Wednesday, May 13, 2009

O.J. Mayo Took Money While at USC; Can't Say I'm Surprised

According to sources at Yahoo.Sports a former associate of NBA star O.J. Mayo, states that USC head Coach Tim Floyd gave money to help bring Mayo to USC.

In a story that broke on Tuesday night on Yahoo Sports, Louis Johnson a former associate of O.J. Mayo, told reporters that Rodney Guillory informed him that Floyd had given Guillory a "grand."

Louis Johnson has reported this activity to the NCAA as well as federal investigates claiming that he saw the money in the envelope that Guillory received.

What is truly sad about this whole situation is I highly doubt that anyone is surprised that something shady took place in the recruiting of O.J. Mayo. This is not the first time that USC has been accused of wrong doing in their recruiting practices, remember the school is still under investigation for their actions when dealing with 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush.

O.J. Mayo was one of the hottest recruits coming out a few years ago, and his high school career was marred with tons of missteps. Anytime a kid attends four separate high schools chances are something is up. To make matters stranger, Mayo reportedly contacted Floyd first and insisted he was ready to play for USC. Which is the opposite of how the recruiting process should go down.

Perhaps the most important fact in this whole situation is once again USC finds itself under the microscope for recruiting and player violations. At some point enough has to be enough. The Trojans are obviously delving into shady tactics with their recruiting efforts in all their athletic programs. At what point will the NCAA actually step in and say something, or are they too scared to touch the golden boy that is USC?


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