LOS ANGELES — USC junior tailback Joe McKnight is under investigation on allegations he broke the NCAA’s “extra benefits” rule by driving a sport utility vehicle he isn’t paying for.
The charge involves a Santa Monica-area businessman, Scott Schenter, and the use of a SUV registered to him.
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that McKnight has been seen driving the vehicle “several times in the last couple of weeks.”
If McKnight is found to be in violation, he could be declared ineligible to play against Boston College on Saturday, and the university might face further repercussions.
USC coach Pete Carroll said after practice Friday that the university’s compliance office was examining the situation and had it under “full review.”
"We'll have to wait and see what happens with that," Carroll said. "I don't really know anything more than that."
McKnight was unavailable for interviews after practice.
Fourth-year junior receiver Damian Williams said the team wouldn’t let the situation bother their Emerald Bowl preparation.
“We’re used to seeing stuff in the media all the time about our school,” Williams said. “Reggie Bush’s been [under investigation] for three, four years now, so you’re used to seeing it. But that’s not to say we’re not gonna miss him if it is true.”