USC is planning on telling the NCAA it did not know of any improper activity between O.J. Mayo and an event promoter alleged to have given the basketball player $30,000 in cash and gifts, according to a Los Angeles Daily News report.
School officials said the NCAA might speak with the school this week, according to the report, and USC is preparing its initial defense, including telling the NCAA that it previously had banned the promoter, Rodney Guillory, from receiving tickets to Trojans games.
"Right now, we're just trying to weather the storm," a USC official said in the Daily News report.
The Daily News also reported that USC will emphasize to the NCAA that it had banned Guillory from receiving tickets to USC games in order to avoid any accusations of impropriety involving Mayo.
From the same ESPN article:
According to the Daily News, however, Guillory was seen often at the USC basketball offices, around the locker room, and at pickup games at the Galen Center, where Mayo played last summer.
The most amazing aspect of SuC dealing with its scandals is to see its officials spout this kind of cocomeme excuses probably knowing full well that everyone else can see that they are spouting asinine and stupendous excuses. Yet the local media will lap all of this up and report it without any kind of scrutiny.
This is so insulting to the intelligence of any self respecting fans of college sports that it will further lower the diminished credibility of anyone who has been stupid enough to buy their excuses up to this point.