Sources: Percy Harvin Part Of NCAA’s USC Report

More details about the NCAA’s investigation of USC are leaking out this week after USC Rivals site USCFootball.com reported late last night on previously unreleased NCAA investigative documents.

Reggie Bush and Percy Harvin

Many of those documents, which include interview transcripts of USC assistant football coach Todd McNair, are littered with errors that can’t help but call the NCAA’s ultimate findings into question.

McNair’s alleged knowledge of Reggie Bush taking improper benefits from sports marketing agent Lloyd Lake is the heart of the NCAA’s case against USC. It was that alleged proof that led the NCAA to drop its harshest penalties on a football program since the SMU Death Penalty sanction.

Early this morning I posted about the NCAA’s errors in interviewing McNair and Lake. Errors that led to a lack of due process and prevented the establishment of indisputable proof that McNair knew what Lake was doing with Bush.

The most serious of those mistakes were during the investigation of a Jan. 2006 phone call in which Lake called McNair. Despite those discrepancies, the NCAA cited that call as perhaps its most prominent evidence in its case against USC.

The NCAA also attempted to point to calls McNair made to Lake in March 2005 as evidence that he knew what Bush was up to with Lake.

The circumstances, per NCAA investigative documents and USCFootball.com:

Bush was to host a recruit after the Oct. 29, 2005 USC-Washington State game considered the nation’s the top high school prospect.

McNair made repeated attempts to contact Reggie Bush in regards to the top recruit’s official visit. But Bush, on a post-game outing with family and friends, including Lake and Michaels, left the recruit waiting in his hotel room while they ate dinner. The recruit would later verify that timeline.

Among the numerous calls McNair placed to Bush and the recruit that night, three were to a 619 area code that was not Bush’s number. That number, cited from McNair’s USC phone records, belonged to Lake.

The NCAA assistant director of enforcement, Richard Johanningmeier immediately questioned McNair’s credibility when he denied knowing Lake or having any recollection of whose phone number he’d called that night.

“So as you can see from our standpoint, we’re having a lot of problems with your credibility and I have to tell you that there’s a good possibility that, uh, the NCAA could allege a, uh, ethical conduct charge of providing us false, misleading information in the fact that you denied that you know him, we have the telephone calls and we have a photograph with you with people that you say that you don’t know.”

The phone calls and photo were cited as proof despite McNair’s explanation that the three one-minute calls were to a number Bush had given him earlier when Bush’s cellphone wasn’t working. Lake, in his interview, didn’t recall the phone calls.

The photo, which USC was never allowed to see in its original format, had been altered, according to an expert in the university’s response to the NCAA’s allegations. McNair and his easily recognized actor-friend had posed for photos frequently according to his testimony.

Despite pages of documentation covering the Oct. 29 calls, the photo and statements of McNair’s “lack of credibility” the June 10 Infractions Report did not cite this as evidence that the assistant football coach must have had knowledge of the illegal benefits.

So thanks in part to trio of :60 calls McNair made to Lake, that Lake didn’t recall receiving, the NCAA surmised that McNair knew that Lake was partly responsible for giving Bush $300,000 in improper benefits. (The evidence involved in that part of the investigation was so dubious that the NCAA’s own Committee On Infractions threw it out.)

But the question remains: Why was McNair calling Lake that night in a seemingly desperate attempt to reach Bush? Read more…

Wow: Ref Gets TRUCKED By Vikings Jeff Dugan

Unbelievable:

Jeff Dugan Trucks NFL official

NFL Back Judge Richard Reels is run down by Minnesota Viking Jeff Dugan on a Percy Harvin’s Kickoff for a touchdown that cut Steelers’ lead over the Vikings to 20-17 with 6:09 left at Heinz Field.

Reels (83, foreground) had to be helped off the field.

Punishment for Jeff Dugan for running over official Richard Reels

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Migraines To Blame For Harvin’s Erratic Behavior?

Vikings speedout Percy Harvin has about as bad a rep as any rookie who has ever come into The League. From testing positive for weed at the NFL combine to the accusations that he used throughout his college career and even choked out his position coach at UF, safe to assume dude isn’t going to to be getting the benefit of the doubt anytime soon.

Percy Harvin Migraines To Blame For His Erratic Behavior?

Last week he missed practice for the third time this season due to what’s been reported as an illness, which naturally has flushed out skepticism as to his dedication.

But today Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE presented a possible reason for Harvin’s somewhat erratic attendance: Migraines. Read more…

Week In Review: Brooks & Cecilia at the X-Games

Brooks gleams the cube, as he & SbB Girl Cecilia check out the X-Games.

