The committee believed that Pete Carroll had no knowledge, but that the running backs coach did - and that he did not report what he knew. This, IMO, is practically as bad as if the benefits had been administered by the school/program itself. However, what made USC/Bush a landmark case is the committee's insistence that, as they put it, high profile players require high profile compliance." In so many words, USC said "but how could we have known???" The chairman of the committee responded by saying when you have a very high profile athlete, you make it your job (more or less) to know what is going on with them." This is in line with some past rulings, but in stark contrast with others. Shocking, I know.