O.J. Simpson was a Heisman Trophy winner and two-time All-American at USC. He racked up 36 touchdowns and more than 3,400 rushing yards in just two years.
Ordinarily, he would be a celebrated legend and revered alum. Except O.J. Simpson is not ordinary, and he's not welcome at his alma mater.
Exactly 50 years after he began one of the best two-year college football careers of all time, Simpson will be released from prison after serving nearly 10 years of a sentence stemming from robbery and kidnapping convictions. "What will O.J. do?" has become a common question since he was granted parole. One thing he won't do is be a part of the USC football program.
"Right now what the administration and the athletic department have said is, no, OJ will not be a part of our functions," head coach Clay Helton said on Thursday.
Simpson has not said anything about returning to USC as a fan, alum, former player or any other capacity. Other than saying he intends on returning to Florida and spending time with his children and grandchildren, he has not made any other public statements about his post-prison plans.