More NCAA violations at USC?

As USC prepares to open its 2012 season with enormous expectations, the football program could possibly be staring at more off-the-field drama.

According to the Los Angeles Times, an individual in the ongoing corruption scandal at the Los Angeles County assessor's office claims that he gave cash and perks worth thousands of dollars to two USC athletes while they were still in school. If the allegations prove to be true, those actions would violate NCAA rules. The governing body prohibits student-athletes from accepting benefits from anyone who is not an established family friend or "extra benefits" based on their athletic ability.

Scott Schenter, a former appraiser, allegedly provided former running back Joe McKnight with a car and an airline ticket and basketball player Davon Jefferson roughly $3,700 in cash when they were in school.

Officials at USC told the newspaper that they immediately informed the NCAA about the claims.

"We are dedicated to playing and competing the right way," USC athletic director Pat Haden told the paper.

Here is the university's response to the allegations.

Of course, the Trojans were given a postseason ban of two years as well as docked 30 scholarships for the Reggie Bush scandal. We'll certainly wait and see how this new situation plays out in Los Angeles.

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