The AP desertion of USC rolls on

It wasn’t long ago that USC was the Associated Press lovechild.  It was December of 2003 that saw the Trojans rise to a No. 1 ranking in their poll, a position they held for 33 consecutive weeks before faltering to the Longhorns in the 2006 Rose Bowl.  During this time, America’s writers couldn’t get enough of Pete Carroll’s group.  They captured a couple of Heisman Trophies, were well represented on All-America teams, and were even award a National title, when the other crowning organization locked them out.

As USC now prepares for an appearance in the Nut Bowl, this one time lovechild has become the black sheep of college football writers.  The Trojans were absent among the nation’s top-25 in the end of season AP poll.  And now, adding insult to injury, they’ve been completely shutout of Associated Press first-team All-American honors.  USC was also blanked by Sports Illustrated, but did manage to have one player, Charles Brown, listed among the Sporting News first-teamers.  Of course, we’ve seen this kind of desertion before.  There’s a group of folks down in Tallahassee welcoming us to their world.


~ by Anthony on December 16, 2009.

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