USC will allow the public to watch football practice from the East sideline of Howard Jones Field on August 4-8. It’s the first time since NCAA sanctions the public will be allowed on the field.
The public will be allowed to watch other training camp practices from the Dedeaux Field viewing deck. Regular-season practices are closed to the public unless you are a guest of the athletic dept. and donate a lot of money. I added the last part.
After the jump is a schedule of training camp practices open to the public:
Former USC baseball player Jason Lane is the talk of baseball this morning as he started today’s game for the Padres against the Braves . . . as a pitcher. Lane’s last MLB start was August 20, 2007 as a center fielder.
Lane singled in his first at-bat for his first hit since 2007. And he is the 9th-oldest major-league pitcher since 1914 to make his first career start as a pitcher at 37 years and 219 days old.
It’s been a fairly quiet July for USC basketball during the evaluation period but five-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney said this morning he narrowed his list to seven schools: Florida State, Louisville, Missouri, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU and USC.
USC players return for conditioning workouts today after a week off before training camp starts next week. In the meantime, here’s a picture of USC fullback Mike Hull against Stanford in 1966. In the background is offensive lineman Ron Yary, the only Outland Trophy winner in USC history.
In 1927, USC played Notre Dame before 120,000 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The night before the game, an event was held to hype the game and it featured baseball legends Babe Ruth (in a Notre Dame jersey) and Lou Gehrig (in a USC jersey).
Lou Gehrig in a USC jersey!
The event also promoted the Stanford-Yale game, which is why Stanford coach Glenn “Pop” Warner (far left) is in the picture along with Irish coach Knute Rockne (center next to Ruth) and USC coach Howard Jones (second from the right). Yale coach Tad Jones (far right, younger brother of Howard) and baseball agent Christy Walsh (center, left of Gehrig), who organized the event.
Don McCall played halfback at USC in 1965-66 and then played four years in the NFL, most notably with the New Orleans Saints. He led the Trojans in rushing in 1966 despite straining knee ligaments midway through the season. McCall returned from injury and scored a touchdown in the 1967 Rose Bowl.
Here’s some video of USC’s latest commit, linebacker Daelin Hayes. These are mostly running back highlights though Hayes was named linebacker MVP at the Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge in Jacksonville, Fla., this month.
Steve Sarkisian noted this week that USC had 19 season-ending injuries last season and Washington had only one.
“You look at sports science right now and recovery is so critical to the body and the success,” he said. “We really invested in that a year ago at Washington. We had one season-ending injury a year ago at Washington. USC had 19. We were a no-huddle team a year ago, they were a traditional huddle team. So I think there are things we can do to preserve our players to get the best out of them.”
So does Kenny Bigelow’s knee injury count as one for next season in Sarkisian’s calculations?
Ron Ayala was a backup quarterback and safety but he is remembered for one play as USC’s kicker. In 1969, Stanford took a 24-23 lead over USC with 1:03 left at the Coliseum. The Trojans then drove 68 yards. And as time expired, Ayala kicked a 34-yard field goal to give USC a 26-24 victory over Jim Plunkett and Stanford.