Tuesday, July 20, 2010
USC to rid traces of O.J. Mayo
By Diamond Leung
See this image of O.J. Mayo conducting a radio interview inside USC's Heritage Hall? It's unlikely Mayo sets foot ever again inside the same building, let alone wear such a smile while doing it.
That's because USC incoming president Max Nikias announced Tuesday that by the time he takes office next month, the school will be rid of any physical reminders of Mayo and his one-and-done stay during which he was discovered to have broken NCAA rules.
"I have instructed the senior vice president for administration to remove athletic jerseys and murals displayed in recognition of O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush by mid-August -- before the incoming class of students moves on campus -- from Heritage Hall, the Galen Center and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum," Nikias said in a statement.
Ouch. Then again, consider the situation.
USC self-imposed a postseason ban on this year's team because of Mayo's recruitment, and the NCAA last month determined that he received extra benefits that he previously denied getting. His coach, Tim Floyd, is long gone after resigning. The athletic director, Mike Garrett, was pushed into retirement Tuesday.
Mayo led the Trojans to victories during the 2008 season, that have since been vacated, and an NCAA tournament appearance that ended with a first-round loss.
The school's new administration is now declaring that not only wasn't the Mayo era worth it, but also that it's not even worth remembering.