USC rescinded comedian Bill Cosby’s honorary degree after he was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault Thursday, the University said in an email to the Daily Trojan. The conviction is a result of allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004, one of about 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them. Cosby could spend up to 30 years in prison, but his exact sentence will be decided at a sentencing hearing within the next 60 to 90 days. In 1998, Cosby gave the commencement speech at USC’s 115th graduation ceremony, where he also received the honorary doctorate of fine arts. A USC News article published shortly after the ceremony described Cosby’s 40-minute speech as “part stand-up comedy and part Sunday sermon.”Along with USC, Cosby has received a number of honorary degrees from major universities in the past — in a 1999 New York Times article, Cosby’s spokesman, David Brokaw, estimated he had received over 100 degrees. After multiple women accused Cosby of sexual assault, numerous universities rescinded his honorary degrees in 2014 and 2015, including Brown University and Fordham University. Following his conviction on Thursday, more universities rescinded degrees awarded to Cosby, including Johns Hopkins University and Carnegie Mellon University, according to Forbes. USC declined to comment on their decision to rescind Cosby’s honorary degree.
The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team was unable to carry their lead into the second half of Tuesday night’s game against Idaho State University, resulting in a frustrating 42-35 home loss. The defeat was the Badger’s fourth game dropped at the Kohl Center this season, moving their home record to 1-4.In the opening half Wisconsin boasted a higher overall efficiency than their opponent, shooting the ball at a clip of 33.3 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from three and 60 percent from the stripe. Still, their inability to take care of the ball prevented the Badgers from establishing any sort of continuity. Wisconsin recorded thirteen first half turnovers, but, fortunately for them, Idaho State had 12 of their own.Women’s basketball: Badgers fall to Tar Heels despite second half pushWhile the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s loss to University of North Carolina 72-59 Thursday was their sixth of the Read…Offensive woes appeared to be the order of the day for both teams early on with each having to toil in order to get near the basket. After the Bengals jumped out to a four-point lead with under four minutes left to play in the first quarter, Badger freshman guard Suzanne Gilreath buried a corner three off an assist from fellow backcourt freshman Kendra Van Leeuwen. Down by one at that point, Van Leeuwen continued to flash her skill-set, this time on a steal and quick feed to forward Malayna Johnson for an and-one layup as the shot clock wound down.Even though the Badgers ended with no players in double figures, bench points were an issue head coach Jonathan Tsipis will undoubtedly look to highlight going forward. Wisconsin was able to get sixteen points out of their reserves, although only one of those points came in the second half.The rebounding battle was close with Idaho State only barely beating out Wisconsin 40 to 37 on the boards. In spite of the small margin, the Bengals’ victory ultimately had everything to do with their work down low. ISU trampled the Badgers sixteen-to-three in second chance points to go along with their sixteen to ten advantage in points in the paint.In what looked destined to be a nail biter in the final few minutes of the game, familiar demons came back to haunt Wisconsin. Freshman guard Gabby Gregory’s timely steal preceded a careless pass turned jump ball in which Idaho State reclaimed possession.While the Badgers started off the regular season as a high-scoring squad, they’ll need to reduce the turnovers and mental mistakes going forward if they want to return to the win column.Women’s basketball: Badgers fall short in first two games of season under Tsipis reignThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team couldn’t find their first win under new head coach Jonathan Tsipis with two Read…The Badgers continue their home stand Thursday against Mississippi Valley State University. Tip off is at 7 p.m. CT and will air on BTN Plus.