You can see a consistent logic at USC that applies at so many levels.
Max Nikias ran USC like a dictator and scared many who worked there. He only cared about big donations.
Michael Quick was his trusty lieutenant who never had a problem stonewalling the media, faculty or students.
Lynn Swann is at golf tournaments, autograph shows and doesn’t give a damn if you think Clay Helton should be fired.
The Board of Trustees doesn’t care about the public unless there is a tidal wave about to hit it, which finally happened with Nikias.
Donna Heinel and Jovan Vavic didn’t have a problem taking around $1.6 million in the college admissions scandal. They believed no one could touch their fiefdoms.
USC didn’t care if it ignored the history of the Coliseum when it changed the name to United Airlines Memorial Coliseum. It wanted the $69 million.
There are people still working in the athletic dept. who think the fans are more a nuisance than anything else. Fans don’t know. Fans don’t get it. Only the entrenched get it. Trust us. Or go away.
It reminds me of when I used to bring up problems at USC or the way fans/ticket holders were treated. Frequently, the response would be, “if you don’t like it, go cover someone else.”
Slowly, progress is being made. But new president Carol Folt will need to an activist to really correct the culture.