An interesting detail that many of us missed when the Floyd bombshell came out few weeks ago:
The NCAA already has put one of its toughest investigators, a bulldog named Rich Johanningmeier, on the USC cases. Johanningmeier started in 1986, has been sued (in the messy Alabama case) and, at least in some corners, is feared.
"Some of those guys if they find a locked door, they just go on home," said a coach whose program came close to the death penalty in a case headed by Johanningmeier. "This guy goes to the next door."
The case has the smell of lack of institutional control. That's an NCAA violation that is both major and cryptic. The association can go different directions in dropping the hammer. The basketball program seemed doomed long ago. Floyd could be a dead man walking.
USC knew exactly what it was doing when it got in bed with Mayo and his entourage.
The vibe coming from the football side has long been that Bush was a rogue agent, acting on his own by taking cash, a house for his parents and bad advice from would-be agents.
It's getting to the point where it might not matter whether coaches knew of Bush's cash grab. The NCAA might determine USC should have known, that it had to keep better tabs on one of your best players. Remember when Dwayne Jarrett was getting sweetheart deal on his rent while living with Matt Leinart?
"I think USC has them a problem," the same coach said.
We will see what Rich Johanningmeier comes up with.