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Promising start by USC reduced to nothing

Most people in the college basketball world knew at some point that USC's season would get hit over the head by the NCAA.

It happened over the weekend as USC imposed santions on the basketball program after an internal investigation revealed recruiting violations regarding former guard and current Memphis Grizzlie O.J. Mayo.

The sanctions were related to a connection between Mayo and USC Booster Rodney Guillroy. Guillory was accused of taking payments from former USC coach TIm Loyd in an effort to recruit Mayo and also of providing improper benefits to the 6-5 guard.

Louis Johnson, a former associate of Mayo and Guillroy made the allegations.

USC's self imposed sanctions include no postseason play this season, a reduction in one scholarship for this season and next and a reduction in the number of recruiting days for the 2010-2011 season from 130 to 110.

USC must also vacate all of its wins from  2007-2008 season. The Trojans went 21-11 (11-7 PAC 10) and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Trojans (10-4, 2-0 PAC 10) won their last eight games.

New York Sports