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USC Alum Steve Conrad a dirty deal -Documentary on our sanctions

Posted: 06/15/2014 2:41 PM

USC Alum Steve Conrad a dirty deal -Documentary on our sanctions 




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Like a lot of USC fans and alums, 
Scott Conrad had finally gotten his fill of hearing about the Trojan program's NCAA sanctions.

Unlike a lot of Trojan fans and alums, USC film school grad Conrad, Class of '66, decided to do something about it, something more than just answer back when he'd hear about USC's "cheating."

It's taken Scott Conrad two years to get his documentary to the rough cut stage.

Something more than just reciting the facts of the NCAA's obvious agenda-driven hit job on the Trojan team he's loved since the days when he was a kid at the Coliseum cheering for Jon Arnett.

And this is where Scott Conrad really is different from the rest of us. The Academy Award-winning film editor -- he won his Oscar for the editing of Rocky in 1976 -- has the ability to put his personal rebuttal -- to the NCAA, to opponents' fans and to the general sporting public -- in documentary form.

That's something Conrad did for the first time just months after finishing up his USC degree when he signed on as apprentice editor forButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. No sooner did he get started there, they fired the film editor, the assistant moved up and Conrad became the assistant film editor of the Paul Newman/Robert Redford film to start his career.

But that wasn't the end of it. With his own camera, Conrad recorded the making of one of the classic American films in an Emmy Award-winning documentary.

So when Conrad, whose company, The Best Cut, allows him to work out of his home office these days, says he's working on something that will allow USC fans to have the entire sordid story of the NCAA's takedown of the Trojans in one powerful place, you listen.

For the last couple of years, Scott would write and ask where he could find this piece of information or that particular story. Or he'd just run a take past you to see if you thought he was headed in the right direction.

"I didn't want to make this a big deal when I started it two years ago," he says of what he was thinking. "I just got pissed off and wanted it out there all in one place."

Which is why you're out Malibu way on this day. When he got the rough cut of his yet-to-be-named documentary, Scott promised he'd have you come by to check it out. And so here we are.

And there is Scott, in his cardinal USC shirt, waiting to usher you into his office. And as you make your way there, you realize there seems to be a lot of John Wayne memorabilia in the Conrad home, even for a USC guy.

Right outside his office is a striking photo of the former Trojan football player on one of his many movie shoots, this one in Hawai'i for Donovan's Reef, with a beautiful young girl, maybe age 7.

There's a family reason for all of the John Wayne memorabilia in the Conrad home.

"Who's the girl with John Wayne?" we ask. "That's my wife," Conrad says. "She's John Wayne's daughter."

The oldest daughter from Wayne's second family, Conrad's wife Aissa Wayne, is also a USC grad and a family law attorney. So if the fact that both of them are Trojan alums hadn't already done it, having John Wayne as both a dad and father-in-law, probably certifies the Conrads as a Trojan family unlike few others.

So does the Oscar, hidden behind a photo of the family's Great Dane, on a bookshelf above a drawer where Conrad finds the video of William Holden announcing his Academy Award in a year when films likeNetwork and All the President's Men were also nominated. 

But when you sit down to watch the rough cut, narrated now by Conrad who has also written the script, he makes it clear he doesn't want this to be a USC deal. That's why he's looking for a narrator to carry off the project and to do so not from a USC point of view but from the point of view of getting it right, getting it all out there in one place and letting the simple facts of what happened to USC, and what didn't happen to other more egregious rules-breakers, make the point for him.

It's a point larger than just the hit on USC. Echoing the thoughts of some NCAA observers in recent months, Conrad wonders if the organization's overreach here not only failed to take USC down but did it also signal the NCAA's complete lack of credibility when combined with the virtual passes it gave the likes of Auburn, Ohio State, North Carolina, Oregon, Miami and UCLA in the interim?

And so in quick-moving and well-illustrated detail, there are photos like you've never seen before and references to USC fan favorites Paul Dee, Mark Emmert, Seantrel Henderson, Missy Conboy, Nevin Shapiro, Josephine Potuto, Lloyd Lake, Michael Michaels, Mike Ornstein and the Griffins.

