USC Morning Buzz: Some History With Alabama

USC.ALABAMA.1978.2Alabama is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason poll. USC is 1-0 against top-ranked Alabama teams with a 24-14 victory at Birmingham on Sept. 23, 1978.

On the other hand, USC is 0-5 against Alabama, outside of Birmingham, with losses at the Coliseum in 1938, 1971, and 1977, a loss at Pasadena on New Year’s Day in 1946 and a loss at the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu in 1985.  In each of the years after USC lost to the Crimson Tide in Los Angeles, the Trojans won the National Championship.

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Faster Format Salute To Troy

I said Friday I could not believe the Salute to Troy was over by 8:15 p.m. Friday night. Some fans who attended tell me the event did not honor any teams from the past. Usually there is a 50-or-25-year anniversary for a team and members are brought up. Last year, Mike Garrett actually set foot on campus for the first time since he was fired because one of his teams was honored. But that helps explain why things moved faster.

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USC Morning Buzz: What’s Up With Former Linebacker Scott Felix?

FELIXRemember back in April when Clay Helton said he hoped linebacker Scott Felix could be a scout team player this season after he failed a drug test for taking a banned supplement?

Felix has not been at training camp so I asked Helton what Felix’s role would be this season. Felix will not have any practuce duties, which probably means it was forbidden by the NCAA. Instead, he will work in the football office and participate in USC’s Pro Day next spring with hopes of playing in the NFL. Felix considered turning pro early after he failed the drugs test but tried to appeal his case. The NCAA denied it.

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