With a public memorial for USC defensive end Jimmy Gunn this morning at 10:30 in the Founders Room at the Galen Center, it’s a good time to remember his accomplishments. Gunn was an All-American in 1969 and part of the famed “Wild Bunch” defensive line named after the classic Western movie directed by Sam Peckinpah that was also released in 1969. He played on USC’s 1967 national champion team and in three Rose Bowls.
Gunn, who died last month of heart failure at age 66, played in the NFL for seven years (1970-76) with the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Wild Bunch defensive line: Al Cowlings, Jimmy Gunn, Bubba Scott, Charles Weaver and Tody Smith.
Jimmy Gunn sacks Washington QB Tom Manke in the Trojans’ 14-7 victory over the Huskies in 1968
Four teams were fighting for second place, including Arizona State and USC, entering tonight’s games as the Sun Devils took the first game of the series at Dedeaux Field. Oregon State beat Cal, 4-0, to erase the Trojans’ chances for second. Oregon State is 18-9-1, Arizona State is 18-10, Cal is 17-11 and USC is 16-12 with two games remaining.
Since when does Cal, which often acts as if it hates sports, get Manchester United to play at its stadium instead of, oh, USC? I suspect if the Coliseum were renovated, United would prefer to play here.
Here is a pristine view of the L.A. Sports Arena in 1962, three years after it opened. Now that a soccer stadium will be built here, let’s remember some things that took place there: Wilt Chamberlain played his first NBA game, scoring 28 points in an exhibition between the Philadelphia Warriors and St. Louis Hawks on Sept. 30, 1959. There were also two Final Fours in 1968 and 1972. The 1960 Democratic Convention also took place in the Sports Arena. Not to mention, USC and UCLA basketball, the Lakers and Clippers along with boxing for the 1984 Olympics. And memorable Bruce Springsteen and U2 concerts.
Yes, the building declined over the years but the view from the seats was better than most modern arenas and it’s worth appreciating its history. Here are some of the best moments from Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth.
USC freshman basketball player Amy Okonwko has transferred to TCU. She is one of three freshmen basketball players (McKenzie Calvert, Chyanne Butler, Okonwko) to leave USC, with only one freshman remaining (Kristen Simon).