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Howland and O’Neill: Best Ever UCLA-USC Coaching Matchup?

Published by on February 16, 2010

Like so many longstanding college rivalries, the crosstown basketball battles between UCLA and USC have gone in cycles.

The rivalry began with USC, the older school located just south of downtown Los Angeles, enjoying a big edge over the newer school in what was in the beginning located in very rural Westwood.

The Trojan's early edge was established by Sam Barry, the only coach ever to take a basketball team to the final four of the NCAA tournament and a baseball squad to the College World Series. Barry’s basketball fortunes were enhanced by great players such as Bill Sharman, Ralph Vaughn, and Alex Hannum.

After football coach Howard Jones died of a heart attack early in 1941, Barry took over the reins that fall for one season. He succumbed to a heart attack while climbing the steps at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley to scout Cal. His 18 years as a football assistant was second in the history of USC, exceeded only by the 26 years of service of Marv Goux.

Barry set an NCAA record for dominance over a basketball opponent with an incredible 40-year victory skein over UCLA established between 1932 and 1942.

Legend Barry had coached at Iowa before c...

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