I usually get irritated when I look at sports auctions for two reasons: I always find something USC-related that has no business being sold and I wonder how it ever left the athletic dept.?
Let’s look at the below items. A national championship trophy from 1974 and the 1974 MacArthur Bowl Trophy. Neither of these things should ever have left Heritage Hall. They were part of the Newport Sports Museum Collection. The museum used to be in Newport Beach. Heaven forbid the museum simply donate it back to USC instead of selling it off.
This is hardly unique. When Heritage Hall was renovated, trophies were stored just about anywhere, including in unsecured storage areas where people could sneak off with them if they wanted it bad enough.
Since we already posted a 1985 photo, here’s safety/cornerback Junior Thurman returning an interception 28 yards for a touchdown against Oregon State. Maybe the bigger takeaway is the yellow shorts worn by USC staff on the sidelines.
I suppose this counts because Allyson Felix went to USC. But she never competed or ran a race for USC. So I’m less enthusiastic categorizing this as a USC-Sports Illustrated cover. Just like when people used to mention Michelle Kwan and UCLA.
Former USC offensive line coach Mike Summers, now at Florida, had his salary increased from $200,000 to $498,500. Summers was only paid $200,000 because he was still being paid by USC, where he last worked in 2013.
With most media days already over now that the Pac-12 held its own earlier tthan ever, it means most of the preseason media polls are out. And USC is one of only two defending division champions from last season not chosen to repeat. The other is Florida. UCLA and Tennessee were selected instead.
Matt Leinart suggests USC has a top-five offensive line. Everyone is back. But they certainly were not top five last season. This means everyone is making a big leap in improvement. They are No. 1 in the nation in career starts. But if that were the case with Washington State would a Fox Sports analyst say they should be top five?