November 20, 1992 |
Rob Johnson chooses his words carefully, not wanting to provide added motivation for the opposition during this big-game week. But it is clear that the USC quarterback's distaste for UCLA runs deeper than the rivalry between the two schools. A year ago, when he was a freshman, Johnson told a reporter that he had "harsh feelings" toward the school from which his brother bolted two years ago.
September 18, 1992 |
I guess a winner has been finally declared in the Todd Marinovich-Bret Johnson quarterback stakes. The Hundred Months War is over. By way of byways and side streets, around roadblocks and detour signs, Orange County's most famous, favorite family feud arrived at this juncture this week: Marinovich is starting in the National Football League. Johnson is sitting in the Big 10.
August 27, 1992 |
USC put its offense into the hands of a new leader Wednesday, when Coach Larry Smith announced that sophomore Rob Johnson will be the starting quarterback when USC opens the season against San Diego State on Sept. 5 at San Diego. Junior Reggie Perry, a starter in all but one game during the Trojans' 3-8 season last fall, will be Johnson's backup. Perry, naturally, was disappointed, but he said Johnson deserves the promotion. He said Johnson took the job from him last spring.
May 2, 1992
Congratulations, Bret Johnson, you took your demotion like a man. You have been on the bench for two years, never missed a practice, and you know the system. Tommy Maddox has left for the pros. Good things always come to those who wait. Everyone will know your name again. The UCLA alumni will be forever grateful. You are set for life. Wisely, unlike Maddox, you listened to the counsel of your parents. JEFF BROWN Fountain Valley
November 21, 1991 |
Rob Johnson, USC's freshman quarterback, can't help but think about his brother this week as the Trojans prepare to play UCLA Saturday at the Coliseum. Bret Johnson quit the UCLA program last year on the eve of his sophomore season, transferring to Michigan State after losing his job as starting quarterback. "I don't want this to come out sounding unfair to UCLA, but I have harsh feelings inside me," Rob Johnson told Bob Keisser of the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
September 11, 1991 |
Bret Johnson gets yet another reminder that you can run, but you can't hide: The television lights snap on and the reporter conducting the live interview for the evening news pops the first question. "Do you want to follow in the footsteps of Todd Marinovich?" she asks. " . . . Well, really, I don't think I'd want to go that route," Johnson manages. "I think she knew she'd made a mistake," Johnson said later. "I think she was just asking me if I wanted to play pro ball."