One thing that needs to be said regarding the College Admissions scandal and the role of athletic dept. employees.
It must include those at the top. USC has always had an attitude that you must push, push, push for more money. Whether it was Steven Sample, Max Nikias, Pat Haden or Lynn Swann. It includes a lot more people than that because every dept. on campus feels that pressure.
Brian Kennedy has donated $5 million to USC. But he ran afoul of Swann because he didn’t give more money after that.
You are only as good as your last check to USC. Just ask the people who made “lifetime” Cardinal and Gold donations in the 1950’s or 1980’s and then slowly lost all the promised benefits, whether it was seat locations, fees, parking, etc. They were told a one-time donation would cover a lifetime and then kept getting charged more.
It’s a culture.
The reason USC employees were trying to get big donations is because they were always being pushed to secure them. USC always acts like it needs more money. Look at how many trustees donated millions before they became members of the board.
- Former USC basketball player Ja’Tavia Tapley, who transferred to Arizona State, was named national player of the week after the Sun Devils upset No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Oregon State.