October 9, 2009 BY Aaron Hope
USC has a great football tradition, but their inclusion in the NCAA pack of Nike Hyperize PEs was something of a mystery. Southern Cal may have gotten some (illegitimate?) attention when Tim Floyd brought OJ Mayo to town, but other than that, it’s hard to compare their basketball program to Jim Calhoun’s reign of success in Storrs, Connecticut (even with his own recent allegations). Just when you feel like you can english-major a meaning out of that pairing, in come Texas and Illinois to further muddy the picture. Now what it looks like is a bunch of contending schools, with the new Longhorn and Illini joints going with black and navy blue, respectively, for a nice away look. Both have dropped alongside the USC and UConn Nike Hyperize PEs at House of Hoops.