The University of Southern California's shady recruiting of high school superstar, and one-and-done player, O.J. Mayo hasn't exactly been a secret. Prior even to the NBA draft, reports were leaking of illegal, preferential treatment towards the star.
Now it wasn't anything major, USC wasn't exactly paying six-figure benefits to Mayo, but practically every dollar spent on individual players is illegal according to NCAA recruiting rules.
But it's going to have major backlash on the USC program (possibly even worse than the dreaded Marko Jaric contract, the Grizzlies penalty for trading for O.J.), which has imposed these penalties on itself, according to ESPN.com penalties include:
USC said it will vacate all wins during the 2007-08 regular season, which was when Mayo competed while ineligible. It will also return the money it received through the Pac-10 for taking part in the 2008 NCAA tournament.
• No postseason play in 2009-10, including the Pac-10 Conference Tournament.
• A reduction of one scholarship for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
• Reducing the number of coaches permitted to recruit off-campus by one during the summer of 2010.
• Reducing the number of recruiting days for the 2010-11 academic year, to 110 from 130.
Now obviously this really has little to no immediate effect on the Memphis Grizzlies, but the Grizz have to hope that this story blows over quickly so it doesn't mess up the image of their rising star and the core building-block of the franchise.