Felt like this article deserved a post – Dan Wetzel gets it, and lays it all out in a very clear and concise way.
A few choice quotes that I found most interesting:
Yet all Bush had to do was look at the egomaniacs in charge of Trojan football to see a casual, selfish, instant gratification culture that all but encouraged him to get his car tricked out….Coach Win Forever never cared about USC; that much is clear. His boss didnâ€™t, too. They cared about themselves, their paychecks, their fawning fans, their sideline celebrities and that intoxicating high that only winning can deliver.
This is why USC got absolutely crushed. Mike G and Poodle Pete gave the NCAA the finger, and figured no one would notice. Idiots.
It was one thing for Garrett and Carroll to run a loose ship in L.A. Itâ€™s another for them to have kept partying when the boat hit the iceberg. The way USC handled the Reggie Bush scandal is near criminal, and the ones paying the price are the students, alumni, fans and current and future players…And still the SC brain trust did little. Their defense against the NCAA was to deny, deny, deny. NCAA sources say every meeting with investigators was contentious. There was no cooperation, no interest in a joint effort to gather the truth. This was USC refusing to admit anything happened, let alone some level of guilt.
Completely agree here, and I wouldn’t be shocked if someone, anyone sued Garrett and/or Pete for gross negligence and sought some sort of compensation for all the damage they caused. Heck, if I was a fan I’d file a Class Action and get rich off the lawyers. Hmmmm….
The tough stuff comes now. The adults are in. New coach Lane Kiffin is dealing with potentially crippling sanctions and a new AD with whom heâ€™d appear to have nothing in common. Haden is a mature and educated man whose focus is ethics and says his life has been guided by never wanting to do anything that would embarrass his now late mother. Kiffin is a brash, foot-in-the-mouth, secondary-violation machine.
â€œI think so,â€ Haden said on ESPN when asked if Kiffin was the right guy for USC, about as un-ringing of an endorsement as youâ€™ll hear. Haden then went on to praise the way rivals Stanford and Notre Dame do business.
We’ll see if Haden can right the ship (meaning, can he fire Kiffin asap or reign him in enough to clean things up), and gotta appreciate his reference to doing things ‘the right way’. Didn’t love him as an announcer for ND on NBC, but glad to see that he took something from it. I look forward to ND doing it the right way and crushing his Trojans in years to come.