Former Colorado tailback Rashaan Salaam’s 1994 Heisman Trophy sold at auction for a record $399,608 Saturday. The previous record for a Heisman sold at auction was $395,240 for Bruce P. Smith’s 1941 trophy.
Other Heismans that have been sold: Larry Kelley’s 1936 Heismen went for $328,100 (1999); O.J. Simpson’s 1968 Heisman went for $255,000 (1999); Charles White’s 1979 Heisman went for $293,750 (2006) and Paul Hornung’s 1956 Heisman was sold for $250,000 in 2000.
According to SCP Auctions, Denver real estate and private equity investor Tyler Tysdal, who owned Salaam’s trophy, pledged that net proceeds from the sale will be donated to the National Institutes of Health to support research on athletes’ medical conditions.
Here’s the 1973 USC-UCLA game with Keith Jackson. If you have a short-attention span, just watch the first five minutes or so for the color highlights of previous Crosstown Rivalry games and the player introductions.
This is not new news but USC officially announced that Bryan Ellis (quarterbacks) and Keary Colbert (tight ends) are the new additions to the coaching staff. So USC’s filled two openings by promoting from within. I doubt anyone else was even interviewed.
I’ve included the full press release after the jump:
William Peter Blatty, who died last year at age 89, is best known as the author of “The Exorcist.” He also wrote the screenplay for the film version of his book and won an Oscar. But I’ve been wanting to mention him because he also worked as the chief of the USC News Bureau in the late 1950’s. There’s always a USC connection.
So Tee Martin decided to give an interview to ESPN. Let’s look at a couple comments:
“I want to help us get to that next level, and everything is in place here to do that.”
Martin has been at USC since 2012. What’s taking so long to get to the next level? He just had perhaps the greatest QB in USC history and one of the best tailbacks. And scored 7 points vs. Ohio State. So why should we believe him now?
“You don’t leave USC for a lateral move.”
Does this mean he will be at USC until he gets a head-coaching job? That could be a long wait.
“I’m just excited to be here at USC, where the future is so bright, and working for somebody the caliber of Clay Helton.”
Then why was he so frustrated during the season and telling people he wanted to leave USC? Apparently a new contract made everything better.
USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin has talked to ESPN about his contract extension and of course, it sounds a little over the top:
“I’m just excited to be here at USC, where the future is so bright, and working for somebody the caliber of Clay Helton,” Martin told ESPN. “There were some other opportunities, but you don’t leave USC for a lateral move. I want to help us get to that next level, and everything is in place here to do that.”