USC Trojans football under Paul Hackett

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Paul Hackett was the coach of the University of Southern California's football team from 1998 to 2000. He compiled a 19-18 record, and was succeeded by Pete Carroll.

1998[edit]

1998 USC Trojans football
Sun Bowl, L 19-28 vs. TCU
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
1998 record 8-5 (5-3 Pac-10)
Head coach Paul Hackett
Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson
Defensive coordinator Bill Young
Captain Adam Abrams
Captain Chris Claiborne
Captain Billy Miller
Captain Chad Morton
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,000, grass)
Seasons
« 1997 1999 »
1998 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#8 UCLA   8 0         10 2  
#4 Arizona   7 1         12 1  
Oregon   5 3         8 4  
USC   5 3         8 5  
Washington   4 4         6 6  
Arizona State   4 4         5 6  
California   3 5         5 6  
Oregon State   2 6         5 6  
Stanford   2 6         3 8  
Washington State   0 8         3 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll

This was Paul Hackett's inaugural year as head coach as the Trojans head coach as well as his only winning season and bowl appearance with the team. It was also the Trojans' 75th anniversary playing at the Coliseum.

After three wins, including an opener against Purdue in the Pigskin Classic, USC was ranked as high as 18 in the AP Poll, but lost two of its next three and dropped out of the rankings permanently.

During halftime of the game against UCLA, 91-year-old USC "Super Fan" Giles Pellerin died while watching his 797th consecutive USC football game.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 11:30 AM Purdue* Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA (Pigskin Classic IX) ABC W 27–17   56,623
September 12 7:30 PM San Diego State* #22 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSNW2 W 35–6   49,927
September 19 7:00 PM Oregon State #18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSNW2 W 40–20   45,629
September 26 12:30 PM at #10 Florida State* #18 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ABC L 10–30   79,815
October 3 4:00 PM Arizona State #21 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 35–24   56,093
October 10 3:30 PM California #19 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN L 31–32   65,678
October 7 7:15 PM at Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA FSN W 42–14   31,178
October 24 3:30 PM at #12 Oregon Autzen StadiumEugene, OR FSN L 13–17   45,807
October 31 12:30 PM Washingtondagger Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC W 33–10   62,276
November 7 3:30 PM at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA FSN W 34–9   43,250
November 21 12:30 PM at #3 UCLA Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC L 17–34   88,080
November 28 5:00 PM #9 Notre Dame* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC W 10–0   90,069
December 31 11:00 AM vs. TCU* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS L 19–28   46,612
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Coaching staff[edit]

1998 USC Trojans coaching staff
Name Position Year at USC Alma mater (Year)
Paul Hackett Head Coach 1st UC Davis (1969)
Steve Greatwood Offensive Line 1st Oregon (1981)
Hue Jackson Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs 2nd Pacific (1987)
Ken O'Brien Quarterbacks 1st UC Davis (1983)
Ed Orgeron Defensive Line 1st Northwestern State (1984)
Larry Petroff Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator 1st Ashland College (1973)
Shawn Slocum Linebackers 1st Texas A&M (1987)
Dennis Thurman Secondary 6th USC (1978)
Mike Wilson Wide Receivers 2nd Washington State (1981)
Bill Young Defensive Coordinator 1st Oklahoma State (1967)

Awards[edit]

1999[edit]

1999 USC Trojans football
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
1999 record 6-6 (3-5 Pac-10)
Head coach Paul Hackett
Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson
Defensive coordinator Bill Young
Captain David Gibson
Captain Chad Morton
Captain Ifeanyi Ohalete
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,000, grass)
Seasons
« 1998 2000 »
1999 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Stanford   7 1         8 4  
#19 Oregon   6 2         9 3  
Washington   6 2         7 5  
Arizona State   5 3         6 6  
Oregon State   4 4         7 5  
Arizona   3 5         6 6  
USC   3 5         6 6  
California   3 5         4 7  
UCLA   2 6         4 7  
Washington State   1 7         3 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1999 season included the Trojan's 1,000th game, a home win against Oregon State. The Trojans won three of their four non-conference games, but lost five of its eight conference games including a triple overtime loss to Oregon, the longest game in USC's history.

