The NCAA cites USC for a loss of institutional control, and once again youâ€™re reminded that thereâ€™s no segment of American life in which crime pays quite as well as big-time amateur athletics.
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“…if you think itâ€™s bad now, wait until you have a Pac-16 and a Big 16, when the profit margins and the incentives to cheat increase proportionally.ave a Pac-16 and a Big 16, when the profit margins and the incentives to cheat increase proportionally.
For years now â€” an era during which Trojans football players could be seen living like the cast of â€œEntourageâ€ â€” the university and its coaches have been denying that anything at all was amiss.
(Kiffin) had to know the â€™SC job represented a huge score. Carroll had been making about $4.4 million and ended up getting about $7 million per from the Seahawks. Kiffin â€” with an aggregate record of 12-21 as a head coach in college and the NFL â€” is getting â€œjust under $4 million,â€ according to HBOâ€™s RealSports.
His 70-year-old father, Monte, will make approximately $2 million as the Trojansâ€™ defensive coordinator. Ed Orgeron, who once again assumes the title of â€œrecruiting coordinatorâ€ he had under Carroll, had to get a big bump from the piddling $650,000 he was making back in the day. Orgeron, itâ€™s worth mentioning, was named National Recruiter of the Year in 2004, not long after Bush was voted a Freshman All-American.
â€œHigh profile players demand high profile compliance,â€ Paul Dee, chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, said on a conference call Thursday afternoon.
Oh, cut it out. High profile players demand compensation. Bush and O.J. Mayo, who stayed at â€™SC just long enough to play in the 2007-08 basketball season, are what they are. They got paid by would-be agents and hustlers. Just the same, what they earned was a fraction of their market value.
Thatâ€™s the real story here, and itâ€™s not likely to change. Actually, it should only get worse.
Consider all those who reaped huge benefits from the Bush/Mayo era, beginning with Bush and Mayo themselves.
Thereâ€™s Carroll, Kiffin and Orgeron. Norm Chow, USCâ€™s former offensive coordinator, went on to the Tennessee Titans and UCLA, where, last I looked, he makes $640,000. Steve Sarkisian, another of Carrollâ€™s former offensive coordinators, is guaranteed $1.85 million a year as the head coach at Washington. Even Tim Floyd, who spent a season in the NBA after resigning from USC, didnâ€™t have much trouble getting a new job. Heâ€™s the head man at UTEP.
Apparently, head coaches arenâ€™t held responsible for institutional control, or in this case, lack thereof.
â€œThe penalties arenâ€™t directed at an individual,â€ Dee noted.
Of course not. Coaches are held accountable only for winning or losing.
â€œBased on the penalties, I donâ€™t think there is any incentive not to cheat,â€ said Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association. â€œThe system makes cheatingâ€ â€” or at least, less than vigilant compliance â€” â€œprofitable for the individuals running the programs. Itâ€™s just like the CEOs who ran the big banks and the mortgage companies. They were completely irresponsible, but they all got paid.â€
And it will only get worse once these conferences become mega-conferences.
â€œItâ€™s economics 101,â€ said Huma, a former UCLA linebacker. â€œPlayersâ€™ salaries are effectively capped. But the revenue they generate just gets bigger and bigger. So the coaches and the administrators, their incentive to cheat just got stronger.â€
The difference between what guys like Bush and Mayo are worth, and what they make in scholarship and book fees, results in a black market economy. The would-be agents and runners become illicit paymasters. And only the least corrupt coaches turn a blind eye.
Huma says the system would be relatively clean if players could be paid something approximating their market values. Then again, a system like that also would have to treat student-athletes as men and women.
And that would cause the NCAA a loss of institutional control.”