"Kids are not perfect and we understand this," [USC Athletic Director Mike] Garrett said. "That's why they're in college, to grow and make mistakes…. Our biggest job is to put them back together and mend them so they learn from their mistakes and also learn from their successes."
Since the player in question has been accused of rape, I find this statement by the athletic director to be poorly worded at best. At worst, he's saying that students who rape while in college are participating in a learning experience. If that's true, what exactly would this athletic director expect athletes' victims to learn from these same experiences?
That's a lesson I'm sure many college women would rather not learn.