Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N
USC knew Guillory's reputation from 2000, when the NCAA identified him as a runner for an agent and said he illegally provided airfare to former USC guard Jeff Trepagnier. The compliance office was so scared that it banned Guillory from receiving Mayo' s tickets to home games.
But the basketball office was a different story.
This is where Floyd perplexed even some of his admirers. After Guillory told the Daily News that Floyd was "heartbroken" over the ticket ban, Floyd claimed he never spoke to Guillory.
This is the same Guillory who was practically allowed to live in the USC basketball offices, had his run of the school's basketball facilities last summer and accompanied Mayo on his official and unofficial campus visits.
There can be no denial of the cozy relationship, all in the name of securing the player billed as the best in USC history.
A few more examples of that relationship: When USC point guard Angelo Johnson became eligible, Guillory told the Daily News first because he said Floyd told him. If you watched Guillory escape an ESPN reporter during Sunday's report, he does it by slipping into the basketball offices.
USC was aware of the risks associated with Guillory. But that is the business of basketball these days. The potential for winning outweighs character or ethical risks.
Emphasis added throughout. Read Wolf's whole article here. I'll throw this part in just for comedy:
Rap star Romeo Miller gets a scholarship despite the fact no other college offered him one because he is best friends with blue-chip recruit DeMar Derozan. It's a package deal, but Floyd denies it.
ROFL at the gap closers. Is there a more pathetic, desperate excuse for an athletic program in all of the NCAA? As for the NCAA coming down on Southern Cal, here is what we know:
1. OJ took money from a BDA bag man before and during his time at Southern Cal.
2. While attending Southern Cal, OJ could be seen around campus wearing expensive clothes and shoes, and had a flat screen TV in his on-campus dorm room.
3. The bag man, Guillory, was implicated in a previous inappropriate agent-student athlete relationship.
4. Southern Cal's basketball offices provided Guillory, the previous offender who was known to Southern Cal's compliance office, unfettered access to the basketball program.
5. Mayo immediately signed with BDA after declaring.
What more does the NCAA need to know to prove that Southern Cal knew or should have known that OJ was getting paid?