There is a resounding sense of pride among USC sports fans. Trojans are faithful to their sports teams, both as athletes and fans, due to a winning history, tough competition, and more than a century of school spirit. Varsity athletes get royal treatment from the University in exchange for a commitment that is as demanding as a full course load. Although men’s soccer was wiped out some time ago, USC’s varsity teams are a threat to the best teams in almost every sport. But LA can give students too many distractions to care about anything other than USC football. The women’s volleyball team recently won a championship, and while at a smaller Midwestern school that would be a huge deal, few people at USC are even aware it happened. Conversely, football fans are known to check up on BCS ratings every week.
Clubs sports are popular at USC. The teams practice regularly and compete against other club teams. There is not nearly as much glory for club athletes as there is for varsity athletes, but most would say that they are involved truly for a love of the sport. Intramural sports are purely recreational and fairly well organized. Fraternities take IM sports seriously as they compete with other houses for athletic dominance in a number of athletic events. Overall, sports are an integral part of a student’s life at USC.