And headlines from the ever-changing storyline over the last four years with graphics making the point of NCAA bylaws conveniently changed to fit the agenda in the USC case -- or never observed at all when it came to the nonrecusal of Committe on Infractions members or penalties for other NCAA violators

Of particular fun for USC fans will be the candid comments from the likes of a laughing, disbelieving Kirk Herbstreit when he learns of the Ohio State penalties -- "Three scholarships and one year?" the incredulous Buckeye alum asks.

You just wish that cast of characters one day would be forced to watch Conrad's recounting of their handiwork although there would be no need to respond to the "What the heck were you thinking?" or "Did you really think you'd get away with this?" questions that emerge from the untitled documentary.

Of course, they thought they'd get away with this like they always have. Until now.

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Scott Conrad says "My guy is over here," after moving a photo of his Great Dane to display his Oscar.

Noting how the NCAA's newly expanded Committee on Infractions hasn't held a hearing in eight months, the longest such dry spell in years, how about calling it: "The NCAA vs. USC: The beginning of the end . . . for the NCAA."

And while Todd McNair's lawsuit against the NCAA, and possible release of the organization's incriminating emails could be the final word here, there is also this. Aissa Wayne is considering developing a website to keep her dad's memory alive with the possible domain name -- "What would John Wayne say" -- for updated commentary from Wayne on current events.

Maybe his son-in-law's documentary could be the first comment here as we can only try to imagine what Wayne would have had to say about the NCAA's conduct in the case of his beloved Trojans.

The timetable for releasing and distributing the documentary, as well as the where and how, may be determined as much as anything by the selection of the narrator. "The pressure is on now," Conrad says of finishing his labor of love.

But it's on the NCAA more than anyone. Sitting there and watching a story, one that we knew only too well, even now it's hard to believe that someone did what these someones did to USC.

The recitation of the facts, simple and straightforward and smartly displayed with explanatory graphics almost needs no commentary. These facts speak for themselves.

Just as Scott Conrad speaks for all USC fans here. 

Dan Weber covers the Trojans program for USCFootball.com. You can reach him at weber@uscfootball.com. 

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Posted: 06/15/2014 7:24 PM

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This is going to be fun when it comes out.

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Posted: 06/15/2014 8:23 PM

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I like it one11. I also like the Idea of having a non SC grad or supporter to do the narration.

 

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Posted: 06/15/2014 8:28 PM

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SCweARE111 well done let see if the ncaa and emmert the PUTZ try to have it stopped.
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Posted: 06/15/2014 10:13 PM

30 FOR 30 


This needs to be released now and thrown up for all the world to see how the NCAA F'd up.
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Posted: 06/16/2014 7:22 AM

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I love it but it also just increases my frustration with the whole situation.  The damage is done so there is little to nothing we can do about it.  Will the ncaa acknowledge they were over zealous?  Doubt it and even if they do there is little we gain. 

The very least that can be done is re-establish the "never played games" situation and the NC.  Otherwise the damage is done.  I think even the most ardent hater acknowledges that the ncaa went well over "punishment fits the crime" on dishing out the various penalties especially the scholarship limitations.
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Posted: 06/16/2014 7:37 AM

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You did it again Vince, got my interest up and running.  Thanks  clap.gif
I always thought USC was bigger then the NCAA and they were going to get theirs in the end.  It's coming folks and it ain't going to be nice.  mad


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Posted: 06/16/2014 7:49 AM

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Sure, crank that muther up! The only reason you don't hear these other schools complaining about their penalties is becaise THEY KNOW they got off light. F**k the NCAA, show that film!
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Posted: 06/16/2014 8:05 AM

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Let this be the beginning of the end of the NCAA.  USC changes the face of college football AGAIN!!  Fight On!
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Posted: 06/16/2014 9:59 AM

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Is there any idea of when this might be released, I would love to purchase a copy of it.  This will be an important documentary as it will encompass the whole show from start to finish. I can not wait. FIGHT ON.
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Posted: 06/16/2014 11:08 AM

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Aissa Wayne is considering developing a website to keep her dad's
memory alive with the possible domain name -- "What would 
John
Wayne
 say" -- for updated commentary from Wayne on current
events.


