Is USC the greatest program in the history of college football?
That is a question that author Steven Travers asks and answers in the pages of Trojans Essential, a volume that USC fans will find as satisfying as a warm autumn Saturday at L.A. Coliseum. Southern California's recent run of success under the leadership of Pete Carroll is only the latest chapter in an amazing football story that reaches back to 1888. Since the program's inception, USC has amassed 11 national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners, and a list of star athletes and coaches who rank among the sport's best. Read about all the greatest games, the biggest rivalries, the endearing traditions, and the larger-than-life personalities that make following Trojan football so special. Packed with great stories, trivia, lists, photographs, and statistics, fans will find everything they ever wanted to know about their favorite team in this fun and fact-filled volume.
From the Author
Steven Travers is a USC graduate, former professional baseball player in the A's and Cardinals organizations, and a sports historian. He is the author of a number of books and has also written for StreetZebra magazine, The San Francisco Examiner, and the Los Angeles Times. Travers served in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War and coached baseball at USC and Cal-Berkeley. A fifth-generation Californian, Travers still resides in the Golden State. He has one daughter, Elizabeth Travers.
The University of Southern California's recent run of success under the leadership of Pete Carroll is only the latest chapter in one of college football's great stories. From the program's inception in 1888 up to the Trojans' rout of Illinois in the 2008 Rose Bowl, USC has enjoyed a remarkable gridiron history. In fact, Southern California's 11 national championships (the most recent ones after the 2003 and 2004 seasons) and seven Heisman Trophy winners tie the Trojans with Notre Dame as the leader in both categories. No wonder Southern California football has captivated fans across the nation. Reading Trojans Essential is the next best thing to watching a USC game in the sun-drenched confines of L.A. Coliseum. This volume details the amazing record of Southern California football and tells many of the colorful stories of the Trojan Empire. Read all about the "Trojan Wars" that USC has fought with Notre Dame since 1926. Get the inside view of the incredible series with UCLA, which has captivated both Los Angeles and the nation. Recall Frank Gifford leading the 1951 upset of Cal at Berkeley. Remember USC, led by Sam "Bam" Cunningham, beating Alabama in Birmingham in 1970 and striking a blow against segregation. Relive the resurrection of the Trojan Empire with the trouncing of Oklahoma in the 2005 BCS Orange Bowl. And agonize over the near miss at the Rose Bowl the following year, when Texas snatched away yet another national championship with a late comeback. A roster of some of the biggest names in football history can be compiled from the men who have donned the cardinal and gold or stalked the sidelines. The USC tradition includes Heisman winners--Garrett, Simpson, White, Allen, Palmer, Leinart, and Bush; iconic coaches--Jones, McKay, Robinson, and Carroll; and legions of other gridiron greats: Lynn Swann, Pat Haden, Anthony Davis, Ricky Bell, Ronnie Lott, Junior Seau, Tony Boselli, and Keyshawn Johnson...you will find all these memorable personalities, and many more, in the pages of Trojans Essential. Packed with facts, statistics, trivia, lists, and all the inside information that you need on Southern California football, it is a must-have addition to the library of all serious fans.
By W. M. Williams (Albany,OR) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) Steve wrote another great book. It is full of facts of the history of the USC Football program. Lots of research went into the book and his love for Trojan Football shows through out the book. Must read for Trojan fans.Comment Comment | Permalink | Was this review helpful to you? Yes No (Report this)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:5.0 out of 5 stars ALL HAIL THE TROJAN EMPIRE, December 17, 2008By Michael E. Woodson "Woody" (California) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) I thought I knew a lot about Southern Cal football, but this book told me so many new things I had not been aware of that it was simply revelatory to read it. Not only did this great work tell me all that I could possibly want to know about the Trojan football program, but it was filled with delicious new facts about the school's history, its cinema-TV program, its famed alumni (John Wayne, Neil Armstrong, John Milius, Jerry Buss, Christopher Cox, among many others), plus all kinds of great stuff about Rod Dedeaux's baseball champions, the UNREAL 26 NCAA track titles, and utterly, indisputable evidence that the USC football and overall athletic tradition is second to NOBODY. For instance, the author points out that UCLA makes a big deal about barely getting to 100 NCAA championships ahead of USC. Okay, great for them, but USC is still far ahead of the Bruins in MEN'S championships, and get this: the 11 national titles won by the Trojan football team (most of any school) DO NOT COUNT toward the 100 NCAA titles because football championships have been awarded not by the NCAA but by the AP, UPI, BCS and others. Travers asks whether UCLA would trade five women's volleyball titles for one national championship in football? The answer is obvious; of course they would. UCLA did win the UPI title in 1954 when they did not even play in the Rose Bowl. Each USC national title came in a year they won the Rose Bowl or BCS title game, as opposed to seven Notre Dame titles in years they did not play in a bowl; several Alabama "titles" in years they lost bowls; Oklahoma's calling the winning of the AP and UPI titles in a single season TWO CHAMPIONSHIPS; and other nuggets that I have never seen any other writer uncover. Reading Steven Travers's TROJAN ESSENTIAL was the football version of discovering Biblical scrolls in the Middle Eastern deserts!