I didn’t expect to be contacted by a member of the Board of Trustees, through a third party, but the comments were interesting.
One thing I didn’t mention was the trustee initially wanted to discuss some USC history and why there isn’t more things showcased on campus. Frankly, the historic displays on campus at Heritage Hall/McKay Center are almost all reserved for athletes/recruits to see in areas closed to the public, which is shameful.
The trustee also mentioned another thing.
“I’m worried people are going to forget what it was like to beat teams like Alabama or Oklahoma,” the trustee said. “We used to do that. That tradition, which is a bedrock of our program, might be getting foggy for some fans.
“We don’t even contemplate beating those elite teams anymore.”
This is true. People laugh now at the thought of USC beating Clemson or Ohio State or Alabama or Oklahoma.
“Ideally, we’ll become competitive again against those super powers, but that’s going to require a level of improvement that probably isn’t feasible any time soon.”
- Do you think when agent Bret Just completed negotiations for new women’s basketball coach, Lindsay Gottlieb, he told USC, “OK, now let’s work on that contract extension for Andy Enfield.”