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.
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