Perspectives on O.J. Mayo, USC and the NCAA’s Pat Forde, in a scathing editorial, lays blame for the Mayo sacndal at the foot of USC and head basketball coach Tim Floyd.  Taking into a account another high-profile scandal that touched USC involving football player Reggie Bush, Forde goes so far as to suggest that USC should receive the NCAA death penalty.  While that […]

One and Done: O.J. Mayo and Amateurism in NCAA Basketball

ESPN’s Outside the Lines ran a piece yesterday concerning former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo.  Since he was in the seventh grade, Mayo has been identified as one of the top basketball talents in the United States.  Mayo played for USC this season, but it was a foregone conclusion that his college career would be […]

Is Amateurism Dead in Collegiate Athletics?

“Am I nuts?”  Former sneaker pitchman and basketball promoter Sonny Vaccaro wants answers.  How can the NCAA, the networks, the coaches and the athletic conferences all profit from big-time college athletics, while the players get nothing?  How can the NCAA and NBA keep a talented basketball player from earning a living off of his unique […]