One bright spot for the Trojans was their victory over UCLA. The win broke the Bruins' eight-year streak of victories, the longest in the rivalry's history.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 21 9:30 PM at Hawaii* #21 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI FSNW2 W 62–7   50,000
September 18 12:30 PM San Diego State* #17 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 24–21   53,966
September 25 7:15 PM at Oregon #16 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR FSN L 33-30 3OT  45,660
October 2 3:30 PM Oregon State Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSNW2 W 37–29   43,795
October 9 12:30 PM at Arizona #22 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ ABC L 24–31   51,418
October 16 11:30 AM at Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN (Battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh) NBC L 24–25   80,012
October 23 12:30 PM Stanford Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC L 31–35   57,494
October 30 3:30 PM at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA FSN L 7–17   54,000
November 6 3:30 PM Arizona Statedagger Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN L 16–26   53,382
November 13 12:30 PM at Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA ABC W 31–28   23,065
November 20 12:30 PM UCLA Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) ABC W 17–7   91,384
November 26 3:30 PM #25 Louisiana Tech* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN W 45–19   45,070
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Coaching staff[edit]

1999 USC Trojans coaching staff
Name Position Year at USC Alma mater (Year)
Paul Hackett Head Coach 2nd UC Davis (1969)
Steve Greatwood Offensive Line 2nd Oregon (1981)
Hue Jackson Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs 3rd Pacific (1987)
Steve Morton Tight Ends 1st Washington State (1976)
Ken O'Brien Quarterbacks 2nd UC Davis (1983)
Ed Orgeron Defensive Line 2nd Northwestern State (1984)
Shawn Slocum Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator 2nd Texas A&M (1987)
Dennis Thurman Secondary 7th USC (1978)
Mike Wilson Wide Receivers 3rd Washington State (1981)
Bill Young Defensive Coordinator 2nd Oklahoma State (1967)

Awards[edit]

2000[edit]

2000 USC Trojans football
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
2000 record 5–7 (2–6 Pac-10)
Head coach Paul Hackett
Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson
Defensive coordinator Bill Young
Captain Ennis Davis
Captain Eric Denmon
Captain Zeke Moreno
Captain Petros Papadakis
Home stadium Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (c. 92,000, grass)
Seasons
« 1999 2001 »
2000 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Washington §   7 1         11 1  
#4 Oregon State §   7 1         11 1  
#7 Oregon §   7 1         10 2  
Stanford   4 4         5 6  
UCLA   3 5         6 6  
Arizona State   3 5         6 6  
Arizona   3 5         5 6  
USC   2 6         5 7  
Washington State   2 6         4 7  
California   2 6         3 8  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

This was the last year of Hackett's tenure at USC, and the first year the Trojan's had ever finished last in the Pac-10. After winning the 18th Kickoff Classic against ranked Penn State, the Trojans won their next two non-conference games and were ranked as high as eighth in the AP Poll. The game against San Jose State was the 500th game USC played in the Coliseum, which they won after trailing 24–12.

They lost their first conference game to Oregon State, breaking their 26 game winning streak against the conference rival, and lost the next four, eventually going 2–6 in conference play. It placed 8th, tied with California and Washington State. Petros Papadakis, a team captain for the season and current broadcaster, claims he was "the captain of the worst football team in USC history."[4]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 27 11:30 AM vs. #22 Penn State* #15 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) ABC W 29–5   78,902
September 9 5:00 PM Coloado* #11 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 17–14   65,153
September 23 3:30 PM San Jose State* #9 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN W 34–24   56,545
September 30 3:30 PM at Oregon State #8 Reser StadiumCorvallis, OR FSN L 21–31   33,775
October 7 12:30 PM Arizona #18 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC L 15–31   49,342
October 14 12:30 PM #9 Oregon Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA ABC L 17–28   54,031
October 21 12:30 PM at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA ABC L 30–32   50,125
October 28 3:30 PM Californiadagger Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN L 16–28   54,393
November 4 6:00 PM at Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ FSN W 44–38 2OT  49,865
November 11 3:30 PM Washington State Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA FSN L 27–33   40,565
November 18 3:30 PM at UCLA Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Battle for the Victory Bell) FSN W 38–35   80,227
November 25 12:30 PM #11 Notre Dame* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA (Battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh) ABC L 21–38   81,342
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Awards[edit]

  • No All Pac-10 selections[5]

Penn State[edit]

[6]

Penn State vs. USC
Kickoff Classic
1 2 3 4 Total
USC 14 9 0 6 29
Penn State 3 0 2 0 5


References[edit]

  1. ^ http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1998-11-22/features/9811220352_1_beamer-pellerin-alabama
  2. ^ 2011 USC football media guide
  3. ^ 2011 USC football media guide
  4. ^ http://www.laweekly.com/content/printVersion/43825
  5. ^ 2011 USC football media guide
  6. ^ "Trojans Blow Past Penn State 29-5 In Season Opener." USCTrojans.com. Retrieved January 30, 2012.