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How’s Morale In Heritage Hall In New USC Era?

You might think morale in the USC athletic dept. is at an all-time high with Lincoln Riley turning around football and a move to the cash-rich Big Ten. But I’ve heard from several sources that morale is actually low as employees often feel powerless with major decisions made by the Cincinnati mafia. It’s not just athletic director Mike Bohn but chief operating officer Nick Bowes, … Continue reading How’s Morale In Heritage Hall In New USC Era?

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USC In Crosshairs Of L.A. Mayor Debate

The Los Angeles mayoral debate between Karen Bass and Rick Caruso on Wednesday night had a common target: USC. “The victims of the gynecologist, literally hundreds of students at USC, asked you to release the report,” Bass said. “As chair of the Board of Trustees, he committed to do an investigation, to do a report, and then he decided that he wasn’t going to release … Continue reading USC In Crosshairs Of L.A. Mayor Debate

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Scandal News: Ex-USC Dean Agrees To Guilty Plea

The former dean of USC’s school of social work agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge that she bribed longtime politician Mark Ridley-Thomas by funneling $100,000 he provided from his campaign account through USC to a nonprofit operated by his son to obtain a lucrative county contract, the Justice Department announced today. Marilyn Louise Flynn, 83, of Los Feliz, agreed to plead guilty to … Continue reading Scandal News: Ex-USC Dean Agrees To Guilty Plea

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Jovan Vavic Gets New Trial

Former USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic has been granted a new trial by a Massachusetts judge in the “Varsity Blues” case after the judge found USC could not be considered a “victim” for purposes of the fraud statute according to Law360. Judge Indira Talwani wrote: “however distasteful, there is nothing inherently illegal about a private institution accepting money in exchange for a student’s admission.” … Continue reading Jovan Vavic Gets New Trial

How Hot Will It Be? USC Band Won’t Wear Traditional Uniforms

It’s going to be so hot tomorrow, the USC band is ditching its uniforms for something more suitable for extreme weather. USC said it will provide “branded apparel” that is appropriate for extreme heat. Carol Folt sent out her fall semester welcome video tonight and yes, she mentioned Lincoln Riley and football at the 4:30 mark. Continue reading How Hot Will It Be? USC Band Won’t Wear Traditional Uniforms

Sunday Buzz: Remembering Gene Lebell

About a year ago, I rekindled memories of the Olympic Auditorium. So it is fitting to pay tribute to Gene Lebell, who died August 9. He was 89. Depending on your age, Lebell was either a judo champion, wrestler, actor, stuntman, wrestling referee or Olympic Auditorium fixture. His mother, Aileen Eaton, promoted boxing and wrestling at the Olympic. Lebell won both the heavyweight class and … Continue reading Sunday Buzz: Remembering Gene Lebell