USC interim athletic director Dave Roberts sent out a message today that had one interesting passage.
Roberts talked about the return of new deputy athletic director Paul Perrier, who came back to USC after several years at Rutgers.
“Paul’s first order of business will be an internal review of our sport programs, sport administrators and department policies.”
An internal review of sports administrators?
That could be a spicy report. And might have a few people nervous inside Heritage Hall, if it is honest. That is always the question at USC because there is so little transparency. So we never really know how honest these reviews or reports are.
Remember, USC has not released internal reports into the medical school dean or George Tyndall scandals so maybe it’s best to not get one’s hopes up.
But a few people might be nervious in the athletic dept. about this development.
Below is Roberts’ full statement:
|A MESSAGE FROM DAVE ROBERTS |
I truly appreciate the great response to my initial outreach, and I look forward to a continuing dialogue with all of you. In furtherance of that objective, I wanted to let you know of a few updates I’m pleased to share. First, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with our student-athletes on a team by team basis to introduce myself and ensure that our department is making every effort to listen to and meet their needs. The reaction I received was most gratifying as they asked probing and insightful questions about our department and its future. Second, it is my pleasure to welcome back Paul Perrier as a Deputy Athletic Director. Many of you may know Paul from his previous years at USC. Paul’s first order of business will be an internal review of our sport programs, sport administrators and department policies. Third, as many of you have seen in the news, California recently passed SB 206, a bill addressing name, image and likeness issues pertaining to student-athletes. The bill does not become effective until 2023. USC has always been committed to student-athlete reforms; and, we look forward to working with state officials, the Pac-12 and the NCAA to ensure that NLI reforms develop into a national framework that will positively impact and benefit all student-athletes, while ensuring that they can compete and excel in national collegiate athletics.
Lastly, I speak on behalf of all of the hardworking staff in Athletics, it has been heartwarming to feel the support of the Trojan Family and hear the wonderful reviews this season of the renovated Coliseum. We are immensely grateful to you, and to our new president Dr. Carol Folt who is already a champion of our program in the short time she’s been here. We all look forward to seeing you at the Coliseum later this month to celebrate homecoming. Fight On!