As a Trojan, I can say that the sanctions that have come down are pretty harsh. Unfortunately that "lack of institutional control" seems to have become a catch-all term like that of "irreconcilable differences" when it comes to divorce.
How much is a university expected to be responsible for? Every student on every roster on every sports team.....and their parents?
Apparently so. Now. That's why we're seeing several other major teams scrambling to clean up their own business at schools across the country. They're seeing that they have to cover ALL the bases too, including those things that aren't happening on campus.
All a fallout from the USC sanctions. Thank you, USC, for taking the fall. Now we can clean ourselves up before we get nailed too.
Hardly lets USC off the hook, I know, but certainly shows it's a problem across the country, and not just the problem of one rogue university as SC has been painted as being by our adversaries.
USC will come through this though, and with our new AD and president has already started the ball rolling.
Our former president, in 20 years, succeeded in bringing USC into even more recognizable academic prominence (rankings-wise), and our froshies are scoring as well as (if not better than) UCLA froshies on entrance exams. And USC is as competitive as UCLA when it comes to admissions.
USC is riding a wave of success in academics, and now with a Rhodes Scholar at the helm of our AD, looking for good things in the athletic department too.
In closing I must also address the "University of Spoiled Children" moniker.
USC is anything but. That has become a stereotyped-driven label that really isn't valid.
A good percentage of the kids at USC are there on scholarships (athletic or academic) or loans.
Are there rich kids at USC? Yes. But there are just as many at UCLA I have little or no doubt. In fact, I recently read that the average income of parents at both universities is virtually the same. At or around $70,000 per year. By comparison, Stanford is $110,000.
As for $50,000 cars at USC? They're there, yes. But a friend of mine who attended USC almost 30 years ago said he saw more expensive cars at UCLA than he saw at USC.
And as a sidenote, I can tell you that spending the amount of time I do on the Southern California freeway system to and from work, I see way more $50,000+ cars with UCLA Alumni on them than I do with USC Alumni on them.
So all the things people love to hate about USC, really aren't there.
A bunch of spoiled kids? Not as many as you think. And just as many at our crosstown rival. UCLA just doesn't want you to know that. It will hurt their demonization of USC.
Arrogant? Only to the degree of having school pride and love for our sports team. Don't all schools have that? Funny how it seems like school pride at USC is deemed arrogant, but at other schools, it's just school pride.
Add to that, a university that was lauded a few years back for its work in the local community surrounding the campus (a community that UCLA Bruins like to make fun of....curious coming from the students of a liberal university like UCLA) and has a diversity that I don't think our rival can boast.
When I entered USC I had heard that same stereotypical image of the school. And it was all based on that....things I had heard. Then I attended the university and realized the truths, and how all those stereotypes really aren't valid.
So you can believe a USC Trojan who has experienced life at Troy, or you can listen to our biased adversaries who are only going off what they've heard. : )
Okay, my commercial for USC is over!