Fred Khasigian was an offensive lineman at USC from 1967-69. He has written a letter to new USC president Carol Folt.
Dear President Folt,
I would like to convey my dismay with the elimination of Salute to Troy and the minimization and essential elimination of the 25 year and 50 year Football reunions.
USC has long mined the legacy of football supremacy and tradition to provide contributions from successful alumni and related corporate sponsors. The legacy of the current 50 year team that encompasses the 3 years of 1967 to 1969 has been one of the most successful and useful for USC in this regard.
The 17 freshman and subsequent additional players that started at USC in 1966 compiled an overall record of 32-2-2. This very united group played in three consecutive Rose Bowls, 2 National Championship games, produced a National Championship team in 1967, and was ranked #1, #2, and #4 in consecutive seasons. Academically, this group produced two NCAA scholar athletes, 3 physicians including 2 Orthopedic Surgeons, 2 dentists, multiple attorneys and businessmen, and a Phi Beta Kappa.
This team also produced some of the most iconic groups and everlasting plays in USC history. This team includes the “Wild Bunch”, the “Cardiac Kids”, O.J.Simpson, the famous run against UCLA in 1967, and the kick with no time left to beat Stanford in 1969.
Despite the everlasting glory we brought to USC, this group is now denied to last opportunity to reunite with the teammates with whom we bonded so closely to produce the USC legacy. As Coach Goux often said, this team bled “Cardinal and Gold”. Although it is too late for this year, I hope you reconsider the actions of Helton and Swann that have diminished USC ‘s legacy of quality and now threaten to remove all of the unique traditions that make it “Great to be a Trojan”. I hope you will review the situation and re-establish these unique Trojan traditions.
Harry A. Khasigian, MDUSC 1970, USC Medicine 1974, 3 year Football Letterman, 2 year Rugby Letterman