleauz

            Stand by your man, and show the world you love him
            Keep giving all the love you can.
            Stand by your man……

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

            I have stated publicly that I DO love the wolfman….like a BROTHER!!!

          • Helen

            “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with” – Billy Preston.

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

            i didn’t know that came from the remarkable 5th Beatle….

          • gotroy22

            Helen knows music like she knows the truth.

          • Helen

            Yes, it was Billy’s saying and Steven Stills asked if he could use it in a song… and the rest is history.

          • UCLA owns LA Football

            Crosby, Stills and Nash, Red.

          • gotroy22

            Rah rahs know that song well, they sang it for Lane for 3 years.

          • UCLA Bleauz

            Way to deflect the focus away from Bucket and Wolf……and attempt to shift the focus onto Kiffin and your mystery rah rahs…….weak effort, dude….extremely weak….

          • gotroy22

            Pot, meet kettle.

          • UCLA Bleauz

            you must be bored, eh?…..just poking around?…. trying to start something?

          • gotroy22

            Golly-Nerd has himself winning Best Star Wars Costume at the “When Nerds Attack” Comic Con Convention this weekend.

          • gouxtroy22

            All your points may be true but only Scott had CJ Spiller becoming a Trojan. Talk about a scoop…

          • gotroy22

            And nothing but articles extolling the “great” Cody Kessler.

          • UCLA Bleauz

            Okay

          • gotroy22

            And nothing but articles extolling the “great” Cody Kessler.

        • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

          You don’t like WeAreSC because they don’t tolerate bRuin trolls like yourself?

          • UCLA Bleauz

            They certainly know how to clean house over there, that’s for sure….come to think of it, a little troll repellant wouldn’t hurt this blog either…..

          • Trogan Fan

            isn’t that site going out of business? Imploding is the word I’ve seen over there!

          • gotroy22

            That’s why Garry Bleauz is here, hoping to drive up rah rah business and send it to his web site.

          • Go Tama

            WEARESC is a joke, post one negative thing about the football program and you’re done, pathetic.

            There is nothing wrong with dissenting opinions, trolls have no place there, but not swallowing the grape kool aid is laughable.

          • gotroy22

            FlamerOn, I don’t like WeAreSC because it is filled with brainless rah rahs like you who aren’t interested in discussing SC football in an intelligent manner.
            Go wave your cardinal and gold pom pom there.

      • gouxtroy22

        Sorry but there’s only one Scott. Besides, I’m not certain my therapist would recommend or even allow it on top of my inability to post updates when we’re confined to our rooms and/or straitjackets…

        • gotroy22

          Speaking of straightjackets, I heard a team of psychiatric specialists will be on high alert in case Golly-Nerd doesn’t win Best Star Wars Costume at the “When Nerds Attack” Comic Con Convention this weekend.

      • B.Miller

        That Lame can barely spell let alone run a blog.. he just works for scott Wolf cleaning trash and painting Wolf’s toe nails

        • gotroy22

          BM knows toe-nail polishing, but don’t let him bend over to do it or you will have to flee for your life.

  • Mike 70

    OK, we keep asking the same question, where are the Bruins? What? No Bruins? what a surprise “Owns.”

    • UCLA owns LA Football

      And I keep asking Mikey, how many former SUCC QB’s have started and won or lost a NFL Super Bowl. Which would you Mikey rather be: a forgotten image in an 38 year old, irrelevant, skin magazine you can’t give up because the “Playbody” playmate still makes you sweat, or a Super Bowl QB. I think it’s time Mikey you found another bone to gnaw. You don’t want to wind up like Commie298 do you.

      • TrojanFamily

        Has anyone else noticed that this “person” just changes the subject whenever asked a question? It is quite humorous and rather childish.

        “Did you pull that cat’s tail?”

        (This poster) “did you know the human head weighs eight pounds?”

        You should be in politics. The first dictum is: never answer the question you’ve been asked. Always answer the question you want to answer.

        The Baghdad Bob of this board…

        • UCLA owns LA Football

          Reading Comprehension TF is a handy human ability that alludes you. Obviously, there were no Bruins pictured in the 1976 Playboy AA team. I guess Mikey thinks I’m blind w/o a shred of evidence that’s the case.

          Likewise TF, No (that means zero,none, goosegg, etc.) former SUCC QB has ever started a NFL super Bowl game and won or lost. What a coincidence. At the elementary school I attended, 0 + 0 = 0 was a well known fact to first graders.

          I don’t have to change the subject to confuse you or Mikey, You’re both are naturally retarded. If there a dictum on this blog, you TF, wear the shoe like a strutting peacock. The special Ed bus is honking for you TF.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            After your display from the other day, you are really bringing up reading comprehension again?

