Source: NCAA infractions committee report on USC expected to come this week.
"Everything went very well," Carroll said. "I think the university did everything they could to put all of the truth and information out there in front of the committee, and I think everyone there felt good about the process. There are still some issues that need to be determined in the next month or so, but I don't think we could have done any better than what we did."
Seriously, at this point, the only way USC could even theoretically look more guilty is if they decided to write a book titled, "If I Did It." And since when did counting the proverbial cash become considered as "paperwork"?
Former UCLA tailback DeShaun Foster was involved in a similar situation in 2001 and ended up sitting out the Bruins' final three games. UCLA was proactive in cooperating once the NCAA made the school aware of a possible "extra benefits" violation — also involving a player's use of an SUV.
UCLA did not face further punishment from the NCAA, but USC could be viewed differently because the school already is under investigation.
The U.S. Open is under way. The field is a combination of pros and amateurs. Sort of like the USC basketball roster.
The NCAA enforcement staff will decide soon whether to roll the Mayo and Bush cases into one case.
If the same bylaw -- a player's receiving extra benefits -- was violated (even in two different sports), USC could be found to lack institutional control.