Alex English, an NBA legend and star player at South Carolina, is a member of his alma mater’s Board of Trustees.
Can you imagine if USC did something like that?
Having an accomplished athlete who understands sports and can add the concerns of athletics during discussions on the university?
Whenever USC has had an athlete on its board, it was like they were went out of their way to avoid athletics. Pat Haden was too busy creating a persona of being a businessman and politician to become an advocate for sports while he was on the Board of Trustees. Former tennis player Heliane Steden is a trustee at USC but she has been fairly quiet and reportedly lives in Connecticut. She spends about 20 hours a year on board activities.
The lack of a sports-minded person allows Rick Caruso/Carol Folt to pretty much ignore football with the board happy to rubber stamp whatever they decide.