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Won’t they ever learn? With the smoke still not clear from Mayogate, sc is already at it again — this time with Demar Derozan. This week it was announced that Demar has finally become academically-eligible to attend usc.
Up until this announcement, Derozan was reportedly considering a trip to Europe. Like former Arizona recruit Brandon Jennings, who IS going to Europe, Derozan knew that becoming eligible was no certainty, and that was after taking the big test THREE times.
But ALLEGEDLY, Demar took some Internet courses that in effect, “raised” previously-received grades. By artificially inflating his GPA (find the Proctor to say otherwise), his needed score on the test dropped significantly. And once again, when the trojan athletic Machine needs a player to have a sudden surge of brain power, he does. This situation is reminiscent of when Chauncey Washington was allegedly failing out of school, until the six Tailbacks ahead of him on the Depth Chart got injured/transferred. Suddenly, Washington got an A (in Nuclear Physics?), and was back on the practice field.
So it looks like Fig Tech found a way to get their new hero into the Galen Center. How quickly they forget. The last time they ignored the rules to bring in a savior, they ended up with a humiliating first-round loss in the Tourney, and a slew of NCAA Investigators crawling into and probing every nook and cranny at Heritage Hall.
In fact, SEVERAL high-profile trojan recruits have been caught on the wrong side of the Law (or NCAA Rule), causing many headaches for sc: Reggie Bush, Dwayne Jarrett, Matt Leinart, Marc Sanchez, O.J. Mayo, Davon Jefferson, Winston Justice, Rey Malauga, Maurice Simmons (currently), and now, they take a chance on Derozan.
It is generally accepted that Tim Floyd gave a scholarship to the lightly-regarded Lil Romeo, because he was a package deal with Derozan. THAT RIGHT THERE should have raised a red flag. But Floyd seems to sell his soul over and over again, so why not replace the departed Mayo and Jefferson with another potential problem child?
And: If this guy just barely qualified to play in the NCAA, after three tries at the test, and probably-unsupervised e-classes, how is he supposed to survive a whole year at the highly-respected academic institution of higher learning that IS usc? Can he just take Ballroom Dancing, and “defer” all his other “requirements” until his Sophomore Year (snicker, snicker)? When asked about usc, he doesn’t mention academics. He has no respect for College or education, saying that playing for an NCAA school is a great way to GET SEEN playing ball in this Country. So, just like with Mayo, Derozan is going to attend usc, for the exposure, IN SPITE OF the education.
And: How about Agents and Runners? Derozan is undoubtedly one of the flashiest and most athletic players in the Country — Do you think he is the “smart” type who knows how to resist/avoid all these illegal influences? And should usc be “expected’ to be aware of ANYTHING that is going on?
Right now, Bruin fans are thanking God for the integrity and character-evaluation abilities of Ben Howland.
“Justice” would have the trojans get hit with sanctions, and a Tournament Ban, right in the middle of Derozan’s only year. Would he hitch a ride to romantic Italy THEN? He could take Lil Romeo, and make him his Lil Juliet.
Speaking of romance, here are 5 more lovely photographs of the 2008 usc Song Girls in action. No doubt, it will be the very same trojans who whine about the recent decline of the Song Girls, who download these photos onto their hard drives.