News item! Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the record executive who helped discovered him, are donating $70 million to USC, founding a degree program through which students learn how to meld marketing, business, and music-type stuff to learn how to become music moguls like Dre and Iovine. It's going to be called the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation.
We'll choose to call it "Classes by Dre Classes."
You're probably thinking: what does this have to do with college football? Well, technically nothing. But if you think USC's coaches aren't going to take advantage of Dr. Dre having an academy for music moguldom on campus, you're wrong.
There are NCAA rules that prevent coaches from leveraging celebrities to demonstrate the benefits of a college sports team. Air Force couldn't even let their players teach Prince Harry how to play football, and there is a zero percent chance that the prospect of meeting Prince Harry would ever sway any college football recruit towards attending a service academy.
So having the possibility of selling kids on taking classes in or near Classes by Dre Classes? As close as football coaches will ever get, within NCAA rules.
It was awesome. I wrote a paper about "N.Y. State of Mind" by Nas, spit some bars for extra credit, and got an A. To the best of my knowledge, it is the only A I got in four years of college. (Note: I got my college transcript in the mail a few months after graduating and folded up real quick and threw it in a sock drawer, where it will remain forever.)