When USC is the lead story on the NBC Nightly News, you know the university is in the midst of a full-blown meltdown.
But will things deteriorate enough for president Max Nikias to step down?
The only way that would happen is if the Board of Trustees acted like his boss. Instead, they act like they work for him.
I’ve yet to see a trustee ever act like Nikias wasn’t the greatest thing to ever happen to USC. They see the billions he has raised at USC and none of them ever take a stand.
Did you see how fast the Board of Trustees issued a statement of support for Nikias? It had to come at his request.
Did you know the Board of Trustees has several women with sports backgrounds?
- There’s Lakers president Jeanie Buss.
- There’s Michele Dedeaux Engemann, the daughter of legendary baseball coach Rod Dedeaux. Her last name adorns the student health center, which is currently Ground Zero in the current controversy.
- There’s Heliane Steden, who was a women’s tennis player at USC in the 1980’s.
Will any of them step up? If I had to bet, I would say no.
Steden reportedly lives in Connecticut and spends about 20 hours a year on Board of Trustees business. Engemann keeps a fairly low profile. Buss would seem the most natural candidate to speak up, but this isn’t about the Lakers so where’s the payoff?