Los Angeles mini-malls might seem an unlikely subject for photographer and UCLA professor Catherine Opie. She first gained notoriety in the art world in the mid 1990's with her large-scale portraits of members of the sadomasochistic leather culture in San Francisco. She's also widely known for her images of lesbian family life, high school football players and California surfers.
In the late 1990's, as part of her project "American Cities," Opie photographed urban scenes with a 7" by 17" banquet camera, typically used to photograph large groups of people. She shot Los Angeles mini-malls very early in the morning, before the rush of traffic. Eight of these L.A. images are featured in the upcoming Getty Center exhibit, "Urban Panoramas, Opie, Liao, and Kim."
According to the Getty, the show "displays the work of three contemporary photographers, each of whom explores a specific city and how various modes of transportation define the urban infrastructure." (Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao photographed New York City and Soo Kim shot Reykjavik.) "Urban Panoramas highlights three distinctive bodies of work, each of which explores a specific aspect of urban architecture to capture the essential rhythm of a city," says exhibit curator Virginia Heckert.
Opie's mini-mall images may be devoid of human activity, but they speak volumes about a certain aspect of the way life is lived in Los Angeles — a city designed for, and dominated by, cars.
Urban Panoramas accompanies a larger exhibit, "A Record of Emotion:The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans." Evans, a British photographer who died in 1943, is best known for his images of medieval British cathedrals. The shows open Tuesday and run until June 6.
"Untitled #17, 1998" © Catherine Opie. Courtesy the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Toni Ann Johnson, a screenwriter, community activist and blogger, uses her blog to document her efforts to bring more green to her neighborhood in South Los Angeles. It's been a two year struggle but she's finally achieving visible results. Partnering with Million Trees L.A., the Southwest Los Angeles Neighborhood Council and Ralph's super market, Toni Ann gathered with over 100 volunteers to plant Ginko Biloba trees in front of Ralphs supermarket at Western and Manchester on Saturday, January 23, 2010. If you review the video above, you'll see that Los Angeles Councilmember Bernard Parks made the event.
Not content to rest on her laurels for a moment (sorry I couldn't resist), Toni Ann gave Native Intelligence a quick interview.
How did you feel after the event and as you were putting in the trees?
Right after the event I was delighted, gratified and very tired. Later when I reflected on what we'd accomplished and how long it took to reach the goal, I was profoundly grateful and feeling very connected to God, very blessed.
As we were putting in the trees I was joyful. Many of my very dear friends and neighbors came down to help out and it was pretty amazing seeing them work to make the community better. It moved me. I enjoyed digging the dirt and seeing the roots of the trees, thinking about how they were going to reach down into the soil and become a real part of the landscape. I love the idea of an urban forest!
What was the toughest obstacle in this process?
The toughest obstacle was actually what motivated me the most and I'm grateful for it. It was when the director of store operations for Ralphs told me that they wouldn't allow the trees to be planted. He said there were no plans to green that location and that there probably never would be. Knowing that all the other Ralphs in Los Angeles had trees, the fact that he said no infuriated me and propelled me into action. I made as much noise as I possibly could, determined to be a pest until they'd install the trees just to shut me up. I gained momentum in 2009 when an op-ed that I wrote was published in the Los Angeles Times. The forces against me allowed me to develop strengths and skills I hadn't cultivated previously, so I appreciated the challenge.
Did the result match your vision?
Honestly, not yet. : ) The trees are Gingko Biloba and they're going to be spectacular! However, they look bare right now because the trees are dormant and they have no leaves. They look like Charlie Brown trees. We pitched this project to the community telling them that there would be an immediate visual impact, because they were 24-inch box tree, which are pretty large. Had these been evergreen trees, the "immediate visual impact" would have been true, but since they're deciduous and it's winter now, the visual impact is significantly reduced. But, I anticipate that in a couple of months, the result will absolutely match my vision. I am thrilled about the trees, even the way they look now.
How long did it take to put in the trees?
Not long at all. It went much fast than I expected. The event began at 8:40am and we were pretty much finished by 11:30am. We had a ceremony, a dance show, and a tutorial prior to the planting, so I'd say the entire planting time was only about two hours. We had more than enough volunteers-- well over one hundred people. There were 20 trees and each tree takes 5 people to install. There was a demonstration before we all went off to our respective trees and people seemed to follow the instructions very well. Also, there were "team leaders," representatives from The Los Angeles Conservation Corps, who helped and guided all of us.