THIS ^^ would be awesome!
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Posted: 06/16/2014 2:01 PM

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priester wrote:   I think even the most ardent hater acknowledges that the ncaa went well over "punishment fits the crime" on dishing out the various penalties especially the scholarship limitations.

Don't count on it.
On other team's boards, places where they SHOULD know, places where other Trojans have been telling whoever would listen, they still OFTEN choose to ignore what happened if not outright applaud it.

There is occasionally a poster here and there from another school that will acknowledge the wrong.  But they are few and far between.

The regular fan most likely doesn't know there is something to ignore.  The casual fan has no idea we were even punished.


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Posted: 06/16/2014 3:27 PM

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TroyKidd wrote:
priester wrote:   I think even the most ardent hater acknowledges that the ncaa went well over "punishment fits the crime" on dishing out the various penalties especially the scholarship limitations.

Don't count on it.
On other team's boards, places where they SHOULD know, places where other Trojans have been telling whoever would listen, they still OFTEN choose to ignore what happened if not outright applaud it.

There is occasionally a poster here and there from another school that will acknowledge the wrong.  But they are few and far between.

The regular fan most likely doesn't know there is something to ignore.  The casual fan has no idea we were even punished.

+1

Unfortunately, those that need to watch it can't be forced to watch it.

IMO, the casual fans won't be interested and the haters are just gonna hate (purposely ignore/avoid it - like a petulant kid that covers his ears and shouts gibberish when he is being told something he doesn't want to hear).

If they don't know what REALLY happened by now......
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Posted: 06/16/2014 4:28 PM

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It is about time; I am only surprised that something like this or a lawsuit haven't happened sooner considering how many well connected alums we have.  With this documentary, we just may have the last word.biggrin

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Posted: 06/16/2014 4:35 PM

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lapinsc wrote:

It is about time; I am only surprised that something like this or a lawsuit haven't happened sooner considering how many well connected alums we have.  With this documentary, we just may have the last word.biggrin


It could be a GREAT show.  It is a great story.  I don't know who's going to show it...  If the guy can somehow keep it from sounding "too Trojan"  If any one can, he can?? 

The other part of me wants to see it from our perspective.  Director's cut???


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Posted: 06/16/2014 5:20 PM

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TroyKidd wrote:
lapinsc wrote:

It is about time; I am only surprised that something like this or a lawsuit haven't happened sooner considering how many well connected alums we have.  With this documentary, we just may have the last word.biggrin


It could be a GREAT show.  It is a great story.  I don't know who's going to show it...  If the guy can somehow keep it from sounding "too Trojan"  If any one can, he can?? 

The other part of me wants to see it from our perspective.  Director's cut???
How about the Pac 12 network tongue
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Posted: 06/17/2014 8:32 AM

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TroyKidd wrote: 
lapinsc wrote:

It is about time; I am only surprised that something like this or a lawsuit haven't happened sooner considering how many well connected alums we have.  With this documentary, we just may have the last word.biggrin


It could be a GREAT show.  It is a great story.  I don't know who's going to show it...  If the guy can somehow keep it from sounding "too Trojan"  If any one can, he can??  

The other part of me wants to see it from our perspective.  Director's cut???
How about the Pac 12 network tongue



All eight people will see it.  rofl.gif


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Posted: 06/17/2014 10:27 AM

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Documentary film makes us all feel good . A court victory is a "GOT YOUR CROOKED ARSE" ! I will buy the film to feel good after the court victory ! Anyone have an update on McNair ?
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Posted: 06/18/2014 1:30 AM

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I hope he includes the recent judicial rulings in the McNair case.
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Posted: 06/18/2014 9:24 AM

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Show it on ESPN so everyone can see it.
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