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After major probation, USC's compliance office among best in nation
After major probation, USC's compliance office among best in nation

After 35 years as a private-practice attorney, David Roberts was ready to step away and spend more time on his golf game. "To straighten my slice," Roberts said. Then he received a request he couldn't ignore. USC's athletic program was reeling from an NCAA investigation that resulted in some of the toughest penalties in college sports history. There were major infractions in football and men's basketball, even one in women's tennis, and the school's administration had been cited for "lack of institutional control," a tag dreaded by college presidents. Max Nikias, who was preparing to take over as USC's president, invited Roberts on...

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