During today’s media tour of Heritage Hall, USC senior associate athletic director Mark Jackson said the idea of the drum major statue was the brainchild of lacrosse coach Lindsey Munday. Among the ideas Jackson said were considered was suspending the drum major from the ceiling.
Other figures suggested included Tommy Trojan. One reason the drum major was selected was he would not offend any sport that was not included if, say, a football player was the center piece. I offered that reason last week.
Still, with USC’s rich athletic tradition, a statue of two or three athletes seems more appropriate than a band figure. I’d favor something with Stan Smith, Parry O’Brien, Buster Crabbe, Rebecca Soni and Cheryl Miller if you wanted to be inclusive.