Apparently, the NCAA (yeah, I know) is possibly taking a harder look at the numerous alleged violations over at South Central.
Here's the link and excerpt from my favorite paper, the Incredibly Shrinking LA Times:
NCAA investigations into former USC stars in football and basketball have been combined into one probe of the Trojans' athletic program, sources connected to one of the cases said Wednesday.
Investigators have been examining allegations involving Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush and NBA lottery pick O.J. Mayo. Bush is accused of accepting thousands in cash and his family for failing to pay rent on a home owned by a fledgling marketer while he was playing for USC in 2004 and 2005. Mayo is accused of accepting cash and other benefits from a middleman representing a sports agency before and during the one season he played for the Trojans in 2007-08.
What's the key thing the NCAA looks for in these situations, sportsfans? That's right: Lack of instituional control. That is apparently why the NCAA's probes (plural) have now been combined into one investigation.
You can read the rest of the short article for yourself. In the interest of fairness, I thought it was proper to also include (from the article) the following strong denial from SC, Floyd and Pete Carroll, who is never at a loss for words:
USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett referred questions to the university's legal counsel, who did not return messages. Trojans football Coach Pete Carroll could not be reached for comment.
USC basketball Coach Tim Floyd said he hasn't had any dialogue with the NCAA since May and has "never, ever heard" that the investigations were being combined.
Yeah, I know. SC's "official" policy is not to comment on NCAA investigations. I just think it is amusing that the school has to actually have such a policy.
I know none of you are going to hold your breath waiting for someone actually to crack down on SC. But hey, I'm just reporting the news.