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ProFootballTalk's rumor mill has this latest contribution:

From the perspective of the USC football program, the only question regarding the Reggie Bush rigmarole that really matters is whether anyone in a position of authority knew or should have known that Reggie or his family were receiving benefits from any prospective agent.


Based on information we've picked up from several sources, it is now obvious to us that multiple members of the USC team knew that something was going on with Reggie.


What that "something" is remains to be a matter of contention. Players knew about Bush's family living in a house that they didn't own. Players knew that Bush was involved, to some extent, with the New Era group


A smoking gun implicating USC, perhaps. Obviously the NCAA and the Pac-10 have to get some players to admit to 1)knowing about the allegations and 2)allege that the coaches also knew.

What this could do is trip up the argument that what happened was outside the view of USC coaches and administrators and finger USC for failing to report the possible Bush violation.

The truth, as always, rests with the Griffins and Mr. Michaels. If a violation occurred, and these new allegations can be proven and coupled with the violation, USC's in for a long summer.

If not---the Bush angle of the story will fall apart.

The PFT rumor will certainly be investigated by the NCAA and various newspapers and extend this story to the issue of USC and compliance, but the actual allegations of a violation will disappear.

My one concern is that PFT's rumor is anonymous and there will be tremendous difficulty for the NCAA in determining the "what did you know, when did you know it" aspect of whether or not USC coaches or administrators were aware of Bush's unusual home situation. I'm not sure what means they have to compel testimony from players and USC personnel since this is not a legal matter but an institutional matters as it stands right now.

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You said earlier:

"... the story is going in circles because no NEW allegations have emerged. A story cannot escalate (as BN alleges) if there isn't a 1)new allegation or 2)proof of a violation. Escalation is a misnomer---this thing's stuck in neutral until the Griffins and Mr. Michaels explain publicly and with documentation their house deal."

Obviously, that was a lie.
April 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterCocoman25
Actually it's not.

1)NEW ALLEGATION---that USC did know.

Story's escalated.
April 26, 2006 | Registered CommenterCFR
It's called sarcasm. I think you knew that.
April 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterCocoman25
Sarcasm goes poorly through print.

I've been answering questions all day, I'm a little edgy at this hour :o).
April 26, 2006 | Registered CommenterCFR
Coco seems to be the most rational of the BN faithful. Partisan, but rational. He does some good research and is fairly civil. But for all the supposed higher education over there I'm a little surprised that they are quick to jump onto any piece of news that would shed SC in a bad light. Highly educated rational people usually wait until all the facts are in.

Not that SC fans wouldn't do the same thing but we're not walking around with a holier-than-thau, we're smarter than you attitude. After all we're the knuckle draging thugs with neanderthal intelligence.

There are plenty of SC fans who will go absolutley bonkers if the story is true and not all of them troll message boards or post on blogs. Yes, believe it or not, some SC fans actually have scrupples.

People tend to believe what they want to believe regardless of the facts and that's cool. Politics, sports and religion all fall into that catgory. I'd say take a wait and see approach but that would be a waist of time.

If Bush, or his family, is absolved of any wrong doing, conspiracy theorists will chalk it up to a massive cover-up funded by the deep pockets of USC alums. I'm sure nothing like that happens at UCLA. But hey what do I know, I'm only a knuckle dragging......
April 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterParagon SC

I'm willing to wait until the facts are in before I reach any conclusions. My point is that those facts should be aggressively investigated, with a discerning eye, before USC fans start making excuses or reflexively defending their own. That's been my main beef with CFR, that I thought they are being oddly defensive of USC and/or dismissive of the allegations while, at the same time, claiming to be nonpartisan.
April 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterCocoman25
Well, we all have done that from time to time. Objectivity goes right out the window when ones alma mater is in the crosshairs. And this is big deal with serious ramifications attached.

SC has never had this sort attention on it before especially with the incredible run that just ended. Like the supposed Gilbert/Wooden situation, shit comes up and people speculate, what are you gonna do. People lose their cool even when trying to be objective.

Like I said, you seem pretty rational, one of the few over there. That's why I'm not losing any sleep over it. Too much fat not enough meat. So I'll wait and see.
April 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterParagon SC

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