Did USC Basketball Coach Floyd Pay for Star Player OJ Mayo?

May 13, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A Yahoo Sports report alleges that USC Trojans basketball coach Tim Floyd made a direct cash payment to a man who helped deliver O.J. Mayo to the Trojans program. Mayo left USC for the NBA after one season in 2008 and plays for the Memphis Grizzlies. Louis Johnson, an ex associate of Mayo’s, said Floyd had given Rodney Guillory “a grand.” Johnson said he was able to view $100 bills inside an envelope Guillory had.

Johnson first made the revelation to federal authorities a year ago, and subsequently repeated his claims to the NCAA. As usual, there are more questions than answers. If true, it’s crushing news for USC, which is the subject of an ongoing three-year investigation into alleged improprieties in both the football and men’s basketball programs. Floyd’s career would be over, the basketball program would face stiff penalties, and the entire athletic program could be subject to punishment for lack of institutional control, including forfeitures of victories, probation, a ban on postseason play, the loss of television appearances or scholarship and recruiting restrictions.


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