A Band Director-Football Player

Here is the USC band playing at the 1954 Final Four. The director is Tommy Walker, who was famous to those who followed USC in the 1940’s. Walker invented the “Charge” theme . . . “Da da da DUT da DUH!” at USC games that is so famous today.

But here is one of the best USC stories ever: In 1947 Walker was USC band director and placekicker. How?

He  broke the Pacific Coast Conference record for conversions in a season (19).

But he wore no pads under his football uniform and during halftime he would change into his drum major’s uniform and lead the band. One game, USC coach Jeff Cravath let him direct the band before the game and then change into his uniform. I don’t think Art Bartner can top that.

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USC Morning Buzz: Growing Pains For The Offense

Sam Darnold and USC’s young wide receivers are getting used to each other during spring practice, which I wrote about in today’s analysis.

Excerpt: “It’s really on us to make (Darnold) comfortable,” freshman wide receiver Velus Jones said. “It’s building up. He trusts us in one-on-one coverage.

“We’re building our chemistry. We’re a young wide receiver corps.”

Full story here

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Sam Darnold On Interceptions

Today was the first time Sam Darnold spoke to the media for several weeks so he was asked about his six interceptions during spring practice.

“I think I’m definitely forcing a lot of passes when I shouldn’t be,” Darnold said.

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Two Points On Sam Darnold

This is a telling picture from Saturday’s scrimmage. It’s also a good time to emphasize that two things can be true at once: Sam Darnold is the best QB in the nation and will be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft if he goes pro next year. And it is also true his six interceptions this spring are way more than he threw in the 2015 fall camp; 2016 spring practice and 2016 fall training camp, when he had a combined total of two interceptions.

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USC At The Final Four

Here’s an action shot from the 1954 Final Four, where USC played Penn State in the third-place game. Trojans forward Roy Irvin tips the ball into the basket while the Nittany Lions’ Jesse Arnelle goes for the rebound.

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Did You Get Into USC?

USC received more than 56,000 applications and accepted an all-time low 16 percent for next year’s freshmen class. The school seems more popular than ever and harder than ever to get into.

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