Mayo won’t cooperate with USC investigation

Published 3:30 am Friday, January 15, 2010

LOS ANGELES — Southern California athletic director Mike Garrett told ESPN that former Trojans guard O.J. Mayo refused to cooperate in a university investigation.

The school was looking into allegations that Mayo accepted improper gifts and benefits while he played for the school during the 2007-08 season.

Garrett says Mayo has not participated. Mayo now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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USC announced last week that it had imposed sanctions on the basketball team for recruiting violations involving Mayo, including a ban on postseason play this season.

USC will also vacate its wins during the 2007-08 season.

USC’s self-imposed punishment comes at the same time the school faces allegations that current football player Joe McKnight and former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush accepted improper benefits.