Report: Joe McKnight, Davon Jefferson Received Cash & Perks While At USC

Scott Schenter, a central figure in the Los Angeles County Assessor's office, claims he gave cash and gifts to Joe McKnight and Davon Jefferson while the two were student athletes at USC. If true, the Trojans could once again be exposed to NCAA sanctions.

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NCAA Investigating USC For Joe McKnight & Davon Jefferson Allegations

The NCAA is looking into potential improper benefits for two members of the USC Trojans. Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times files this report.

"Any time the NCAA receives credible, new information regarding potential major violations we will look into the issue," NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn said Tuesday. "USC has been working cooperatively with us regarding the matter."

The original report has a Los Angeles County assessor admitting to giving cash and benefits to two USC student-athletes, football quarterback Joe McKnight and basketball forward Davon Jefferson. McKnight was with USC from 2007 to 2009, and the NCAA has a four-year statue of limitations on rule violations. USC is already on probation for violations involving Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo.

The big issue with USC will be avoiding "repeat violator" status, and whether the supposed violation came within five years. That could result in far more severe penalties for the Trojans.

From the USC side, Lane Kiffin said the Trojans won't be distracted by the situation, and Matt Barkley refused to comment here.

Talk about the McKnight and Jefferson investigation with USC fans by going over to Conquest Chronicles. Hit up the SB Nation college football and college basketball hubs for more extensive coverage of each sport.

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USC AD Pat Haden Responds To Joe McKnight, Davon Jefferson Report

After a Los Angeles Times story reported that a former official at the Los Angeles County assessors office said in work emails that he had given improper gifts to former USC running back Joe McKnight and basketball player Davon Jefferson, USC athletic director Pat Haden responded with a statement saying the school would look into the allegations.

"We have just learned of new allegations presented by a reporter from the Los Angeles Times," Haden said in the statement. "We have discussed those allegations with the NCAA and Pac-12, and we will thoroughly investigate them and take any and all necessary actions."

The Los Angeles Times reported that McKnight received a car and an airline ticket, and Jefferson was given around $3,700 in cash.

Much of the immediate reaction was cautious, as USC and the NCAA have cooperated on investigations of this sort recently.

McKnight's use of a Land Rover was revealed in 2009, and according to the statement, USC fully investigated the matter and passed all of its information to the NCAA, who found no violation.

"I can personally assure you that USC takes its compliance obligations with NCAA and Pac-12 rules extremely seriously and we are dedicated to playing and competing the right way," Haden said.

For more on USC football, join the discussion over at Conquest Chronicles. You can also check out everything we have to offer at SB Nation's college football hub.

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Joe McKnight, Davon Jefferson Report: Reaction To USC Allegations

USC athletic director Pat Haden is determined to stay on the NCAA's good side.

After finally getting off their two-year postseason ban in football and entering the season as the top-ranked team in the country, the USC Trojans program is again under fire concerning improper gifts to athletes, this time involving former tailback Joe McKnight. Former basketball player Davon Thompson is also mentioned as someone who received gifts.

Haden will investigate the Los Angeles Times report claiming the pair received gifts from an employee of the Los Angeles County assessor's office and, according to Conquest Chronicles, Haden's reaction falls right in line with what the AD is trying to do.

I am not going to get to worked up over this. If Haden and Co. informed the NCAA then we should let it play out.

Pat Haden is about to earn his money with his supposed fence mending with the NCAA.

Haden knows that the program he runs will continue to be under intense scrutiny, and trying to get out in front of the issues before they begin to look too similar to the recent past is the smart thing to do.

Stick with SB Nation Los Angeles for more on this story as it develops. For all things Trojans, Conquest Chronicles has you covered.

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Joe McKnight, Davon Jefferson Received Cash And Perks While At USC, According To Report

Scott Schenter, a central figure in the Los Angeles County Assessor's office, claims he gave cash and gifts to Joe McKnight and Davon Jefferson while the two were student athletes at USC. If true, the Trojans could once again be exposed to NCAA sanctions.

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