Remember the above T-shirt created by a fan as a response to the USC Booksore’s “Roll Tears Roll” T-shirt? A request to take the shirt down because of copyright infringement was made by Collegiate Licensing Company over the use of “Clemson.”
“The University of Alabama initiated the request to remove the shirt, and the request was supported by Clemson, since it’s marks were being used without license or approval,” Tammy Purves, senior Director of Communications and Creative Services told AL.com. “While both universities often support rivalry and game-day designs in good fun, neither university approves of merchandise with distasteful messaging.” Story here
Of course Nick Saban doesn’t announce who starts before the season opener. Instead, he said the Crimson Tide are down to Cooper Bateman and Blake Barnett of Corona. There has been speculation in Alabama that true freshman Jalen Hurts was challenging to start.
In some ways, Alabama seems to be similar to USC. Bateman’s the veteran. Barnett is the same class as USC QB Sam Darnold. Saban might play both the first game.
The Pac-12 just drew 61,000 to watch Cal beat Hawaii. Cal! And then it announced a deal with Fox Sports Australia to televise games. So it makes sense that yearly games down under would be a possibility. And naturally, who would be a logical candidate to take to Sydney? USC. I’m not saying it is being planned. Just be warned.
Tim Tebow is supposed to do a baseball workout on Tuesday for all 30 major league teams at USC. The location makes sense. Tom House, the former USC pitching coach, helped Tebow with his passing motion when he wanted to play in the NFL again. And House has his baseball center at Dedeaux Field. So there you go.
The USC women’s volleyball team, ranked No. 7 in the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. preseason poll, just started off 0-3 with losses to Marquette, Santa Clara and UC Irvine. I’m sure there are reasons but the poll obviously was off a bit.
I’ve never heard anyone mention this game to me before but in 1961, USC played No. 1-ranked Iowa at the Coliseum. The Trojans trailed 21-0 before quarterback Bill Nelsen scored on a keeper. USC cut the lead to 21-14 on a keeper by QB Pete Beathard. Nelsen threw a TD pass to left end Phil Hoover to tie the game, 21-21, before Iowa scored two touchdowns to lead 35-21.
Nelsen then threw a 71-yard TD pass to wide receiver Hal Bedsole. Nelsen and Bedsole connected on a 5-yard TD pass with 48 seconds left in the game to make it 35-34. John McKay then elected for a 2-point conversion. Nelson passed again to Bedsole, who is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. The pass was incomplete and Iowa hung on for the 35-34 victory.
Two notes: The game was on national TV, which explains to me why the Trojans wore their numbers on their helmets (see fullback Ben Wilson below). When USC played in the 1963 Rose Bowl, it was asked to wear numbers on the helmets for identification purposes. Also, the crowd was just 30,263. For a game against a No. 1 team?
USC is 7-12 against No. 1-ranked teams, which is the fourth-most victories by any college. USC was 7-7 but has lost the past five against No. 1 teams and hasn’t beaten a top-ranked team since beating Washington, 16-7, in 1984.
Here’s a game where USC was No. 1 and faced No. 7 Alabama. Keith Jackson points out early USC defensive tackle Walt Underwood “grew up in Tuscaloosa.”
UPDATED: Just to be clear, when I say No. 1-ranked opponents, I am referring to the AP poll.
I would not count on Chad Wheeler starting at left tackle against Alabama. He felt pain in his foot during today’s mock game and Clay Helton said he would decide Tuesday whether Wheeler or Chuma Edoga starts.
Given how little Wheeler’s practiced and the fact he feels pain, it seems unlikely Wheeler is ready to start or perhaps even play.
USC held its mock game this afternoon minus fans or media and did not disclose the location (El Camino College). I’m not sure why with all the security at Howard Jones Field and the Coliseum it was necessary to play the game at El Camino, unless someone wanted to talk to David Sills.