Morning Buzz: It’s Game Day For USC-UCLA Basketball

USC goes for its fifth straight victory over UCLA tonight. That would be the longest winning streak since USC beat UCLA 42 straight times from 1932-43. But more importantly, here is a color photo from a USC-UCLA game in 1967 at the Sports Arena. The game went to overtime, where UCLA won, 40-35. And yes, that is UCLA center Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).

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Rumors Of The Day

Long Beach Poly is being mentioned as a possible destination for former Oaks Christian QB Matt Corral. And Calabasas is the early frontrunner for Mycah Pittman. Former USC players Chris Claiborne and Marshall Jones have been coaching at Calabasas.

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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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