ESPN.com's Shaun Assael, through a Freedom of Information Act request, obtained a letter signed by Baxter that was dated June 24, 2010, and was included with Garrett's letter of apology. Baxter said in his letter that he had not been contacted by the schools.
In the short letter, Baxter explains that he talked to friends at Florida, Michigan, Alabama and Fresno State on the day the sanctions were announced.
"We discussed what I wanted to do and how I felt about the sanctions," Baxter wrote. "From that point, the situation got blown out of proportion."
Note how it was an out of town media outlet - not the LA Times or the Daily News - who had to file the FOIA request to get to the bottom of another Trogan shenanigan. The local tradmed reporters were too busy cutting and pasting the nifty press releases puffing up up Ethical Pat.
Anyway, this little mess got "blown out of proportion" to the point that it involved lying and sliming other schools in public. It involved firing off a letter to the Pac-10 filled with lies and smears against other members institutions of the NCAA. It also involved student athlete under a head coach who has a tainted history of lying, cheating, and attacking other schools. Never mind the history Trogans have a leveling BS allegations against other schools.
The Trogans can try all they want if they want to dismiss all of this as some kind of silly prank but it involved reputations of coaches and other schools, who unlike the Trojans try to play by the rules.
If the Trogans under Ethical Pat had any shred of integrity they would be dismissing this "student" athlete for more than one game. Of course the real responsibility lies here with Larry Scott, whose "Pac-10" was used to smear other school. It should be Scott and his officials demanding accountability from Ethical Pat for firing off a lie filled letter to the organization and using it to smear other schools. Given what we have seen from Scott to date guess we can't really count on him to do the right thing.