What's next for your group?
There are going to be two more phases of tree-plantings along Manchester Avenue, I'm happy to report. So, hopefully by 2011, much of that commercial corridor will be green! It's very exciting.
"Advice for Greenies in a Complicated World"
My 8-year-old son Rory wants to play in a baseball league, but the closest one is two towns away--28 miles! My wife wants to do it, but I think it's more important that Rory knows about climate change and learns how to act responsibly. Please advise!
Warming up in Wallula, Washington
Ah yes, this is a tough question--and it's exactly the sort of argument that families are having more and more these days. Happily, I can suggest two easy ways you might solve it, though:
Or two, you might try a simple and very useful equation that two UC-Berkeley math whizzes have just developed. Amazingly, it empowers families to calculate the answers to just these sorts of dilemmas.
Here's how it works. First, you have to figure out your family warming coefficient (FWC).
To do that, you take the weight in grams of your heart, add the weight of your wife's heart times 2, and multiply by the volume (in cc's) of your child's dreams. Multiply by the number of things that you value half or more as much as doing your part to reduce carbon--e.g. family, friendship, health, travel, chocolate. Then sit your child down and explain that the world as we know it is going to end if we don't stop doing things like driving 8-year-olds 56 miles round-trip to play baseball. Add the weight of the child's guilt to the previous total.
OK, that's your FWC--which you can now use to calculate answers to the specific questions that come up in your family-- e.g., How far is too far for Little League?
In this case, you're almost there. Just add together the distance one-way to the game, the weight of the vehicle you plan to drive, and the weight of the people and equipment times 2 inside it. Multiply this sum by the gas mileage, and divide by 2 if it's a hybrid vehicle (or multiply by 2.3 if the hybrid gets ≤6mpg more than your other or last vehicles). Add half the air miles you've flown in the past 15 months (multiply by 1.5 for business class, 2 for first class), and subtract the number of offsets you purchased and immediately add back the same number. Subtract the square root of the number of children that you and your wife have decided not to have primarily because of their energy demands. Now add the distance that all the grandparents will drive or fly (multiply by 3.2 if they fly) to their grandchild's games in the course of the season, and subtract the number of deceased grandparents times 3. Then divide by the combined total weight of Moms and apple pies in your town that will compensate for the absence of baseball.
Got it? Then just multiply that number by your FWC:
0-1000: play ball
1000-2000: OK if you convert the car to vegetable oil (or ≥1 grandparent gets sick)
2000+: personally responsible for a .004-inch rise in sea level if you play
Or carpool. Let us know what you decide!
Green Me Up, JJ is an occasional advice column. You can e-mail JJ with your burning questions about how to act and think environmentally smart in our complicated 21st-century world.
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A major surprise today as Lane Kiffin reportedly will be named head coach of USC football. Kiffin is a former USC offensive coordinator who had coached the University of Tennessee this past year.
I'm shocked that USC would hire Kiffin, and I didn't even bother to put him on my list of potential candidates. While USC is a program with great tradition and resources, so is Tennessee. Kiffin seemed firmly entrenched there, being very outspoken in the press about recruiting and his conference rivals, sometimes to his own detriment. Tennessee seemed to brush up against the NCAA rule book several times in Kiffin's lone season there, and his comments have gotten him in trouble.
Kiffin brings with him an impressive group of assistants. His own father, Monte, is an old friend and mentor of Pete Carroll's and is considered one of the best NFL defensive coordinators of all time. He will cost USC a ton of money. Ed Orgeron is a former USC assistant from the Carroll era, who is an excellent recruiter. He failed in his one stint as a head coach at Mississippi, but he's well-respected in Southern California.
Kiffin seems to have lived a charmed life in coaching, when it comes to getting jobs. Using his father's connections, he earned a spot on the USC staff under Carroll, and eventually unseated Norm Chow as offensive coordinator, in a move that upset plenty of people. After just two seasons in that role, he was hired as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. That was a real shocker because it's almost unheard of for a college assistant coach to get a pro head coaching job. Kiffin seemed to win the respect of his players though, and seemed to be making the best of the dysfunctional situation that Al Davis created. Kiffin lasted less than two seasons though after an ugly fallout with Davis that embarrassed the owner and led many to question his sanity.
