Some former NFL players got together at an event this weekend in Los Angeles and what was a big topic of conversation?
Whether former USC athletic director Pat Haden is going to get indicted in the College Admissions scandal?
“I always knew he was strange,” said a former Rams offensive teammate. “But now he’s involved in all kinds of shady behavior.”
At the end of the day, whether Haden did something or not, the big problem is he generally created a negative image of USC. Ditto for Lynn Swann.
Two things I often hear from USC players from the mid-1970’s: Haden and Swann were both unpopular with teammates and somehow became back-to-back athletic directors. And let their personalities affect their job performance, which led to extremely poor perception of the USC athletic dept.
- A long-time USC fan complained to me this weekend that too many teams/coaches wear black instead of cardinal attire like in this picture. Is this just a generational thing or do you think it matters if the school colors are not part of the attire.
The men’s basketball team has actual black uniforms. The USC and LSU track teams wore black uniforms at the NCAA championships last weekend, which is probably as much on Nike as the two schools.
- USC offered a scholarship to Serra QB Maalik Murphy (6-4, 205) at Sunday’s passing tournament at Howard Jones Field. Murphy, a Class of 2022 prospect, has offers from LSU, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State.
- With Haden in the news, time to reprint this Jim Thompson cartoon.