USC is once again back in the news with a new scandal surrounding the football program. Former Trojans defensive quality control assistant Rick Courtright alleged in a lawsuit that NCAA violations were committed during his time with the program.
L.A. Times Nathan Fenno broke the news on the allegations Monday afternoon. In the article it states that Courtright overheard two graduate assistants paying two undergraduate students to take classes for them and the funding coming from USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. Courtright also believes that the three violated state and federal laws including academic fraud and fraud with the NCAA per the article and allegations.
Courtright was with the USC Football program from 2016 to 2018. In the lawsuit Courtright also claims that he was harassed after reporting safety violations in 2017. He also claims that USC head coach Clay Helton forced him to resign.
USC is currently investigating the claims in response to the lawsuit.
The university is no stranger to scandals and allegations over the last few months. USC currently dealing with multiple scandals which includes the most recent academic scandal that rocked the university along with others. Right now the only thing behind these allegations are Courtright’s words. USC officially has a new president in Carroll Folt, who started her first day today, and already has something to deal with within the football program.
What will be done if this turnout to be true? It could be a black eye to the program and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. Something that could cost him his job. There’s no word on how long the investigation will take or what answers will be given, if any. As of now the best thing to do is wait for everything to unfold as the investigation moves forward.