          • UCLA owns LA Football

            I believe so. I still stand by my original statement you’re alluding to. Jethro, no one is perfect, except you. Massa, polease don’t sell me down da rivers.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            I have decided that it is not worth the effort to debate you.
            Good luck with your crusade!

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

            do you think Owns is really the wolfman??

          • Mike 70

            no even Scott is quicker than Owns.

          • UCLA owns LA Football

            I didn’t know I was in a debate. However, if you wish to declare a draw, so be it. In the future Master Jet, feel free to point out the errors in my threads. I bump my head in a soft pillow out of respect to your perfection.

        • gotroy22

          CowPolyFan3.0′s sock puppet talking about Bagdad Bob? The irony is stunning!

      • Mike 70

        Geez you really have a thing with Playboy don’t you Owns. I am sure you like little boys better….

        • UCLA owns LA Football

          “Ok, we keep asking the same question, where are the Bruins? What? No Bruins? what a surprise ‘Owns’ ”
          – Mike 70

      • Mike 70

        Geez you really have a thing with Playboy don’t you Owns. I am sure you like little boys better….

      • Mike 70

        Geez you really have a thing with Playboy don’t you Owns. I am sure you like little boys better….

    • UCLA owns LA Football

      And I keep asking Mikey, how many former SUCC QB’s have started and won or lost a NFL Super Bowl. Which would you Mikey rather be: a forgotten image in an 38 year old, irrelevant, skin magazine you can’t give up because the “Playbody” playmate still makes you sweat, or a Super Bowl QB. I think it’s time Mikey you found another bone to gnaw. You don’t want to wind up like Commie298 do you.

  • rusoviet

    Back in the day there was Berkeley Farms – supplier of milk products at Cal – and the rhetorical query by CA students “Where are the farms in Berkeley?”

    i.e. where are the Bruins?

    • ProbationU

      Surprised that you would be so proud of your Trojans appearing in a left-wing magazine like Playboy. Did they arrive at the Westside Holmby Hills mansion in a limo paid for by Hef?

      • rusoviet

        My ‘stalker’ is back….Probe aka Daddy’s Money has a real thing for me…you see he has to ‘monitor’ on this board because ‘Wang Chung’ is covering some golfing event (or whatever) then again when is there ever ever anything of worth, worth covering at bel-air tech?

        Nah much better to ‘peep’ out of the cuckoo clock after laying an egg ….. where are the ucla players not just in Hefner’s rag but anywhere?

        Loving it!

        • Jack B

          ucla’s stature as a football program is miniscule compared to USC. Always has been. Always will be.

          The Trolls just can’t stand it. They just don’t know what to say, so now suddenly that Playboy team is worthless. Well, I’ll be damn. the Pigskin Review suddenly doesn’t matter anymore.

          The Trolls all flood this place because of Scottie…but he’s shoving it in their face every day that while USC players make all the teams, ucla’s players go unmentioned.

          Both pre and post-season, the Trojan players rule the roost. USC always gets significantly more play in the press and recog than the little gutties. Nothing ucla can do about it but crow about winning the last two years – and three out of the last 15. I’ll take it.

          • UCLA owns LA Football

            I’ll take UCLA 35 – SUCC 14 and two snapped ankles. UCLA has the victory bell and SUCC gets Jacky Blah’s big mouth and little brain. Such a deal.

          • ProbationU

            Jackie Boy…I have never disputed Troy’s history on here. Facts are facts. SC has a far more prolific history in football than my Bruins. I don’t agree about the “always will be” part of your argument….but time will tell.

            But the Commie regularly refers to the “Westside Limousine Liberals”….that was my point with regards to Playboy. Frankly, I would much rather be a Westside Limousine Liberal than a Corolla Conservative from South Central, like Commie boy who seems to be jealous of successful people.

          • Jack B

            I’ve always thought you were the only reasonable Troll on here. Some of your brethren are severely intellectually challenged. That clown uclaownszilch is literally illiterate.

            You are right. USC has a far more prolific history than ucla. Nobody disputes that.

            It’s easy for you to say that will change, but I don’t think it will anymore than I believe we will ever begin to overtake you in basketball. We won’t. We have way too much ground to make up, like you do in football.

            Plus, the cultures are very different. Football is ingrained in USC’s DNA. It’s simply not at UCLA, where hoops and Wooden will always be your legacy. Oh, you will get better in football with more $, and your program has already improved a lot.

