I confess I never gave much thought to the Finger Fountain, which was demolished this week. But I did a little research and it was constructed at USC in 1979 and designed by the firm, Flewelling & Moody, which is responsible for perhaps the most famous building on campus: Seeley W. Mudd Memorial Hall of Philosophy (below).
What is irksome is that a fountain popular with the students that also adopted Crosstown Rivalry lore was demolished. Can you imagine Notre Dame destroying one of its campus landmarks that have a sports connotation?
This is the other sad fact: The fountain does not fit USC’s current desire to make everything on campus seem Greek or Italian based (guess who made that decision). And it doesn’t have a Disneyland feel like this out-of-place thing. So in this respect, the Finger Fountain never had much of a chance. It’s role in the fountain runs probably also hurt its image from the point of university bureaucrats.
Former USC wide receiver Mike Williams is the head coach at Van Nuys High School. Williams tells the Detroit Free-Press he is more like coaches he hated during his career.
“It’s weird, because the coaches I hated the most in my career, I’m more like them. I’m more like Mike Martz than I am Pete Carroll. Not schematically, but in terms of attention to detail — if you don’t do it right every time, it doesn’t matter. All the stuff I used to hate about Martz, that’s exactly how I am. And surprisingly enough, I hate throwing the ball. I will run the ball 50 times and throw it five as a coach.”
It always feels like a politician is talking when Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott answers a question: You don’t quite get an an answer and don’t really feel satisfied by what he says. Here’s what Scott says about the fact a mere four games might start earlier than 7 p.m. in an effort to reduce night games.
“We know it’s important to fans and schools. Within the parameters of the TV agreement, we’ve done all that’s possible to mitigate some of the friction.”
USC has torn down the “Finger Fountain,” which according to lore pointed toward UCLA and gave the gesture to the crosstown rivals. Officially, it was torn down because of renovations to Gavin Herbert Plaza. The fountain was also central to USC’s fountain run, which was discontinued two years ago.
In 1984, USC defeated Tennessee, 72-61, at Pauley Pavilion in the NCAA women’s basketball championship game. The Tennessee coach was Pat Summitt. It was USC’s second straight title and the last won claimed by the Trojans. The above photo was taken by USC graduate Peter Read Miller, a well-known photographer for Sports Illustrated.
Colin Cowherd showed his soccer ignorance today when he compared Notre Dame to England: “Used to be better. Last 30 years mostly hype.”
England has won one World Cup (1966) and really done nothing else. Notre Dame has won 11 national titles. It went to the BCS title game in 2012. England fans would kill to make another World Cup title game. Or to beat Iceland.
He’s warmer comparing Brazil to USC: “USC is Brazil. You always think they should be better. Unbelievable skill. Really good on the perimeter. Huge brand. Some of the best players ever.”
Of course his USC analogy is better because he is a USC homer.
Are you looking for some new point spreads on USC games? Or how about some games that already almost a touchdown spread in June? The sports betting site, WagerTalk.com, has released updated speads on six games:
USC is a 6.5-point underdog against Stanford; a 1-point favorite over Utah; a 3.5-point favorite over Oregon; a 6-point underdog at Washington and a 3.5-point underdog against UCLA and a 6.5 favorite over Notre Dame.
That’s a lot of points for the Stanford, Washington and Notre Dame games. Stanford has a new quarterback that has not been picked (just like USC). Washington is highly regarded but unproven while Notre Dame looks like a team many want to downgrade from a year ago.