It seemed like Kiffin had found a home at Tennessee and was set there for the long run. He took over a 5-7 team, and had them go 7-5 in the regular season, eventually losing 37-14 to Virginia Tech in the Chick Fil-A Bowl. He also lost to UCLA at home early in the season. Still Kiffin's team nearly knocked off national champion Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and the team showed gradual improvement throughout the year. Tennessee's recruiting was also going strong.
At USC, Kiffin will come to a program he's familiar with, and he will be in a good position to keep many of the recruits that Pete Carroll had brought on board. He's also the kind of guy who could stay at USC for a long time (he's still just 34!). But he's also a person who has been rather unpredictable over the years, and one could easily see this arrangement turning sour. If Kiffin is to succeed at USC, he will have to show more discipline with his comments than he's shown at Tennessee (although Kiffin claims everything he's said has been calculated).
I'm not sure what to make of a man who would leave a school after just one year while ruffling plenty of feathers in the process. But I do believe that Kiffin is a bright up-and-coming head coach, who can be a success at USC. He brings a great deal of energy and passion to the position, and he provides some kind of continuity in the program after Carroll. Bringing in Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron is an excellent start.
UPDATE: ESPN's Shelley Smith now reports that USC is negotiating with UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow about moving across town. This also comes as a surprise because it was believed that Chow and Kiffin didn't get along when they were on the USC staff together. There were reports that Chow resented the increased responsibilities that Carroll gave Kiffin, and it was a factor in him leaving for the NFL. Nonetheless, Chow has a home in Los Angeles, and he hasn't always gotten along with Rick Neuheisel either. His hiring would be a major coup for USC if it happened.
As we expected, Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher was contacted about his interest. But Sports Illustrated's Peter King reports that the uncertainty at USC has led Fisher to decline. Fisher also turned down the USC job in 2001.
Speculation is now focusing on Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio. While he has never coached in college at any level, Del Rio is a USC alum who would probably be interested in the job. His candidacy is more appealing if Jaguars assistants Dirk Koetter and Kennedy Pola follow him.
We know that Mike Garrett values coaches with pro experience, so it's no surprise that the name Herm Edwards has surfaced. Like Carroll, Edwards is a defensive coach who had several up-and-down years as an NFL head coach with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. It's unlikely that Edwards will be in the mix for an NFL head coaching job any time soon, so USC could be appealing to the San Diego State alum.
I wrote last Friday that I expected Brian Billick, Jim Fassel, Dennis Green, and Jon Gruden to receive consideration. Of that group, Fassel would be the most likely to be in the mix. Billick and Gruden probably want to stay in the NFL, and Green is somewhat unpredictable.
Mike Garrett reportedly would like Norm Chow to come back to USC. But it's possible he's thinking about Chow as an offensive coordinator for a new head coach, rather than as the actual head coach. There are also reports that Ed Orgeron would like to come back to the USC coaching staff, but he's a southern guy who is making a ton of money at Tennessee right now.
There are several names on the college level that continue to surface. Chris Petersen has done a spectacular job at Boise State, twice winning BCS bowl games. There are obvious differences between LA and Boise though, and the past two Boise State coaches to leave -- Dirk Koetter for Arizona State and Dan Hawkins for Colorado -- did not fare well. Gary Patterson has also done a terrific job at TCU, but he just signed a long-term extension, and he might not be the best fit.
Washington's Steve Sarkisian is sure to be contacted. I would still be surprised if Sarkisian left after just one year and turned his back on QB Jake Locker, but stranger things have happened.
Some think USC should reach out to Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. But he could also view USC as a stop on his way to the NFL, and I just don't see him coming here. Mike Bellotti turned down the USC job in 2001, and he could come up again. However, Bellotti was gently nudged out the door at Oregon, and I'm not sure if USC is interested in his spread option offense. The same goes for a coach like Kyle Whittingham from Utah, who runs the spread option. Since Matt Barkley is firmly entrenched as the starting QB, the Trojans will need someone who runs an offense that suits his strengths. That being said, Bellotti could always run a different offense if he came to USC.