            But football is an institution at USC. We fire our coaches in parking lots if necessary. Our main rival is Notre Dame. We aspire to NCs, Heismans and No. 1 draft picks.

            So, if you ever catch us. It won’t be for over 100 years. Yes, it would take you that long to match our accomplishments, because it’s not like we are slowing down. USC has football DNA in its blood.

            Our team is getting ready to ramp up again now that the NCAA is back in its box. Before long, we’ll be at 85 player strength. See how we look then.

          • ProbationU

            I think we simply have a different opinion of the future. I think SC settled for the easy pick with Sarkisian, I found it only somewhat more inspiring than UCLA selecting Steve Alford. I don’t think the track record for either of these guys justified them being hired by their respective schools.

            I don’t really care abut the next 100 years! I would like to see us get 1 NC before I leave the earth. The only one we have was the year before I was born, so I am 0 for my lifetime! I believe that Mora has put us in better position than anyone since Tommy Prothro prior to that game in 1967. However, if our administration doesn’t continue stepping up to the plate, it could all disappear in an instant. There are plenty of football players around for 2 excellent teams in Los Angeles. I think it will be very interesting. Right now, you have the history and the tradition. At the moment, I believe we have the better coaching staff and some momentum.

            There is no excuse for SC to be so bad in basketball. The biggest obstacle is that SC has even less tradition in basketball than UCLA in football and the alumni don’t care about basketball at all. Tim Floyd had a chance to turn it around but he either broke the rules or was sacrificed by Mike Garrett, depending upon whom you talk to.

            Since 1975, UCLA has 1 NC in basketball and 6 Final Fours. Hardly dominant by our standards. SC went from the mid-70s to the Pete Carroll era in relative obscurity by SC standards. Pete’s era was dragged down by probation in the end. So, neither has been as dominant as they were in their heyday. The question is whether or not Sark is the guy to bring the program back. I don’t think he is. Perhaps you do.

          • Jack B

            USC was the most dominant program in the country from 2000 – 2009. This is widely acknowledged to be true so I couldn’t care less if you believe it. If you don’t believe Carroll’s time at USC was a “heyday” when you were nearly helpless against him (blow-out city each year except one) and he compiled a 97-19 record, 7-2 bowl record, 4 Rose Bowl wins, then you cannot be helped. Feeble ucla hasn’t won a RB in almost 30 years.

            As far as you not caring about the next 100 years, you should. It’s your only hope. You’ll never catch up to us in 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, etc. Actually, you’ll never catch us period.

            If Sark isn’t the guy for us, we’ll replace him and get it right. I could just as easily say to you that Mora will leave for the NFL if he ever really wins anything at UCLA, which he hasn’t done so far. Your program could easily slip quickly back to what is was just 3 years ago when we were beating you 50-0 while you were dressed up like food caterers.

            We are bad in basketball. Usually, we are lucky to have good teams for a short time. So what? I told you, we are a football school. We don’t really care about basketball at USC. We care about football, by far the most popular sport in America. And you’ll never catch us. We will always have a better tradition than you. It’s in our blood and it’s not in yours.

          • ProbationU

            I think you are misunderstanding what I said. The record shows about 25 years of inconsistency at SC prior to Carroll. Carroll’s years were a heyday, but a tarnished heyday. For me, your heyday was the McKay/Robinson I years….maybe because I was younger and we tend to care more about those things in our youth. Plus, I went to a lot of the games with my Uncle that went to SC. So, perhaps that colors my perception.

            I think I said that our current situation with Mora could end at any minute. And yes, he hasn’t won ANYTHING yet. He is building something, but it could end. I don’t think it would slip back to the Dorrell/Neuheisel era as Mora has made the program more attractive but with AD Guerrero anything is possible.

            Also, I am not worrying about “catching” you (SC). I am looking toward fielding a team of national significance in the near future. UCLA was the better program during the Red Sanders era and was extremely competitive under Tommy Prothro. It would be nice to get to that level for awhile. These things don’t happen overnight.

          • Jack B

            Unfortunately for you, Wooden’s years have been severely tarnished as well. We all know he knew for years exactly what Gilbert did to help not only recruit players to ucla but keep them at the school despite various types of embarrassing problems. Heck. He even taught his kids how to tie their shoes.

            Aside from that, I’m glad to hear you’re not worried about catching USC. I thought you said we won’t always be the more historically dominant program. Well, we will. Sure you’ll beat us from time to time and put together some streaks no doubt.

            But USC will always have by far the greater football tradition, just like we do now. Since you can’t grasp that Carroll’s years were “heyday” years, I really can’t understand your thinking. Were I a bruin fan, I guess I’d get it.

