USC interim president Wanda Austin announced some immediate changes in the way the athletic dept. handles admissions for prospective athletes.
Here are the new procedures per USC:
- Every student-athlete candidate’s file will be reviewed on three levels – by the head coach, the senior sports administrator overseeing the team, and the USC Office of Athletics Compliance – before being sent to the admissions staff.
- The head coach will certify in writing that the student is being recruited for athletic abilities.
- Athletic rosters will be audited at the beginning and end of every academic year and cross-checked with admissions lists.
Is it foolproof? Who knows. It took long enough. Stanford announced changes a month ago.
The involvement of the compliance at least adds another layer of oversight aside from coaches and administrators.
Austin also announced USC is reviewing the status of currently enrolled students involved in the scandal.
“The possible outcomes range from no finding of violation to revocation of admission, and will depend on the facts of each case.”
Two other points of interest via Austin:
“While student-athlete admissions is at the center of the Justice Department’s allegations, USC will also examine the wider scope of how students gain admittance to our university.
“Apart from the previous employee terminations, if the ongoing investigations reveal additional misconduct, appropriate employment actions will be taken.”