College Sports

USC penalizes men's hoops for violationg NCAA rules

Southern California is self-imposing sanctions on its basketball program for violating NCAA rules involving former player O.J. Mayo.

The university’s investigation found rules were violated during Mayo’s one season with the Trojans (2007-08) under former coach Tim Floyd. Mayo now plays for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies.

The sanctions announced Sunday call for a one-year ban on postseason play following the current regular season, including the Pacific-10 Conference tournament; a loss of one scholarship for this season and the 2010-2011 season; a loss of one coach permitted to engage in off-campus recruiting during the summer of 2010; and the loss of 20 recruiting days (from 130 to 110) for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The school said that because of Mayo’s involvement with Rodney Guillory, who under NCAA rules became a USC booster due to his role in Mayo’s recruitment, USC will vacate its 21 victories during the 2007-08 season, when Mayo competed while ineligible.

Floyd abruptly quit in June following allegations that he gave $1,000 in cash to Guillory who helped steer Mayo to USC.

Floyd, now an assistant with the New Orleans Hornets, has never addressed the allegations involving Mayo.

USC will return to the NCAA the money it received for playing in the 2008 NCAA tournament.

The NCAA has ongoing investigations of USC for alleged recruiting violations under Floyd and for alleged improprieties involving Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush.