More questions answered today.
Q: Pop Goes The Weasel said:
Scott, could you tell us all you know about the Baxter telephone calls, like , were there really any, were they made by boosters of some school, do we lack info as to who they were from, just anything you know or have heard. Thanks very much and glad to have you back.
A: I understand ESPN did a story saying it was all a hoax. What I do know is that Baxter told a coach he received phone calls from those schools when the sanctions were announced and even now does not back down from version of events to his friends. He has been told not to speak about it to the media. The coach informed compliance and eventually Mike Garrett wrote a letter of apology to the schools.
Q: HANDICAPPED PARKING said:
Who are the three freshmen who are academically ineligible?
A: With Jesse Scroggins and Demetrius Wright now cleared, the only freshman that will not make it academically is fullback Soma Vehikite.
Many say that the NCAA based it’s decision on questionable testimony and evidence (or lack thereof) and that in a court of law it would not hold up. If USC loses it’s appeal to the NCAA would it be able to sue the NCAA in an actual court of law and if so, would they?
A: They could theoretically sue the NCAA. But I doubt new athletic director Pat Haden wants to start a fight with the NCAA to start his tenure at USC especially after the steps USC’s taken (firing Todd McNair, Mike Garrett) under new president Max Nikias.