Earlier this week I mentioned a Pac-12 study found athletes are exhausted and don’t feel they have enough time for academics. Maybe if Larry Scott stopped scheduling basketball road trips that have games on Wednesday and Sunday, less athletes would feel this way.
I’m trying to spotlight the Bob Boyd era with color photos this week for a more contemporary look and here’s Clint Chapman, an all-Pac-8 Conference forward in 1973, going up for a rebound against UCLA. Boyd’s 1970-71 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation midway through the season and finished 24-2.
When I asked readers who USC should promote as its Heisman Trophy candidate, 58 percent said Cody Kessler while 35 percent voted for Adoree Jackson. I still believe Jackson is USC’s most marketable player and should be the top choice.
He can electrify a crowd with a punt or kickoff return on special team, a touchdown reception or perhaps even an interception. It’s not as conventional as promoting a quarterback but making a three-way player your top player would make USC unique.
You might not even know who Brendyn Taylor is but he has been on the basketball team the past three seasons. He did not play this year and is transferring to Santa Clara. He averaged 1.1 points and 0.7 rebounds per game in 2013-14.
Here’s a wonderful picture of Traveler from 1965. The first thing that stands out is the pose. That might be considered too dangerous today. The other is how easy it would be for fans to come on to the field.
In honor of USC basketball coach Bob Boyd’s memorial service at the Galen Center on Sunday, here’s a picture of him coaching practice in 1978. To the left is forward Cliff Robinson, who was one of 10 players Boyd sent to the NBA. Imagine how it would be today if a USC basketball coach won 24 games like Boyd did twice in his career.
UCLA has hired Virginia Tech broadcaster Bill Roth to replace Chris Roberts, who retired. Roth’s done Virginia Tech football and basketball games the past 27 years. You can listen here. The minute I heard was pretty good. I should note for anyone fairly new to the blog that I’m posting this item because it seems that UCLA fans spend as much time commenting here as anywhere else.