SBD/Issue 165/Sports Media

Blog Hound: USC/Mayo Scandal Igniting A Trojan War Of Words

Bloggers discuss the controversy surrounding NBA Draft prospect O.J. Mayo and its effect on USC athletics and coach Tim Floyd's basketball program.

Check Ball
Posted by: Bill Woten
"Maybe Floyd is taking the Trojans to greater heights. Or maybe he's going to drag them down with him."
Bleacher Report
Posted by: Michael Felder
"Tim Floyd won't be parlaying Mayo's stint on campus into recruiting gold, instead he'll be greeted with NCAA sanctions and forced to make lengthy explanations "
Bruins Nation
Posted by: Menelaus
"Southern Cal might have taken steps to limit additional incidents, or at least conceal them from view.  Perhaps they have for the football team.  But, clearly, not so for the basketball team."
Signal To Noise
Posted by: Signal to Noise
"This is going to get a whole lot uglier. Whether it becomes a full exposure of the seedy world behind big-time college recruiting or simply a witch hunt."
Stream of Dreams
Posted by: mfergus1
"Though this is alarming, Mayo is not the first USC superstar to run afoul of NCAA recruiting rules."

BUILDING THE BUZZ: Sports Media Challenge's Buzz Manager analyzed the online conversation about Mayo allegedly receiving financial gifts while in high school and at USC. Bloggers who think USC will not be sanctioned for Mayo’s indiscretions were tallied positive, while bloggers who think the university will be punished were counted negative.

  • The topic ranked 10 of 10 on The Buzz, indicating a very high level of interest among sports bloggers.
  • The majority of bloggers believe USC turned a blind eye to the infractions committed by Mayo and think the school should be punished even if they did not directly take part.
  • Bloggers have coupled this issue with the allegations toward Saints and former USC RB Reggie Bush, citing the two situations as evidence that USC will win at all costs and without regard for ethics.
  • Some bloggers do not blame USC and instead blame the NBA's age restrictions. These fans believe that forcing a player to attend one year of college even though he could be making millions of dollars drives him to seek financial benefit elsewhere.
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