When I started this blog 29 months ago, it was going to be more of a hobby after covering USC for more than 20 years. I never imagined it would grow to its current size and attract such a loyal audience. Well, now it’s time to grow even more. Today, I’m taking the InsideUSC blog to Sports Illustrated. The new address is https://www.si.com/college/usc/ The new … Continue reading Important Announcement About USC Blog
Apparently, there’s a new scandal involving USC’s Office of Conduct, Accountability and Professionalism, according to a report from KCET. Excerpt: “The attorney’s lawsuit was filed just days after USC named a new leader for equity, equal opportunity and Title IX, replacing Gretchen Gaspari, who is accused in the court document of retaliating against the attorney for reporting that her own husband, John Gaspari, was convicted … Continue reading Never A Dull Moment At USC, Part II
Actress Kelly Preston, who died over the weekend after a two-year battle with breast cancer, attended USC. Here she is in her USC sorority photo circa 1980-81. In Varsity Blues news, California couple Todd and Diane Blake agreed to plead guilty to charges they paid bribes to get their daughter recruited to USC as a fake athlete in the “Varsity Blues” case. Todd Blake will … Continue reading Afternoon Notes: Another USC Connection
The USC School of Cinematic Arts will remove a John Wayne exhibit, according to a Friday announcement. “Conversations about systemic racism in our cultural institutions along with the recent global, civil uprising by the Black Lives Matter movement require that we consider the role our school can play as a change-maker in promoting anti-racist cultural values and experiences,” said Evan Hughes, USC’s assistant dean of … Continue reading USC To Remove John Wayne Exhibit
Mel Hein Jr., a pole vaulter who was a member of two USC track national title teams, died Wednesday of a brain infection. He was 79. Hein Jr. set the world indoor record of 16 feet, 5 3/4 inches in the pole vault in 1965 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. He later won three City titles as the track coach at Taft High … Continue reading Former USC Pole Vaulter Mel Hein Jr. Dies
Larry Scott graciously agreed to take a 12 percent pay cut for the next 12 months, according to an email obtained by the Oregonian. He will still survive on his $5.3 million salary. The problem is Scott is cutting other employees’ salaries 5-10 percent after making them work in super-pricey San Francisco. And he already laid off 8 percent of the Pac-12 Network staff in … Continue reading Larry Scott Takes Another Pay Cut But Is It Enough?