September 12, 1992
It has finally happened. It's the Fall of Troy, orchestrated by Mike (the Destroyer) McGee and carried out by "Stubborn" Larry Smith, accompanied by the over-the-hill gang of assistants who never have been winners and obviously never will be. Please, Dr. Sample, follow Jon Arnett's advice and start making inquiries before "the Fall" is complete. DANIEL THOMAS Manhattan Beach
August 11, 1985 |
The Rams honored 24 players from their 40 years in Southern California with a pregame reception and halftime ceremony at Anaheim Stadium Saturday night. Owner Georgia Frontiere presented each player with an engraved brass plate. The turnout included all but five of the living members of the 40-year team selected by readers of The Times--Merlin Olsen, Jon Arnett, Les Richter, Eddie Meador and Eric Dickerson.
May 9, 1992
I want to thank Mark Heisler (May 2) for pointing out how insensitive I, and we, have been with the pursuit of the trivial in life. I am personally ready to accept my share of the responsibility for causing the riots. He was successful in making me feel guilty that I had gone to the Laker-Portland playoff game. What made me feel even worse was that fact that I had the complete disregard for society by going to the movies several times in the last few months, as well as going to Disneyland with my children.
June 15, 2004
Re "Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go," June 13: Though there is plenty of blame to go around for the weakness of our national security both pre- and post-9/11, if there were such a thing as a "blame-o-matic," it would surely point to the policies of these same officials who, over many years, pooh-poohed the constantly building terrorist threat, worked against maintaining intelligence resources and used the State Department as a lobbying group to...
April 20, 2001 |
Fifteen players and three coaches--including defensive back Terry Kinard, tight end Keith Jackson, former USC halfback Jon Arnett and coach Barry Switzer--were added to the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday. Kinard, Jackson and Switzer were winners of championships in college and the NFL. Jackson and Switzer won their college crowns at Oklahoma in 1985, four years after Kinard was an integral part of Clemson's championship.
April 19, 1987 |
Larry Smith doesn't smoke cigars, deliver snappy one-liners or drive around the USC practice field in a golf cart. But longtime observers of the school's football program have noted that the new USC coach conducts practice in much the same manner as John McKay. This doesn't necessarily mean that Smith will be as successful as McKay, who won 4 national championships and made 8 Rose Bowl appearances in 16 years at USC. But there is a similarity in coaching style and organization.