It’s Monday, which means another busy week around USC.
Five-star cornerback Chris Steele of St. John Bosco will make his official visit to the campus this weekend.
Steele is looking at USC and USC (South Carolina). So expect him to commit to USC (in Los Angeles).
If USC ever loses a local recruit to South Carolina, it should fire its coaches.
When USC had its satellite camp last week, a football program staffer had to escort Steele away from Florida’s coaches (including Dan Mullen), who were making their case to Steele near the McKay Center.
That’s what happens when you invite 50 collleges to your satellite camp on your campus: They recruit too.
- Three accusers of a former USC gynecologist George Tyndall will testify before a State Senate Committee today.
- I’ve been wondering what is going on with USC president Max Nikias, who has not formally stepped down.
“He is on an extended vacation for a couple months,” said Rick Caruso, the chair of USC’s Board of Trustees in this interview.
Sounds like he is on “garden leave,” as they say in the England.
In an incredibly tone-deaf move, provost Michael Quick is the acting president while Nikias is away. Quick was Nikias’ right-hand man and not viewed as a change agent.
Caruso didn’t like the suggestion the Board of Trustees were too supportive of Nikias and not really independent by initially releasing a statement of support for the president.
“I think that’s a misperception to be honest,” Caruso said. “I was in those meetings. The concern that the board had wasn’t with the president or any of the administration. The concern was, ‘What has happened here? Why wasn’t there more information released sooner? What are we doing to help the students?’ And we made all the changes to protect them. You got to remember the president has lost his job over this so that’s an enormous amount of accountability that was imposed by the Board of Trustees.”
Yeah, the president lost his job after a huge backlash to Nikias and a vote of no confidence from the faculty senate.