US(C) Open

This article appears in the Nov 30 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

The fall of ancient Troy was caused by soldiers stuffed inside a wooden horse. The fall of the USC Trojans' basketball team was allegedly caused by Benjamins stuffed
inside a paper envelope. We can't say what opportunities were available in Troy in the aftermath, but we do know there's never been a better time to be a walk-on in La-La Land.