USC appears to be getting deeper and deeper with the NCAA, and may I just say “It’s about time.” It’s about time that Bush’s Push is called into question. It’s about time that a program so buried in shady-ness is brought into the light.
There is so much evidence that Bush took cash, money and records from everyone that would offer it up, it’s ridiculous. Dude brought armed thugs to meetings to testify.
The Mayo thing, eh, I don’t care about much because I follow College Basketball about 1/10000th as much as I follow CFB. But, I’m glad that’s coming out too because it’s bringing momentum on the football side.
In a way, I’m bummed that this is what Pete Carroll and the d-bag admins at USC have let happen to our rival. In another big way, I love to see them get taken down. Giving money and other illegal benefits to lure talent, guess what? Lures talent. And everyone wonders why the next great 5-star RB chooses USC when there are 2 5-stars and 3 4-stars already on the roster? It’s because they know they’ll get PAID. They’ll get free stuff, lots of cash, and they’ll likely win. At ND, you know what they get? Classes and homework and a good education. Some kids want that, and that’s great, but a lot of kids want MONEY. Hence, USC’s great recruiting run, and the resultantÂ great success on the field.
I’m not saying it’s all about the benjamins, but I’m saying it plays a role. I’m not saying every player took cash, or everyone cheated, but if the NCAA finds a lack of institutional control (and at this point I don’t know how they could avoid doing so) it proves that this is going on at the “USC” level, and that the school is using illegal means to bring in and keep players, in order to win.
That’s cheating folks. The dollar sign in U$C is no longer a joke for depressed Domers sick of the losing streak. It’s fact.
NCAA investigators appear to be building a case to show the University of Southern California has demonstrated a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor some aspects of its football and menâ€™s basketball programs, multiple sources interviewed in the probe told Yahoo! Sports.
â€œI think [lack of institutional control] would be a very accurate interpretation of the angle the NCAA took in questioning,â€ said attorney David Murphy, who represents former Mayo confidant Louis Johnson.
Asked if there was any way that USC could not have known of the financial relationship between Mayo and Guillory, Murphy said: â€œIt is humanly impossible for them to not have known.â€
That sentiment mirrors statements by Lloyd Lake, who has alleged he helped give Bush and Bushâ€™s family nearly $300,000 in benefits when Bush still was at USC. Lake has filed a civil suit against Bush over the alleged benefits. Lake told Yahoo! Sports in 2008: â€œPeople at USC knew. How could they not? We were in the locker room. Some of their [coaches] were there when we partied with him. They saw the things we had [given] him.â€
If the NCAA finds USC lacked institutional control and/or failed to monitor in the cases of Mayo and Bush, the school could face stiff penalties including probation, revocation of victories and possible loss of scholarships in both the basketball and football programs.
If you read through the entire thing, you’ll see a ton of references to multiple interviews, multiple witnesses, multiple claims of wrongdoing by Bush and Mayo. Multiple everything. This thing is snow-balling, and U$C is at the bottom of the hill, stuck in some ice. I think they’re screwed. And rightfully so.
USC Fans will come at this from a few non-defensible positions, I am sure:
- “We beat you last year by a lot, you suck, hahahah.”Â Response:Â This does not make your school/program innocent, and in fact your talent is only there because of the cheating.Â Also:Â the Bush Push shouldnt have happened, which gives ND a win there.Â Also, also:Â See the period just prior to this period of dominance by U$C, and notice how much ND dominated the series.Â Â Things change.Â They will change again.
- “Everyone else does this so it’s not a big deal.”Â Response:Â No, not everyone else does it.Â Also:Â doesn’t make it right.
- “None of this happened, it’s all fabricated, these guys are just trying to bring USC down!”Â Response:Â keep dreaming, this is real and we all know it (and you know it, it just sucks to be a supporter of an institution that regularly cheats to win)
USC fans, this is real.Â Prepare to vacate wins, schollies and some money.Â Prepare to lose a NC and a Heisman.Â Some, if not all, of these sanctions will happen.Â Prepare for it.Â It’s coming home to roost.