As a result USC agreed there were violations and gave themselves sanctions that will hurt the basketball program for many years. The NCAA also agreed and noted that Floyd was a “long-time veteran [college head] coach”. He should have known better.
But, no one writes about his cheating.
Instead, there are many articles calling Pete Carroll a cheater even though there is no evidence that he knew anything about Bush’s family taking money from the wannabe “sports agent.”
The unfairness (including NCAA mistakes) of USC’s football sanctions are detailed at 10 Reasons Why USC Football NCAA Sanctions Are Not Fair .
Merriam-Webster defines cheating as, “depriving of something valuable by the use of deceit or fraud.”
Tim Floyd did this knowingly, but Pete Carroll did not.
USC’s basketball program has never won a national championship. In four years Floyd did not win any conference championships at USC. His record was 85-50, excluding vacated wins.
USC’s football program has won 11 national championships. In nine years Carroll did the following:
* Won two national championships with seven straight Pac-10 championships
* Seven consecutive AP Top Four finishes
* Five BCS bowl victories
* National record of 33 consecutive weeks as AP No. 1 team
* Winning record of 96-19 (83.5 percent), excluding vacated wins
* NCAA record of 63 straight 20-point games
* 25 first team All-Americans, 53 players selected in NFL Draft, including 14 in first round
* Three Heisman trophy winners
* ESPN.com named USC its No. 1 team of the decade between 1996 and 2006
* Seven national Coach of the Year honors (Six in 2003 and One in 2004)
* ESPN.com in 2008 named Carroll’s hiring No. 1 on a list of the Pac-10’s Top 10 moments of the BCS era
* Helped double the athletic department fundraising
* Founded A Better LA, a charity devoted to reducing violence in targeted urban areas of Los Angeles, and CampPete.com, a charity to help bring Carroll’s unique Win Forever philosophy to kids all over the country
Maybe jealousy is one reason after all. Maybe people like to trash someone who is very successful in order to make themselves feel good.
The media is also to blame. Most of the media is negative and destructive, because apparently that is what sells. The media takes facts, often out of context, and slants them to make a story. Then the public buys into it like sharks with blood in the water.
The truth becomes perverted until no one recognizes it anymore, even when others try to correct it.
Here is a summary of what Tim Floyd did:
* Worked through a handler, Rodney Guillory, who said he could deliver OJ Mayo (starting in Mayo’s junior year of high school) to USC, causing him to become a representative of the institution’s athletic interests in violation of NCAA rules.
* Floyd gave his assistant men’s basketball coach the name and phone number of Guillory. He then ignored the article found by the assistant coach that identified Guillory as a “runner” for a sports agent in a case involving another NCAA college.
* Floyd received similar information from USC’s compliance office later in 2005, and in 2006 the USC director of compliance told him about concerns over the recruitment of Mayo and asked that the recruitment end; he failed to heed the advice, and Mayo attended USC for one year.
* OJ Mayo and his associates (brother, girlfriend, and girlfriend’s mother) took benefits (cash, lodging, merchandise, automobile transportation, meals, airline transportation, and services) from professional sports agents (Bill Duffy Associates) and/or persons who acted on behalf of these agents (Guillory) starting during the recruitment process though his time at USC.
* There was nothing in the NCAA report about Floyd giving Guillory $1000 for Mayo, so Mayo’s “friend” Johnson apparently lied about that.
* The results of these violations: USC vacated its 21 wins from the 2007-08 season, withdrew from postseason consideration for the 2009-10 season, limited basketball scholarships to 12 for 2009-10 and 2010-11, reduced by one the number of men’s basketball coaches permitted to engage in off-campus recruiting in summer 2010, and reduced the total number of recruiting days in men’s basketball by 20 days for 2010-11.
* USC also returned $206,020 received from the Pac-10 for 2008 men’s basketball tournament participation, disassociated Mayo from USC, released three men’s basketball prospective athletes from their letters of intent, and was put on probation for four years.
Here is a summary of what Pete Carroll did:
* The NCAA made a huge mistake when it found out that Todd McNair (USC assistant coach) knew Reggie Bush’s family was taking money from an old friend and wannabe sports agent.
* The NCAA did not say that Carroll knew anything, but it said that USC should have known. This is being appealed. There was no “deceit” or “fraud” by USC or Carroll since they didn’t know about it, and they certainly did not “deprive of something valuable”, since the sports agents’ payments to Bush were to USC’s disadvantage.
* Yes, Carroll did break one NCAA rule inadvertently when he hired a part-time kicking consultant friend for 19 days.
* This consultant only gave advice to Carroll and did not coach any athletes, yet he was considered an extra coach by the NCAA. But, there was no “deceit” or “fraud” when this occurred because it was done openly and USC’s compliance office said nothing. The result was that USC had its worst kicking year under Carroll, so the advice didn’t benefit USC much. USC believes this is a secondary violation for these reasons, and that would have been a more reasonable NCAA finding.
* The NCAA said that a sports marketing agent became a representative of USC’s athletic interests by employing three USC athletes in the summer of 2005 (as $8.00 per hour interns)—unprecedented in NCAA history even though the NCAA agreed that the employment complied with NCAA bylaws in every respect. This is probably being appealed because it is so ridiculous.
* These violations resulted in (subject to appeal): USC vacating its 14 wins from December 2004 to January 2006, being ineligible for postseason consideration for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, limiting its scholarships to 15 for football and 75 total for 2011-12 and 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years, disassociating Bush from USC, allowing football juniors and seniors to transfer without any delays in eligibility, and being probation for four years.
* Assistant coach (since departed) Todd McNair is also now prohibited from engaging in any on- or off-campus recruiting for one year starting June 10, 2010.
In retrospect, based on everything we know today about Reggie Bush after a four-year investigation, maybe there was poor judgment about not checking out some things.
Pete Carroll agrees.
But, that doesn’t make Carroll a cheater.
There was no “deceit or fraud” committed by him.
Keep in mind that nothing was said about Bush taking money until after he finished playing football at USC in 2006. It was only then that he jilted the “sports agent”, Lloyd Lake, who then went public to apply pressure on Bush to pay him back.
A subsequent lawsuit made it very difficult to get information, and the NCAA excluded USC from Lake’s testimony and other information.
The Athletic Director, not any coach, is responsible for the compliance staff at USC, and there were only one or two people in the compliance staff at the time of these violations.
This put the head coaches at a disadvantage because the compliance office was understaffed.
USC now has nine compliance staff members (more than any other college), headed by a VP lawyer with 30 years experience.
However, in Tim Floyd’s case, the Mayo issues were so obvious that the USC Director of Compliance told Floyd not to give Mayo a scholarship, and he went and did it anyway.
In Pete Carroll’s case the USC compliance staff never told him about any issues or concerns.
I ask again, where are all the articles about Tim Floyd cheating?