Oops. So much for Scott Wolf - the Trojan shill - raising the alarm on "package" deal. Look what we have here.
The NCAA has a basketball focus group looking into "package deals," including USC point guard Daniel Hackett's arrangement to play for the Trojans as a non-scholarship athlete, according to ESPN.
Daniel Hackett, who was the No. 66 player in his class according to Rivals, joined the Trojans one season after his father, Rudy Hackett, was hired as the strength and conditioning manager at USC. Because Daniel Hackett's father is an employee at the school, his tuition is free, essentially giving USC another scholarship.
Situations like this are not uncommon -- and not illegal -- but the NCAA has a focus group looking into "package deals" across the country. A focus group, however is different from the enforcement division of the NCAA. This is the arm of the NCAA that would potentially give out any sort of punishment.
"Such an arrangement fits the NCAA's description of a package deal. And although it is technically not a rules violation, an official with the NCAA says the misuse of such deals is being examined by an NCAA focus group," ESPN anchor Josh Elliott said on a Thursday morning edition of SportsCenter.
"In the past, we've had a difficult time addressing that issue, but in the last several months, since the formation of the basketball focus group, we've tried to become smarter about the basketball recruiting environment. I think that snowball is rolling down the hill, and we need to stop the bleeding," an NCAA official said.
USC officials and men's basketball coach Tim Floyd had no comment on the report.
Hmmmm. You'd think Scott Wolf, the Trojan shill (and alum) from the Daily News who has been obsessing over "package deal" (pursuing a non story on Te'o and Toma) in the world of college athletics would be all over this since this was happening right under his nose. Guess it's too much to ask from the local
lapdogs beat reporters assigned to cover Southern Cal on a regular basis. Once again when they were too busy cutting and pasting rumors coming out of Trojan corners they dropped the ball on real story going on behind the scenes.
As for the NCAA no one here will be holding their breath and expect them to do something concrete. Also as the report indicates all NCAA is doing is "investigating." They are not really thinking about "enforcement" at this point of time which would mean the Trojies are not looking at paying any kind of price. At least not yet.
Don't forget how the NCAA had sent down some inspector Magoo to investigate OJ2 scandal too, who has yet to surface with something (at least nothing publicly) while the rest of world keeps snickering about what has really gone down with their hoops and football program for last few years.
Whatever. This just goes to show how they will always be JustSC in basketball no matter how hard their shills keep blabbering about "gap closing."