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The USC case: What happened when

A timeline of events in the NCAA's investigation of the Trojans.

June 10, 2010

March 2005

•Michael Michaels, who works in an Indian tribe's development office, purchases a home in Spring Valley, Calif., near San Diego, for $757,500. Shortly thereafter, the home is occupied by Denise and LaMar Griffin, Reggie Bush's mother and stepfather, and their son, Jovan.

December 2005

•Bush, a junior running back for USC, wins the Heisman Trophy as college football's top player.

January 2006

•Bush formally announces that he will forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

February 2006

•During a court hearing to determine whether he had violated his probation for an earlier drug conviction, Lloyd Lake and one of his attorneys tell a judge that Lake is a partner in a fledgling sports management company, New Era Sports and Entertainment, that has an agreement with Bush.

April 2006

•USC asks the Pacific 10 Conference to investigate the living arrangements of Bush's family after school officials are questioned by a Yahoo! Sports reporter.

•Yahoo!, followed by other media outlets, reports allegations that the Griffins lived rent-free in the Spring Valley home owned by Michaels, who was partnering with LaMar Griffin and Lake in trying to launch New Era.

•Bush acknowledges knowing Michaels and Lake but says he's done "absolutely nothing wrong" and that his family's living situation and his alleged involvement with the would-be sports marketers was "blown out of proportion."

•The New Orleans Saints make Bush theƒo No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. Representing Bush is agent Joe Segal and marketing executive Mike Ornstein, not New Era. By this time, Lake is back in prison after a judge rules he has violated his probation in an assault on his girlfriend.

•Lake attorney Brian Watkins outlines the beginnings of New Era, saying LaMar Griffin approached his client in the fall of 2004 with the idea of forming a sports management company with Bush -- who was then a sophomore at USC -- as its first star client. Griffin and Lake then brought in Michaels and sports agent David Caravantes to the project. But Watkins says the partnership turned sour in December of 2005 when Bush looked elsewhere for an agent. By then, Watkins says, the Griffins owed New Era tens of thousands of dollars in cash disbursements and unpaid rent.

•Bush attorney David Cornwell says the New Era founders are trying to extort money from Bush, and he has reported them to the NFL Players Assn. and NFL Security. In a statement, the NFL says it has advised Cornwell to "consider referring these matters to law enforcement authorities." The NFLPA says it is investigating Caravantes.

•A New Jersey-based sports memorabilia dealer says that while Bush was still playing for USC, Ornstein asked him for $500,000 to join the running back's marketing team. Ornstein says the talks "were preliminary" and "no deal was ever consummated."

September 2006

•Yahoo! reports that marketing agents lavished Bush with expensive hotel stays and cash while he was at USC, and that documents show Bush's family accepted travel accommodations from an employee of Ornstein. The report also says that USC running backs coach Todd McNair knew of Bush's relationship with the fledgling San Diego-area agents and that Bush worried that Trojans Coach Pete Carroll might find out too.

April 2007

•Bush and Michaels reach an out-of-court settlement, reportedly for between $200,000 and $300,000.

October 2007

•Lake files a civil suit against Bush and his parents, seeking to recover more than $291,600 in cash, lodging and other considerations. According to attorney Watkins, Bush used $13,000 to purchase a 1996 Chevrolet Impala registered in his name. The suit also alleges the defendants "promised repayment of monies lent and advanced" and that on Jan. 14, 2006, Bush "reaffirmed his commitment to repay Plaintiff in a written communication" but never did.

November 2007

•Lake meets with NCAA investigators, with Watkins saying beforehand that his client would provide documents and other evidence of payments and considerations made to Bush and his family.

May 2008

•Louis Johnson, a former confidant of basketball star O.J. Mayo, tells ESPN that Los Angeles-based events promoter Rodney Guillory provided the USC guard with a flat-screen television, cellphone service, cash, meals, clothes and other benefits while Mayo played for USC. (Guillory was connected to the suspension of former USC player Jeff Trepagnier in 2000-01. The school held Trepagnier out of games for a month, in part because he had accepted complimentary airline tickets, but the NCAA later cleared the player of wrongdoing.) Johnson says Guillory was acting as a representative for Bill Duffy Associates Sports Management, the agency Mayo at first signs with to represent him as a pro.

•Mayo leaves BDA and hires another agent.

June 2008

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