USC and Athletic Director Pat Haden have responded to a recently posted Los Angeles Times story that included allegations that former Trojans athletes accepted payments from a local businessman while in school.
The story says emails suggest that Scott Schenter, who used to work in the county assessor's office as an appraiser, provided football star Joe McKnight with a car and an airline ticket, and basketball player Davon Jefferson with about 3,700 in cash.
Haden released this statement:
"When allegations regarding Joe McKnight's use of a Land Rover arose in 2009, USC fully investigated the matter. All of the information related to the investigation was sent to the NCAA. The NCAA staff accepted the report, and no violation was processed.
We have just learned of new allegations presented by a reporter from the Los Angeles Times. We have discussed those allegations with the NCAA and Pac-12and we will thoroughly investigate them and take any and all necessary actions.