USC’s return to the top of college football got off to a rollicking start Saturday as new allegations of improprieties surfaced hours before kickoff of the Trojans’ first game.
According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, documents related to the case of a Los Angeles County civil servant allegedly involved in a corruption scandal indicate he provided former USC running back Joe McKnight with a car and plane ticket. A connection between the L.A. County employee, Scott Schenter, and McKnight previously surfaced in 2009, when the running back was seen rolling around Troy in a Land Rover registered to Schenter.
Schenter apparently told the LAT that he had indeed given McKnight a car, as well as giving cash to Davon Jefferson, a USC basketball player.
On its face, the story sounds bad for Southern Cal. The NCAA has had the Trojans in its sights ever since stories of Reggie Bush and his family cashing in began to circulate in the mid-2000s, which drew stiff sanctions ...