December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
CONGRATULATING THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ON THEIR PAC-TEN CHAMPIONSHIP AND ROSE BOWL BERTH
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2521] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] CONGRATULATING THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ON THEIR PAC-TEN CHAMPIONSHIP AND ROSE BOWL BERTH ______ HON. DIANE E. WATSON of california in the house of representatives Monday, December 8, 2003 Ms. WATSON. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to count the University of Southern California among my constituents in California's 33rd Congressional District. This institution is a magnet for diverse people and ideas, attracting students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. In fact, USC ranks in the top 1 percent amongst the most diverse private research universities in the nation. As an educator, I am inspired to see USC's commitment to academic excellence. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to pay tribute to the accomplishments of the University of Southern California football team. Congratulations are in order for USC President Steven Sample, Head Coach Pete Carroll, and the outright Pac-Ten champions, who finished the season with the #1 national ranking in both the AP and Coaches polls. The USC Trojan football team has shown unique skill, charisma, dedication, and love for the sport. The Trojans accumulated an 11-win and 1-loss record while competing against some of the best programs in the country. The Trojans regular season performance and their strength of schedule earned them a controversial Bowl Championship Series, or BCS, berth. Although it is a system no one can make sense of, I am pleased that the real National Championship will be decided during the ``Grand Daddy of them all''--the Rose Bowl. As those steeped in football tradition know, a Pac-Ten vs. Big Ten match-up in the Rose Bowl, with a #1 ranked team in the game, is a formula for champions. Mr. Speaker, again I congratulate USC President Steven Sample, Head Coach Pete Caroll, and the football team at the University of Southern California for a season to remember. ____________________