At this point, I think USC's top remaining choice is Del Rio. If they can't make it work with him, then I would expect either Edwards, Fassel, or Petersen to take the job. One thing we've learned about Garrett over the years though, is that you can expect the unexpected. No one saw Pete Carroll getting the job in 2001, and Kevin O'Neill was a real surprise for the basketball program. It's possible that a leading candidate is on no one's radar right now.
USC does need to act quickly though in order to avoid losing a talented class of recruits that Carroll had assembled. It would be very problematic for the Trojans if Garrett was unable to hire a coach by the end of the week.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Pete Carroll is being targeted for the Seattle Seahawks coaching vacancy, and Mortensen would be surprised if Carroll didn't take the job.
It still remains to be seen if Carroll will go to Seattle. He's turned down NFL opportunities in San Francisco, Miami, Atlanta, and Washington in the past. He could be using this report as a way to get a more iron-clad contract from USC in the face of possible sanctions.
Carroll has also made it clear that he needs complete control of a team's football operations in order to leave USC. But the Seattle job would offer exactly that, as the Seahawks are without a general manager.
One has always wondered if Carroll has wanted another shot at the NFL after short stints in New York and New England. I've written several times that Carroll never really had a fair opportunity in the pros, getting fired from the Jets after just one season, and then following Bill Parcells with the Patriots. Still, Carroll has a winning record as an NFL coach with two playoff appearances in four seasons.
In addition to full control, the Seahawks offer Carroll the opportunity to stay on the West Coast, which would be appealing to the Bay Area native. With USC facing potential sanctions, with the team coming off its worst season in eight years, and with impatient fans and short-memory media types stepping up their criticism of the coach, Carroll might feel like this is the right time to leave.
One could make an argument that Carroll is the greatest coach in USC history. He won 7 straight Pac-10 titles, coached in 7 consecutive BCS bowl games, had a record of 6-1 in BCS games, and won two national titles. The great Howard Jones and John McKay never had a streak like Carroll. But if Carroll leaves USC with sanctions then that would certainly sour his legacy. And despite all his accomplishments, critics would say that Carroll's teams under-achieved in recent years, suffering what seemed to a shocking upset loss each season.
So who would replace Carroll if he left?
First off, under normal circumstances the USC job should be about as appealing as any in the country. The Trojans are the de facto NFL team in a major media market, USC has a ton of money, good facilities, and a strong recruiting base. However the program is under investigation, and any coaching hire knows that athletic director Mike Garrett may not stick around long.
There are already rumors that Mike Riley is at the top of Garrett's list. Garrett wanted to hire Riley back in 2001, but he couldn't leave as head coach of the San Diego Chargers during the season. A former USC offensive coordinator, Riley has done about as good a job as anyone can do at Oregon State, seemingly going 9-4 every season. Riley left Oregon State once before and claimed he had returned to a place that he truly loved. That love could truly be tested if Garrett offers him the job.
Garrett and Riley are known to be old friends, but again, would Riley leave knowing that Garrett might not last? Would Riley want to leave his hometown and a lifetime of job security for a job where he'd be under constant scrutiny and constantly be compared Carroll? Does he want to continue going 9-4 at Oregon State every year or does he want a shot a national title with USC? That all remains to be seen.
Another coach who figures to be in the mix is Steve Sarkisian. Once thought to be Carroll's successor, Sarkisian left as USC's offensive coordinator to become the head coach at Washington. Sarkisian has the strongest chance of any coach in the Carroll's coaching tree after upsetting USC and leading the Huskies to a 5-win improvement in his lone season in Washington. But leaving Washington would be a real slap in the face to that program and to Jake Locker, who passed up a chance to be a top draft pick in order to stay in Seattle.
My guess is that Sarkisian will stay and build his own program, but stranger things have happened. If Sarkisian did leave, then expect just-fired Seahawks head coach Jim Mora to be a strong candidate for the Washington job, completing what would be an unusual three-team trade.
Former Trojan offensive coordinator Norm Chow is someone who would win the support of USC boosters and he hasn't always agreed with his new boss Rick Neuheisel at UCLA. But Chow is getting older, he has no head coaching experience, and his UCLA offenses have struggled. It's possible that Chow could come in as an offensive coordinator though under a new coach.
