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07:40 AM ET 12.20 | Well, that didn't take long. [USC coach] Steve Sarkisian has his first headache. A high school track coach in suburban Washington has alleged that one of Sarkisian's former assistant coaches at Washington funneled money to be used for a recruit's tutoring. If the assistant, Tosh Lupoi, is found to have committed violations, the NCAA might have the option to punish Sarkisian as well. ... [On Thursday, as] USC held its final practice of the season, Sarkisian didn't seem to be fretting. "I know what I did on a daily basis," Sarkisian said, "and I know the environment that I promoted there, every single day that I went to work there. If the NCAA wants to talk to me, I'll feel confident in my ability to show, factually, the ability that I exhibited to show (a compliant) atmosphere."

The Orange County Register

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December 20, 2013  08:32 AM ET

This is awesome...

Wasnt he on staff w/ Piston Pete and Kiffen and the whole Bush situation... I am sure he doesnt know anything though

December 20, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Translation from coach speak to plain English: "my butt's covered".

December 20, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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This is awesome...Wasnt he on staff w/ Piston Pete and Kiffen and the whole Bush situation... I am sure he doesnt know anything though

Yep. Ironic isn't it.

December 20, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Someone may have paid for a tutor for a kid? That is just so wrong, and dumb. do like everybody else does, admit the kid regardless and THEN the school pays for his tutors and it is all considered a noble act.

December 20, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Yep. Ironic isn't it.

Irony so thick you could cut it with a knife.

December 20, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Sarkisian, the new Pete Carroll.

U$C shouldn't miss a beat

December 20, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Now, now... Don't you guys go hating on my team AGAIN!!! <sigh>

Well at least USC now has an actual compliance department which they didn't have, back during the RBush fiasco. Let's see how this "pans out"... <smh>

December 20, 2013  09:26 AM ET

This has a tinge of Tricky Di<k Nixon to it....


"I had no idea any of that was going on. I am not a crook!"

December 20, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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Now, now... Don't you guys go hating on my team AGAIN!!! <sigh>Well at least USC now has an actual compliance department which they didn't have, back during the RBush fiasco. Let's see how this "pans out"... <smh>

USC wasn't any worse than anyone else Corp...they just need lessons in how to do it without getting caught!

December 20, 2013  09:26 AM ET

plausible deniability?

December 20, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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This has a tinge of Tricky Di<k Nixon to it...."I had no idea any of that was going on. I am not a crook!"

and dammit I believed him too!

December 20, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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USC wasn't any worse than anyone else Corp...they just need lessons in how to do it without getting caught!

This is correct but I will say Little Stevie learned semantics and BS from someone because that comment almost makes you believe he had no idea.

December 20, 2013  09:41 AM ET

"I'll feel confident in my ability to show, factually, the ability that I exhibited to show (a compliant) atmosphere."

I'm sorry...what?

December 20, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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This is correct but I will say Little Stevie learned semantics and BS from someone because that comment almost makes you believe he had no idea.

Learning from modern politicians.

December 20, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

This is correct but I will say Little Stevie learned semantics and BS from someone because that comment almost makes you believe he had no idea.

Yeah he is def trying to distance himself from the situation...

Too bad Lupoi didnt get hired by SC before all this came out...

December 20, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

This is correct but I will say Little Stevie learned semantics and BS from someone because that comment almost makes you believe he had no idea.

I was under the understanding that with the changes to the rules a year ago that coaches were to be held accountable for the actions of their staff irrespective of whether or not they were aware of the transgressions committed by said staff memeber...

In other words, even if you did not know it was happenning, you areobliged to ensure that it can't happen. Make sure you hire coaches and recruiters that will not burn you in a fashion similar to this...

December 20, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

USC wasn't any worse than anyone else Corp...they just need lessons in how to do it without getting caught!

AS CFB turns... heh heh

December 20, 2013  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

This is correct but I will say Little Stevie learned semantics and BS from someone because that comment almost makes you believe he had no idea.

Sneaky Pete Carroll protege' -- duh.

 
December 20, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Yeah he is def trying to distance himself from the situation...Too bad Lupoi didnt get hired by SC before all this came out...

You think Haden is shaking his head and saying not this **** again.

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