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.
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.
I’ve tried to ignore LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, but it’s USC-UCLA week and I’ve had enough. Here’s what he told TMZ: “He’s going to be better than Steph Curry. Steph Curry’s really good, but my son is young, he’s got time to go. And you only consider him good because he won a couple of championships. What if he didn’t win no championships? He made some shots at the right time. But he’s not as young as my boy.”
How about beating USC first? Lonzo Ball had seven turnovers in the first meeting at the Galen Center. That doesn’t mean he is not going to be a great player. But no Steph Curry comparisons, please.
USC and more recently, Stanford, have developed reputations as the place for offensive linemen. But Utah is sending four offensive linemen (offensive guard Isaac Asiata, offensive tackle Garett Bolles, center J.J. Dielman, offensive tackle Sam Tevi) to the NFL combine. If that’s not enough you could say the Utes also have two defensive linemen (Pita Taumoepenu, Stevie Tu’ikolovatu) if you consider Tu’ikolovatu played three years at Utah.
If USC knows one thing, it is how to raise money. President Max Nikias said today USC is close to reaching its goal of raising $6 billion nearly 18 months ahead of schedule. Nikias said he is going to extend the campaign five more years. USC has raised more money in the past 6.5 years than in the previous 60.
So in that case, how about getting those Coliseum renovations started now?