USC’s Problems are Institutional. House-cleaning is needed to Regain Respect.

And respectability.

Think all of these issues are because of a couple dirty sports agents? Because of a couple bad-egg players couldn’t resist the allure of some money, a car?

Hell no.

These sanctions, and all that go along with them, are the DIRECT result of a group of ‘leaders’ at USC that don’t give a damn about the rules, appropriate process, the NCAA, or sportsmanship/fair competition, and clearly feel that they’re above all this – better than the rest, and therefore immune.

On the day when USC was hit with serious, major sanctions due to serious, major violations by its teams, the AD wasn’t contrite, or humble, or apologetic. He was defiant, arrogant, a d-bag.

“As I read the decision by the NCAA, all I could get out of all of this was … I read between the lines and there was nothing but a lot of envy, and they wish they all were Trojans,” Garrett said to cheers Thursday night at the San Francisco Airport Marriott.

Rather than feeling saddened, evidence of his teams rampant cheating and the consequences pumped him up…

“We’re fighters,” Garrett said. “As I told my staff, I said, ‘You know, I feel invigorated by all this stuff.’”

On the day his program is CRUSHED with sanctions, he FREAKING FEELS FREAKING INVIGORATED? WHO THE F IS THIS GUY????

So, we know now very clearly why there was a lack of institutional control. Because THERE’S A FREAKING LACK OF INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL. The USC AD is a headcase that feels he’s above everyone else. That he and his glorious cheating Trojans can do whatever, whenever, and it just doesn’t matter. Poodle Pete fully bought into this mindset (maybe he’s the one that created it and Garrett came along) and he and his team behaved accordingly. Now they’re paying the price. Garrett hired a coach in Kiffin that embraces that same mentality. Down the road, his teams will pay the price too, bank it. Any guess as to why I can be so sure?

Kiffin:

“Regardless of what happens in that appeal, we know this: SC is more powerful than anything else,” Kiffin said. “The university, the football program, the basketball program — no matter what they try to do to us, it won’t matter.”

Seriously. The SAME DAY they’re sanctioned for rampant cheating, the guy who had SIX RECRUITING VIOLATIONS IN LESS THAN 12 MONTHS at his previous job says: 1) We’re more powerful than anything and 2) whatever they try to do to us, it won’t matter.

Is it literally possible to have two bigger d-bags working together?

The LA Times also places blame directly on USC in a pretty solid article.

The only way to right this ship, USC, is to can Garrett, and once he’s gone to can Kiffin. Those guys are peas in a pod, and you won’t have a clean, respectable program until they’re both off campus permanently.

I remain sad for the players that were innocent in all this. I’m no longer sure that it’s the majority that are, and I’m thrilled that these arrogant cheaters that give the NCAA (and therefore all other non-cheating programs) the bird repeatedly are getting theirs.

Whoever’s in charge over there at USC, if anyone is, it’s time to clean house.

  • Mike

    An ND alum buddy of mine just made this classic t-shirt about U$C’s scandal. Enjoy:

    U
    $uck @
    Cheating”

    http://bit.ly/USC_Cheat_Shirt

  • Rocket89

    Garret’s comments are beyond ridiculous. He’s a former player from the 60′s, I really wouldn’t be surprised if he’s truly cracked out from decades of excess. I’m not insinuating drugs, but just the fame and all that. No AD from a major university should act like that after what just happened.

    And is Tosh.O coaching the team?

  • http://www.wenevergraduate.blogspot.com Mattare

    One of the most unbelievably stupid, arrogant, and ignorant things I’ve ever read someone say. Garrett and Kiffin are truly a match made in heaven. If they’re allowed to stick around through this probationary period there won’t be anything left in So Cal but a crater and a headstone.

    Jealous? Rocket, you should’ve insinuated drugs. The guy is a lunatic with no grasp on reality.

  • http://rut4nd TLNDMA

    For those that say taking away the National Championship is meaningless, I have to disagree. Eveytime someone looks up the record they will ask, “what happened in 2004?”. The reply”That was the year U$C was caught cheating.”
    For those that say you can’t take the victories away, I say neither can you take away the stain.

  • tjak

    Maisel from espn is way off. I do not care how great the trojans were in 2004. They had a semi-professional player playing for them and that voids any game. Maisel is right about one thing, the trojans were good. However at any level, when a team plays with an ineligible player the game is voided. We had a high school golf team that had to forfeit a Vancouver Island Golf Championship because it played with an unregistered player. If you do not like the rules do not play.

  • brendan

    tjak is exactly right. It would be like some team suiting up a professional player from an NFL team and then saying, “Say what you will, we all know what happened on the field.” Irrelevant since you didn’t play with 22 amateur players.