USC Song Girl Suffers Sports Illustrated Curse?

We all know by now that appearing on the cover of SI is not something people welcome. Unless your name is Marisa Miller and you’re wearing nothing but body paint and a wry smile.

Todd Marinovich Sports Illustrated Cover

The SPORTS ILLUSTRATED jinx has been well-chronicled over the years, and includes this *memorable* cover of former USC QB Todd Marinovich (who went onto a great NFL career and his been an upstanding pillar in the Orange County jail community ever since).

Speaking of an insidious connection between USC and SI, last year USC Song Girl Allison Daniels was the subject of a riveting profile on SI.com. Ms. Daniels was due to return to the team this football season, and even posed in the squad’s official team photo. Strangely though, she was soon photoshopped out of the pic:

Allison Daniels Cropped Out Of USC Song Girls Squad Photo 2008

So what happened? Did the SI curse strike again? Was Daniels spotted at a McDonald’s drive-thru by Marv Marinovich and then summarily dismissed? Thankfully, Scott Wolf of the L.A. DAILY NEWS Daily News has the sketchy details of Ms. Daniels *voluntary* departure.

Allison Daniels Cropped Out Of USC Song Girls Squad Photo 2008

And of course, we have bikini photos of her else I wouldn’t have posted this item in the first place.

Wolf reports he got this “official” explanation from the USC Athletic Dept.: “After this year’s song girl photo was taken, Allison Daniels was offered an attractive business internship that conflicted with her ability to continue as a song girl. She had been a song girl for 2.5 years, so everyone agreed that the internship was such that it would be beneficial to her business career if she took it.”

Allison Daniels USC Song Girl

She was photoshopped out of the website photo so that fans wouldn’t be confused by seeing 14 girls in the web photo, but only 13 on the field. She still attends many song girl functions (as an interested observer) when time permits to support the squad. And the Daniels legacy lives on as her younger sister, Stephanie, is on the current squad.”

Allison Daniels USC Song Girl

Thank god that clears up all the confusion with the fans!!! Now if the Trojans can only do the same for their offensive game planning.

Allison Daniels USC Song Girl

If Daniels’ departure was amiable and voluntary, is “fan confusion” the real reason someone at USC felt the need to obliterate Ms. Daniels out of existence as far as this year’s squad goes? (God that PShop job musta taken longer than Bette Midler’s Caesars Marquee.)

And if you were a USC Song Girl, and the Trojan football team was being touted that year as a national championship contender, would you leave?

All photo credits to BEAT SC, nice work fellas.