Brooks and SbB Girl Cecilia At X Games

Percy Harvin regales U of Florida recruits with wild Gator tales of partying, pot smoking, and coach choking.

• Speaking of the SEC, does Matthew Stafford’s U of Georgia girlfriend have enhanced gazongas?

• Fresh off the LeBron Dunkgate comes the Tiger Woods Fartgate.

• Detroit Pistons rookie DaJuan Summers places a Twitter bet with porn star Valerie Luxe on who can get 4,000 followers the fastest.

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Harvin Shares Sordid Gator Tales With UF Recruits

• Smoking pot, partying with coeds, choking out assistant coaches - Percy Harvin sure knows how to sell the Florida Gators to recruits.

Percy Harvin Florida Gators

Tiger Woods ends the Buick Open with a big bang - from his pants! And like Nike did with the LeBron dunk, the PGA tries to remove all video.

• Beer pong with babies & shotgunning brewskis with toddlers - now that’s good parenting!

• Time to go outside, as the Arena Football League is officially folding.

Fergie Jenkins recalls the fun traveling with the Cubs during the days of segregation - such has having to sleep at funeral homes & bordellos.

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Percy Harvin Overshares A Bit With Gator Recruits

Undoubtedly, one of the most exciting, dynamic players in college football last season was Percy Harvin, the quarkback from Florida who helped push his team to a national title (they also had some “Tebow” guy). But after declaring early, Harvin dropped all the way to the 22nd pick and the Minnesota Vikings. Among the factors in the drop, as you might recall, was the second-most ominous/vague term in football: “character issues”*.

Percy Harvin
(”Character issues” are never anything good, like “is awesome at football”)

Those rumors didn’t exactly disappear over the offseason, either; whether it was Harvin’s rumored pot use or hs hospitalization for dehydration or whatever immediately after landing on a flight, whispers were rampant. So on an invitation from coaches, he went to a Florida function with some recruits to sell the whole Florida experience to them, and we’re sure he was instructed to just say good things about everyone for five minutes and leave.

But this is Percy Harvin, you see, and s–t’s about to go crazy.

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Did Harvin Also Test Positive for Weed at Florida?

The power of the Internet, the enduring strength of the conspiracy theorist, and the undying hate for every SEC school fan for every other SEC school (except Vanderbilt because it’s impolite to hate the emaciated) have taken the catalyst of a positive NFL combine marijuana test for Percy Harvin and started digging into Harvin’s University of Florida career.

Percy Harvin of University of Florida

The question on the table: how long has this toking been going on?  Some suggest it could have been as early as sophomore year, when Harvin missed two games for “migraines”.  Was it a suspension?  Or could he have been gambling with Michael Jordan while on his way to pass Tim Donaghy a note from Jimmy Hoffa? Only the Internet (and Urban Meyer) knows!

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19-Year-Old Proves Mock Drafts Are Child’s Play

Can we all agree that NFL mock drafts are ridiculous? And that Clever Hans has as good a chance at accurately predicting the first round as Mel Kiper, Jr.? Here’s more evidence, in the form of a 19-year-old kid who claims that his mock draft beat Kiper’s last year, and was in fact “the best in the country.”

Mark Clayton and Shawn Zobel

(Tweety Bird and a young Seth Rogen discuss Matthew Stafford.)

Let’s leave aside the fact that this is completely unverifiable, as fantasy mock draft leagues have yet to catch fire. What’s Shawn Zobel’s secret that makes his projections so accurate compared to real football writers who have inside sources? He watches a lot of TV.

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Tebow Returns, Forestalls World’s End One Year

Moreover, brothers and sisters, we declare to you the gospel which we preached to you by which also you are saved from life without Tim Tebow in Florida, if you keep in memory what we preached to you, unless you have believed in vain that He shall return for his senior season.

Tim Tebow church sign

For we delivered to you first of all that which we also received, how that Tebow won the BCS Championship Game again according to the Brennaman; And that he took a few days to think it over, and that he rose again the third day according to the ORLANDO SENTINEL; And that he was seen of Urban Meyer for another season, then of the eleven (except Percy Harvin because, c’mon, who are we kidding).
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Tebow Tears FSU Apart After Teammate Booed

See what happens when you tick off the mighty Tim Tebow?

Tim Tebow all muddy

(”You wanna piece of me?“)

It was inevitable that Florida would steamroll Florida State on Saturday, and that they did with a 45-15 blowout. It might have been a more tolerable final score, had Seminole fans not angered the Gators QB with a little mid-game unsportsmanlike conduct.

It wasn’t anything they did to him, but to his buddy Percy Harvin.

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