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NCAA completes USC probe amidst new controversy

On the day Pete Carroll is officially announced the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Yahoo! reports that the NCAA’s four-year probe into the Southern Cal football program is complete.

Per Charles Robinson and Jason Cole’s — the two guys that have been at the front of this thing since the beginning — the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions will meet February 19-21 to discuss their findings.

More from Robinson and Cole:

The meeting will be the apex in the NCAA’s probe into USC’s athleticprogram, as it represents the first determination on whether sanctionsshould be leveled against the school. The determination on a hearingdate also indicates USC has received a letter of allegations from theNCAA and that the school has responded in some way. According to NCAAprocedures, schools informed of infractions have at least 90 days torespond. After the response period has expired, a case summary iscompleted and a date is set for the Committee on Infractions to meetand determine whether there is a basis for sanctioning.

The NCAA’s investigation of USC has been ongoing since April 2006,when a series of Yahoo! Sports reports detailed allegations of extrabenefits given to running back Reggie Bush and his family by a failedsports marketing company. Since then, the probe has come to encompassformer Trojans basketball star O.J. Mayo and the men’s basketballprogram, after a report by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” detailed benefitsthat allegedly had been funneled to Mayo. Former Trojans basketballcoach Tim Floyd abruptly resigned after a Yahoo! Sports report detailedan alleged $1,000 cash payment from Floyd to a man who had helped steerMayo to USC. The investigation is believed to also include Trojansrunning back Joe McKnight, whose use of a 2006 Land Rover and ties to amarketing entrepreneur in Santa Monica also have come under scrutinyafter a recent report in the Los Angeles Times.

This news comes at the same time Sports Illustrated launched a special report on the drug abuse of former assistant coach Dave Watson, who used both team and university doctors to help him get thousands of prescription pain pills, an addiction that Carroll himself knew about.

I might be one of the last to think that Carroll isn’t fleeing the Titanic, but the timing of his jump certainly is fortuitous for the coach and potentially catastrophic for the university and the football program.

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  1. Samuel L. Bronkowitz says: Jan 11, 2010 7:18 PM

    Coaches jumping ship in the face of sanctions is a time-honored tradition.
    Coaches should be subject to some sort of penalty for transgressions incurred under their watch – such as a financial penalty or being barred from coaching at other universities; instead they just move on and let others clean up the mess.
    The students that get screwed and left behind should be allowed to transfer out-of-conference without having to sit out for a year.

  2. robertg says: Jan 11, 2010 7:29 PM

    carroll and his staff are definitely fleeing usc to escape the ncaa, but they cannot escape us in the civil courts.
    we have been supplying leads and exclusives to charles robinson and jason cole and josh peter and dan wetzel for a few years.
    that is why they always have the breaking news in these areas before anyone else.
    we also found out the identities of the ncaa investigators and members of the infractions committee for the usc and other investigation, got their home addresses through and let them know by us mail what would happen to them in in civil courts if they continued taking payoffs for coverups.

  3. SoonerBorn says: Jan 11, 2010 7:54 PM

    Get ‘um RobG! Take no prisoners in your quest for justice! *arrrrrr*

  4. rolltide says: Jan 11, 2010 8:00 PM

    There is a penalty for these transgression, you’re radioactive for life.

  5. LeeB says: Jan 11, 2010 9:00 PM

    USC better get substantial punishment and I don’t mean a few scholarship here and there. If not, all those schools with worse punishment for similar or lesser violations should band together and sue the NCAA. Players wishing to bail should be allowed or else, they should sue the NCAA.
    That’s it, tie the NCAA in court forever.

  6. borninhuntsv says: Jan 12, 2010 12:24 PM

    ESPN’s entire College GameDay crew is weeping for the loss of Pete Carroll, their perpetual man-crush.
    Of course Petey is leaving. Why should he stay when he sees that iceberg coming and knows that the ship is made out of paper?
    As quickly as this went down, you know there is some nasty stuff looming in USC’s future. I would not want to be there for it if I was the coach. I’d get out, too.

  7. PolegoJim says: Jan 12, 2010 6:29 PM

    The timing was escalated to keep from submarining a program with HUGE national draw.
    Brilliant on all counts.

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