Former USC Wide Receiver Lonnie White Dies
March 30, 2014
Former USC wide receiver Lonnie White, who set Trojan season records for kickoff returns and kick return yardage that stood for 24 years and who then had a 21-year sportswriting career at the Los Angeles Times, died on Saturday (March 29) in Glendale, Calif. He was 49.
White returned 29 kickoffs for 716 yards in 1986, both USC season marks that stood until Robert Woods broke them in 2010.
White, who lettered in 1985 and 1986, still ranks ninth on the Trojan career kickoff return list with 39 runbacks for 909 yards. He also caught 14 passes for 242 yards with a touchdown in his career. He was a member of USC teams that played in the 1985 Aloha Bowl (his only start) and 1987 Citrus Bowl. He won USC's John Wayne Memorial Scholarship in 1986. He also hurdled briefly for the Trojan track team.
He was a star quarterback at Asbury Park (N.J.) High, where he helped his team to the 1981 state finals. He also was a sprinter and hurdler on Asbury Park's state championship track team.
A broadcast journalism major at USC, White wrote for the Daily Trojan campus newspaper.
He joined the Los Angeles Times in 1987 and covered a variety of sports, including college football, the NBA and the NHL, until leaving in 2008. He also taught a sportswriting class at USC and authored "UCLA vs. USC: 75 Years of the Greatest Rivalry in Sports."
His older brother, Timmy, also was a standout at Asbury Park and USC (1980-82).