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.
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.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian and his wife, Stephanie, are in the process of getting a divorce, according to Conquest Chronicles/SB Nation. The couple has three children. Sarkisian’s management firm provided a statement to the website:
“It is our desire to protect the privacy of our children and each other. Our goal is to raise our children in a joint, cooperative style as caring and loving parents. Thank you for respecting our family’s privacy. We will have no further comment.”
Here’s an interesting story from Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports that shows the Pac-12 surveyed its athletes and found they are often “too exhausted to study effectively.”
And 73 percent said coaches threatened to“kick athletes off the team for missing voluntary activities.” USC was one of three schools that did not participate in the survey. Full story here.
Tim Tebow’s return to the NFL has brought a lot of publicity to former USC pitching coach Tim House, who runs a sports biomechanics center at Dedeaux Field, and spent months working with Tebow. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Blake Bortles and others have worked with House.
At some point, will USC quarterbacks benefit from House’s largesse? And I realize Cody Kessler threw only five interceptions, but there is always room for improvement.
USC holds a public memorial on Sunday for Bob Boyd at the Galen Center, and this is a great color photo from the 1974-75 season. Today, I want to spotlight what Boyd did the weekend of March 7-8, 1969. USC faced UCLA featuring Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Sidney Wicks, Curtis Rowe, Lynn Shackelford and John Vallely.
The Trojans lost in double overtime at the Sports Arena, 61-55, on Friday night then came back on Saturday night and upset the Bruins, 46-44, at Pauley Pavilion. It was UCLA’s first-ever loss at Pauley and snapped their 41-game winning streak. Ernie Powell made the game-winning shot with six seconds left.