Looks like hoops was sacrificed for football at SC 

January, 6, 2010
After watching USC take down eight consecutive opponents, including winning the Diamond Head Classic and starting off 2-0 in conference play, it seemed the tales of the demise of SC hoops had been greatly exaggerated. Then just like that -- in a move swift, decisive and thorough -- athletic director Mike Garrett announced there would be no postseason basketball for this rag-tag group of second-chance Trojans.

Garrett's move is an attempt to precede the NCAA in their ultimate findings, but it also reeks of both hypocrisy and a soullessness that leaves most in college basketball thinking the same thing: USC does not care about its current basketball players or its basketball program. Instead, USC simply believes -- at least in my mind and that of many others in the sport -- that by giving up its hoop dreams, the NCAA will go light on the school's football program.

[+] EnlargePete Carroll & Mike Garrett
Brian Bahr/Getty ImagesUSC AD Mike Garrett, seen here with football coach Pete Carroll, has recently come under some heat for his handling of the athletic department.
If that's the case -- and it's unlikely we'll ever truly know -- that speaks to a sad state of affairs in collegiate athletics.