USC Wants High School To Stop Using `Trojans’ Nickname

It must be legal Monday. USC has informed a small private school in Utah to stop using “Trojans” and to change its school colors. Utah Southvalley Community Private School calls itself USC, has cardinal and gold as its colors and uses the nickname Trojans.

Who ratted out the small school? Bob Jones, president of the school’s board of trustees, said the school uses Trojans because he traces his history to Priam, king of Troy.

So does Max Nikias.

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Mike Garrett Accused Of Sexual Harassment

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Former USC athletic director Mike Garrett was accused of sexual harassment by a Cal State Los Angeles admnistrator on Monday.

According to a statement by senior associate athletic director Sheila Hudson, “upon hire, Garrett called the female employees working under him, including Dr. Hudson, “Babe,” “Sweetheart,” “Love,” and “Legs.” Garrett allegedly told at least one student employee, “I love you” and “I could kiss you.” The University’s Human Resources department justified Garrett’s conduct and warned Dr. Hudson against voicing her complaints.”

Hudson also said “Cal State LA again ignored its own hiring policies when it appointed Garrett’s son, Daniel Garrett, as Assistant Athletic Director in January 2016, and when Daryl Gross of Syracuse University scandal fame was hired in July 2016 to replace Garrett as Athletic Director after just six months on the job.”

Remember, Garrett was Cal State L.A.’s athletic director until he was abruptly reassigned in June.

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O.J. T-Shirt Looks To Be History

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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

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USC Is Everywhere

Tim Tebow not only works with former USC pitching coach Tom House, who has his baseball center at Dedeaux Field, but he trains in Arizona with former USC catcher Chad Moeller.

UPDATED: Former USC pitcher Chad Smith will be throwing to Tebow. USC really is everywhere.

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Alabama Down To Two QBs

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.

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USC Morning Buzz: Is An Australia Game The Next Big Trip?

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.

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Tim Tebow Workout At USC

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.

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A Non-Football Item

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.

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A Thrilling But Rarely Discussed USC vs. No. 1 Opponent Game

USC.IOWA.1961I’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?

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