The January 3, 2010 apparent "admission" of wrongdoing and self-imposed sanctions warrants a look back at the June 11, 2009 video of trojan Senior Vice President for Administration Todd Dickey (pronounced like the faux turtleneck) and Athletic Director Mike Garrett. The video was released after Floyd resigned amidst allegations of payoffs. (The faithful worshipers of this site made some incisive comments on the June 11, 2009 video but the January 3, 2010 announcement of self imposed sanctions warrants a second look at last summer’s efforts to deceive.) Take a quick look at the June 11, 2009 video but do not allow young children to watch as they may learn to be dishonest or just plain stupid.
First, as in every appearance by or press release naming Mr. Dickey, he is not identified for what he is—a lawyer who is the former trojan general counsel who now supervises the general counsel. Mr. Dickey calls himself the "Senior Vice President for Administration at USC" as he always does and Garrett calls Mr. Dickey, who is heading up the investigation "our chief administrative officer." Garrett, himself a law school graduate, can’t bring himself to admit Mr. Dickey is a lawyer. You know it really doesn’t matter if Mr. Dickey is a lawyer, he has done well with a trojan law degree, but the unwillingness of any employee of the school to just truthfully tell anybody his professional background (unless of course you are willing to struggle through the trojan or State Bar websites to find his chosen profession) is evidence of subtle deceit.
Second, in the June 11, 2009 video, Mr. Dickey sounds stupid and here is why. At one point, Mr. Dickey says and I quote, "We cannot comment on any aspect of the investigation until it is complete." Mr. Dickey gives several reasons for clamming up but here is best one, "NCAA rules require us to maintain confidentiality of the investigation until the investigation is complete." Fine. Now I can’t find any such rule on the NCAA website. It’s possible the rule is there and I missed it or Mr. Dickey has a special copy of the rules which he refuses to share with anybody else including the NCAA. But look at what Mr. Dickey does within seconds of explaining "NCAA rules require us to maintain confidentiality of the investigation"—he proceeded to comment on the investigation. Mr. Dickey, despite "NCAA rules [that] require . . . maintain[ing] confidentiality of the investigation," said: his "office" is "heading up" the investigation; USC is cooperating and working closely with the NCAA and the PAC 10 in the investigation; USC had participated in every interview except "mainly" where it has been excluded by interviewees (what does "mainly" excluded mean—you lawyers out there can perhaps elucidate on that sketchy adverb selection); USC has interviewed "approximately 50 people" and spent "many hundreds of hours" working on the investigation; what efforts had been to interview contact of Lloyd Lake and Louis Johnson; why USC can’t participate in the interview of some relatives of principals in the investigation; and who has interviewed and the number of interviews of Johnson (two). Now this is laughable—one minute Mr. Dickey says "Can’t comment, wouldn’t be prudent, the NCAA prohibits any chit chat on our end" and then proceeds to start talking up his "client’s" cooperation and travails in the investigation. Simple truth—he is either lying about the NCAA rules or he is violating them. Mr. Dickey looks and sounds so indolent, he must be a UCLA plant cleverly placed by Coach Neuheisel just to embarrass the trojans.
Third, both Mr. Dickey and Garrett also explain that they can’t talk until the investigation is "complete." And Garrett says (and this is a real whopper), "No one would like to get the information out and this behind us more than I do." Well, the January 3, 2010 press release seems to indicate that the O.J. Mayo investigation is complete. But as has been noted here before, the January 3, 2010 press release says nothing and doesn’t even mention Floyd. Well, the January 3, 2010 trojan press release refers you to a video statement by Garrett. But until today when you clicked on the video, it only said, "[L]oading." Until today, you would click on it and wait while the word "loading" flashed in front of you hour after hour. Here is a school with Nobel laureates and they couldn’t even get a video on their very own trojan website to work. Simple truth—the trojan leadership and legal corps didn’t want anybody to comment more than they had to. And there was even more deception—the phalanx of lawyers and law school graduates who run the compliance and athletic departments set up a video statement that could not be viewed by anybody. But now it gets better (no it can’t you exclaim). Today, when you click on the press release link to the statement by Garrett, you end up (eventually) with a CBS webpage that is blank. In other words, the Garrett statement is now a blank CBS College Sports webpage.
Most importantly, Garrett’s June 11, 2009 claim that he wants to get all the information out is an untruth as evidenced by his conduct on January 3, 2010 and since. He has the opportunity to do what he promised the world—get the truth out once the investigation is complete—and once again, he has broken his word.
Fourth, the January 3, 2010 press release claims the trojans forfeited all their 2007-2008 games. Good for them—standing up and accepting responsibility—but why does their website asserts the O.J. Mayo led team finished with a 21-12 record. I thought they agreed they were 0-33. Again, more evidence of deceptive conduct by the athletic department and Dr. Sample’s abject failure to act like an ethical university president who accepts responsibility for institutional failure.
Dr. Sample, the ball is on your court. Its time to stand up in the storm and be what your parents raised you to be.