SC Counselor: Cheating, Breaking Rules ‘Different’

A member of the USC Board of Counselors, which the official USC sports website describes as, “the main advisory board for the Athletic Department,” made some interesting recent comments to the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER about the NCAA sanctions brought against the school.

Mark Larson USC Board of Counselors Member

USC Counselor Mark Larson said of sanctions:

“There’s a difference between cheating and breaking the rules. This was breaking the rules. It’s ludicrous to say USC was cheating.

“It’s comical that everyone cares about what happens at USC. If this were any other Pac-10 school, no one would care this much.

“The people who are boosters and really involved in the program are of the same mindset I am. Face it, most people in the Pac-10 would take the nine years we had in exchange for what happened (Thursday).”

Larson’s comments echo what we heard from USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett last week. Read more…