February 6, 2002 |
The USC football team, set to announce a new recruiting class today, has lost a promising player from last season. Tailback Chris Howard, who came off the bench to score three touchdowns in the final two games of the regular season, is academically ineligible. He reportedly will transfer. Howard was a prep All-American at Banning High but struggled with injuries and schoolwork during two seasons at USC. * David Wharton
February 2, 2002
The USC football team has changed the date of its season opener against Auburn to Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. so it can be televised nationally by ABC. The game had been scheduled for Aug. 31 but will be played on Labor Day. It will be the second meeting between the schools. Auburn defeated USC, 16-7, in the 1986 Citrus Bowl. * Staff Reports
February 1, 1987
Amerigo (Tony) Tonelli, a guard on the USC football team in 1936-38, died Friday in Newport Beach after a long illness. He was 69. Tonelli, who blocked a punt in USC's 7-3 win over Duke in the 1939 Rose Bowl, later played with the Detroit Lions. He coached briefly and then joined the Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He lived in Huntington Beach.
January 30, 1991 |
USC's football team received oral commitments Tuesday from Fontana High's standout offensive linemen, Robert Loya and Clay Hattabaugh. Loya, 6 feet 2 and 285 pounds, and Hattabaugh, 6-3 and 270, were voted to the All-Southern Section team and were mentioned on several preseason All-American teams. They were among thetop recruited linemen in the Southland. The players said they will sign letters of intent with USC next Wednesday, the national signing day.
December 25, 1985
Victoria Oakie, widow of the late actor Jack Oakie, has endowed an annual scholarship and award in her husband's name for the USC football team. The award, called the "Jack Oakie Rise and Shine Award," will be presented to the Trojan player with the season's longest run from scrimmage. Fullback Kennedy Pola, who had a 37-yard run during the 1985 season, was presented the first award at the team's banquet Dec.10 at the Bonaventure Hotel.
August 15, 1998
It didn't take me long to mull over that unless R. Jay Soward plays against Purdue or until Paul Hackett resigns or is fired, my USC-targeted donations may find their way instead to the Pac-10 favorite. Hey, Coach, every game has postseason implications. DAVID MARSHALL Santa Monica Three wishes for the 1998 USC football team: 1. A far better year than last year. 2. New Coach Paul Hackett keeps Athletic Director Mike Garrett out of the locker room. 3. Garrett gets replaced by the university president, who in turn gets replaced.
April 2, 1992
A year after being selected as The Times San Gabriel Valley player of the year for the second season in a row, former Pomona High forward Johnny McWilliams is no longer competing in basketball. But the 6-foot-5, 215-pound McWilliams appears to have a future as a tight end with the USC football team. McWilliams, who red-shirted as a freshman last season, also played quarterback for Pomona as a senior.