We know that Mike Garrett likes coaches who have pro experience, which we saw with his hires of Paul Hackett and Pete Carroll for the football program and Tim Floyd and Kevin O'Neill with the basketball program. Riley has that pro experience having been the Chargers head coach. But there are two other pro coaches with USC ties who could be contacted.
Jeff Fisher is USC alum and was rumored to be on the hot seat in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans after an 0-6 start this season. But a strong second half kept Fisher employed, and it's unlikely he'd want to leave the NFL where he's been successful for years. Still, it would be surprise if Garrett didn't contact him.
Jack Del Rio is a USC alum who has had some good years as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Del Rio is rumored to be on the hot seat after missing the playoffs for two straight years, and he might find the idea of coaching at his alma mater to be appealing. That being said, Del Rio has never even been an assistant on the college level, so moving to USC would be quite an adjustment.
Other coaches with West Coast ties include Brian Billick, Jim Fassel, Dennis Green, Jon Gruden. All of those coaches might sound like NFL retreads, but so was Pete Carroll when he was first hired. And quite frankly, all of those names have had far more pro success than Carroll ever did.
Billick is a Redlands native and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Fassel is an Orange County native who attended USC for a year before playing at Long Beach State. He reached a Super Bowl as a head coach and turned down the Stanford job a few years ago. Green coached well enough at Stanford to earn an NFL head coaching job with the Vikings where he had good years before failing with the Arizona Cardinals. Gruden was successful as the Oakland Raiders head coach, but he may not want to be in the college game.
Since USC is a premier job, several other top college coaches could be mentioned. The names Chris Petersen at Boise State, Gary Patterson at TCU, Kyle Whittingham at Utah, and Bronco Mendenhall at BYU come to mind. It's also known that Garrett offered the USC job once to former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti who might want to coach again.
I don't see any of those guys being the right fit though. My guess is that if Carroll leaves, Garrett will first reach out to Riley and Sarkisian, and then look to the coaches with NFL ties next.
There are some things about college sports that make no sense to me. One of them is why a group of student athletes get severely punished for something that they didn't do. However, USC's self-imposed basketball sanctions will most harshly affect its own players, many of whom never played with OJ Mayo.
Only in bizarro NCAA-world is it acceptable to punish kids like Mike Garrity, Alex Stepheson, and Dwight Lewis for OJ Mayo's and Tim Floyd's indiscretions from two years ago. Today's LA Times has one of the saddest articles I've ever read, showing the USC players' reactions to their postseason ban.
If I was a USC basketball player, I'd consider joining with my teammates in hiring a lawyer and filing a lawsuit against the school and possibly the NCAA. I'm not a legal expert, but it seems to me that prohibiting a group of innocent and hardworking student athletes from postseason play is like denying any student an equal chance at fulfilling an educational opportunity.
Would a college prohibit all of its professors the chance to win a Nobel Prize if one professor was caught plagiarizing work two years earlier? Would a University deny Rhodes Scholarships to its students if one Rhodes Scholar from the school had been caught cheating on a test? Only in the NCAA is it commonplace to directly punish students who aren't responsible for transgressions committed at a school.
So who should get punished for the violations that allegedly occurred in USC basketball? I have some ideas.
Punish OJ Mayo. It seems clear now that he took money to play at USC, and he probably took money from agents too. Despite all the havoc wrought on the basketball program since he left, Mayo is playing in the NBA, making millions of dollars, and probably doesn't care what happens at USC anymore. While David Stern and the NBA don't care either about college athletics, it would be nice if they did. Stern's age minimum rule is the only reason why Mayo went to college in the first place. The NBA bears some responsibility. The league should collaborate with the NCAA and punish college players who accept payments from boosters, agents, or anyone else inappropriate. The league could give the player a long suspension or levy a substantial fine. Such a move would certainly deter players like Mayo from ruining programs years after they've gone.
Punish Tim Floyd. The fact that he gave money to one of Mayo's marketing representatives means that no college team will give him a job any time soon. The NCAA could also suspend Floyd, which it's done with a few tainted former coaches like Jim O'Brien of Ohio State, Todd Bozeman of Cal, and Kelvin Sampson from Indiana. But Floyd is currently an assistant in the NBA (like Sampson), and pulling in a nice six-figure salary in his hometown of New Orleans. Again, it would be nice if the NBA had some reciprocity with the NCAA so that a coach like Floyd or Sampson could stay punished.
