Trojans Beat Longhorns!
I think that most of the local fans expected the Trojans to be winners in their game against the Longhorns. After all, the Trojans are hot and the Longhorns started this season with a new head coach. Additionally, USC had just thoroughly whipped a tough Stanford team. Still, there was some apprehension in the air.
Some members of the Trojan nation were permanently scarred by the Texas victory over USC at the Rose Bowl. Even though this happened many years ago, the pain still lingers, and the desire for revenge was strong.
Things started out well for the Trojans, but even though they were ahead, they were just unable to put the Longhorns away. So, as far as we were concerned, the score was uncomfortably close and we were in some jeopardy. Sure enough, late in the game, the Longhorns scored a touchdown which gave them a three point lead with 40 seconds left in the game. We had seen this movie before, and we did not like that ending.
However, gritty Sam Darnold kept his poise, and got them into ﬁeld goal range. Having received that reprieve, the Trojans new what had to be done, and they did it. Their record is now 3-0, and they travel to Berkeley this Saturday to play the Golden Bears, who have an identical record. Fortunately, for us, the game will be on Channel 7.
Many of us still have the painful memories of the Vince Young led Longhorns defeating the Reggie Bush led Trojans in the Rose Bowl in the year 2006. Vince was on the sidelines of his former team, but Reggie was not in attendance that is a subject that I want to discuss.
I do not know the exact details, but the reports are that Reggie’s mother and his stepfather receive some loans, or other compensation from a sports agent while he was still playing football for USC. As a result, he was stripped of his Heisman Trophy. In addition, if the reports that I have read are correct, he is forever banned from having any contact with USC.
The NCAA is the organization which sets and enforces these rules. What they do not take into account is that many of these great athletes come from families that are nearly starving.
Some of them do not have enough money for clothing, housing, and food. I attended USC, so I know ﬁrsthand what I am talking about.
I think that the NCAA should have a procedure which allows suspended, or otherwise needy athletes and ex-athletes, to apply for reinstatement, so that they will have a second chance to complete their education. Additionally, not only should the schools do that, but they should also give them ﬁnancial assistance, if they need it.
Many of the athletes that I met when I was at USC were not academically ready, or mentally prepared for the rigors of being a student-athlete. This allowed them to be exploited because they were kept academically eligible to play for four years, even though they were not necessarily attending classes. Then, when their professional careers were over, they did not have any marketable skills.
I will now ask my readers to make a list of the great African-American college athletic heroes of the past 20 years. Then, further, I will ask if anyone knows where they are and what they are doing? These young men had the potential to be National and world leaders, but they entered the working world undereducated and undeveloped. Many of them would welcome a second, or third opportunity. I encourage the Athletes to consider reapplying for college, and for their families, and the NAACP and the NCAA to work together to assist them.