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Juice Deuce Update

I came across this earlier today. Per the fishwrap.

Investigators from the NCAA and Pacific 10 Conference and officials from USC have met with Louis Johnson to discuss his allegations that a sports agency funneled money to basketball star O.J. Mayo through an intermediary before and during his one season at USC.

In a seven-hour meeting Monday at the Los Angeles office of one of Johnson's attorneys, NCAA investigators led the questioning of Johnson and reviewed receipts that the former Mayo confidant had provided to ESPN for an "Outside the Lines" report that aired last month, Johnson attorney David M. Murphy said.

Some interesting notes:

Anthony V. Salerno, another of Johnson's attorneys, said the government agencies have begun investigating the case. He also speculated, based on 15 years leading his own law practice, that the U.S. attorney's office doesn't routinely involve itself in "a petty case" without "an internal sense of what's significant enough to spend their time on."

Salerno said federal prosecutors and investigators were aware of the potential for a larger-scale probe into how sports agencies attach themselves to young basketball stars.

"My sense is the government is drawing the line now," Salerno said. "They don't want to be seen as ignoring the problem. It happens so much, and this is the rare case where they have access to the facts, Louis' story. The curtain's been pulled back. It's too strong to ignore."

And:

Unlike the federal probes, Murphy said the NCAA and Pac-10 investigation was "clearly looking more toward anything USC may have done or turned a blind eye to." USC could face sanctions including a forfeiture of victories, probation, scholarship losses or a postseason ban if it is proven that Mayo accepted money in violation of NCAA rules.

I now open the floor for discussion.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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