There has been a fierce reaction to USC’s decision to cancel the Salute to Troy kickoff dinner by some former players, especially from the 1969 team.
Bob Jensen, a linebacker and co-captain, and linebacker Greg Slough, a Playboy All-American linebacker, have voiced their complaints about not honoring the 50th anniversary of their team, which went 10-0-1 and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the AP poll.
Jensen has repeatedly called USC athletic director Lynn Swann to no avail. He intends to reach out to new USC president Carol Folt when she starts next week.
Just to be clear, the Salute to Troy had its smallest crowd in recent memory last year and the event tends to be pretty boring, unless Steven Sarkisian got drunk. But it is important to the former players who come and see their teammates for the first time in years in some cases.
It’s a chance for the current team to interact with the fans in a setting outside a football field.
- A USC spokesperson contacted me to say former USC coach John Robinson “retired” in his role as a goodwill ambassador and and was not let go by Swann.
John Robinson with Myron Lapka at the senior sendoff in 1979 after the Trojans defeated Notre Dame.