The Trojans finished in a three-way tie for third in the Pac-12 with Arizona State and Cal. UCLA won the conference while Oregon State finished second. USC finds out at 9 a.m. who it plays in the NCAA Tournament, its first appearance since 2005. The Trojans also might be selected as a regional site. USC’s 37-19 record is its best since 2001.
UPDATED: The NCAA announced 16 sites Sunday night. UCLA, Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara were selected as local sites. Santa Barbara is actually playing at Lake Elsinore because it did not have lights.
Incoming freshman Dominic Davis of Alemany turned in a speedy 100 meters at the CIF Division 3 100 meter final yesterday at Cerritos College. Davis ran the 100 in 10.39 seconds, which was the third-fastest time among all four divisions. But the wind was 4.2 miles per hour, which is above the legal limit.
Is Bishop Gorman going to become as important to USC as Serra High School? The Class of 2017 at the Las Vegas school includes quarterback Tate Martell, the 5-10 wonder who seems like he is dying to go to USC.
Then there is wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (5-9, 175), who is also competing at the Clarkson QB retreat this weekend in Coronado and has a USC offer. Defensive tackle Haskell Garrett (6-1, 286) also is a four-star prospect with a USC offer. It remains to be seen if USC offers running back Biaggio Ali-Walsh, who is the grandson of Muhammad Ali.
In the first of a new series, I am going to randomly pick a USC coaching staff of the past and look at its accomplishments. One reason is because every time someone gets hired at USC (like Lane Kiffin) they say they are hiring the best staff in America. And they do not. Well, let’s see how the staff of the past compared.
Here’s a look at some of the 1965 coach staff: Mike Giddings was the head coach at the University of Utah in 1966-67 and also became head coach of the Hawaii World Football League team. Craig Fertig, a former USC player, became the head coach at Oregon State from 1976-79. Charlie Hall became the director of player personnel for the Houston Oilers.
Mel Hein was the NFL’s MVP in 1938 as a center. A center! An eight-time all-pro center, he was a charter member of the NFL Hall of Fame in 1963. Imagine that background for a coach today. Jim Stangeland, a former USC player, led Long Beach State and Long Beach City College to its greatest success, including a national title at Long Beach City in 1964.
Dave Levy was just inducted into the USC Hall of Fame and considered one of the greatest, if not greatest, assistant coaches in school history. He also was an offensive coordinator in the NFL.
And of course, there’s Marv Goux, who is simply the most inspirational coach in USC history, not to mention a former player.
Kyle Twomey and Brent Wheatley combined to limit the Sun Devils to four runs while Dante Flores drove in three runs as the Trojans bounced back from Friday’s loss. USC is 36-19 and 17-12. With ASU’s loss, Oregon State clinched second place in the Pac-12.
USC commit Matt Fink and probable commit Tate Martell are competing at Steve Clarkson’s annual “QB retreat” in Coronado. In today’s longest pass competition, Martell threw a 63-yard pass while Fink threw 59 yards. Max Gilliam of Thousand Oaks, who is committed to Cal, threw 66-yards. But the winner was Feleipe Franks, who is committed to LSU, and threw a retreat-record 78 yard pass.
The Coliseum is now offering self-guided and guided tours during the week and will offer weekend tours in June. Veterans and active military can get a free tour on Memorial Day between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Seniors get a $5 discount. Normal cost is $10 for self-guided and $25 for guided tours.
With a public memorial for USC defensive end Jimmy Gunn this morning at 10:30 in the Founders Room at the Galen Center, it’s a good time to remember his accomplishments. Gunn was an All-American in 1969 and part of the famed “Wild Bunch” defensive line named after the classic Western movie directed by Sam Peckinpah that was also released in 1969. He played on USC’s 1967 national champion team and in three Rose Bowls.
Gunn, who died last month of heart failure at age 66, played in the NFL for seven years (1970-76) with the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Wild Bunch defensive line: Al Cowlings, Jimmy Gunn, Bubba Scott, Charles Weaver and Tody Smith.
Jimmy Gunn sacks Washington QB Tom Manke in the Trojans’ 14-7 victory over the Huskies in 1968