LA Times finally publishes an article on all the scandals at USC. Nothing new for any of us who have been following the crap going over at Pom Pom's football program.
But I guess this is a start:
Preseason polls have the Trojans in the top 10 but they are not the juggernaut they have been in recent seasons, needing to replace quarterback Matt Leinart and tailbacks Reggie Bush and LenDale White, all now in the NFL. Just as important, the program cannot seem to shake a series of off-season troubles.
In the final week of April, Bush and All-American receiver Dwayne Jarrett came under scrutiny for potential violation of NCAA rules. News cameras showed quarterback Mark Sanchez arrested -- he was not subsequently charged -- on suspicion of sexual assault.
In June, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office charged former defensive lineman Frostee Rucker with two misdemeanor counts of spousal battery and two counts of vandalism in connection with an alleged August 2005 altercation.
Players and coaches said they were eager to start camp, if only to leave behind the contrail of several tumultuous months.
Then word came about Ting's positive test.
Just last week, Brandon and his identical twin, Ryan, also a defensive back, announced they were quitting football to concentrate on preparing for medical school. Neither could be reached Wednesday for comment.
Their father, Arthur Ting, is an orthopedic surgeon who serves as physician for various San Francisco Bay Area teams, including the San Jose Sharks of the NHL. He was recently drawn into the BALCO steroids scandal because of his association with Barry Bonds.
The elder Ting operated on the San Francisco Giants slugger and, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, was called before a grand jury to testify about visiting the BALCO offices where he reportedly drew Bonds' blood for testing.
According to the state medical board records, Arthur Ting is also serving a five-year probation for distributing "dangerous drugs and controlled substances to friends and acquaintances, particularly athletes, for whom he kept no medical records or for whom the medical records were fictitious, inadequate or inaccurate."
The accusation did not identify the athletes other than to say that some were members of a motorcycle racing team. They and others were provided various medications, including painkillers and sleeping pills, but not steroids.
The contrast between how Stoops handles Bomar and his OL vs. how Chetey Petey is dealing with Jarrett couldn't be more dramatic. It's clear one of them has integrity and cares at least some what of projecting an honest appearance of his program, while the other has no regard for rules.