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USC, Joe McKnight under the impermissible benefits microscope again

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So, you just wanted to watch some football, right? Not so fast. What would the football season be without some off-the-field distraction?

It just so happens to involve the No. 1 team in the country, USC, which will kick off its season against Hawaii later tonight. The Los Angeles Times reports that “A key figure in the ongoing corruption scandal at the Los Angeles County assessor’s office said he gave cash and perks worth thousands of dollars to two USC athletes while they were still in school, actions that could violate college sports rules.”

Specifically, the allegations involve former running back Joe McKnight,  a car and an airline ticket. Basketball player Davon Jefferson is also connected to about $3,700 in cash. USC athletic director Pat Haden (pictured) replied to the paper with a response of “We are dedicated to playing and competing the right way.”

There’s a lot going on today, so you’re probably better served to just read the story HERE (and here’s more response from USC). We’ll have more on it later as I’m sure the story will be a developing one.

This is an incredibly inopportune story to come out for a program that is coming off a two-year bowl ban and will play the 2012 season with 75 scholarship players because of NCAA sanctions.

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26 Responses to “USC, Joe McKnight under the impermissible benefits microscope again”
  1. arizonapetdoctor says: Sep 1, 2012 3:21 PM

    Before all the kiffin haters start posting, please realize that McKnight played before kiffin was the head coach. Now let the hating begin because it is more fun to hate on the upper tier programs than watch your own

  2. soundsofsuccess7 says: Sep 1, 2012 3:23 PM

    Shit.

  3. jonanthans says: Sep 1, 2012 3:46 PM

    You cant get these punks to think about the team, they only care about themselves.

    Oh well, USC is used to being on probation. Nothin new here..

  4. sportmentary says: Sep 1, 2012 4:03 PM

    This begs the question; should college athletes be paid and if they were, would this corruption and cheating stop? I don’t think so. We see in professional sports that players still cheat.

  5. tradertrik says: Sep 1, 2012 4:32 PM

    Excellent; really hope they get the death penalty this time. Hahahahahaha!!! Go Irish

  6. coachdeforrest says: Sep 1, 2012 5:21 PM

    USC is USC.Same old Same old!!! Their success unquestionably has been bought through the years!! And still people tout their praises.

    This on the heels of my forming a letter to Penn State and their players. Bottom line of that would be to commend their choice to stay! I know that even if Oregon was 0-12 I would love them and still be their biggest fan!! in my humble opinion, They will be winners no matter what the score may be!!! Colors are thicker blood!!!

    Silas Redd is Silas Redd. His true color has been shown!!!

  7. coachdeforrest says: Sep 1, 2012 5:31 PM

    For you Duck fans:

    Check out my page on Face Book, “Red Neck Duck Club”.

    For the record:
    This page is nothing about hating. Actually the exact opposite. It was created in response to Mike Riley’s three day hate campaign in which he show the history of what the “Civil War” was about. Oregon State represented all the hardworking people in Oregon and Oregon University was nothing more then a bunch of, “Pot Smoking Hippies”.

    I really took exception to that!! And as the one cartoon represents, “All right Mike, NO MORE HATING”!!!

  8. dcroz says: Sep 1, 2012 5:41 PM

    tradertrik:

    I believe that if anything were to come of these latest allegations that it would not merit the death penalty since USC was not on probation at the time. The death penalty is on the table if a team currently on probation commits more major violations while it is on probation, not that more instances are discovered that took place before probation was handed out.

  9. jkaflagg says: Sep 1, 2012 6:20 PM

    This was the stuff that kept McKnight out of the last USC bowl game a few years ago; his story was that his “baby mamma” girlfriend worked for Shenter, and she let him drive the car…..there was little doubt at the time that the story hastened McKnight’s departure from the school, and I’m sure that USC was glad he moved on and hoped the possible rules violations moved on with him…..In this case, I think the presence of Haden and the fact that this stuff happened during the Garreet/Carroll era will keep any impacts to USC to a minmum….I think they’ve paid their dues…..

  10. tigersgeaux says: Sep 1, 2012 8:07 PM

    Where’s that “stairway” Penn State pervert apologist…he is always saying someone other than Penn State should receive the death penalty.

    It is sad that USC is facing this familiar accusation at this time, this season. Wish all things were settled on the field of play, not sanctions from the NCAA. Maybe USC can offer something they apparently don’t need to be very good–athletic scholarships, maybe give back another 2 or 3 to get themselves out this one and press on to play football and not be distracted.

    It is so good to have college football back again, but based upon the games I have seen with flood waters all around here in south Louisiana, indicate the quality of refereeing needs to be better.

  11. coachdeforrest says: Sep 1, 2012 8:23 PM

    @Tigersgeaux: Your missing the point.it is USC that continues to settle things off the field.

