"You keep this up and you're going straight to your room! Do you hear me, mister?"
The USC men’s basketball team has imposed sanctions upon itself following an internal investigation that found NCAA rules violations related to O.J. Mayo. Mayo, who now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, spent his NBA gap year with the USC Trojans during the 2007-08 season.
Mayo arrived at USC as a star recruit and as it turns out, former USC head coach Tim Floyd’s decision to offer a scholarship to a kid who had never visited the school and refused to give out his cell phone number to his soon-to-be coach wasn’t such a good idea. But then again, who would have guessed that an unscheduled appointment with a Los Angeles event promoter would end so poorly?
With Mayo now in Memphis and Floyd out of the picture after his resignation last summer, USC is left to pick up the pieces alone. They’ll feel even more isolated now that they’ll be skipping college basketball’s prom - their sanctions include a one-year ban on post-season competition, including the Big Dance.
Other sanctions include a reduction in scholarships, a reduction in the number of coaches involved in off-campus recruiting activities, and a reduction in the total number of recruiting days next year. USC will also vacate all wins during the 2007-08 season, which we should all be able to agree is one of the dumbest and most pointless punishments ever. And finally, USC leading scorer Mike Gerrity will not get dessert unless he finishes his vegetables. The NCAA has spoken!