Athletic Director Mike Garrett says his declining Wednesday to comment on Coach John Robinson's conditional offer to step aside should not be interpreted as an indicator of Robinson's status.
"There are a lot of rumors being tossed around out there about the USC football team and John Robinson, but it's not appropriate to respond to rumors," he said in a statement Thursday.
"But I can say this: At USC we are happy when we win and we are upset when we lose, and that includes everyone in Heritage Hall, from the coaches and administration on down.
"Our policy at USC has always been that we wait until the end of the playing season before evaluating a sports program. That policy hasn't changed in regards to the football team. We have two important games coming up that we are trying hard to win and if we win those, we could go to a bowl game."