March 12, 1988
Our son recently signed a national letter of intent to attend USC on a football scholarship. Jon Blank of Agoura (Viewpoint, Feb. 27) would obviously be surprised to learn that Mike chose to do so because USC offered him the best combination of academics and athletics. Mike was recruited by more than 200 schools, and none stressed academics more than USC. Coach Larry Smith and his staff are to be commended for their commitment to academic excellence. DAN and SUE MOONEY Temple City
August 25, 1990
Trojans who argue that their school's reputation for light academics is unjustified just got stabbed in the back by one of their own. USC football Coach Larry Smith claims (Aug. 18) that "with all the time a player spends on football," a realistic step to preventing his premature departure to the pros is to "lighten the player's academic load during the football season." This statement comes only a couple of weeks after one of his own recruits was admitted after having "failed" the SAT five times.
January 2, 1993
USC, three days after a 24-7 Freedom Bowl loss to Fresno State, announced the resignation of football coach Larry Smith. "This resignation comes after discussions the past two weeks with Larry about the future of the program, given the circumstances, and the concerns we had," USC Athletic Director Mike McGee said in a statement. Smith, also in the statement released by the school, said he was sorry he did not have a chance to speak with the players before USC announced his departure.
October 27, 1990
Fascinating. Two Arkansas football players are charged with improper use of a credit card, and Coach Jack Crowe benches them. Three USC football players are charged with sexual battery, and Coach Larry Smith keeps playing them. When might a hearing take place on campus? Oh, not until sometime after the November court date? But won't the season end in November? Yes it will. It's no surprise to this Angelena. Winning is all that matters at USC. And, of course, improper use of a credit card would be a far more serious affront to USC's sensibilities.
April 15, 1989 |
USC football Coach Larry Smith announced Friday that Pat O'Hara has beaten out Todd Marinovich, a red-shirt freshman, for the No. 1 quarterback spot going into the fall workouts. "He's cut down on his errors and he's throwing much stronger passes," Smith said in evaluating O'Hara's performance in the just-concluded spring practice. "But his biggest suit is the leadership and confidence that he brings." O'Hara, who will be a junior, has thrown only seven passes in his college career, all last season.
August 4, 1989
Leo Smith, 72, father of USC football Coach Larry Smith, died of a heart attack in Atlanta.