August 26, 1989 |
You're Aaron Emanuel, you're 17 and life's a bowl of cherries. After a career as a superstar running back at Quartz Hill High School that included 4,807 yards rushing, 54 touchdowns and prep All-American honors, you had to switch from fending off tacklers to fending off recruiters. They came from everywhere, even a governor's mansion. But the highlight had to be when Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne came calling. In a limo.
December 31, 1988
Nov. 26: Without Erik Affholter and Aaron Emanuel, USC would have been mauled by the Bruins . . . and the name Rodney Peete would not have been mentioned 94 times in the Sunday Times . . . or would it? RICHARD MERCER Walnut
November 22, 1988 |
Aaron Emanuel had difficulty turning his head Monday while walking on campus. Whenever someone hailed him, he had to turn his entire body in acknowledgement. Emanuel said he had a stiff neck as the result of the blows he absorbed from UCLA Saturday during USC's 31-22 victory that clinched a berth in the Rose Bowl game. It's assumed that there are also a few Bruins who are sore from colliding with Emanuel.
September 14, 1988 |
So far this football season, there has been something for everybody in the USC backfield, especially at tailback. The Trojan Heisman Trophy candidate is out of position this season--he is a quarterback instead of the usual tailback--but the land of former winners Garrett, Simpson, White and Allen still is the land of opportunity.
April 14, 1988 |
Considering the circumstances, it would have been understandable if Aaron Emanuel had transferred to another school. Get out of town, away from the notoriety that wasn't attained on the football field, but for punching a female student. Emanuel said he considered not returning to USC, where he might be constantly reminded of what he says was a mistake. "I was upset about what happened and the way things unfolded," Emanuel said. "(Transferring) was one of the first things I thought about."