AirTalk for January 4, 2010

USC self-imposes sanctions on basketball program

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USC head coach Tim Floyd directs O.J. Mayo during the semifinals of the 2008 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament on March 14, 2008

In response to allegations that former USC player O.J. Mayo received improper cash and gifts, the school is self-imposing sanctions on its basketball program. The measures include not participating in postseason play this year and forfeiting all of its basketball victories from 2007-2008, the season Mayo played for the team. But similar allegations remain for USC's football program regarding current tailback Joe McKnight and former player Reggie Bush. Are USC's actions fair or too harsh? And is the school trying to avoid harsher punishment by the NCAA?

Guests:


Jason Cole, reporter for Yahoo! Sports

Andrew Zimbalist, Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, Smith College; author of "Unpaid Professionals: Commercialism and Conflict In Big Time College Sports"


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