The Charles White story Sunday is one of the reasons why I repeatedly highlight when only 12 players showed up from the 1972 team to the Salute to Troy.
A lot of these players gave up their bodies and perhaps their minds for USC, so it is a big deal to me when they don’t get a little recognition. Don’t invite them at the last minute to an event. Don’t make them pay for a ticket. Treat them like valued alums.
A 1972 reunion without Richard Wood and Mike Rae is ridiculous.
USC did a lot for White after he was an assistant coach and got him an on-campus job. But that was in an era when USC took care of its own and everybody knew each other.
Now, the biggest problem is hardly anyone in the athletic dept. has worked there long enough to know who anyone is, let alone someone who played in the 1970’s. They might not even have heard of White.
They all fawn over Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush because the duo are on Fox. Or they fly Marcus Allen out for a recruiting weekend because he knows how to handle a microphone and it was a bad look when he was visiting LSU instead.
But a simple gesture, like welcoming White back for a day, doesn’t happen because no one wants to do anything outside their comfort zone.
White will be welcomed back now because it’s good PR for USC. But there are other players who deserve to be brought back for a day too.