In the wake of a school investigation into his use of an SUV that may have violated NCAA rules, Joe McKnight did not travel with the USC Trojans to San Francisco yesterday. The team will play Boston College in the Emerald Bowl there on Saturday.
In an extensive investigative report published last Friday by Gary Klein and Lance Pugmire, the L.A. TIMES reported McKnight driving a 2006 SUV owned by Santa Monica businessman Scott Schenter “several times“. When confronted about the vehicle by reporters, McKnight denied driving it.
Klein and Pugmire of the Times noted today that McKnight practiced with the team yesterday but did not make the trip to SF. Also noted: “McKnight participated in the workout but was not made available to reporters.”
That may have been the case, but McKnight did indeed talk to a Los Angeles reporter yesterday, and not surprisingly he was not with the Times.
Also, it turns out that Carroll had every intention of taking McKnight on the team trip yesterday, but was stopped at the last moment by the USC Compliance Office.