Mayo scandal leads to heavy sanctions for USC basketball; team ‘shocked and saddened’

Responding to allegations that former star O.J. Mayo received improper benefits while in school, the USC basketball team will forgo any postseason play this season, including the Pacific 10 Conference tournament, and forfeit all its victories from 2007-08.
The self-imposed sanctions, announced this morning, also include a scholarship reduction and the return of money received from the NCAA tournament earned when Mayo was on the team.
“When we’ve done something wrong, we have an obligation to do something about it and that is exactly what we are doing here,” Athletic Director Mike Garrett said in a statement.

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