USC to forfeit wins; faces postseason ban
Southern California is 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 in 2007-08 under former coach Tim Floyd. Mayo currently plays for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.
The sanctions announced yesterday call for a one-year ban on postseason play following the current regular season, including the Pac-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 the Trojans.
Floyd is now an assistant with the New Orleans Hornets.
Louis Johnson, a former associate of Mayo and Guillory, has previously alleged Guillory received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a sports agency that he partially funneled to Mayo.
USC will return to the NCAA the money it received through the Pac-10 for playing in the 2008 NCAA tournament. The Trojans lost in the first round to Kansas State.
"When we've done something wrong, we have an obligation to do something about it and that is exactly what we are doing here," USC athletic director Mike Garrett said in a statement.
Kevin O'Neill took over for Floyd and has guided the Trojans to a 10-4 record and an eight-game winning streak. The Trojans won the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, Dec. 22, 23 and 25 at the Stan Sherif Center.
MEN'S TOP 25
No. 7 Duke 74, No. 21 Clemson 53: Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith each scored 22 points to help host Duke (12-1, 1-0 ACC) beat Clemson (12-3, 0-1).
No. 12 Kansas State 91, South Dakota 69: Jacob Pullen had 23 points, Dominique Sutton had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and host Kansas State (13-1) beat South Dakota (6-7).
No. 13 Georgetown 67, DePaul 50: Chris Wright scored 18 points and Austin Freeman added 17 as visiting Georgetown (11-1, 2-0 Big East) beat DePaul (7-7, 0-2).
Michigan 73, No. 15 Ohio State 64: DeShawn Sims scored 28 points and Manny Harris added 24 to lead host Michigan (7-6, 1-1 Big Ten) over Ohio State (10-4, 0-2).
No. 20 Texas Tech 86, UTEP 78: David Tairu scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to help host Texas Tech (12-2) beat UTEP (9-3).
No. 23 Wisconsin 63, Penn St. 46: Trevon Hughes scored 18 points to lead visiting Wisconsin (12-2, 2-0 Big Ten) to its 11th victory in a row over Penn State (8-6, 0-2) dating to 2003.
Miracle shot: Chandler Parsons' 75-footer at the overtime buzzer lifted visiting Florida past North Carolina State, 62-61.
Vernon Macklin scored 14 points and Erving Walker added 13 for the Gators. Florida (11-3) appeared headed for a loss after Farnold Degand's free throw with 2.6 seconds left put N.C. State (10-4) up 61-59.
But Degand missed his second free throw. Parsons grabbed the rebound, took two dribbles and uncorked a shot from roughly three-quarter court that swished through.
WOMEN'S TOP 25
No. 4 Tennessee 96, No. 14 Oklahoma 75: Shekinna Stricklen had the second triple-double in school history, finishing with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and host Tennessee (12-1) beat Oklahoma (10-3). The only other Lady Vol to accomplish the feat was Shelia Collins, who had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals against Florida State on Feb. 8, 1985.
No. 6 Ohio State 59, Michigan 56: Jantel Lavender had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Samantha Prahalis hit a 10-foot jumper with 9 seconds left to lead host Ohio State (16-1, 4-0 Big Ten) past Michigan (9-5, 1-3).
No. 8 Duke 88, Providence 63: Krystal Thomas scored a career-high 21 points and had 10 rebounds as host Duke (12-2) beat Providence (9-4).
No. 9 Georgia 52, Alabama 44: Ashley Houts scored 14 points to help visiting Georgia beat Alabama (8-6) and tie a school record with a 14-0 start.
No. 11 LSU 70, South Carolina 58: Allison Hightower scored 23 points and visiting LSU (12-1, 1-0 SEC) beat South Carolina (7-6, 0-1) for the 13th straight time.
No. 12 Florida St 77, Temple 64: Alysha Harvin scored 17 points and host Florida State (13-2) beat Temple (10-4).
No. 16 Michigan St. 53, Indiana 44: Allyssa DeHaan had 16 points and 12 rebounds and moved into second place on the NCAA list for career blocked shots as visiting Michigan State (11-4, 2-2 Big Ten) beat Indiana (8-6, 1-2). DeHaan passed IUPUI's Brooke McAfee (447) when she blocked Jori Davis' layup with 5:18 left in the first half.
No. 18 Vanderbilt 86, Mississippi 72: Tiffany Clarke and Lauren Lueders scored 18 points apiece as host Vanderbilt (12-2, 1-0) beat Mississippi (9-5, 0-1).
UCLA 74, No. 19 Arizona State 56: Markel Walker scored 24 points and Jasmine Dixon added 21 as visiting UCLA (9-4, 2-0 Pac-10) beat Arizona State (8-5, 0-2).
New Mexico State 61, No. 21 Kansas 60: Crystal Boyd scored 25 points to lead host New Mexico State (10-4) to an upset of Kansas (10-3). Boyd hit one of two free throws with 0.8 seconds left.
Drexel 68, No. 25 James Madison 67: Gabriela Marginean scored 23 points and hit four free throws in the final 29.7 seconds as host Drexel (7-5) beat James Madison (10-2).