Former USC Assistant Coach John Jackson Sr. Dies At 81

John Jackson Sr., the running backs coach at USC while Charles White and Marcus Allen played for the Trojans, died Thursday from complications following intestinal surgery.  He was 81.

Jackson Sr. also held the title of USC offensive coordinator and was at USC from 1976-81. He also assistant head coach at UNLV from 1999-2004 under John Robinson. His son, John Jackson Jr., was a wide receiver at USC and currently serves as the Trojans radio analyst. His daughter, Tracie, works at USC.

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Wide Receiver Mycah Pittman leaves Oaks Christian

First quarterback Matt Corral left Oaks Christian. Now wide receiver Mycah Pittman has decided to transfer. Pittman is the younger brother of USC WR Michael Pittman and already has an offer from USC. He is a Class of 2019 recruit. So Corral and Pittman will be a big package deal for some school.

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USC At Kings Game

Sam Darnold, Deontay Burnett, Daniel Imatorbhebhe, Clay Helton and the Rose Bowl Trophy are expected to be at the Kings game tonight. I’ve lost track of Rose Bowl celebrations.

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USC Rumor Of The Day

One name I’ve heard this week for the running backs job is former wide receiver Keary Colbert. He’s already on the staff, so it would be a smooth transition in that sense.

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Mike Walden Appreciation

I wanted to find a picture of Mike Walden when he was the USC play-by-play announcer and here he is calling a basketball game during the 1969-70 season. A celebration of life for Walden will be held March 18 at 11 a.m. at Braemar Country Club (4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana 91356).

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Former USC Announcer Mike Walden Passes Away At 89


Announcer Mike Walden, a member of the USC Hall of Fame, died on Feb. 12, according to LARadio.com. He was 89.

Walden was USC’s play-by-play announcer from 1966-72 but did USC games for various networks for several decades. He was also UCLA’s play-by-play announcer, the only person to be both school’s primary announcer. Many of you might remember him best for his role as the straight man on the “Super Dave” TV show.

Above, he calls what i consider the greatest shot in USC basketball history during a 1982 game vs. Washington at the Sports Arena. The analyst is coaching legend Pete Newell.

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Morning Buzz: Finally, A Mock Draft With A USC Player

A couple days ago I asked if anyone could find a mock draft with a USC player in the first round? Well, here’s one by Pete Prisco of CBS Sports that has Adoree Jackson going with the 30th pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And Jackson’s getting some compliments from respected draft analyst Mike Mayock.

“He provides immediate value as a return guy,” Mayock said. “He’s not a top-five corner yet (in this NFL draft). But I think he’s raw and has the ability to develop into one.”

That will mean playing with more consistency than he did at USC last season, when he surrendered seven touchdown passes.

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