USC announced it will hold a public memorial Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Founders Room of the Galen Center for All-American defensive end Jimmy Gunn, who died last month at the age of 66.
USC’s odds to win the national title are 18/1, which places the Trojans sixth overall according to Bovada. That is obviously at odds (pardon the pun) with yesterday’s over/under of 8 victories. UCLA is 28/1.
Also listed after the jump are Heisman odds, where Cody Kessler is tied with Ohio State’s Cardale Jones at 12/1. Now that seems a bit too good to be true to me. Full odds for national title and Heisman after the jump:
“As long as I’m here, we will not play in Tiger Stadium on a Thursday. I guarantee you that.”
— LSU athletic director Joe Alleva
Chris Andrews is a former legal bookmaker who has already come up with over/under win totals for college football. And his results are surprising. He lists USC’s win total at 8 and UCLA’s at 9.5. I can see the smoke rising from the USC fans who read this. See the win totals here.
I’ve run many pictures of the 1963 Rose Bowl, an amazing game to those who watched it, as No. 1 USC defeated No. 2 Wisconsin, 42-37 to win the national championship. But this is the first photo I’ve run in in color.
And since we tend to think Adoree Jackson invented two-way play, let’s ponder what Willie Brown (26) did in the game: He had 108 yards receiving, returned kickoffs 41-and-31 yards and made perhaps the key play of the game with an interception in the end zone. USC wide receiver Hal Bedsole, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame and caught two touchdown passes in the game, told me Brown was the Trojans’ MVP that day.
That’s guard Pete Lubisich making the block in the center of the picture.
USC athletic director Pat Haden was paid more than $2.5 million in compensation in 2013 and was probably the nation’s top-paid AD, according to USA Today. It also reports Lane Kiffin and Kevin O’Neill were given nearly $2,2 million in severance pay the same year. Full story here
Pete Carroll said last weekend if he were still USC coach, he would keep practices open to the public and media. It was a significant comment because former coach Lane Kiffin used to insist Carroll would have closed practices to the media/public if he remained the Trojans coach in the era of social media and cell-phone cameras.
Now that USC is no longer on probation, practices could be open. And if Carroll were around, apparently they would be again.
The No. 1-ranked USC women’s tennis team lost to No. 4-ranked Vanderbilt, 4-0, in Waco, Texas, on Monday. If the Trojans won, they would have faced UCLA, which defeated Georgia, 4-1.