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USC Was Not Owed More Than Seau Gave Before He Went to NFL

September 08, 1990

I would like to respond to Lloyd Peyton's statement (Viewpoint, Sept. 1) that Junior Seau "abandoned his USC teammates, as well as the university that gave him the scholarship."

The university signs an athlete to a series of one-year scholarships. They can be taken away at any time, such as when an athlete has a career-ending injury or when an athlete doesn't live up to expectations. When this happens, where is the university's loyalty to the player?

Most people don't see that side They don't see marginal players' scholarships being taken away when an injury occurs. In this era of big-college athletics, schools are abandoning athletes more than athletes are abandoning schools.

USC gave Junior Seau the chance to enhance his abilities in a chosen field. When a job was made available to him that would make him a millionaire, he grabbed it. There is nothing wrong with that. College prepared him well enough for a career and lifetime security.

ALAN LITVAK

San Diego

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