The NCAA’s overzealous attitude and agenda comes out in those documents released this week. But it also reinforces the arrogance of then-athletic director Mike Garrett.
“USC has responded to its problems by bringing in Lane Kiffin,” committee member Rodney Uphoff said.
Why did Garrett ignore the message it sent while USC was under a years-long investigation? Because even the night of the sanctions, Garrett was defiant toward the NCAA. His hiring of Kiffin was poor for many reasons. And the NCAA ramifications was just one more.
Remember, USC’s goal was to escape sanctions. And if that meant sucking up to the NCAA, that was part of doing business with a dysfunctional organization. It’s what many schools have done since, including USC.
Offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn talks above about the unit’s need to establish an identity. After the video, Lobendahn said if he could pick a position he would play guard, which is probably where he projects in the NFL.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian asked freshman linebacker Cameron Smith to wear No. 35, which used to be a hallowed number worn by well-known USC linebackers Riki (Gray) Ellison and Scott Ross (above).
“I like that we’re able to put him in 35,” Sarkisian said. “He didn’t understand the significance of it. I explained to him when I grew up 35 meant a lot.”
Is this a dream? North Carolina practiced at the Galen Center as it prepares to play Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 at Staples Center. Roy Williams coaching in the Galen Center! Let’s hope Andy Enfield walked upstairs and got some advice.