Twenty-five years ago, John Monk made his bones with a number of investigative pieces on USC President Jim Holderman. Judging from his piece in the Jan. 4 Palmetto section (“USC’s James Holderman: From president to criminal”), it looks like he has not been able to shake the habit.
At the age of 80, Jim Holderman does not deserve to be raked over the coals once again. Starting with the lurid headline and the less-than-flattering picture, the tone of the article is tendentious, the tenor entirely negative.
Jim Holderman has paid a heavy price for his missteps and deserves a more balanced presentation that includes his many achievements. He arguably put USC on the map. So let us give credit where credit is due.