Probation is over! Hooray! What does this mean for fans as a practical matter? Not much. But it’s nice to have a clean name.
A letter from USC president Andrew Sorensen to the NCAA’s Indianapolis office, certifying the university is in compliance with NCAA rules, will end an unpleasant chapter in the Gamecocks’ history book that cost one athletics department official his job and increased to three the number of schools former USC coach Lou Holtz left on NCAA probation. …
USC senior associate athletics director Val Sheley, who runs the compliance office, said the probation ends when the NCAA ratifies Sorensen’s letter. After that, USC will have to steer clear of major infractions for two years to avoid being hit with harsher penalties as a repeat offender.
But Sheley does not expect that to be a problem, pointing out that USC has more than doubled its compliance staff in the three years since landing on probation.
Oh, and there’s no Lou Holtz, who needed four or five compliance officers just to keep him from committing a recruiting violation on the way to the restroom. [Emphasis added.]
Hmm… his hire seemed like such a good idea at the time.
By the way, as the linked article mentions, Holtz wasn’t named in any of the violations and did his best Sgt. Schulz impression regarding the whole affair.