Mungo helped persuade the board of trustees to authorize interim USC president Art Smith to negotiate the deal with the SEC, according to Johnny Gregory, special assistant to the USC president. In so doing, the board did not have to approve either the move or any financial needs to make the move.
As it turned out, according to Gregory, the SEC charged USC only $50 to cover the cost of changing the league's charter.
"It was probably in the history of South Carolina athletics one of the most pivotal decisions ever made," said Eric Hyman, USC's director of athletics. "It was through his leadership and guidance that the University of South Carolina was able to get into the Southeastern Conference, which speaks volumes, and his legacy in that role will go for years and years and years."
Mungo took leading role in USC athletics | The State
Ron Morris from The State wrote a great article about South Carolina Board of Trustee member Michael Mungo's impact and influence on athletics during his service to the university. Mungo, 82, passed away early Sunday morning. Click here to read Morris' article.
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