Free Meals at Southern Cal?

So got an email from a friend of mine who pointed me to the following NCAA regulation:

16.11.1.5 Occasional Meals

A student-athlete or the entire team in a sport may receive an occasional meal in the locale of the institution on infrequent and special occasions from an institutional staff member.  An institutional staff member may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes to attend such meals.  A student-athlete may receive an occasional family home meal from a representative of athletics interests on infrequent and special occasions under the following conditions: (Revised: 1/10/92, 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
(a) The meal must be provided in an individual's home (as opposed to a restaurant) and may be catered; and (Revised: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
(b) A representative of the institution's athletics interests may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes to attend the meal function only if the meal function is at the home of that representative.
(c) Anything Pete Carroll wants to sponsor is OK by us anyway.
All right. All right. He threw (c) in. But why did he send me a pointer to that specific reg? Well because of this. From Scott Wolf's Inside USC blog at the Daily News:
Billionaire Boys Club

The Trojans attended a barbecue tonight at the Beverly Hills home of real-estate developer Alan Casden, who is worth an estimated $1.5 billion. ``We’re going to have sit through two hours of traffic just to get there,’’ a player grumbled.
Hmmm. So many red flags here. Here are two obvious ones:
  • Who is this Alan Casden guy? can he be considered as a "representative" of Southern Cal's "athletic interests"?
  • Was the transportation for the entire Southern Cal football team to this barbecue provided by an "institutional staff member"? Was it "reasonable" given it's the same program which has a history of (allegedly) sending out limos to lure recruits?
Do you know answers to these questions? Does the NCAA know answers to these questions? Shouldn't they be looking into given a systmatic pattern of (alleged) transgressions at Pom Pom's scandal tainted program? Perhaps NCAA should be contacted about this and be asked to look into it. Well if anyone is interested here are the numbers:

NCAA 317-917-6222
Pac-10 925-932-4411


I will leave it up to you guys to make the calls. And if you get any interesting feedback make sure to let us know.

GO BRUINS.
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