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SBD/Issue 161/Collegiate Sports
Former Associate Claims Mayo Took Gifts, BDA Sports Involved
Published May 12, 2008
|Former Associate Says Mayo Took
Cash, Gifts From Agency While At USC
SCHOOL TIES: Sources said that USC "was wary of Guillory's involvement but realized any attempts to completely ban him might jeopardize Mayo's commitment." In L.A., Scott Wolf writes USC's compliance office "banned Guillory from receiving tickets to Trojans basketball games for the 2007-08 season." But Guillory and Johnson were "present in the locker room at USC games the year before Mayo arrived, and Guillory frequently visited the basketball offices" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 5/12). ESPN.com’s Pat Forde wrote USC “should be crushed by the NCAA, the Pacific-10 and its own administration.” Forde: “You can plead ignorance once -- and even that was almost impossible to believe -- in the case” of former USC RB Reggie Bush. But “plead it twice? Um, no.” You “take the Bush allegations, add a side of Mayo and ask the question: Has there ever been a more textbook definition of ‘lack of institutional control?’” (ESPN.com, 5/11).
AGE LIMIT: YAHOO SPORTS’ Dan Wetzel writes as “brazenly dumb as the entire O.J. Mayo/USC fiasco is, the entire circumstance was created when [NCAA President] Myles Brand decided to sell the NCAA’s soul to [NBA Commissioner] David Stern’s 19-year-old age limit.” Brand “welcomed the one-and-done phenom for whatever ratings bump they provide. In doing so, he stomped on everything his organization claims to stand for -- education, amateurism, fairness, et al. He made the likes of O.J. Mayo inevitable” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/12).
REPORT CARD: CBSSPORTS.com’s Gary Parrish writes of the “Outside The Lines” piece on Mayo, “Just a brilliant and thorough job of reporting” by ESPN’s Kelly Naqi (CBSSPORTS.com, 5/12). In St. Petersburg, Tom Jones added, “There is no doubt about this: Naqi continues to set the standard for investigative sports reporting. I’d hate to see her knocking on my door with a microphone and a camera, but I love seeing her on my television. Simply put, she’s the best in the business” (TAMPABAY.com, 5/11).