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Cochise
02-09-2007, 01:10 PM
LOS ANGELES -- The University of Southern California is looking into whether it may have violated NCAA recruiting rules while pursuing highly rated recruit Joe McKnight, a university official said.

McKnight signed a national letter of intent with USC on Wednesday and made comments during a news conference that seemed to suggest communications involving former Trojan Reggie Bush, who is now with the New Orleans Saints.

Former players are forbidden from telephoning prospective recruits, their relatives or guardians.

"We're aware of it, and we are looking into it," sports information director Tim Tessalone told The Associated Press late Thursday.

The university's action was first reported by the Los Angeles Times on its Web site late Thursday.

USC coach Pete Carroll denied any call took place, and McKnight's high school football coach said the recruit misspoke during the news conference. The star running back has been living with his high school coach, J.T. Curtis.

"It never happened," Carroll told the Times.

During the Wednesday news conference, McKnight said Carroll set up a conference call so he and Curtis could talk to Bush and ease concerns USC might face sanctions.

The NCAA and the Pac-10 Conference are investigating whether Bush or his family received "improper benefits" from agents while he was playing for USC.

Regarding McKnight, Mike Matthews, associate commissioner of compliance for the Pac- 10, said boosters are not supposed to be involved in the recruiting process but could not comment without knowing specifics. NCAA spokeswoman Crissy Schluep also said she could not comment without knowing more.

Curtis told the Times on Thursday that he spoke to Carroll during McKnight's recruitment, but not on a conference call with McKnight or Bush. He also said McKnight told him "Coach Carroll was talking to Reggie on the speakerphone and Joe was able to listen and hear Reggie Bush's side of the story," the newspaper reported.

After being informed of Carroll's denial Thursday night, Curtis called McKnight and later said the recruit never heard Bush on a speakerphone.

"He said when they came in his house, the discussion was brought up about probation and that's when the conversation came up that they had talked to Reggie, but Joe was not there," Curtis said. "He said, 'I was not on the speakerphone. I never called him and he never called me. I want to make it clear I never spoke to Reggie and he never spoke to me. I just messed it up. I shouldn't have said it that way [at the news conference].' "

Curtis said McKnight may have been overwhelmed by the attention and scrutiny that accompanied his announcement.

"At the press conference, it seemed like he got 1,000 questions in five minutes," Curtis said. "If you saw what was going on it would be easier to understand."

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

big nasty kcnut
02-09-2007, 01:13 PM
Why is it bad for players to talk to recruit it would be good to talk about what kind of plays they run and stuff like that. Regular boosters the ones i would worry about.

Sam Hall
02-09-2007, 02:01 PM
Sometimes it's the appearance of wrongdoing. The NCAA probably thinks stuff like this gives schools an unfair advantage. Maybe they think a phone call could turn into something bigger.

Baconeater
02-09-2007, 02:17 PM
As much as I hate to defend USC, I'm convinced that some degree of funny business goes on at nearly all major universities. They're just being targeted because of their recent run of success. Same shit started happening to Nebraska when they went on their run in the 90's. They build you up so they can tear you down.

htismaqe
02-09-2007, 02:19 PM
The star running back has been living with his high school coach, J.T. Curtis.

The problems with this kid obviously run deeper than a phone call from Reggie Bush...

Sam Hall
02-09-2007, 02:21 PM
I wouldn't tell the media I was talking to Reggie Bush if I were McKnight.

Sam Hall
02-09-2007, 02:26 PM
McKnight is supposed to be a key factor in SC's running game next year. He's one of those players who is a threat to go the distance whenever he has the ball from what I understand. The player he compares to is Reggie Bush.

Mecca
02-09-2007, 07:36 PM
Reggie Bush needs to get away from the program.....he's bringing bad shit constantly now.

I also enjoy how Yahoo keeps "breaking stories" about USC...do they have some obsession?

Skip Towne
02-09-2007, 07:54 PM
Reggie Bush needs to get away from the program.....he's bringing bad shit constantly now.

I also enjoy how Yahoo keeps "breaking stories" about USC...do they have some obsession?
It makes you kinda nervous doesn't it?

Demonpenz
02-09-2007, 07:55 PM
mecca is allowed to blow only two recruits before signing da. NCAA rulebook 14:05

Mecca
02-09-2007, 07:56 PM
mecca is allowed to blow only two recruits before signing da. NCAA rulebook 14:05

.........I'm not blowing anyone so speak for yourself.

Demonpenz
02-09-2007, 08:10 PM
.........I'm not blowing anyone so speak for yourself.


I see you got your lines remembered for the NCAA when they come knocking.

88TG88
02-09-2007, 08:11 PM
supposedly pete called joey with bush on conference call. bush and mcknight never spoke only caroll. thats the story

BWillie
02-09-2007, 09:09 PM
Why is it such a big deal that a former player talks with a prospect? Big freaking deal, as long as they aren't givin' them money what is the problem.

Mecca
02-09-2007, 09:12 PM
Why is it such a big deal that a former player talks with a prospect? Big freaking deal, as long as they aren't givin' them money what is the problem.

Because the NCAA has Nazi like rules.......and someone who works at Yahoo is trying to report on USC 24/7 like they're evil or something.

Extra Point
02-09-2007, 11:08 PM
Stupid rule.

Guru
02-09-2007, 11:11 PM
Stupid rule.
AS long as the boosters stay out of it, I see no problems with former players talking to recruits. I don't understand this rule at all.

Surely Peyton Manning has spoken to TN recruits before.

CHIEF4EVER
02-10-2007, 04:09 AM
Disputed phone call with Bush has USC investigating

This belongs in DC........oh, wait a minute. Never mind.

crazycoffey
02-10-2007, 04:10 AM
ha, good one

SCTrojan
02-10-2007, 07:02 AM
The star running back has been living with his high school coach, J.T. Curtis.

The problems with this kid obviously run deeper than a phone call from Reggie Bush...

I think McKnight was displaced by Hurricane Katrina and had to switch schools.

big nasty kcnut
02-10-2007, 09:04 AM
I think as long as they don't give you money or any gifts that former players should be allowed to talk to recruits.

Deberg_1990
02-10-2007, 09:09 AM
Because the NCAA has Nazi like rules.......

They still have to pretend and give the appearance that they are all about the academics when it comes to their student athletes...


Stupid rule though...

Phobia
02-10-2007, 12:59 PM
.........I'm not blowing anyone so speak for yourself.
When I had my wife by the hair last night, I was thinking of you, Mecca. You have such pretty hair.

stevieray
02-10-2007, 01:02 PM
When I had my wife by the hair last night, I was thinking of you, Mecca. You have such pretty hair.

damn that's funny.