What did Max Nikias know and when did he know it?
That might a question after last night’s news that a former USC dean and Los Angeles City Council member (and USC graduate) Mark Ridley Thomas were charged Wednesday with a bribery scheme in which Ridley-Thomas promised to steer millions of dollars in contracts to the school if his son got a scholarship and a teaching job.
Another scandal for USC? We’re all shocked. Some at USC thought this case might disappear and were surprised when the charges were announced.
So will it ever come out whether Nikias knew of this situation?
He hasn’t yet been tied to the Varsity Blues scandal. Yet.
- Tim Tessalone, who was USC sports information director since 1984, will retire on Jan. 1.
Mike Bohn’s memo on the retirement said, “At a later time, we will share our plans for the communications staff structure and broader external team moving forward.”
That’s the kind of statement to make athletic dept. employees shudder to see what it actually means.