ALL USC Players are GUILTY! That is what mandatory compliance means…
July 14, 2010
Damn, they have to prove themselves innocent, not come in with that presumption. That is a sad state of affairs in the world of Troy.
Every University of Southern Califonia football player must meet with school compliance officials by the end of next week, in what looks to be the school’s latest effort to curtail possible NCAA-outlawed activities for its student-athletes.
A notice posted in multiple locations around USC athletics headquarters Heritage Hall reminds players to bring current copies of their housing lease, car-related data and summer and academic year employment information to the meetings.
The first of the meetings — for wide receivers, tight ends and offensive linemen — was scheduled for Tuesday morning in the Heritage Hall auditorium. Defensive linemen and quarterbacks will meet with compliance officials Thursday morning.
Any other mistakes will be looked upon harshly. But, why? I mean, just because Joe McKnight’s girlfriend got a sweetheart deal on a car that she otherwise couldn’t afford?
We all know about Reggie Bush, but that was a one time occurrence, right? (according to Rivals.yahoo.com)
But documents and on-the-record interviews with sources close to the situation reveal that Bush and his family appear to have received financial benefits from Ornstein and a business associate. Those benefits include:
- $595.20 in round-trip airfare from San Diego to Oakland in November 2005 for Bush’s stepfather, LaMar Griffin, his mother, Denise Griffin and younger brother to attend the USC-California game at Berkeley. The fees were charged to the credit card of Jamie Fritz, an employee of Ornstein. The document detailing the charges was provided by Lee Pfeifer, an estranged business associate of Ornstein’s.
- $250.65 for limousine transportation from the Oakland airport to the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco that November weekend for the Bush family, charged to Fritz, according to a document. Ornstein acknowledged both he and Bush’s family stayed at the luxury hotel.
Additionally, New Jersey memorabilia dealer Bob DeMartino alleges that Ornstein provided:
- Suits for Bush’s stepfather and brother to wear during the Dec. 10, 2005 Heisman ceremony in New York, a makeover for his mother for the event and limousine transportation;
- Weekly payments of at least $1,500 to the Bush family.
Documents and multiple sources also link Bush and his family to receiving benefits from New Era’s financial backers, including:
- $623.63 for a hotel stay by Bush at the Venetian Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from March 11-13, 2005, charged to Michaels, according to a document signed by Bush.
- $1,574.86 for a stay by Bush at the Manchester Hyatt in San Diego from March 4-6, 2005, paid for by Michaels, according to a hotel document, a hotel employee and a source.
- Approximately $13,000 to Bush from New Era to purchase and modify a car, three sources said.
- As reported by Yahoo! Sports in April, $54,000 in rent-free living for a year at Michaels’ $757,500 home in Spring Valley, Calif., according to Michaels and San Diego attorney Brian Watkins.
- Also from previous Yahoo! reports, $28,000 from Michaels to help Bush’s family settle pre-existing debt, according to Michaels and Watkins.
- Thousands of dollars in spending money to both Bush and his family from the prospective agents, according to multiple sources.
Just because Mark Sanchez allegedly assaulted a girl and the charges got dropped doesn’t prove anything…right?
Sanchez met the alleged victim the apartment complex after visiting an off-campus bar, the Daily News reported, citing unnamed witnesses. The witnesses said Sanchez appeared to be drunk, the newspaper reported.
Sanchez’s roommate, linebacker Brian Cushing, was detained but released, the newspaper reported.
Sanchez had been at a rape awareness workshop earlier Tuesday, the Daily News reported.
So it seems like the seminar really worked….
USC officials said they will temporarily suspend Sanchez while police conduct their investigation.
“The university takes charges of sexual assault seriously,” Michael Jackson, USC vice president of student affairs, said in a statement. “Depending on the facts as established by the LAPD, we will determine the appropriate action.”
USC coach Pete Carroll said he was aware of Sanchez’s arrest and that the Trojans football program would cooperate with police and “follow along with whatever action the university takes.”
Sanchez is listed on the Trojans’ depth chart as the backup to John David Booty, but was expected to battle for the starting job this fall. Booty practiced only once this spring before he injured his back and had to undergo surgery.
Dwayne Jerrett getting reduced housing was clearly a sense of the rules being a little too strenuous.
LOS ANGELES — The NCAA reinstated Dwayne Jarrett’s eligibility on Wednesday, so the USC All-American wide receiver will not miss any games for the Trojans.
Jarrett, a junior, was declared ineligible earlier this summer because he did not pay full rent on an off-campus apartment he had shared with teammate Matt Leinart. Leinart’s father paid the balance of the rent.
Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner, completed his eligibility at the school last season and was taken 10th by the Arizona Cardinals in this year’s NFL draft.
The NCAA ruled that Jarrett must pay $5,352 to a charity of his choice for extra benefits that included discounted rent on the apartment.
“Mr. Jarrett made a mistake, and we believe that had he known he was required to pay his full share of the rent for the apartment, he would not have chosen to live there,” Jennifer Strawley, NCAA director of membership services and student-athlete reinstatement, said in a statement.
“Reinstatement is a delicate balance of addressing the benefit or competitive advantage gained with student-athlete well being. In this instance, requiring some level of repayment was a fair and reasonable outcome given the specific facts.”
Jarrett lived with Leinart for 13 months in an apartment that cost $3,866 a month. Jarrett paid $650 a month toward the rent and did not pay any utilities.
The NCAA is requiring him to give to charity the full value of his $960 monthly housing stipend, minus what he already paid in rent, plus half the cost of utilities for the time he lived in the apartment.
His total benefit while he lived in the apartment was calculated to be $18,001.
This is an aberration clearly. This is just a strong of bad things that happened to good people. I wish that they would quit picking on the downtrodden USC Trojans