Ordinarily, the basketball banquet awards would be a fairly uneventful list of award winners. Except Monday night’s banquet did not name an MVP. It’s actually known as the Sam Barry Award. Who is Barry? One of only three coaches in college sports history to lead teams to the Final Four and College World Series. He also coached USC’s football, basketball and baseball teams at the same time. And he created the center stripe and 10-second rule in basketball.
But he never led Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16. So no Sam Barry Award in 2015. USC named an MVP last season when it had a worse record. The rest of the winners are after the jump:
Former USC defensive lineman Armond Armstead is suing USC because he said he suffered a heart attack in 2011. And this Sacramento Bee story said Armstead also suffered a heart attack in 2014. Armstead believes the cause of the heart attacks is that USC team doctors gave him the painkiller, Toradol.
The body of Cal soccer player Eloi Vasquez was found after apparently being hit by a car on the 10 freeway near the Vermont Ave. exit. The car was reportedly going 60 mph. Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene. Vasquez left a party at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house early Saturday morning on the Row and told friends he wanted to go to the beach. His family offered a $100,000 reward for information.
Former USC president Steve Sample told me a few years ago he wanted the Expo Line to be underground on Exposition Blvd. and offered to pay for the costs of making the train line underground around the university but the offer was declined.
I’m sure Sample thought of this when news broke Saturday of a car hitting the train.