Long-Time USC Announcer Tom Kelly Dies At 88


Tom Kelly, who was synonymous with USC football and basketball, died this morning. He was 88 and about to celebrate his 89th birthday Wednesday. Kelly started calling USC games in 1961 and did games almost yearly until 2003. Above he is announcing the 1974 USC-Notre Dame game.

Here’s an obituary on Kelly, who was the announcer for five national championship teams.

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USC Morning Buzz: Nothing Spells Perfection Like El Camino College

I said Thursday that West Virginia QB David Sills’ transfer to El Camino College was probably orchestrated by his guru, Steve Clarkson. Well, it turns out El Camino’s offensive coordinator, Tim Kaub, works at Clarkson quarterback camps. And it was Clarkson who called Sills a “perfect quarterback.” I didn’t realize perfect quarterbacks go to El Camino. But Baby Quarterbacks do. USC coach Steve Sarkisian nudged him elsewhere after getting hired. That led to West Virginia, which switched him to wide receiver.

Maybe Tate Martell will be at El Camino College in three years too since he is also a Clarkson client.

Here’s a fun fact: When USC held its Rising Stars camp before in 2013 it rated the top three quarterbacks as (in order) Ricky Town, Josh Rosen and Sills. How was Rosen behind Town?!?!

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Games Of Thrones Talk

GAME.OF.THRONES.6Season finale time! Who lives? Who dies?

If you hoped for a quiet finale, too many people died for that to happen. But it wasn’t as depressing as last year’s finale when Jon Snow supposedly died.

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Southern California Invasion

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh spent this weekend with satellite camps in Oceanside and Los Angeles. And Ohio State got a commitment from St. John Bosco offensive lineman Wyatt Davis, who some consider the top guard in the nation.

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USC Morning Buzz: Tate Martell Commits To Third School

MARTELL.APSo far, so good. Tate Martell, the Pocket Quarteback, committed to Ohio State yesterday. This follows his commitment to Washington as an eighth grader and Texas A&M last year. USC always gets listed among his final schools but I never hear the Trojans are close to being his final pick. I suspect seeing Sam Darnold has something to do with it. And it’s better for USC to avoid any future drama that might come with the high-profile Martell, who does not seem like the type that will stick around if he loses a QB derby.

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USC College World Series Connection

Arizona has reached the championship series of the College World Series. The Wildcats’ pitching coach is Dave Lawn. He spent seven seasons as USC’s pitching coach under Mike Gillespie, where he coached Mark Prior and Ian Kennedy among others.

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UCLA Coach Jim Mora Announces He And Wife Are Separating

UCLA coach Jim Mora announced he and his wife, Shannon, are separating after more than 30 years of marriage. Here’s a statement from his agent, Jimmy Sexton, who also represents Clay Helton and Lane Kiffin.

“After much thought and careful consideration, Jim and Shannon Mora have decided to separate. This was a very difficult decision and they appreciate the respect for their family’s privacy at this time.”

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USC Picture Of The Day

HELLER.1963Halfback Ron Heller gains 5 yards as No. 1-ranked USC faced No. 3-ranked Oklahoma in on Sept. 28, 1963 at the Coliseum. The Sooners won, 17-12. But the real surprise was the attendance: 39.345. For the Nos. 1 and 3 ranked teams in the nation?

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