The writer did allude to that.

By: Waldorf



The writer said that the admissions scandal happened, to some extent, because USC is viewed as an elite university, and that USC wasn't always thought of that way.  Since the admissions scandal only happened at elite universities, nobody would be trying to cheat their way into USC unless USC was the shit. 

That said, it wasn't  a very strong article because the writer didn't elaborate much on this cause and effect, like you're suggesting.  

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