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Feb.26.2014
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Did you know that . . .   o     Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ordered not one, but two assassination attempts, on the life of rabid anti-Communist movie star John “Duke” Wayne, because the Duke was exposing Communist infiltration of Hollywood? o    ...
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Feb.25.2014
    Did you know that . . .   o     Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ordered not one, but two assassination attempts, on the life of rabid anti-Communist movie star John “Duke” Wayne, because the Duke was exposing Communist infiltration of Hollywood? o  ...
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Feb.25.2014
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By Jim Perry Trojan Tail, 2001   Jim Perry, USC's sports information director when McKay was at USC, co-wrote McKay's autobiography, McKay: A Coach's Story. The following is his loving obituary of McKay.       …Typical…John McKay - deflecting the pressure of his job as USC's...
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Feb.24.2014
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In 2000, this author conducted a phone interview with John McKay's son Rich, then the general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rich McKay was in his Tampa office, Travers in his Hermosa Beach, California residence:   If the last name sounds familiar, it is because it is. The McKay name...
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Feb.23.2014
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When John McKay passed away in 2001, this author wrote the following obituary:   He was a cocky Irishman who liked to pull a cork. "We were friends," says his long-time associate of the coaching profession, and fellow USC legend Rod Dedeaux, "because we immediately recognized in each other...
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Feb.23.2014
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  Did you know that . . .   o     Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ordered not one, but two assassination attempts, on the life of rabid anti-Communist movie star John “Duke” Wayne, because the Duke was exposing Communist infiltration of Hollywood? o   ...
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Feb.22.2014
Did you know that . . .   o     Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ordered not one, but two assassination attempts, on the life of rabid anti-Communist movie star John “Duke” Wayne, because the Duke was exposing Communist infiltration of Hollywood? o    ...
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Feb.22.2014
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In the spring of 2000, this author conducted an interview with John McKay for StreetZebra magazine. It was done by phone, as McKay lived in Tampa Bay, Florida. Aside from an interview McKay granted a few months later with Loel Schrader, it was probably his last, as he passed away a little over a...
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Feb.21.2014
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California was a state of unrest in the late 1960s, its campuses embroiled in protest over the Vietnam War. Out of the civil rights movement grew the anti-war, free speech, women’s rights, and gay liberation movements. Liberalism mixed with radicalism at the “open-minded” California schools,...
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Feb.20.2014
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The monarchy of John McKay: the first decade of the most dominant 20-year dynasty in history   "I never worry about being hung in effigy. Every year I send my team out to buy up all the rope in Los Angeles." - John McKay   During pre-game warm-ups on September 12, 1970 at Legion Field in...
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Feb.19.2014
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When the Angels of the 1960s were known for their skirt-chasing, hard partying and five A.M. run-ins with the Los Angeles police, Jim Fregosi gave them pure on-field respectability.             They had other good players, of course. Dean...
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Feb.19.2014
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In the 1940s and '50s, as the population exploded, the University of Southern California, like the region as a whole, dominated the "warm weather sports." In 1948, Rod Dedeaux and Sam Barry co-coached the Trojans to the first of their 12 national titles in baseball. Troy defeated Yale in the...
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Feb.18.2014
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The McKeever twins are recruited by USC in a "crusade to regain lost glory."  - Sports Illustrated   The payola fallout included UCLA and USC becoming also-rans and eventually the formation of the Pacific 8 Conference. Jess Hill moved on, and Don Clark took over. It was a strange time....
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Feb.17.2014
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"The scandal" was a turning point at USC, in the Pacific Coast Conference, and in college football. Coming some 25 years after the Carnegie Report, it was the end of any last vestige of "innocence" that still revolved around the idealistic nature of college football. It came on the heels of...
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