Punish Mike Garrett. I wrote a few days ago that it's unlikely Garrett will stay on as athletic director once USC's new president gets situated. I was harsh toward Garrett, noting that he got lucky his fifth choice for football coach turned out so great after his previous two hires (John Robinson and Paul Hackett) flopped. But despite Garrett's reputation as a do-nothing AD who likes to sleep a lot, he did get Galen Center built, and many other Trojan athletic programs have been successful. That being said, the recent sanctions and two other investigations have embarrassed the University, and it's time for Garrett to resign.
Punish USC. There's plenty of ways to punish a school and its athletic program that don't include punishing its students. The school has already forfeited wins, scholarships, and recruiting days. But another possibility could be, if USC were to make the NCAA Tournament, the school could forfeit its share of postseason revenues. It could be asked to give back its share of Pac-10 Tournament revenues too. Heck, as far as I'm concerned, the school's basketball TV money, attendance revenue, and sponsorship revenue could all be fair game in the eyes of NCAA investigators. Perhaps they can donate all attendance revenue to charity for a season, or give it to the NCAA so they can run more of their awful television ads during the college basketball season. I don't care. Just don't hurt the kids who are there now and working hard.
I understand that taking money away from a collegiate athletic program could hurt future groups of students, but at least they would be recruited with knowledge about the school's resources. The current USC basketball team played with the belief that an NCAA Tournament bid was attainable. After being left for dead by most basketball pundits, Kevin O'Neill's squad had learned to come together as a team and seemed well on the way to achieving its goals. Presumably, that's part of the educational experience that the NCAA wants to foster.
Unfortunately, it's an educational experience that USC's basketball players won't have. They don't deserve this.
USC Basketball imposed major sanctions on itself this morning as the program will be banned from all postseason tournaments. The Trojans will also forfeit scholarships, reduce the number of coaches able to recruit for one summer, reduce its recruiting days next season, and vacate all wins during OJ Mayo's one season at USC.
It's not uncommon for a collegiate athletic program to impose sanctions on itself in an effort to curry favor with the NCAA while under investigation. Sometimes it works and the NCAA accepts the sanctions with no additional punishments. But the NCAA does have the right impose additional sanctions, which it did with the Michigan basketball program, for example.
The move by USC is further evidence that the school is willing to hang its basketball program out to dry, so long as it can protect its football program. That being said, the allegations in the OJ Mayo investigation seemed slightly more serious than allegations in the Reggie Bush and Joe McKnight investigations. While there have been reports directly tying former basketball coach Tim Floyd to Rodney Guillory and Louis Johnson, two associates of Mayo, there have been no public reports of USC's or Pete Carroll's knowledge of the alleged improprieties taking place in Bush and McKnight situations.
There are plenty of rumors and allegations floating around the internet about USC. If you want to read them, I suggest you go to Rivals.com. But I have no idea what's really true and what's not.
I do know that this is a tough pill to swallow for a USC basketball team that had been playing exceptionally well in recent weeks. Most people thought this would be a lost season for Trojan hoops, but Kevin O'Neill's squad has won eight in a row. Since transfer Mike Garrity became eligible, the Trojans have beaten two ranked teams in Tennessee and UNLV, beaten a potential tournament team in St. Mary's, won a tournament in Hawaii, and also defeated rival Arizona at home on New Year's Eve.
The Arizona win was particularly sweet since Solomon Hill, Derrick Williams, and Lamont Jones decommitted to USC and switched to Arizona after more serious reports about Floyd surfaced. Now one would have to say those recruits made the right call since they're actually eligible for the postseason and Pac-10 Tournament this year. Also making the right call, appear to be Taj Gibson, DeMar DeRozan, and all of the other people who abandoned the program when it seemed like sanctions were possible.
I can't help but feel for Kevin O'Neill who only found out late last night about the sanctions, as well as his players who had bought into the program and were literally talking national championship just a few days ago.
One other casualty of all this could be athletic director Mike Garrett. For years, Garrett has wrested his laurels on his fifth choice for head coach restoring Trojan football to greatness. Now with both the football and basketball programs under investigation, and a new president set to replace Steve Sample later this year, it would be a surprise if Garrett lasted much past 2011.