There was only one way Jordan McLaughlin could describe it: He, and his fellow trojans, were hurt by the USC bribery scandal that has rocked college basketball since Tuesday and catalyzed a downward spiral for Louisville.
“We were hurt,” McLaughlin told reporters after Monday’s practice. “But it’s just nothing we can control.”
Right now, all the players themselves can control is preparation for the 2017-18 season, which will open up with Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 10. It is likely to be easier said and done.
Each media appearance by the coaches and players will inevitably feature questions surrounding Tony Bland, USC’s top assistant who was arrested by the FBI with charges of soliciting a $13,000 bribe to incentivize Trojan players to an agent and a financial adviser. In terms of USC’s on-court potential, the timing couldn’t have been worse. Andy Enfield, now in his fifth season at USC, had established the Trojans as bona fide national title contenders, and at the very least, Pac-12 favorites. In 2016-17, the Trojans piled up 26 wins, including two in the NCAA Tournament.
Now, aside from the pressure of being the Pac-12 team laden with the most expectations, Enfield and USC must deal with the bribery, a scandal that will likely follow them far beyond this season alone. Enfield said that the situation has been “difficult and emotional” but also says that his entire roster is eligible, and he expects them to be on the court this season.
“When you look at the players we have on the roster,” Enfield said on Sept. 29, “We’re excited for the season.”
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