USC Trojans This & That — 4/22

1952 USC at UCLA program: USC, coached by Jess Hill, finished 10-1, losing only to ND 9-0. The Trojans beat UCLA 14-12 (the Bruins’ only loss), and won the Rose Bowl, 7-0 vs WIS. Trojan standouts included All-America DB/RB Jim Sears (W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy winner for best player on the Pacific Coast; 7th in Heisman voting), All-America RG Elmer Wilhoite, RB Al Carmichael, RB/DB Lindon Crow, QB Rudy Bukich and QB George Bozanic. USC finished #5 in the final AP poll and tied at #4 with OU in the UPI poll.

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Jamaica
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Rudy “the bullet” Bukich went on to play for George Halas and da monsters of the midway that won an NFL championship in 1963. Would have liked to have seen them play the steelers a decade later. What a physical game that would have been! Dick Butkus vs. Jack Lambert?

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Did anybody else watch UCLA’s Spring scrimmage on P12Net this weekend? I did, and wasn’t really impressed. When DTR threw the ball over 8 yards deep, he either wildly overthrew his receivers or threw it out of bounds where they couldn’t catch it. He was sacked a number of times as well (could’ve been more if called honestly). Bruin running game looked like, well, the Bruin running game against everyone else but us. It looked like the running game that, after killing us for 289 yards, mustered only 67 against Stanford for an average yards per carry of 1.7. DTR’s… Read more »

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Makes zero sense for Fink to go to UCLA, for economic reasons. I think it is fair to state at this time Fink does not have an NFL career in his future. He will need to go into the work force – by being a USC grad he can tap into that network for his earning life IF he stays away from UCLA. If he goes to UCLA, he will not be embraced by the Bruin network and will be rejected by the Trojan network. Makes zero economic sense to do that. He should look to the Big 12 or… Read more »

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Chippie can only make an offer to Fink, and I would assume Fink, in showing good taste and carrying a USC degree would laugh in his face.

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USC hopefully is totally engaging in some serious recruiting between now and May 31st. Seems there are several outstanding local players they have been overlooked by them at WR and DB. Of course some really serious work needs to be done for some big bodies for the O line, again. Wonder if Helton will use the portal at all?

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I read where the rule changes include letting walk-ons in all sports have immediate availability to play. Seems that could be a boon to some sports teams, but can’t see where it would affect football to much unless your name was Mayfield.

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Great post and love to see the covers of the old programs. Jim Sears was one of the great running backs that USC had in the 1950’s. He was early 50’s, “Jaguar” Jon Arnett was mid 50’s and then Frank Gifford. I’m wondering if current QB Jack Sears is related to Jim.

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Obvious question: any relation between Jim Sears above and Jack Sears – the president QB at SC.