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Brand Discusses Recent Issues
Facing College Basketball
Duffy Says He Has Evidence Refuting
Allegations Of Giving Improper Gifts To Mayo
LATE TO THE PARTY: The NCAA yesterday announced it has "new information" regarding Mayo and will investigate the charges. In S.F., Ray Ratto writes, "Don't let it be said that the NCAA isn't willing to react, albeit slowly, to a forming parade, and to jump in front of it. The righteous arm of amateur money-grubbing has risen up and said, 'We won't stand for this any longer.' ... You see, the NCAA doesn't like being played as a front for street agents, but it does like the goods the agents have" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/14). FOXSPORTS.com's Jeff Goodman writes, "The NCAA may be short-staffed when it comes to investigative resources, but it should have been aware of this entire situation due to Guillory's previous transgressions with former USC player Jeff Trepagnier and performed a thorough investigation. Ditto for the Pac-10" (FOXSPORTS.com, 5/14). In Houston, Jerome Solomon: "Don't be surprised if at the end of the NCAA investigation it is determined that Mayo was already a professional. Not a big-money NBA pro, but a not-so-amateur street pro." If the allegations are true, it "doesn't make sense that the NCAA and USC would allow an O.J. Mayo to play a year of college basketball, just because the NBA put his riches on hold" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/14).
MAYO NOT ONLY ONE TO BLAME: In DC, Michael Wilbon writes the "primary villains here are the scumbags who have been preying on Mayo from age 12 or 13 or whenever it became apparent he had a talent that could make him a star." While Mayo "isn't an innocent, he's absolutely the product of a subculture in which the ability to play basketball at an elite level is valued more than being a good father, more than formal education, more than almost anything that appears to be within his grasp." Wilbon: "Mayo, like so many who've come before him, simply is doing the only thing he knows to negotiate the road before him" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/14).