Joe McKnight To Media: “You’ve all ruined my life”

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.

Joe McKnight SUV: Ilegal Use?

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 Schenterseveral 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.

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Owner Of Land Rover McKnight Drove Responds

The man who owns the 2006 Land Rover SUV the LOS ANGELES TIMES reported yesterday was driven “several times” by USC running back Joe McKnight responded to the Times article today.

Joe McKnight SUV: Ilegal Use?

In a long email, Schenter claimed McKnight’s girlfriend, Johanna Michelle Beltran, worked for one of his (apparent) side businesses involving cancer research and that,

I am the owner of the Land Rover because Michelle’s parents couldn’t qualify for the loan. It is her car. She makes the payments and she is responsible for insurance. The payments are a little over $500/month (not a big amount).

Schenter attempted in the email to show that he has never worked in marketing or had any association with the USC football program. Though he doesn’t sufficiently explain why he once purchased the internet domain name 4JoeMcKnight.com. Read more…

Joe McKnight Caught In Lie Over Illegal SUV Use?

Gary Klein and Lance Pugmire of the LOS ANGELES TIMES appear to have nailed Joe McKnight to the floorboards over the improper use of an SUV.

Joe McKnight, star tailback of USC’s football team, has been driving a sport utility vehicle owned by a Santa Monica businessman, an arrangement the school is investigating and may be in violation of college rules.

Joe McKnight SUV: Ilegal Use?

The NCAA, which governs major college sports, prohibits student athletes from accepting benefits from marketing representatives or agents or “extra benefits” based on their athletic ability.

The SUV is registered to Scott Schenter.

Schenter, 47, has a background that includes marketing, and a company he owned registered a website called 4joemcknight.com. It is unclear whether Schenter has any ties with USC or the school had knowledge of his activities.

Schenter also has owned the domain uscmarketing.com and “filed papers in May 2008” to start a company called “USC Marketing.”

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Carroll: Doing The Right Thing Is A Challenge

So what is USC doing during their bye week? According to the LOS ANGELES TIMES, Pete Carroll hopes that it’s anything other than getting arrested, unlike the last free weekend they had, when starting cornerback Shareece Wright was arrested after a fight at a party.

Pete Carroll stars in Do The Right Thing

But Coach Carroll knows that asking his team to do something as complex and harrowing as not gettingin trouble with a whole weekend to kill is a tall order:

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UT Baseball Coach Removed From USC Practice

As USC’s 2008 season opener fast approaches, it has become increasingly important to stem the flow of information that could potentially make its way into the hands of the enemy. Sorta like the Bush White House but without all the leaks.

Augie Garrido, Texas baseball coach

Anyway, the Trojans are preparing for their Aug. 30 matchup against the Virginia Cavaliers and they may or may not have their starting quarterback. And during Tuesday’s top-secret scrimmage, USC security tossed out a possible spy. Or maybe it was just a rash overreaction since the perp was identified as 69-year-old Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido:

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