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July 14, 2008 7:47 AM

LA Times on Bush, Mayo cases

Posted by Bob Condotta

A few of you have asked from time-to-time why the NCAA doesn't seem to be doing anything about the Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo cases, so I thought I'd pass along this story today from the LA Times addressing that topic.

Appears NCAA officials are growing sensitive to the notion that they are giving USC a pass and wanted to make clear that they aren't, while also pointing out the complexities that make the investigation difficult.

One of the interesting quotes in there is from author Aurthur Fleisher III who says that "most people don't understand --- the NCAA is the schools themselves.'' Former UW coach Don James once made this same point to me, saying that while he didn't agree with everything the NCAA did, it was simply made up of other coaches and administrators like himself --- in fact, he had served on NCAA committees during his career.

Nothing in the story changed several of my thoughts on the issue, specifically that I don't think anyone will ever get hit as hard again as UW and some other schools (Miami, Alabama) were in the mid-90s --- there's too much at stake now to levy such heavy penalties anymore, and the schools now know how to handle it better when issues do arise.

Ted Miller of ESPN has his own take on this story, as well as a few other Pac-10-related links.

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