          • ProbationU

            I am just saying that in my eyes the Carroll years were more aberration based upon the previous 25 years. Granted SC has had Jones, McKay and Robinson….an illustrious history. Sark or whoever follows Sark will have to prove it again. SC has everything to offer land will he land in the Jones, McKay, Robinson and Carroll court or the Robinson 2, Larry Smith, Paul Hackett grouping?

            UCLA had 1 NC with Jim Harrick in basketball and 3 Final Fours under Howland…but those were more aberration in my eyes as well. There has been no sustained excellence in basketball since Wooden. I am not here to debate Wooden among all the haters here. I would highly recommend the Seth Davis book on Wooden. It was an interesting and honest portrayal IMO.

          • Jack B

            No reason to pull the “hater” card on me, which most all bruins do when someone questions Saint John. You would do well to talk with Jerry Tarkanian, Bobby Knight, Digger Phelps and Bob Boyd, no doubt. They all know a helluva lot more than Seth Davis could ever cook up. Wooden was one of the greatest coaches of all time. If you think he was in the dark about very obvious things his own players and raw common sense tell us was true, so be it.

          • ProbationU

            I wasn’t calling you a hater. I have never seen you make the negative comments about Wooden. There are several others who go deep down that road. Tarkanian is quoted in the book and is not a Wooden hater. Wooden actually recommended that Indiana hire Tarkanian when they hired Knight. I have no respect for Knight or his opinion, nor Phelps for that matter. Phelps was nothing without Wooden or UCLA giving their program visibility. Wooden did not become “St. John” until many years after he retired.

            In the book, Davis mentions that Wooden went to JD Morgan several times concerned about Sam Gilbert and that Morgan told Wooden that he as the AD would handle the Gilbert situation. In the end, Morgan did nothing as he was reportedly afraid that Gilbert would physically harm him. There are many that think Wooden could/should have done more. In those days, there were no compliance people in the athletic department. It was also shown that the UCLA basketball players knew how much money the SC football players were getting and wanted to be supported accordingly. That was the way the game was played in those days. The rules have changed now. Only in the SEC can you get away with that kind of nonsense!

          • Jack B

            There’s always been cheating in college athletics and there always will be. Forever. UCLA has been in cheating in football (this is all public info) over the last 15 years and never gotten nailed or even pursued. If anybody at the NCAA had wanted the bruins, they’d be dust.

            Wooden cheated. Morgan allowed it. Case closed. You don’t care about Knight or Phelps? I do. Wooden certainly wasn’t morally superior to either man. Tarkanian once said that if UCLA got caught cheating, he was the guy who would be put on probation.

            There are always sacred cows and those given preferable treatment. I don’t care when Wooden became known as “Saint John.” The point is, he was never a saint, not on the court, not off it and not between the lines.

            But I digress. USC’s football tradition will always be far superior to UCLA’s. It’s in our blood. Good luck catching us. I hope to see some great contests between the two rivals in the future and I’m fairly certain we’re in for some brutal battles, many of which I’ve seen in the past in person.

            And I don’t think there’s ever been more animosity between ucla and USC fans. No respect between us anymore. It’s getting to be very bad between the schools because of social media and zero tolerance for losing. Disdain seems to have settled in while the ND/SC rivalry now brings out a much more appreciative, heathy association. Well, I guess you can’t win ‘em all,

          • ProbationU

            I think we will have a few years of some great battles. Unfortunately, there are a lot of idiotic fans that show little to no respect for their opponents.

          • ProbationU

            I think we will have a few years of some great battles. Unfortunately, there are a lot of idiotic fans that show little to no respect for their opponents.

          • gotroy22

            In 2000 we went 5-7 and 2001 we went 6-6, try 2002-2011.

  • Independent_George

    Ricky Bell, man. The most punishing runner in USC history. When he got to the second level, he absolutely destroyed DBs.

    • UCLA Bleauz

      He was our version of Earl Campbell…….

      • gotroy22

        And remember his famous brother!

        • UCLA Bleauz

          You bet I do!…Archie Bell & the Drells….. doing the Tighten Up! ….some early funk….

    • anno nimus

      Ricky Bell is the best USC RB that I can remember dating way back to 1972. He could run over you or around you.

    • anno nimus

      Ricky Bell is the best USC RB that I can remember dating way back to 1972. He could run over you or around you.

    • anno nimus

      Ricky Bell is the best USC RB that I can remember dating way back to 1972. He could run over you or around you.

  • anno nimus

    Dang! what a difference steroids make!

    • gotroy22

      It would be nice to compare the 1965 team to this picture…pre and post steroids…