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  • Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    Do they say that, or are you inferring that?
    To be fair I guess my confusion was with the idea of being a Trojan (or any school's mascot) as an attendee vs an actual athlete on a the schools team. They are saying she is a former Trojan T&F athlete and the marketing makes it seem as if she ran for the team. I never actually associated "regular" students with a schools mascot name.

    Examples:
    "15 Trojan track & field athletes will compete in Tokyo": https://twitter.com/USC_Track_Field/...55745168830465
    "USC has had a gold medal winner in every Summer Olympics since 1912, including @allysonfelix's 6 the most by any Trojan.": https://twitter.com/USC_Athletics/st...65638382768137

    Also note, no criticizm just curiosity.

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    • Originally posted by ATK View Post

      To be fair I guess my confusion was with the idea of being a Trojan (or any school's mascot) as an attendee vs an actual athlete on a the schools team. They are saying she is a former Trojan T&F athlete and the marketing makes it seem as if she ran for the team. I never actually associated "regular" students with a schools mascot name.

      Examples:
      "15 Trojan track & field athletes will compete in Tokyo": https://twitter.com/USC_Track_Field/...55745168830465
      "USC has had a gold medal winner in every Summer Olympics since 1912, including @allysonfelix's 6 the most by any Trojan.": https://twitter.com/USC_Athletics/st...65638382768137

      Also note, no criticizm just curiosity.

      I was on the USC coaching staff at the time. So, I know this situation very well. Allyson Felix decided to sign a letter of intent to attend USC, and run for Ron Allice and the Trojans. She was looking forward to joining her brother Wes, who was already a successfully sprinter on the USC team. But the week before the Fall semester started at USC, Felix signed her pro shoe contract with Adidas. And she was no longer eligible to compete for USC. Adidas paid for her education, and she earned a degree from the school.
      So technically, Felix was on the USC track and field roster for a short time. But she never competed in a USC uniform for the school. The school has been getting positive publicity from this technicality for years!

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      • Originally posted by TWalsh View Post


        I was on the USC coaching staff at the time. So, I know this situation very well. Allyson Felix decided to sign a letter of intent to attend USC, and run for Ron Allice and the Trojans. She was looking forward to joining her brother Wes, who was already a successfully sprinter on the USC team. But the week before the Fall semester started at USC, Felix signed her pro shoe contract with Adidas. And she was no longer eligible to compete for USC. Adidas paid for her education, and she earned a degree from the school.
        So technically, Felix was on the USC track and field roster for a short time. But she never competed in a USC uniform for the school. The school has been getting positive publicity from this technicality for years!
        Thanks for that clarification! I always knew she attended the school as a student, but thought she went pro early enough that she never ended up on the T&F team roster

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        • Originally posted by ATK View Post

          Thanks for that clarification! I always knew she attended the school as a student, but thought she went pro early enough that she never ended up on the T&F team roster
          Most schools don't publish their track & field roster before November or December, but apparently USC has a practice of publishing the new roster in the summer, as they already have the 2022 roster on their site.
          https://usctrojans.com/sports/track-...ter?path=track
          Last edited by 18.99s; 07-23-2021, 08:58 AM.

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          • Originally posted by TWalsh View Post
            So technically, Felix was on the USC track and field roster for a short time.
            And ALL USC students are Trojans!

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