USC president-elect Max Nikias is trumpeting the idea that USC compliance is no longer an oxymoron.
In the wake of NCAA sanctions, he announced Tuesday the hiring of a vice president of athletic compliance and also the beefing up of the school's compliance office to nine staffers.
"With this increased size and new leadership, it is my belief that the USC athletic compliance office will be one of the preeminent compliance teams in the nation," Nikias said in a statement.
UConn might want to take note. The NCAA has accused its men's basketball program of major violations and said coach Jim Calhoun is failing to "promote an atmosphere of compliance."
Also, according to a Stamford Advocate report from last month, the school's two full-time compliance officers make up one of the smallest compliance staffs among Big East football schools and is the same number of staffers the NCAA bashed USC for having.
In its recent decision to ban the University of Southern California from college football's postseason for two years and take away 30 scholarships from the Trojans, the NCAA clearly indicated it expects schools to devote considerable time and money to compliance if they expect to compete at the highest levels.
"NCAA members, including USC, invest substantial resources to compete in athletics competition at the highest levels, particularly in football and men's basketball," part of the NCAA's final report on USC read. "They must commit comparable resources to detect violations and monitor conduct with a realistic understanding and appraisal of what that effort entails, and what it will cost.
"In this regard, and particularly during the time of the football violations, the institution fell far short," the NCAA wrote of USC. "In fact, the compliance director at the time reported that there were only two compliance staff members at the institution for most of his tenure and it was 'just myself for a couple of months.'"
So the NCAA is putting the word out there and USC has complied with the idea that two compliance staff members isn't enough.
Will UConn do the same? For now, the program has hired former Penn head coach Glen Miller as a director of basketball administration to assist in compliance matters.