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  • OSU's Carroll cleared for A&M. DM atty: “I don’t know what [USC is] waiting for."

    Carroll (17.5 PPG last season) was one of the players under investigation after former assistant coach Lamont Evans *allegedly* solicited 22K to steer players. Carroll is cleared to play in tonight's likely GREAT game against a returning monster in Robert Williams and the rest of the huge Texas A&M squad. if we got beat up by Vandy on the boards last night, A&M's four-headed boarding monster [6'9" Hogg, 6'10" Trocha- Morelos, 6'10" and 240-pound possible lottery pick Robert Williams, 6'10" and 266lb (!) pound Tyler Davis] is going to be a massive challenge on the glass.

    Nick and Chimezie....get ready and stay out of foul trouble.

    As for De'Anthony....

    From yesterday's LA times (SAP, CJ posted yesterday but bears repeating):

    De’Anthony Melton won’t play in USC’s game at Vanderbilt on Sunday, according to his attorney, after being held out of the season’s first two games while the school investigates his eligibility in connection with the ongoing college basketball bribery and corruption case.

    “USC is doing whatever they are doing in the face of convincing evidence De’Anthony has done nothing wrong,” the attorney, Vicki I. Podberesky, told The Times. “I don’t know what they’re waiting for. It’s disappointing, to say the least.”

    A USC spokesman referred to a statement the school issued earlier this month, saying Melton was being held out as a precaution.

    Podberesky said federal prosecutors from New York interviewed Melton for about 40 minutes last month in Tucson, Ariz. In advance of the meeting, the attorney said the prosecutors’ told her they had no reason to believe Melton knew anything about the matter.

    “He had no information to give them,” Podberesky said.

    Prosecutors have alleged that USC associate head coach Tony Bland facilitated a $5,000 payment to a “family member and/or close family friend” of a Trojans sophomore identified as Player-9. In exchange, the family member/friend would steer the player to use would-be sports agent Christian Dawkins and financial advisor Munish Sood when the player joined the NBA. Podberesky confirmed that Melton is Player-9.

    The purported payment would violate NCAA rules, a separate matter from the federal investigation. USC could be penalized by the organization for using an ineligible player in a game.

    The criminal complaint also accused a relative of a USC recruit, referred to as Player-8, of accepting $4,000 under similar circumstances.
    Bland, on administrative leave since September, faces four charges. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

    Podberesky said Melton never discussed agents or financial advisors with Bland, and that her client couldn’t identify Dawkins and Sood in photographs prosecutors showed him during the Tucson interview.

    According to the attorney, USC searched Melton’s phone records and found no evidence of wrongdoing and that Melton had given the school permission to copy data from his phone in the coming week.

    USC has interviewed Melton, his mother Monique Young and recently the person who allegedly accepted the $5,000 payment to influence Melton. Podberesky described him as a close family friend who has played an important role in Melton’s life.

    An NCAA representative was on hand for the interviews with Melton and the family friend. Podberesky said prosecutors had not interviewed the friend.

    “I think they are convinced De’Anthony doesn’t know anything,” Podberesky said of the school. “They’re trying to figure out if they’re certain [the family friend] didn’t take any money. How certain do they have to be? That’s where the problem is coming in. ... I don’t know how much assurance they need.”

    Melton hasn’t spoken publicly about the situation. He was among 20 players on the preseason watch list for the Jerry West Award for the nation’s top shooting guard.


    come on, USC. get this done this week...one way or the other. priority number one.

    Last edited by rocksteadyusc; 11-20-2017, 01:54 PM.

  • #2
    I was thinking they were all waiting for someone to make the first move. Lets wrap this up before thangsgiving


    • #3
      Originally posted by Section118 View Post
      I was thinking they were all waiting for someone to make the first move. Lets wrap this up before thangsgiving
      i'd like to wrap it up before sunday!


      • Section118
        Section118 commented
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        I really do not see the NCAA banning #2 Arizona for the tournament. Come on swanny, USC seemed to be the least involved

    • #4
      Yes! We need him for A&M!