USC's basketball program imposed a host of sanctions on its basketball program, including a postseason ban this season, the loss of two scholarships and limiting recruiting days, all stemming from the fallout of the O.J. Mayo rules violations during the 2007-08 season.
As for the ongoing football allegations involving former Trojan Reggie Bush and current star Joe McKnight … nada. Punish basketball, but leave the cash cow alone.
The best way to sum it all up is to channel Jerry Tarkanian, who once said: "the NCAA is so mad at Kentucky, it will probably slap another two years' probation on Cleveland State."
That's the general consensus, summed up best by the Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy.
It was almost convenient for USC football that O.J. Mayo played hoops at the school. … You do not want to hear the list of substantial American investigations that took a fraction of the time that USC's supposed examination of the football program has lasted. To place this thing in the same sentence as those others would seem indelicate.
That's what happens when you're trying to figure out how to appease the NCAA without killing the football program, which is no easy task. Perhaps the NCAA will take the carrot and leave Pete Carroll's boys alone. Perhaps not.
Bottom line, it's hard not to feel sorry for the basketball team, which is playing better than most anyone could've hoped right now. The Trojans (10-4) are tied with Oregon atop the Pac-10 standings.
Kudes to coach Kevin O'Neill, who must feel like Sisyphus after his rough season at Arizona and now taking over in L.A. The guy's staying upbeat
"The best way for our players to look at it is we have practice tomorrow at 2 o'clock and we have a job to do and we're going to do it," O'Neill told the L.A. Times.
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