If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column
USC will practice at the Coliseum tonight, probably in tennis shoes again, as it prepares for Saturday’s scrimmage.
These are usually the dog days of training camp but with days off and no two-a-days, this has been a pretty comfortable two weeks for the players.
Linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu was reportedly in the hospital Thursday. Was he having surgery on his sore foot? Tuliaupupu redshirted last season because of injury, barely practiced in the spring and did not practice in training camp. Naturally, Clay Helton did not mention it.
I hear new USC president Carol Folt has completely redecorated her office with white walls and lots of natural light. Former president Max Nikias was known for going over-the-top when it came to decorating an office or designing a building, such as his love of spires.
Nikias has a nice new office in the Tutor Center across from Bovard. I hear the space was previously used by Graduate Student Government. I hope they didn’t get kicked out of their space for Nikias.
Today’s Los Angeles Times confirmed what I wrote Wednesday about wide receiver Bru McCoy: He has had fevers for seven weeks and has seen several specialists, who have not yet identified exactly what ails him.
Elex Michaelson, a co-anchor of the Channel 11 news at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. and a USC graduate, covered the Coliseum ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. Michaelson said he was unexpectedly hit in the left eye by confetti and for awhile he could not see. Doctors said he will need a days of “intense drops and care to get better.”
Jack Del Rio, who recently attended two USC practices, has become an NFL analyst for ESPN.
Two weeks ago, I relayed a story involving former USC QB Vince Evans, who played in 1975 and 1976.
There were bumper stickers made that said, “Save USC Football: Shoot Vince Evans.”
Evans, who is African-American, received at least one death threat prior to the 1976 USC-UCLA game but ignored it.
‘There is obviously still some racism,” he said prior to the Crosstown Rivalry. “Even if I threw nine touchdown passes in a game there’d be a percentage of people who would be yelling for Rob Hertel (the back-up quarterback).”
Evans had a 36-yard TD run in the Trojans’ 24-14 victory over UCLA at the Coliseum.
“That was one of the most deserving things I’ve seen in sport,” USC coach John Robinson said.
“I wanted to come back and show people I could do the job competently,” Evans said.
Did you know actor Kent McCord, best known for the TV show, “Adam-12” went to USC to play football in 1961?
McCord became a close friend of actor Ricky Nelson while at USC, which led to a regular role on the TV show, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”
McCord’s USC stint was short. He transferred to Utah in 1962 and then became an actor.