It's a big day in world of college football today and a Bruin alum is leading the story.
Superbowl Champion Troy Aikman is officially getting enshrined in the college football HOF today in South Bend,Indiana at the 2009 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The announcement first came out last year. He was then inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in a ceremony in December in New York. Today he will get official enshrined and you can watch it all on TV
Per the official site the Enshrinement show will be televised live for the first time ever by CBS College Sports Network from 8:30 to 10:15 p.m. ET (5:30-7:15 pacific). ESPN360.com is also going to stream it live. Some of the other college legends featured today will include Notre Dame's Lou Holtz (who also coached at USC among other places), Wilber Marshall (Florida), Don McPherson (Syracuse), and Aikman's Cowboy team-mate Jay Novacek (Wyoming). More details over at the official site.
Interestingly though, heading into this ceremony Aikman provided some telling quotes to AP's Tom Coyne re. UCLA days. Come with me after the jump.Aikman went on record saying UCLA career "is not quite complete":
Troy Aikman goes into the College Football Hall of Fame with a feeling his school days weren't complete.
It has nothing to do with the fact he didn't earn a degree before he was the first player selected in the 1989 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He filled that void last month when he earned his sociology degree from UCLA. The incomplete feeling comes from losing the two regular-season finales against USC his junior and senior years, costing the Bruins berths in the Rose Bowl both times.
"The one I regret I have on any level is that I didn't lead a team to the Rose Bowl," the three-time Super Bowl champion said. "I think a lot of times in the NFL a quarterback is measured by whether or not you lead a team to a championship. For me at UCLA, it was whether or not you led your team to the Rose Bowl. I failed to do that."
Aikman didn't care about winning the Hesiman:
He had a standout senior year, completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,771 yards, but Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders had a better season and won the Heisman.
Missing out on the Heisman doesn't bother Aikman. Missing out on the Rose Bowl does.
"My college career, in my opinion, is not quite complete," he said.
If there is a silverlining to the story, I would say that Aikman's comments provide more ammo. for Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow to current/future UCLA quarterbacks and the entire football program what are the standards for success at UCLA. It doesn't get any clearer than that. When a football legend such as Troy Aikman come out and make those kinds of comments regarding the standards under the football tradition at UCLA, it will make it that much harder to accept mediocrity in our program.
No doubt to climb back to those standards is going to be tough. I sure don't expect it this season. However, if we can take a step forward this season by putting together a bowl season, I think we will have our program back in a position where we belong: regularly competing to get into the Rose Bowl as serious contenders (unlike the smoke and mirrors, fluky (much written about on BN) "10 win season" from 05-06).
Thanks again to Aikman for publicly reinforcing the standard for success at UCLA.