I love to bash USC, and find reasons to do so even when they are the middle of a pretty good run on the gridiron. (Though I have to remind people that the only 14-game, undefeated national champion in college fotball in this millenium is the 2002 Ohio State national championship squad.)
But even I have to wonder what the point of the Los Angeles Times’ top of the sports page blast at Leinart’s light academic load this year. Leinart’s taking exactly one course –ballroom dancing– because he’s already completed everything else he needs to graduate. As Leinart explains to the paper: “I came back for my fifth year, and I’m taking what’s necessary for me to graduate. And that’s two units.”
By all accounts, Leinart is a great young man and a great athlete. Unlike a lot of stories about college athletes, this one doesn’t involve violence, greed, or any sort of excess. It involves a student who got his work done and chose to pass by millions in order to play with his team one more year.
So the Times goes out of its way to headline “The Last Waltz.” I guess the paper was worried that some kid might admire Leinart instead of wanting to grow up to be a sportswriter.
That having been said, the Trojans still have the easiest schedule in the Top 20. I am surprized they didn’t find room to take on Oberlin.