Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. — After a nearly four-year investigation that expanded from one sport to another and involves some of the most prominent names in its storied sports history, USC finally goes before the NCAA infractions committee Thursday.
The 10-member committee convenes to determine whether alleged violations in USC's football and basketball programs took place and, if so, whether they constituted a lack of institutional control.
"My understanding is this one might be a pretty long deal," Tom Yeager, a former NCAA infractions committee member, said of the hearing.
USC has already self-imposed sanctions against its basketball program for violations that occurred during O.J. Mayo's one-season stay with the Trojans in 2007-08. The school also faces allegations about its football program that were first reported in 2006. Athletic Director Mike Garrett, the university's compliance director and faculty athletic representative, attorneys, and school President Steven Sample are expected to be among USC's contingent at the hearing. Former basketball coach Tim Floyd plans to attend, his attorney said; former football coach Pete Carroll also is expected to appear.