USC Hoops: Postseason Ban, Scholarship Redux

USC announced self-imposed sanctions for its basketball program today because of what the school called, “NCAA rules violations related to O.J. Mayo.From USC release:

Mike Garrett Tim Floyd OJ Mayo

(USC AD Mike Garrett, Tim Floyd, OJ Mayo)

The self-imposed sanctions for the men’s basketball program include a one-year ban on post-season competition following the 2009-2010 regular season, including the Pac-10 Conference basketball tournament; a reduction of one scholarship for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years; a reduction by one of the number of coaches permitted to engage in off-campus recruiting activities during the summer of 2010, and a reduction in the total number of recruiting days by twenty days (from 130 to 110) for the 2010-2011 academic year.

In addition, because of Mayo’s involvement with Rodney Guillory, whom under NCAA rules became a USC booster due to his role in Mayo’s recruitment, USC will vacate all wins during the 2007-2008 regular season, which was when Mayo competed while ineligible. USC will also return to the NCAA the money it received through the Pac-10 Conference for its participation in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament.

Makes you wonder just exactly what Tim Floyd & Co. did during the recruitment and subsequent stay of O.J. Mayo. Also makes clear that whatever happened, it was likely pretty damn serious as these sanctions could end up being only the beginning.

Reporter Lance Pugmire of the LOS ANGELES TIMES on May 13, 2009:

USC basketball Coach Tim Floyd delivered cash to the man who steered O.J. Mayo to the university, according to a former associate of the player and the middleman.

That associate, Louis Johnson, says Floyd met Rodney Guillory outside a stretch of Beverly Hills cafes on Valentine’s Day in 2007, giving him at least $1,000 cash in an envelope — which Johnson has since reported to investigators from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, IRS and the NCAA.

No wonder Floyd was seen at casino after his departure from the school.

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Reason To Be Skeptical Of New USC Allegations?

When news broke this week that Tim Floyd personally handed money over to O.J. Mayo’s handler to help seal the deal to make him a Trojan, no one really batted an eye. Because, after all, it’s USC. Any hints of shady business are just taken as gospel.

O.J. Mayo and Tim Floyd

But shouldn’t more people be questioning the latest allegations, when the motives of the source — to say nothing of the facts themselves — are more than a little dodgy? One of Mayo’s USC teammates has some serious questions.

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O.J. Mayo a Charity Case in More Than One Way?

We heard something about O.J. Mayo possibly accepting gifts bought with money sent through some kind of sickle cell anemia charitable front a few weeks ago, but we didn’t pay much attention to it. Why? We’re recently adopted the USC Athletics method of journalism. This means we don’t look at any news that might or might not be happening so we can’t be accountable for it later.

Instead, we looked at LOLcats all day. Aren’t they precious?

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So we’re sure we didn’t hear anything from the L.A. TIMES today about the California attorney general’s office looking into posssible charges as part of this case. That would certainly be well outside of our new policy. After all, O.J. Mayo could not have willingly accepted money from Rodney Guillory illegally as long as this amount of cuteness exists in the world:

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OMG that is soooooo true.
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NCAA To Investigate Mayo With ‘New Information’

NCAA Commissar Myles Brand has announced that former USC star O.J. Mayo will be investigated after learning of “new information” about Mayo’s alleged acceptance of cash and gifts while still enrolled in school.

OJ Mayo Cash

It is presumed that Brand shouted his intention to investigate from a very tall window overlooking the NCAA parking lot, while holding his outstretched arm at a 45-degree angle. Read more…