Happy Birthday USC!

Turning 139, and still fighting on…………….

From a modest start, the university on Sunday marks its 139th birthday as one of the nation’s leading research institutions.

USC — officially founded Oct. 6, 1880, when Los Angeles was little more than a rough-and-tumble frontier town in the early 1870s, when a group of public-spirited citizens led by Judge Robert Maclay Widney first dreamed of establishing a university in the region. It took nearly a decade for this vision to become a reality, but in 1879 Widney formed a board of trustees and secured a donation of 308 lots of land from three prominent members of the community – Ozro W. Childs, a Protestant horticulturist; former California governor John G. Downey, an Irish-Catholic pharmacist and businessman; and Isaias W. Hellman, a German-Jewish banker and philanthropist. The gift provided land for a campus as well as a source of endowment, the seeds of financial support for the nascent institution.

When USC first opened its doors to 53 students and 10 teachers in 1880, the “city” still lacked paved streets, electric lights, telephones and a reliable fire alarm system.

Today, USC is home to more than 47,000 students and some 4,000 full-time faculty, and is located in the heart of one of the biggest metropolises in the world. The school’s first building lives on as Widney Alumni House.

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ATL D.D.S.
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I just saw on the espn web site that the title ix goons are going after another kicker–this time at Oklahoma– for a fight with his girlfriend. What are the odds that this is Boermeister II?

Allen Wallace
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Boermeester really got the shaft supreme from USC. We keep in touch. It makes me ill to think of what he has gone through.

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A friend of mine living in New England, is a bruin who hates SC as much as I hate ucla. He is rooting for SC to win upcoming games because, you guessed it, he doesn’t want Helton fired. I think that tells you all you need to know.
Man, I just wish he was gone already!

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Telling, and accurate quote from Alicia de Artola of Reign of Troy:

“Enthusiasm around the program is at a rare low, not just with fans, but with the future players who are evaluating their fit.”

I think it’s the total lack of enthusiasm about USC football under Clay Helton that has impacted me the most lately. I’ve never seen Trojan football like this, not even under Paul Hackett, nor Ted Tollner. Not by a mile.

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There have been many instances posters have called a certain event to be “the last nail in the coffin.” But I believe the fact that next year’s recruiting class is so dismal is the telling tale. (a bit of unintentional alliteration there). Young people are the easiest to deceive because they have little life experiences to base things on and they implicitly believe adults, especially gifted deceivers and enablers. They are generally the last to see things as they really are. I do not believe any amount of “wins” on the remaining schedule will change next year’s recruit’s minds. If… Read more »

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Scipio…….yes…….good points all around…….if Helton was bad with what he inherited lets think about how he’ll be with two recruiting classes that contain no top notch linemen and starting to even lose WR’s and other skill position folks. Scary to say the least. The colly will never look like the rose bowl on game day……we have to many die hard fans and great tradition……but it will be easy to get tickets. Any AD will have no choice but to recognize the path we are headed on and correct……..IMO the firing of Swann was the signal that Helton is leaving…….the rest… Read more »

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What are we waiting for, just announce now that Helton will be relieved of his duties at the conclusion of the ucla game. For crying out loud.

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I’d be fine with that. Just fine.

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Betting line for SC-ND just came out– 10-11 point Irish favorite. Irish quarterback Book threw for 5 tds yesterday, so it appears he is feeling pretty healthy. I just don’t see how the Trojans overcome Book and can keep up with the ND scoring. But of course I will watch, at least the first half.

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Happy birthday USC! You are grand in appearance, influence, and respect! I always wanted you to be my academic “mother”, but alas it was not to be. However, three of my children can call you “mom”, so vicariously I feel much admiration and attachment toward you.

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Best way to “watch” an NFL game is view the highlights only. Christian McCaffrey just hurtled a defender who then undercut McCaffrey, and the Stanford great tucked and completed a full summersault into the end zone. Now, that was a highlight!

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I should have added that I never thought SC with Clay would be in better shape than UCLA with Chip, but that appears to be the case. It is possible that UCLA will have one win when it comes to the Coliseum in November. SC should be rid of Clay in November and UCLA will still have Chip and his “giant bamboo forest” in 2020. For those not familiar with the “giant bamboo forest”, Chip has stated that he has a four year plan like a giant bamboo – one waters a giant bamboo for three years and no growth.… Read more »

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Chip’s gotta be one of the greatest coaching disappointments of recent times at UCLA. The Bruins look absolutely hopeless. Fantastic! On the downside — how could they have been actually good enough to beat USC last year?

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Whenever I rib my UCLA fan friend about how bad the Bruins are, he now always retorts, “just watering the Bamboo.”

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At least your Bruin friend has a good sense of humor. Personally, I think all hope is lost for the little gutties under Choc Chip. So sad. sad wink

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Back from my South American adventure. Much the worse for the wear! As to appears to have happened in my absence: 1. I predicted Clay would go 1-2 in the Utah, UW & ND run, with the Utah win being the most likely win. Two down and one to go and Clay has performed to expectations. 2. Clay has shown in Year 4 that he is very much a .500 football coach, even with the best talent in a very weak Pac 12. Looks like BYU will be lucky to win 4 games. But he is, as Allen pointed out,… Read more »

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I think CH forgot to water the bamboo tree. 🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️

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Happy Birthday USC. Thanks for the interesting history.
Keep up the good work.

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And 8-years later in 1888 this Grand Old Lady of a university put out its first football team.,,,,

Notice how often teams fade in their next game following an SC game? BYU got belted, now Washington. I guess teams still go balls-out to beat the Trojans, and don’t have much fight left in them the following week.,,,

Ouch! I don’t waste time watching football other than SC games, but I read where the t.v. guys doing the Notre Dame game yesterday apologized for The Irish having to play weak teams like SC and Stanford.

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Wow a few years ago the Failing Irish were the blemish on SC’s schedule, but I don’t recall anyone other than maybe Scott Wolf.
I remember driving home from a trip to San Antonio TX and being stuck in traffic near Cabazon outlet mall. The game had started but we were too far away to receive the radio signal, so I was stuck with the domer homers radio. They had SC dressed in garnet and yellow and they kept mispronouncing the quarterback’s name. They were very childish

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Happy Birthday to my University, Alum from Class of 1972. This is such a special place to me forever. Fight On Trojans!

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Looking at the final scores of yesterday, you can’t get a strong hunch who is going to beat who anymore. Arizona beats Colorado who beat ASU who beat Cal who beat UDUB who beat USC who beat Utah who beat Wash St who lost to UCLA who just also lost to Oregon St. Washington just lost to Stanford who lost to USC while Oregon beat Cal. Who the h’””l is going to win this conference? Looks like Oregon might back into it? As to USC’s games after ND, you better not bet the farm on what happens. The funny thing… Read more »

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The PAC12 certainly complicates matters for the oddsmakers in Vegas.

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Be careful Jam. People go crazy trying to figure this kind of Schiff out….

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The Pac-12 is a lousy conference compared to some of the ball I saw played elsewhere yesterday. ND looked fantastic, I don’t care who they were up against. Great to see UCLA and UW lose! grin

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Happy Birthday grand old University!