The hiring of Lindsay Gottlieb as women’s basketball coach is a good reminder of something that is always true of USC: It always spends the money when it wants to.
Mark Trakh was one of the lowest-paid coaches in the Pac-12 at around $325,000. Gottlieb should easily make more than $1 million per year. She might make a million more than Trakh. Plus her assistants will be paid a lot more than Trakh’s staff.
And this is during the pandemic.
That’s why the Clay Helton decision was never about the cost of his buyout. USC could pay it. It had a donor who offered to pay it. That was about Carol Folt not wanting to fire Helton or be beholden to a donor.
- Today’s newsletter has another example of how absurd things can be at USC.
- USC reported zero positive COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive week.