USC: The Best Athletes that Money can Buy

RG YohoCorrespondent IMay 13, 2009

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 30:  Head coach Pete Carroll (R) congratulates uarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the Southern California Trojans after another touchdown in their 52-7 win over the Virginia Cavaliers during the game at Scott Stadium on August 30, 2008 in Charlottesville, Virginia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It has just been revealed that USC men’s basketball coach Tim Floyd made a direct cash payment to the man who was responsible for bringing O.J. Mayo into the program.


Should these reports be confirmed, Floyd’s actions would be a major violation of NCAA recruiting rules.


However, the fact that the athletic department or any potential college recruit connected to the USC program would be involved in any shady financial dealings should not come as a shock to anyone.


Increasingly, that is simply the cost of doing business at Southern Cal.


In fact, the situation has become so dire, USC football players who enter the NFL draft early are being forced to take a pay cut.


For quite some time now, I have been outraged at the NCAA’s deliberate failure to do anything about the Reggie Bush case.


To make a long story short, while the Heisman Trophy-winning Reggie Bush was still playing his college football for USC, his father and mother were living in the place that neither one of them could ever realistically afford.


Reggie, who is apparently suffering from bad eyesight or is clearly not smart enough to sign his own endorsement checks, claims that he knew nothing about his father’s sweetheart housing arrangement.


In addition, Reggie Bush and his family were also receiving substantial cash payments from a sports marketing firm.


These most recent allegation regarding O.J. Mayo aren’t only an indictment of the USC Athletic Department, they are also damning to the officials of the NCAA, who have apparently done everything in their power to keep these charges under wraps.


For two or three years now, the NCAA has falsely claimed that they were vigorously investigating these allegations.


Moreover, if these charges had been made against almost any other program in the country, then that school would most assuredly already be on probation!


It should be glaringly obvious to everyone that the NCAA is engaged in a full-court press to protect one of their most dominant and high-profile sports programs.


And should the NCAA finally take action on these violations, then Reggie Bush would be forced to return his Heisman Trophy, USC’s National Championship would be rescinded, and Pete Carroll might be forced to find another pro football team to coach.


For much too long, USC has blatantly disregarded the recruiting rules that other teams are forced to follow. Meanwhile, the NCAA has deliberately covered their eyes to these multiple violations.


Perhaps this latest violation will finally force the NCAA to throw a flag their way.


But you’ll pardon me if I do not hold my breath.