USC Sprinter Michael Norman Wins Pro Debut

USC sprinter Michael Norman made his pro debut today in Paris and ran the 200 meters in a personal-best time of 19.84 seconds. He also ran into a -0.6 headwind.

His USC teammate, Rai Benjamin, who also recently turned pro, ran a personal-best time of 19.99.

Meanwhile, it appears USC track coach Caryl Smith-Gilbert has fired assistant coach Sheldon Blockburger, who handled the jumpers. Among his athletes was Randall Cunningham, who was the NCAA champion in 2016 in the high jump and NCAA indoor champion in 2018.

Blockburger was in his third season at USC after spending 10 years at Arizona.

By my count, Smith-Gilbert has removed six assistant coaches in five seasons.


3 thoughts on “USC Sprinter Michael Norman Wins Pro Debut

  1. That does seem to be an awful lot of sackings over a 5 year period. Something’s not right and it leads to other potential hires shying away as well – good sleuthing Scott.


  2. How can any Trojan be excited for the two sprinters who had another
    year or more left of eligibility. That is 20 pts. gone from the ncaa meet.
    My question concerns the 200M with those great times yet neither one
    was asked to double in the event after winning their own specialty with
    ease. Sprinters like those two are rare if you ever are going to win a Men
    title take advantage when the opportunity arises. The asst. coach who is
    over rated is Dan Lange with not one point in the weight events.


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