The USC Trojans Football Encyclopedia


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About the Book

For more than 120 years, the University of Southern California Trojans have maintained a tradition of football excellence that has placed the team among the perennial elite in the collegiate ranks. Eleven national championships, 38 conference titles, 150 All-Americans, and seven Heisman Trophy winners all stand as testaments to the greatness of the Cardinal and Gold. This definitive reference chronicles the history of USC football from its first-ever game on November 14, 1888—a 16-0 victory over the Alliance Athletic Club—through 2012.
Synopses of each season include game-by-game summaries, final records, ultimate poll rankings, and team leaders in major statistical categories. Biographies of head coaches and all-time USC greats, a roster of every player to don a Trojan uniform, a look at USC football traditions, and a catalog of honors received by both players and coaches through the years complete this essential encyclopedia for the Trojan faithful.

About the Author(s)

Richard J. Shmelter is a writer and researcher specializing in sports history, American crime during the Prohibition era, and Hollywood history. A member of the International Association of Crime Writers, the American Crime Writers League, and the Professional Football Researchers Association, he is the author of five previous books and lives in Sagamore Hills, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Richard J. Shmelter
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 344
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6950-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1511-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Introduction: The City of Angels and the Land of Troy 3

One The Seasons 7

Two All-Time Trojan Greats 193

Three All-Time Rosters (1888–2012) 244

Four All-Time Head Coaches 260

Five Trojan Traditions 292

Six Awards and Honors 308

Chapter Notes 321

Bibliography 332

Index 333

Book Reviews & Awards

“this exhaustive reference work was clearly a devoted labor of love…thorough…impressively executed and would be welcome in any college football collection”—ARBA.