USC has installed the All-American plaques at the McKay Center for tailback Ronald Jones and linebacker Uchenna Nwosu.
In order to get a plaque, you must be a first-team All-American.
Now this is where things get dicey: Nwosu was a first-team pick on the Sports on Earth All-American team. The what?
Let me be clear: Nwosu was a fine player last season and this is in no way a critique of him.
It is about USC’s lack of interest in what is a legitimate All-American team. Zach Banner got a plaque last year for making the College Sports Madness All-American first team. Chad Wheeler got a plaque for making the College Insiders All-American first team.
Does USC care? Nope.
Sports on Earth is a website that went out of business in January, by the way.
Just for comparison, defensive tackle Dan Ficca (1958-60) does not receive a plaque because he made the UPI All-American second team.
So you can make second team on a prestigious team (UPI) and not be an official All-American. But you can be first-team selection on a joke team (College Sports Madness) and get a plaque at the McKay Center. Makes sense.
Below on the latest plaques.
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