Well not sure what to make of this. It looks like Kurt Streeter of all people have joined the Trojan's enemy list. From his column today:
Win at Any Cost.
Once inside this trap, ethics fly out the window. A new mind-set is created: Win enough, with enough flash, and few will care how you climbed to the top, particularly not the die-hard boosters who shell out big money for season tickets, new facilities and the right to gloat about their team. Win enough, with enough sizzle, and the hard questions will be easy to elude. There will be no need for explanation. Probably, no day of reckoning will ever come.
I'm worried about USC because nobody is talking. There's no real word from the coaches, Pete Carroll and Tim Floyd, whose teams now sit squarely in the NCAA's cross hairs over well-publicized accusations of payments and favors to athletes who made a real difference in every game they played.
More important, maybe more serious, there's also nothing coming from the men who hired the coaches. Steven Sample, USC's president? Silence. Mike Garrett, USC's athletic director? The same.
Last week, when I submitted a request to interview Garrett, Floyd, Carroll and Sample, the university's media relations department essentially said, Sorry, but on the advice of school lawyers, there won't be any talking from anybody while an NCAA investigation is underway.
With all the nyets the media is getting, it's as if USC has suddenly morphed into the Soviet Politburo, circa 1972.
Streeter doesn't stop there. He calls out Petey for being "arrogant":
I'm an admirer of Carroll, not nearly as much for what he's done on the football field as for what he's done in our inner cities. But I'm sorry, his answer to that booster turns the stomach. It was wrongheaded. You want people coming after you on the field, not with these kinds of accusations. It was arrogant. The kind of arrogance that leads to trouble by blinding truth and shadowing humility.
And then calls the Trojies "Nixonian":
Ethics demand they talk. This much they owe all of us -- Trojans fans, Trojans haters, the uninitiated, the undecided -- a better reply than no comment and a Nixonian, conspiratorially tinged "this is what I've always wanted, we're just so supremely ahead of the pack that everyone wants a piece of us."
I wonder when we will hear from Plaschke and Simmers?