    It brings reasonable doubt to any of their success! Apparently there is alot of alumni money floating around the closed doors off the field. Hey, if that is the measure off succes, I MIGHY AS WELL SWITCH TO GOLD AND WATCH TIGER WOODS

  12. coachdeforrest says: Sep 1, 2012 8:27 PM

    Pardon the phone typo. That was golf not gold.

  13. coachdeforrest says: Sep 1, 2012 8:30 PM

    Not meant to cut on Tiger Woods. It was meant to refer to ethics surrounding the game!!!!!

  14. floridacock says: Sep 1, 2012 8:35 PM

    And this is a surprise why?

  15. cosanostra71 says: Sep 1, 2012 8:43 PM

    really? They didn’t find this when they did that big old investigation a few years back? And now they’re dragging it up now?

  16. bill2018 says: Sep 1, 2012 9:21 PM

    USC being USC AGAIN! They also have the lawsuit filed agains them by the former player they force fed pain killers to. Oh, and then there is the convicted felon they let back on the team after he got out of jail. And the list goes on and on. What a joke of a program!

  17. vincentbojackson says: Sep 1, 2012 9:25 PM

    arizonapetdoctor says:

    Before all the kiffin haters start posting, please realize that McKnight played before kiffin was the head coach.

    ———————–

    Kiffin was still on the USC staff at the time multiple major infractions took place and proved he’s a weasel by cheating at Tennessee.

    If disliking weasels makes you a “hater” then count me as one.

  18. kozbee says: Sep 2, 2012 12:00 AM

    What“ a car and an airline ticket,USC sure love their running backs.Here we go again.Kiffin and company getting cheap with no beach house,pimp ride or a house for mamma.Kiffin was there for alot of things that went on at Southern Cal.When Kiffin really starts using his head he slips on a trojan.By the way it doesnt matter if Kiffin was or wasnt coach,All USC has to pay AGAIN.NCAA do your job.

  19. bill2018 says: Sep 2, 2012 12:16 AM

    No joke! Do your job NCAA. USC makes a mockery of you. They just keep on committing violations while on probation! What purpose does the NCAA have in football any more?

  20. coachdeforrest says: Sep 2, 2012 1:35 AM

    @conanostra71: They only find out less than 10% of the legal violations. USC is obviously playing the odds!

    HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY JUSTIFY THE REPEATED OFFENSES? NCAA INVOLVED IN PENN ST. BECAUSE OF THE ETHICS INVOLVED WHICH OBVIOUSLY PROMOTED WINNING OVER ETHICS, WVEN WHEN IT CAME TO HORRIFIC VIOLATION OF YOUTH. USC IS REALLY MAKINGWDEXISIONS ALONG THE SAME PRIORITIES! !!!

  21. coachdeforrest says: Sep 2, 2012 1:38 AM

    @conanostra71: They only find out less than 10% of the legal violations. USC is obviously playing the odds!

    HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY JUSTIFY THE REPEATED OFFENSES? NCAA INVOLVED IN PENN ST. BECAUSE OF THE ETHICS INVOLVED WHICH OBVIOUSLY PROMOTED WINNING OVER ETHICS, EVEN WHEN IT CAME TO HORRIFIC VIOLATION OF YOUTH. USC IS REALLY MAKING DECISIONS ALONG THE SAME PRIORITIES! !!!

  22. coachdeforrest says: Sep 2, 2012 1:41 AM

    @conanostra71: They only find out less than 10% of the illegal violations. USC is obviously playing the odds!

    HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY JUSTIFY THE REPEATED OFFENSES? NCAA INVOLVED IN PENN ST. BECAUSE OF THE ETHICS INVOLVED WHICH OBVIOUSLY PROMOTED WINNING OVER ETHICS, EVEN WHEN IT CAME TO HORRIFIC VIOLATION OF YOUTH. USC IS REALLY MAKING DECISIONS ALONG THE SAME PRIORITIES! !!!

  23. omniusprime says: Sep 2, 2012 9:09 AM

    Much ado about nothing. USC investigated this matter back in 2009 and found no problems. So where does this lying county employee get the money to give to athletes? Probably by stealing it from the county, he should be under investigation by the county. Sorry but it sounds like some jerk trying to make trouble for USC by lying. Go USC #1 !!!

  24. seanemac75 says: Sep 2, 2012 8:10 PM

    I think the Frerh Group should do the investigation since the NCAA value their opinions over facts. Also, the we are going to be tough speech frauds gave after the Penn State penalties have already been proven as garbage, ie UNC academic scandal= no penalty/ University of Montana rape cover up scandal = not even acknowledge. U of Miami Evan Shapiro benefits scandal = being ignored now. The LA Times thinks becuase there is a new AD they will only get a slap on the wrist. That would be high comedy if that is the reason for a slap on the wrist.

  25. foreverlsu says: Sep 4, 2012 5:08 PM

    Joe McKnight was supposed to be the next Reggie Bush. What a joke I thought that was at the time. Looks like it could not be more true. Stay classy, Southern California!

  26. norcalirish says: Sep 4, 2012 8:22 PM

    LOL

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