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Saturday / March 17.
  • Floyd, USC Facing Serious Charges

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    Things sure aren’t looking good for USC coach Tim Floyd and the athletic department at Southern Cal as  a whole.

    Yahoo! Sports, the same people who broke open the UConn/Nate Miles recruiting violations case, reported Floyd paid a runner in cash in order to help bring star guard O.J. Mayo to Southern Cal. Mayo is now in the NBA.

    Louis Johnson, a one-time Mayo confidant, has told both NCAA investigators and federal authorities that Floyd gave at least $1,000 in cash to Rodney Guillory, a man who allegedly gave Mayo improper benefits while the guard played at USC.

    USC is already the subject of an ongoing three-year investigation into its football (Reggie Bush) and basketball (Mayo) programs.

    No wonder the program didn’t want to risk taking on 6-10 McDonald’s All-American Renardo Sidney, whose own cloudy family financial situation would’ve stirred more suspicion around the program. Sidney ended up at Mississippi State, which will work with the NCAA to look into Sidney’s situation.

    If the latest allegations are proven true, USC could face major sanctions, including forfeitures of victories, probation, a ban on postseason play, the loss of television appearances or scholarship and recruiting restrictions.

    The NCAA may be seeking to demonstrate that USC has lost institutional control of its athletic program.

    “It makes sense,” Anthony V. Salerno, another of Johnson’s attorneys, told the L.A. Times. “The NCAA looks at the program as a whole, and you may be talking about systemic problems in these cases.”

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    • Tim Floyd shoulda been using someone like Worldwide Wes to help him get recruits like OJ Mayo. Instead he’s jeapordized his career for what? A trip to the sweet 16, $1,000 and a one-and-done player. Yeah…good move Tim Floyd.

    • Yea, maybe he’ll get a gig in the NBA coaching somewhere after he gets fired from getting USC engulfed with NCAA sanctions.

      • Where’s USC.trojan or does he only talk about the Arizona Wildcats?

        • That’s a good question. Either you’re right or he’s figuring out new ways to post the worst-written comments of all-time.

    • Rodney G got money from USC? haha, BIG SHOCKER there.

      Dude was spoon-feeding OJ dough throughout his advisement.

    • i not a huge tim floyd fan by any means, but seriously, do we are REALLY believe the word of a former insider of o.j. mayo’s who’s now on the outside and have EVERY reason to try and get BACK at mayo and floyd and get himself back in the spotlight? do we REALLY think floyd is so dumb as to conduct his illegal recruiting activities, “around the corner, in a alley?” and seriously o.j. mayo for 1 THOUSAND dollars? maybe he did do it..i dunno, i could be wrong, just all seems a little too “hollywood” for me taste. sad thing is.. floyd is done either way… even if he is completely innocent, the court of public opinion will KILL his program, every rival coach will use this to DESTROY usc….pretty much… this ucoming season is gonna SUCK for usc

      • Isn’t this the excuse made for Reggie Bush? Why is everyone out to get USC?

        Rumors were rampant when Floyd was at Iowa State too fwiw. He’s just like Calipari- ‘great’ recruiter, terrible coach.

    • Come on USC.trojan. Where you at boy? Come type up a mess of a paragraph for us that makes zero sense.

    • AZ,

      Can you believe these JayCock fans.
      Always late to the party.

      Jaycock fans, go back and read some of the comments from a few days ago.
      It is all over the comment section.
      It started before this article came out.

      Great follow up AZ.
      The boyz in the farm need to stop DOING that stuff.

    • PS.
      A wildcat wanted me to relay this to YOU.

      How is Jeff and Debbie working out?
      A little bit of tampering goes a long way…..LOL

    • USC.trojan is 12.