The news at Saturday night’s Salute to Troy was that wide receiver Jordan Addison will wear No. 3, which was retired after Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy.
Mike Bohn said Palmer gave permission for Addison to wear No. 3. But that’s really irrelevant. USC needs to decide if a number is retired or not — no exceptions.
But it can’t because all it does is cater to the whims of athletes.
Besides, what is a former athlete going to say if asked if someone can wear his number?
What’s next? Someone wearing No. 32? Bet that never happens.
USC is shameless when it comes to retired numbers. Jordan McLaughlin wore No. 11 after it was retired for Bill Sharman. Max Agbonkpolo wore No. 23 despite it being retired for Harold Miner. A couple years ago, Quinton Adlesh wore No. 10 even though it has been retired TWICE! (Gus Williams, DeMar DeRozan).
Someone will also bring up that Mike Garrett let Darnell Bing wear his retired No. 20. That was wrong too.