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February 18, 2010
April 2006 Pacific 10 Conference begins investigation after several media outlets report that tailback Reggie Bush's mother, stepfather and brother had been living in a San Diego-area home owned by Michael Michaels, a would-be sports marketer. Bush says the situation was "blown out of proportion." He tells ESPN, "When this is all said and done everyone will see at the end of the day that we've done absolutely nothing wrong." Soon after, the New Orleans Saints make Bush the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft.
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February 18, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Former USC men's basketball coach Tim Floyd once described the distant treatment he received from Trojans Athletic Director Mike Garrett as "a bitter pill." Floyd's bitterness about the events that led to his resignation last June could be in evidence Thursday when the school goes before the NCAA's infractions committee at a hearing in Tempe, Ariz. USC officials will defend their athletic department against college rules violations. Floyd's attorney said he would appear at the hearing.
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February 14, 2010 | By David Wharton
With an NCAA committee set to hear allegations against big-name former USC athletes later this week, Athletic Director Mike Garrett insists that his department abides by the book. "We have two cases like that, and it was such an anomaly for us," Garrett said during a recent interview. "That's not our nature and never will be our nature." Although Garrett declined to discuss specifics, school officials appearing before the NCAA infractions committee this week are expected to challenge the notion that they knew of misconduct or otherwise failed to monitor their athletes -- most notably former Trojans stars Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo.
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February 14, 2010 | By David Wharton
The frown that Mike Garrett often wears in public, an expression made of blunt features set hard as stone, gives way to something unexpected. His eyes glisten with tears. "I frankly don't know why I'm being so emotional," he says. This is not the USC tailback from the 1960s, bulling his way to a Heisman Trophy. Not the gruff athletic director who has presided over sports at his alma mater for two decades, winning championships by the fistful. Garrett reaches for another tissue and says, "I guess I don't usually talk to people."
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January 21, 2010
USC tonight VS. WASHINGTON STATE When: 7:30. Where: Galen Center. On the air: Radio: 1260. Records: USC 11-6 overall, 3-2 in Pacific 10; Washington State 13-5, 3-3. Update: After beating UCLA by its biggest margin since 1945, USC returns home for the first time since being banned from postseason play by the university for violations involving former guard O.J. Mayo. Washington State comes in off a victory over Stanford, and features the Pac-10's top scorer in guard Klay Thompson (22.9 points per game)
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January 9, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Most of USC's current players were never teammates of O.J. Mayo , the former Trojans guard at the center of allegations that have resulted in the school's imposing sanctions on its basketball program. Junior guard Marcus Simmons is an exception. He wasn't only a teammate, he was Mayo's roommate -- and he says he never saw any evidence that his friend was accepting money, gifts or special favors that would be in violation of NCAA rules. "I didn't notice anything," Simmons said.
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January 7, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
O.J. Mayo did not accept gifts or money while being recruited by or playing for USC, the player's agent said Wednesday. LaPoe Smith also said the NCAA, Pacific 10 Conference and officials from the school have not attempted to contact Mayo since August, when the former Trojans and current Memphis Grizzlies star became his client. USC on Sunday announced self-imposed sanctions on the Trojans men's basketball program, citing rules violations involving Mayo and Rodney Guillory, a former advisor to the player who the school referred to as a "booster."
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January 6, 2010
Memphis 109, at Portland 105: O.J. Mayo and Zach Randolph each had 27 points and the Grizzlies finished the game with a 13-1 run to erase a 104-96 deficit and improve to 17-16, the first time they've been above .500 this season. Memphis started the season 1-8. at Indiana 97, Orlando 90: Roy Hibbert scored a career-high 26 points as the Pacers surprised the Magic, which lost its second in a row. at Dallas 98, Detroit 93: Jason Terry scored 26 points for the Mavericks.
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January 4, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
The entire USC basketball season just disappeared under a slathering of Mayo, and I know what you're wondering. The hottest basketball team in the Pac-10 just got sent to the cooler, and I know exactly why you are worried. It will be 10 months before they play another meaningful men's basketball game at the Galen Center, and I know it may seem impolite right now, but, really, you have only one question, so I'll just blurt it out. What does all this mean for football? Does the temporary removal of this relatively unnoticed athletic department organ -- think appendix -- mean that they can save the Trojans heart?
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January 4, 2010
USC announced Sunday it had placed the following sanctions on its basketball program because of rules violations relating to the recruiting of former player O.J. Mayo by school "booster" Rodney Guillory: Vacate all 21 of its victories from the one season Mayo played for the Trojans, in 2007-08. Return an undisclosed amount of money it received from its participation in the 2008 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Will not play in the 2010 Pacific 10 Conference postseason tournament or NCAA tournament.
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