USC drew national praise Monday when it announced four-year scholarships for football, men’s and women’s basketball. That same day, two track-and-field athletes faced hearings before a university committee because track coach Caryl Smith-Gilbert wanted to revoke their scholarships. Each athlete experienced a performance decrease under the new coach.
The committee decides whether a scholarship is renewed when a coach does not want an athlete to remain on scholarship. A decision needs to come before scholarships are renewed July 1. This quote from Monday seems even more important now.
“USC hopes to help lead the effort to refocus on student-athlete welfare on and off the field,” athletic director Pat Haden said.