Tick tock… tick tock… the clock on USC Football/Basketball

UPDATE: 4/9/2009

Whoops… looks like an update has hit ESPN today!
The NCAA has combined its investigations of two former USC star athletes into a single probe of the Trojans’ athletic program, the Los Angeles Times reported.

In separate investigations, the NCAA has been looking into allegations that Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush and NBA lottery pick O.J. Mayo both received improper benefits while at USC.

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image Given USC Football’s dramatic success in the 2000 decade:

  • University of Southern California’s Football program is arguably the most successful this decade
  • USC’s Head Football Coach Pete Carroll, hired in 2000, is the “winningest” coach in College Football
  • USC’s Football program won National Championships in 2003, 2004 along with Heisman Trophies for both Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush
  • USC Football in Coach Pete Carroll’s first year as head coach, finally beats UCLA 27-0 in 2001-02 ending an 8 year losing streak to the Bruins beginning a 7 year streak of wins in the new millenium.

And USC’s upstart success in basketball starting with the 2005 season:

  • USC constructs the new Galen Center, home of USC basketball
  • USC signs nationally-acclaimed recruit O.J. Mayo in 2007
  • USC signs nationally-acclaimed recruit Demar DeRozan in 2008
  • USC signs nationally-acclaimed recruit Renardo Sidney in 2009
  • USC Head Basketball Coach Tim Floyd, hired in 2005 after a many years of losing seasons, suddenly puts together 3 straight winning seasons and 3 straight NCAA Tournament appearances

Also seeing that recent news has been bubbling to the surface about the NCAA’s multi-year activities:

April 3rd, 2009:
The following suddenly came down the wire yesterday from Scout.com inside reporter, Tracy Pierson, who over the past 2 years has been very quiet on this topic:

Wow.  Film at 11.

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