Originally Posted by traderumor
UCLA had some awfully good bball teams during that time. Yet, not a whiff of wrong doing that I'm aware of.
I'm just not buying the lack of an NFL franchise as any type of cause-effect relationship. You may be right about the star factor being present at USC, but I don't think that is anyway related to the lack of an NFL team.
College football and college basketball are apples and oranges. And last I checked the NBA has two teams in LA.
Oh I think there is a direct correlation between USC's problems and the lack of a NFL team. Football is the biggest sport in the country right now. With the lack of a professional sports team USC has taken their place. Back to back national titles, 3 Heisman Torphy winners, numerous first round draft picks, etc. With LA being one of the top 5 markets in America there will be countless business owners and corporations who want to experience football. Money poured into USC football and with it being the in thing to do in LA it made sense. But with all that money you are going to have your bad apples start to surface.