September 18, 2011 |
Technically, the plaques and trophies in Marv Marinovich's office belong to his son Todd, a rising star quarterback at USC. But they are a shrine to the father as well. After all, it was Marv who knew which vitamin supplements he and his wife should take to conceive a perfectly healthy child. It was Marv who applied Eastern Bloc training techniques, insisting that Todd discipline his mind and body and forgo Big Macs, sugar and hanging out at the beach. It was Marv who caught flak from in-laws critical of punishments such as forcing the 9-year-old Todd to run alongside the car from Huntington Beach to Newport Beach after the boy had not played his best in a basketball game.
November 17, 1990
I was disappointed to read that Marv Marinovich lost his control and temper over remarks made about his son, Todd, during the USC-Oregon game. I thought Marv was tougher than that. Over the past 40 years I have been confronted with similar situations and could have reacted as he did. The need for emotional control was never more necessary than when my son, Bill, played basketball for his dad at USC. My unsolicited advice to Marv is: Enjoy the highs of success and quietly absorb the painful lows.
September 29, 1990
Position wanted as pro quarterback: Robot-like passing accuracy, self-rated nation's best high school quarterback in 1987, appeared on cover of Sports Illustrated, comes with options, but requires minimum of five-six seconds pass protection for best results. Game film references available--with exception of Illinois, Notre Dame, UCLA and 1990 Washington games. Teams with noisy stadiums and/or new footballs need not respond. Original asking price for three-year contract reduced for quick sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1991 |
A year ago, Marv Marinovich believed he had silenced critics of his controversial athletic training methods. His son Todd, custom-coached from infancy with Soviet Bloc techniques, had turned into a star quarterback at USC, a lucrative future in pro football ahead of him. Marinovich's other son, Mikhail, had been analyzed at the age of 2 as possessing "fast-twitch muscle fiber" and was already jogging two miles. Parents continued to bring children into his Anaheim gym for training.
November 10, 1990 |
USC is looking into complaints that Marv Marinovich, father of quarterback Todd Marinovich, berated a fan during last Saturday's game at the Coliseum, a USC athletic official confirmed Friday. Marv Marinovich allegedly lashed out verbally at the fan, who had derided Marinovich's son and called for a backup to replace him.