If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

I’m starting things a little different today. Here’s my radio interview with Dave “Softy” Mahler from KJR-950 in Seattle.

You need to listen to the part where you can hear Softy ask me, “Do you think Lynn Swann would ever just step down or does he just have no soul at all? And he just feels like, you know what, they’re paying me, nobody’s watching me work. I can do whatever I want and just cash the check and not have to be accountable.”

I give an appropriate answer, of course. Listen here.

As I point out, Swann is the only athletic director who has presided over two FBI investigations in the past two years. And nobody holds him accountable, of course.

  • Does this scandal have legs or what? There is a real anger out there among USC fans, alumni and people who got rejected by the university. It highlights the privilege of the donor class. And the entitled nature of some athletic dept. employees.
  • Look at what’s happened to actress Lori Loughlin. The Hallmark Channel cut ties with her, which includes movies and a series I’ve never heard of called, “When Calls the Heart.” Last month, its sixth-season premiere was watched by 2.5 million, which placed it behind only “The Walking Dead” in Sunday night cable drama viewers. Loughlin also was dropped by Netflix, which airs the series, “Fuller House.”‘
  • Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade, lost endorsements with beauty retailer Sephora and hair-care product Tresemme.
  • How did interim USC president Wanda Austin ever allow a statement in her name that called USC the “victim” in this scandal? And it is still hard to believe she said this about Clay Helton: “He’s not drinking, doing drugs, or sleeping around.”
  • Did USC basketball really fall apart at the end of another game Thursday? Gee, that’s not a trademark of Andy Enfield. The guy has won two NCAA Tournament games in six seasons and one of those was a play-in game.
  • Controversies used to be simpler. In 1959, the administration decreed it would not allow female song leaders.

“The total administration does not feel that songleaders contribute to the dignity of the university nor do they lend themselves to better signing on the part of the rooting sections at our athletic contests,” said a statement from dean of students Robert J. Downey.

“It is the desire of the administration, always, to have our students, especially our young ladies, presented in the best possible light.”

  • Female songleaders, or song girls, made their debut in 1967 when USC coach Bob Boyd convinced the administration to let him have the cheerleaders at basketball games. The rest is history.
  • Last month, I mentioned how USC coach John McKay used to go to the Sheraton-Town House hotel on Wilshire Blvd. after home games to talk to boosters.
  • But I just heard this story: After USC lost to Notre Dame, 51-0, in 1966 at the Coliseum, McKay stayed in the locker room for so long after the game that stadium staff informed him they were turning out the lights. When McKay and assistant coach Dave Levy walked up the tunnel, there were no fans around. Or even wives, who had cars.
  • Instead of trying to get a taxi or going back to USC, McKay and Levy walked to the Town House via Vermont Ave. That’s about 4.5 miles. By the time the pair got to the hotel, there were about 15 boosters left to hear McKay speak.

34 thoughts on “If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

  1. That question – “Do you think Lynn Swann would ever just step down or does he just have no soul at all? And he just feels like, you know what, they’re paying me, nobody’s watching me work. I can do whatever I want and just cash the check and not have to be accountable.” – point set and match of what a true ‘house hand’ Swann is – a lazy clueless ex-NFL player who is absolutely worthless.

    Contrast that with that network sacking that actress mother – there is no shame for Swann – no accountability.

    USC is in such a dangerous place as of the infamous 15th March aka ‘Ides of March’. and there seems no way back.

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  2. Say what? Affirmative action and athletic enrollees that might otherwise be unqualified or marginally qualified are legitimate but enrolling wealthy, connected enrollees is not? So wealthy patrons of the university want to enroll their children and are willing to pay for it. And the athletic departments get some additional source of funding. The problem is some administrators accepting bribe money but if it was called a brokerage “commission” it would be different?


    1. You have no problem with the celebrities paying for Singer’s company to cheat on SAT’s and having the children of celebrities admitted as athletes while more qualified applicants are denied admittance to USC?

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    2. “I don’t really care about school, game day, partying…I don’t really know how much of school I’m going to be able to attend”

      – Olivia Jade

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      1. The dolt also cost her mom her acting career…

        Lori Loughlin fired by Hallmark Channel, ‘Fuller House’; sued for $500B

        Former “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her daughters are facing fallout after being implicated in a college admissions bribery scandal.

