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USC Recruiting and the NCAA: Will USC Tell Recruits The Truth?

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13:  Lane Kiffin (L)  the new college football coach of University of Southern California greets wide receiver Travon Patterson (R) as line backer Devon Kenard (2nd R) and quarterback Matt Barkley look on upon Kiffin's arrival at Heritage Hall on the campus of USC for a news conference on January 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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cfb360 .comSenior Analyst IJanuary 16, 2010

Will USC give their recruits the same information that Coach Carroll had access to before he made his decision to leave for Seattle?

Carroll has reportedly had months to review the NCAA's "Letter of Allegations" and also participate in USC's response to those allegations. He had all of the information he needed before he made his choice to coach the Seahawks.

At his introductory press conference Lane Kiffin told the media that he was giving recruits all of the information that they had (which would be pretty hard to know at that point.)

COACH KIFFIN: We just tell them what we know. As we continue to research it, we tell them this is the information that we have. Which I'm not going to go into detail right now. And this is where we see it going. We just tell them the information that we have.

But it seems clear that USC isn't sharing the allegations and USC's response with recruits, if they did, that would have made it through at least one media outlet by now.

It hasn't. 

If USC is withholding that information from recruits, it's depriving them of critical information they need to make a decision that will greatly impact their careers.  If serious sanctions come down in February, some of these kids will have their college experiences ruined and possibly their NFL aspirations.

Here's what a letter of allegations looks like.  

Is USC being honest with their players and providing them with unbiased information as Kiffin claims or are they making decisions in the dark?

This should be very easy to verify by calling a couple of USC recruits who chose other schools or current USC commits. 

Someone has to look out for the well-being of the recruits.

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