USC Trojans This & That — 6/13

Dennis Dodd (CBS Sports)  —ORLANDO, Fla. — At least six Division I men’s basketball programs will receive notices of allegations for Level I violations from the NCAA by the summer, stemming from the federal government’s recently completed investigation of the sport, a top NCAA official told CBS Sports.

Stan Wilcox, NCAA vice president for regulatory affairs, said two high-profile programs would receive notices of allegations by early July.

The remaining four would be rolled out later in the summer in what was described as a wave of NCAA investigations meant to clean up major-college basketball.

“There’s even another group of cases that we’re still working on,” Wilcox said. “The main thing is that we’re up and ready. We’re moving forward and you’ll see consequences.”

It has previously been reported that at least Kansas, Arizona and Louisville had been under NCAA investigation.

At least 20 schools were mentioned during the course of the FBI’s investigation. Among others were Oklahoma State, USC, Auburn and LSU. Wilcox said only those schools involved in eligibility issues would be impacted.

Wilcox made a point to say the NCAA had “individuals” in court during the multiple trials “listening to everything that was said.”

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PN4SC
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SC fired Bland, and sat Melton. More importantly, Bland wasn’t bribing players to come there, he was taking personal bribes from a Financial advisor to steer players to him went they went pro. Yet I still get this feeling that those bastards at the NCAA will try to make an example of us, and go soft on AZ, LSU,Kansas, Louisville, and any other school that was paying recruits to sign with them. There is no justice with those Dirt Bags!

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One thing to keep in mind. The NCAA does have a monetary reason to keep USC down however they want to be perceived as reasonable. No need to step out of line and look like they have an agenda when USC is consistently and effectively shooting itself in the foot……feet. Just retaining Helton and extending him for five years is keeping them laughing at our incompetence. Imagine what they were thinking when our head coach keeps two centers on the bench while JT plays handball with the snaps. No need to hit USC while we keep slipping on the ice… Read more »

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Maybe Clay Helton was part of our secret punishment from the NCAA in lieu of the SMU Death Penalty!

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Given our recent history, does anybody have any doubt that we will be one of those six schools? Nail in Swann Coffin if it happens, although there may already be enough nails there to hold that thing closed.

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I don’t think we will be one of those six schools. Tony Bland received $2,000.00 to direct a potential USC recruit to an agent, it was not about getting the recruit money to attend USC. The wiretaps indicated that no one else at USC knew what was going on. Tony Bland confirmed that in his statement which is why I have more respect for Tony Bland than I do for Reggie Bush.

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You are right about all of that John, but you actually just described the essence of the Reggie case: Money from an agent to get a player in tow for his post USC career. Except coach takes money here, and player took money in the Reggie case with coach’s knowledge (according to the NCAA, not reality). Wouldn’t the NCAA attribute Bland’s actions to USC even more easily than they did in the Reggie case?

And, have no illusions, if the NCAA finds against USC on anything, however small, the penalties will be excessive.

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Rock, I do see the similarities but for me the difference is that the money for Reggie Bush was directly received by him or his parents and that goes to the issue of affecting his eligibility as an NCAA athlete. In the most recent incident, the money was kept by Bland personally and was never meant to be given to the athlete, so there is no eligibility issues and supposedly would not benefit the USC BB program. I wholeheartedly agree with you on the idea that the NCAA and its east coast member schools have no love for us and… Read more »

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The operative here is high profile programs. USC is anything but a high profile program. However if hit with institutional control violations Swann is looking mighty shaky.
The NCAA never fails to amaze me. They had someone in court listening? Why didn’t they just order the court to give them transcripts?
Although the judge isn’t under their control, his favorite team is.