        Deadline reports the 54-year-old actress has been fired from the Hallmark Channel and from Netflix’s upcoming fifth and final season of “Fuller House.” Loughlin had been starring in the “Garage Sale Mysteries” TV movies and the Hallmark series “When Calls the Heart,” plus reprising her role as Aunt Becky on the “Full House” sequel series.

        She’s toast, it’s over,” a well positioned source told Deadline of Loughlin possibly making a cameo on “Fuller House,” which stars a grown-up DJ (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy (Andrea Barber). A writer’s room is still working on the final episodes, but Loughin’s Aunt Becky character will not be included.

        “We are no longer working with” Loughlin, Hallmark television owner Crown Media Family Networks confirmed Thursday.

        Loughlin turned herself into the FBI on Wednesday after being named among 50 people indicted in a nationwide scheme to get children of wealthy parents into colleges of their choice through fake athletic credentials or phony SAT scores. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying bribes totaling $500,000 to have their two daughters designed as crew recruits, despite not participating in the rowing sport, to ensure admission into the University of Southern California


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  3. What would be funny is if Clay Helton is actually sleeping around.

    That is something almost no one knows until it gets revealed, certainly something a college president wouldn’t have knowledge of.

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    1. “No one knows if Helton is sleeping around”….? Please believe me, marvienna, when I tell you that there is NO way Helton is sleeping around….

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  4. Chancellor Blockhead declared the ruins were the victim also. It seems to be a educrat talking point when caught red handed.

    To the Campus Community:
    Earlier today, I was shocked and angered to learn that dozens of individuals have been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with paying or accepting bribes in exchange for admission to several top American universities, including UCLA.
    UCLA’s men’s soccer head coach, Jorge Salcedo, was named in the indictment and immediately placed on leave pending a review by the university. An employee of Geffen Academy was also named in the indictment, but not in connection with her duties at UCLA, and similarly placed on leave.

    Today’s indictment makes clear that UCLA, like the other universities, was the victim of an alleged crime. The indictment also asserts that the individuals accused of these crimes worked to conceal their actions from UCLA and the other universities. We will fully cooperate with federal authorities as this case moves forward. We will also perform a detailed internal review to ensure proper controls are in place to prevent any repeat of these actions in the future.

    As a public university, UCLA is absolutely committed to ensuring that every applicant is considered purely on their merits without any consideration of financial, political or other benefits to the university, in keeping with policy set by the University of California Board of Regents. UCLA cannot and will not tolerate anything less.
    Honesty, integrity and fairness are core values at UCLA and admission to UCLA is a notable accomplishment that cannot be bought by any individual, no matter how wealthy, prominent or powerful. Once here, our students work extraordinarily hard to fulfill the highest standards of academic and athletic excellence.
    We remain absolutely committed to an institution that values inclusion, diversity, merit and accomplishment, without exception. We owe that to everyone who shares our dedication to producing the world-class research, teaching and service that have brought this community so much pride.
    Gene D. Block

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      1. USC is a bastion of entitlement and status seeking so if you went to this school you did it because you wanted that edge in the marketplace and accepted everything that comes with it. So you are a hypocrite if you are complaining about it. Got news for you as USC will not likely be a national champ if it wants to put integrity over winning ethos. USC is a brand to me and I buy the experience of pretending I actually am a part of its greatness without paying for the huge school loans.


      2. @Cloudshaman

        Lori Loughlin paid $500k to get her daughters admitted into USC so they could party and enjoy the Trojan football game day experience…not to gain any, “edge in the marketplace”.

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    1. I think you are right. I talked with an old USC friend and we laughed about USC being mentioned in the same breath with Yale and Stanford as “elite” academic institutions. People will think that if some yo yo is willing to pay $500K to get their kid into USC it must be the place to be. Integrity and values as a society are out the window. Let’s make everything free (tuition) so greed and dishonesty are out of fashion. Haha….right AOC.

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    1. Thumbs up – thanks for posting. It is terrible what happened to Scott Ross, but it is a positive that DeMars is able to include Scott’s tragedy in his documentary so that more people become aware of these issues.

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  5. Dionne Warwick describes it best: “If you see me walking at SC, and I start to cry, each time we meet, walk on by.”


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    1. You’re on a brilliant roll, tebow. [I think it might be time for photos of Helton and Toa with “Have I the Right?” played in the background]….

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      1. I wish I knew how to post pictures here.

        Someone posted a picture of Pudly wearing a football uniform with his cat on his shoulder…I have to talk to that guy and ask how he did it.

        Not the photoshop part, but how he posted the pic.

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