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Mum’s McKnight’s word on latest USC allegations

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Coming off a two-year postseason ban courtesy of NCAA sanctions related to impermissible benefits found to have been given to a former player, USC entered the 2012 season as the No. 1 team in the country according to the Associated Press and some others.

The day the Trojans kicked off a season rife with BcS title aspirations, however, the football program slammed headfirst into yet another round of allegations centered on impermissible benefits.  The school vowed to get to the bottom of it and the NCAA subsequently confirmed it was investigating it; the player at the center of it has decided to lalalalalaicanthearyou his way through the current and ongoing situation.

According to the Los Angeles Times, former USC running back Joe McKnight, currently a running back for the New York Jets, was asked about the allegations following practice Friday.  McKnight’s response?

Approached after a New York Jets practice, McKnight walked out of the locker room at the team’s facility, retreating to an area off-limits to media.

In its most recent report — something that wouldn’t surprise one prominent agent in the least — the Times alleged that McKnight, while he was a member of the Trojans, received from a former Los Angeles County official currently embroiled in a corruption scandal a vehicle as well as an airline ticket, part of what’s described as several thousands of dollars of impermissible benefits to the player.

In December of 2009, a report surfaced that McKnight, who as a junior made himself available for the April 2010 NFL draft, was the subject of an internal investigation by the school regarding a 2007 Range Rover the then-Trojan was seen driving around campus.  That vehicle was registered to Scott Schenter, the former county official in the center of the corruption brouhaha and fingered by the Times as giving impermissible benefits to McKnight.

At the time of the Rover ruckus, Schenter was the boss of McKnight’s girlfriend, who is also the mother of his child.

Nothing untoward was found by the school or the NCAA nearly three years ago relating to either the vehicle or McKnight’s relationship to Schenter.  Whether that remains the case in this latest round of allegations remains to be seen.

And whether or not the Trojans could be facing yet another swinging of the NCAA’s hammer.

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13 Responses to “Mum’s McKnight’s word on latest USC allegations”
  1. rsmeans says: Sep 8, 2012 7:14 AM

    Everyone knows that USC cheats at every opportunity but their fans, coaches and administrators are able to intimidate the NCAA and Mark Emmert. Nothing will come of this. Cheat on!

  2. brewha4food says: Sep 8, 2012 7:49 AM

    I didn’t realize that there was a crime in driving your girlfriends vehicle…And yeah there was s ticket see his family in South Louisiana…There was a death in the family so he was offered Southwest frequent flyer miles.. Of course the ticket is going to have the price on it for 625.00. That’s how they deduct your miles…This is really getting out of hand….They didn’t find anything then so why would they now…. Fight On SC !!!! … Please stomp the Orange…

  3. normtide says: Sep 8, 2012 9:40 AM

    It is hard for a university to police fans that don’t work for them. This is a free country, and people who don’t have money, want money. I am not saying this can be allowed, but is it right for a university to pay? In fact, one day you will start seeing one fan base paying $ to a rival’s players in a setup situation. ( And yes, it will probably happen in my state first, lol). But really, how much right does a college have to monitor a citizen’s finances? I doubt a player stipend will fix it, the thing about money is, everyone always wants more.

  4. jimmy53 says: Sep 8, 2012 9:57 AM

    Brewha4food: please enlighten me. How is a car registered to Schenter his girlfriend’s car? Are they alleging it was a company car?

  5. manchestermiracle says: Sep 8, 2012 11:04 AM

    Does this new “investigation” mean the NCAA is admitting the “investigation” they did three years ago was incomplete, incompetent or inconsistent? The idea that a university can monitor thousands of student-athletes 24/7 is ridiculous beyond the pale. And the NCAA’s expectation that every student’s every action can be policed by any institution is graphically hilarious.

    The one thing the NCAA would never admit is that its own set of far-reaching rules and regulations are apparently unenforceable to such a degree that there will constantly be institutions under “investigation” until they figure out a way to sequester all athletes in every university for the entire time they are enrolled. The NCAA is beginning to resemble a Soviet-era gulag.

  6. 1trojanlove says: Sep 8, 2012 11:54 AM

    In 09 USC held Joe out for a game while the car situation was investigated by the NCCA. And they found nothing wrong then! How is this a story now?

  7. brewha4food says: Sep 8, 2012 12:18 PM

    Jimmy , does it matter who’s car it was .. ??..It doesn’t even matter who it was registered to..If he has a drivers license he can drive.., whether it was Range Rover or a canoe..Al he was doing was driving.. It’s been investigated before…. Let’s talk about 40. -60 percent of Oregons football team admitting to smoking weed…ask the honey badger how that went for him. And folks are worried about plane tix and they saw someone driving a car…

  8. jonanthans says: Sep 8, 2012 2:02 PM

    ala Auburn in 2010, this will be smothered as long as USC is in the hunt for a NC.

  9. coachdeforrest says: Sep 8, 2012 2:23 PM

    I always wondered wondered whyUSC hired Muffin back anyway. He did horribly at Tennessee. He left amongst contraversy There. Now it all makes sense. They needed someone to step and pick up where they left off. Someone who knew what was happening, Believe me: ONLY THEY KNOW HOW DEEP THE RABBIT HOLE GOES!!!!!!

  10. norcalirish says: Sep 8, 2012 3:30 PM

    LOL! Why does this keep happening at the same schools?

  11. jimmy53 says: Sep 8, 2012 4:19 PM

    brewhaforfood: actually it does matter whose car it was…that determines whether rules were broken or not. The “they they did worse things than me” doesn’t work for 5 year olds, do you really think it’s gonna work here? They either broke rules or they didn’t—if you’re a parent then I’m sure you’ve heard this before: Worry about yourself–you can only control what you do.

    I was just wondering because if it’s the girlfriend’s car–no harm no foull–if it’s a boosters car, then there’s a problem (especially for a school on probation). Smoking pot is neither a performance enhancing drug or an extra benefit from a booster–they can smoke all the ganja they want–who cares?

  12. ceruleanplains says: Sep 8, 2012 4:44 PM

    Oh give it up already. School was already punished for the past two years after the previous coach left for the NFL. The new admin + coaches have changed much.

    I claim double jeopardy.

  13. BrownsTown says: Sep 8, 2012 5:31 PM

    I didn’t know that Tom Al-Betar was a Trojan fan.

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