Harvey and Pete Two “City Guys” Talk
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Settebello restaurant in Pasadena was the scene as two legends of football-Harvey Hyde and Pete Arbogast gave an awesome treat talking college football and life. They were joined by some 100 Trojans fans cheering and laughing.
It was the “The Harvey Hyde Show” which could be heard weekly on 1490 “The Talk” based in the Inland Empire and on this night his special guest was the Voice of the USC Trojan football Arbogast.
Hyde was the former head coach at Pasadena City College and UNLV where he coached the likes of Randall Cunningham, Suge Knight and Ickey Woods and spends a lot of time in Las Vegas. He got into Broadcasting after coaching and for years has had his own radio show working out of Las Vegas and Southern California. For several years he has done Trojans pre-game and post-game shows.
Arbogast grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Marshall high and Los Angeles City College. Some Marshall Alums include longtime NFL Coach Andy Reed and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Haynes. When in town during football season you can catch Arbogast on the sidelines Friday nights keeping stats for the Barristers of Marshall. With these two you have football loving and fun “City Guys.”
For the Past 23 years he has been the voice of Trojan football in taking over for the late Tom Kelly who passed in 2016. His Classic Calls “How do you do” and naming of former player Mazio “Rolls” Royster have been staple throughout his career. October of 2018 he called his 300th game at USC.
The event took place before camp opened. When asked by Hyde, ”How would the Trojans do the upcoming year?” Arbogast replied, “A lot depends on the O-line. If they have grown over the summer and play as a unit they will be alright.”
His findings come from watching the young Trojans in spring practice. Graham Harrell comes from North Texas State and is the new offensive coordinator. From listening to the players of the offense Harrell’s offense has become simplified.
“Its gonna take some time to perfect the offense, It takes time to put this thing together and be good at it,” added Arbogast.
He was really impressed with RB Markese Stepp the 6’ 230 pounder was the best player on the field during the spring. A head injury only allowed him to play in 4 games in 2018.
“I saw the competition (among USC players) improve since last year,” said Hyde. “They looked a bit more aggressive against each other during practice.”
Former Trojan great and Arbogast partner John Jackson has been on a lot of folks minds. Earlier in the year he suffered a stroke and underwent surgery. Since, he has improved greatly.
Arbogast gave us an update. “He remembers everything now and he’s got all his faculties. He is up walking around and his goal is to be at the Coliseum at the first game to see his son run out of the tunnel.“
ADD USC: From listening to the offensive players the offense has become simplified. “Things are much easier to pick up; they aren’t as complicated” said senior WR Michael Pittman. “We all have a good grasp on how things are suppose to run.”–USC games can be heard on 790 KABC Radio this year. The Trojans open the 2019 season at home against Fresno State and Stanford.