Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tim Floyd - $1,000 = O.J. Mayo

The story that USC head basketball coach Tim Floyd loves to tell is how O.J. Mayo came to Los Angeles. Little ol' Timmy was just sitting in his office when Mayo calls and tells him he doesn't want to be part of tradition at one of those big schools; he wants to forge his own at a non-basketball power.

Well, now it seems that Mayo might have been nudged towards USC when Floyd paid Mayo's handler $1,000.
Louis Johnson, the former associate of Mayo's, told the Web site that Rodney Guillory told him that Floyd had given Guillory "a grand." Johnson said he was able to view $100 bills inside an envelope Guillory had.
The story goes that Johnson drove Guillory to a cafe to meet Floyd. When Johnson came back to pick him up, Guillory showed him the money.

If this is true, then that is a major rules violation. From what the buzz is, the NCAA is ready to drop the hammer on the Trojans. They have already been investigating the whole Reggie Bush thing and they've been looking at this Mayo stuff since the NBA season began.

Of course, who knows if any of this is true. When dealing with seedy things like this, you are having to figure out which of the seedy characters you can actually believe. But if there is any fire behind this smoke, look out.

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