Cynthia Cooper -- no relation to coach Cooper -- was a big part of USC's glory days that included back-to-back NCAA championships. Now Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, she will return to Troy this weekend to see her No. 44 jersey retired and hung in the Galen Center. Cooper-Dyke is the third USC women's basketball player ever to have her jersey retired, joining Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie with that prestigious honor. Currently the head coach at UNC Wilmington, Cooper-Dyke remains a powerful part of Trojan history as a two-time national champion, a 1982 WBCA Freshman All-American, 1986 All-Pac-10 First Team selection, and sits in the USC career charts as the No. 9 all-time scorer, No. 3 all-time in steals and No. 7 all-time in games player and in assists.
"He’s pretty fast," Johnson said. "But a lot of people get it mistaken at the conference he played at. Was it the Big Ten? They’re a slow conference. They don’t have fast guys in that conference. It automatically makes him look like he’s a real fast guy."
Class ends at 11, and Berry discusses his recruitment three years ago out of Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., while waiting for a magazine shoot at Neyland Stadium.
"I guess I just felt like Georgia thought they had me in the bag, and they didn't even know about me and I was in their backyard," Berry explains. "I remember when I went on my recruiting visit, coach (Mark) Richt had my name and stats written on his hand. I guess he thought I didn't see it or something, but I did.
"They were talking to me about playing wide receiver; they didn't even know my position was safety and quarterback. That really made me upset. Coach Kiffin (who then was at Southern Cal), he came with Pete Carroll and the running backs coach and they knew all about me. And I was in Georgia's backyard.
"But all the talk was about Caleb King (now a redshirt sophomore at Georgia battling for a starting job). I guess that's why I always favored Tennessee. They always recruited me hard and let me know what I meant to them. That hurt my feelings, I'm not even going to lie. But I love Mark Richt, love his staff. Him and coach (Rodney) Garner, because they're the ones that recruited me. They're both good men. I was just like, 'Dang.' I just felt like you need to be in your backyard. I just felt like (they) needed to know a little something about me. A few more phone calls or something."