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USC drops the hammer on the Basketball Team

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Posted January 03, 2010 - 03:14 PM

USC has imposed sanctions on its men's basketball program for NCAA rules violations, including a ban on postseason competition at the end of this season, a reduction of scholarships and vacating all of its wins from 2007-08.

The university said the self-imposed sanctions resulted from an internal investigation that found NCAA rules violations related to O.J. Mayo, who played for the Trojans during the 2007-2008 season under former coach Tim Floyd. Mayo is now with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.

The sanctions are connected to Mayo's involvement with Rodney Guillory, who under NCAA rules became a USC booster due to his role in Mayo's recruitment.

In 2008, on ESPN's "Outside The Lines," Louis Johnson, a former associate of Mayo and Guillory, accused Guillory of providing Mayo with improper benefits while the guard played for USC.

Floyd abruptly quit in June following allegations that he gave $1,000 in cash to Guillory, who helped steer Mayo to the Trojans. Mayo was one of the nation's most highly-sought prep recruits at the time.

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Very unfortunate situation. Although many USC fans knew that this was going to happen with the basketball program once Floyd bailed on the program. It sucks for this years team because they were playing really well and have a 8 game winning streak going.

That's what happens when you break the rules.

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Posted January 03, 2010 - 05:13 PM

So much for the 2-0 Pac 10 start. The punishment in terms of the scholarships and no postseason sucks for the current/future players that had nothing to do with this and weren't even around when it happened.


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Posted January 10, 2010 - 12:26 AM

I can not imagine what those players are thinking right now. That would suck so bad! Hopefully they'll be UCLA this Saturday... Even though it would mean nothing. :( ( Technically )

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