USC Coach Floyd Reportedly Paid O.J. Mayo Associate

Tucker WarnerContributor IMay 13, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - MARCH 22:  Head coach Tim Floyd of the USC Trojans walks off the court dejected after USC lost 74-69 against the Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on March 22, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

USC basketball coach Tim Floyd has been accused of paying a man close to O.J. Mayo in 2007.

According to Louis Johnson, a former associate of Mayo's, stated that Floyd paid Rodney Guillory $1000 in hopes that Guillory would bring Mayo to USC.  Johnson claimed he was not at the meeting in which Guillory was paid, but Guillory showed him an envelope containing 100 dollar bills, which Guillory said was from Floyd.

Johnson had made the same claims in May 2008 to the FBI, IRS, and U.S. Attorney's office.

Both the basketball and football programs at USC are currently under NCAA investigation.  If Johnson's claims are proved true, the basketball program at USC faces harsh penalties.

Johnson's attorney Anthony V. Salerno said he believes "the NCAA is very close to concluding their investigation.  I would say it's looming large and soon."