Did you see the NCAA delivered a one-year postseason ban and other penalties to Missouri’s football, baseball and softball programs following a two-year investigation revealed academic misconduct involving a former tutor?
Here’s the USC connection: The chief hearing officer of the infractions panel was David Roberts, the former head of compliance at USC. He currently is a “special adviser to the president” at USC because he is buddies with Max Nikias and got a sweet job when he stepped down at compliance.
He was hired by Nikias as head of compliance at USC despite having no experience with compliance or the NCAA or even really the athletic dept.
Sort of like how Nikias hired two athletic directors who were never athletic directors.
So Roberts was hired after USC got severe (unjust) NCAA sanctions and is now chairing the infractions committee. It’s come full circle.
“In this particular case, the institution, the tutor and enforcement all agreed this was a Level I case, which is severe misconduct,” Robers said of Missouri. “The case starts off with that agreement and the association has put in place a penalty matrix.”