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THE MINEFIELD
Douglas S. Looney
September 03, 1990
For USC quaterback Todd Marinovich, fame and talent may not be enough to see him safely through
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September 03, 1990

The Minefield

For USC quaterback Todd Marinovich, fame and talent may not be enough to see him safely through

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"Todd, do you know what we want?"

Silence.

"Completions."

Silence.

"To our guys."

Silence.

"This could be a home run play."

Silence.

So was Marinovich being surly? Or did he just figure Matsko's questions required no response? Said Marinovich later, "I was thinking." It could be worse.

In a desperate moment a year ago, Todd went home to his mother in Balboa, Calif., 40 miles from the USC campus, and told her, "I wish I could go somewhere else and be someone else. I don't want to be Todd Marinovich."

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