“Is it Right?”

USC basketball will not be able to participate in any form of postseason play come March.  A team that is currently sitting at 10 and 4 overall with a 2 and 0 record in the PAC 10.  This is all due to unethical behavior that went on during OJ Mayo’s one year pit stop in Trojanville.  Is it right?

As I mentioned in an earlier blog on USC, this is a University marred by scandal and is on the verge of erupting in 2 of its major sports.  It is just a matter of time before the football team gets put on probation and is forced to miss playing in a bowl game.  But seriously is it right?  The coach at the time, Tim Floyd, now works in the NBA.  OJ Mayo is now currently sitting on mills in the NBA.  These are two of the prime offenders in this case.

But the players who are playing now will not get the opportunity to participate in any form of March Madness?  This University really needs to clean up its act in both football and basketball.  But the reality is, how many other programs are doing the same thing across the country and just have not been caught yet?  Can you blame guys like OJ Mayo and Reggie Bush for taking money, cars, and houses if they will get away with it and there will never be any repercussions for them?  I certainly cannot.  Though it may be unethical, it is extra incentive for them to attend a University.

So my question for you today is what percentage of college programs is this type of behavior occurring at?

Maybe Mayo should forfeit his year’s salary and buy this team a postseason birth..

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.


4 responses to ““Is it Right?”

  1. Being an NCAA athlete, and knowing the who’s who in the NCAA from different NCAA sponsored leadership retreats, this is going on acrossed the country. Alot of us talked about at our last retreat, the fact that its going to be common practice in the NCAA before the NCAA can clean it up which will result in a huge disaster.

    • Max,
      Your input is much appreciated and I wholeheartedly feel the same way. I do not have evidence, but I am very suspicious that many of the traditional power houses are using these tactics to continue to lure in those blue chip recruits. Lets hope it does not become a disaster like steroids have been in baseball.


  2. I believe lots of violations go on with the coaches knowledge. Sometimes the coach is the perpetrator themselves. Then the coach moves on leaving the school in trouble with no penalty to them. Coaches need to be held accountable, not the athletes. Instead, all the athletes on the team are penalized. It is not fair.
    By the way, it seems to me that the NCAA has so many silly rules that they leave themselves open to the breaking of rules, often not intentionally.

    • Gooch,
      Very valid points. You may be referring to a certain someone who is coaching in Lexington? But no it is not fair to the guys who are not these blue chips that get recruited fairly.

      And I do agree that there are many silly rules. But rules are rules. So if they are broken, it is not fair to those who abide by the rules. My gut is that there is a lot more cheating such as what happened with OJ than anyone could imagine. Lets just hope that this does not turn into another Mitchell Report type thing.


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