USC’s NCAA meeting ends with Floyd

TEMPE, Ariz. – Former University of Southern California men’s basketball coach Tim Floyd spent approximately eight hours Saturday in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions as the body concluded three days of hearings that may lead to sanctions against the school’s football and men’s basketball programs.

“I can’t comment,” said Floyd, who resigned last June in the aftermath of a Yahoo! Sports report that he paid at least $1,000 in cash to former Mayo associate Rodney Guillory. Floyd has maintained he was not involved in any wrongdoing. When asked if he came to the proceedings in an effort to clear his name in hopes of coaching again at the college level, Floyd said, “I think it’s the right thing to do.”

The NCAA has been investigating USC’s programs for nearly four years. The committee is expected to rule in six-to-eight weeks, although NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said difficult cases can take longer.

NCAA Vice President of Enforcement Services David Price declined to comment on specifics, but said this was the longest case he has had in his 11 years in his job. In fact, the 2002 case against the Alabama football program, which resulted in probation and a loss of scholarships for the Crimson Tide, took two days for the committee to discuss.

After the hearings broke, multiple boxes were brought from the room. One dolly carried seven boxes of documents and two six-inch, spiral binders filled with what was titled as USC’s responses to the investigation. After that, another dozen boxes were removed from the room.

USC President Steven Sample said, “It’ll come out. It’ll be great.”

USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett said only that he was “glad it’s over.”

School spokesman James Grant said: “As we talked about earlier, we’ve been asked by the chairman of the committee (Paul Dee) not to discuss proceedings but we do want to thank the committee and the NCAA staff and everyone involved for these proceedings and [we’re] pleased that we we’re able to present our side of the events and look forward to an outcome and to moving on.”

Asked if he had an expected timetable for a ruling, Grant said: “We look forward to the conclusion of this process in the coming weeks.”

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Updated Saturday, Feb 20, 2010