So what if nothing comes of the accusations?
June, 10, 2009
By Doug Gottlieb
Tim Floyd is out at USC and few seem too surprised based on the accusations of impropriety against him involving the recruitment of O.J. Mayo. But am I wrong to think that Jay Bilas' column about Memphis last week could also apply to USC this week? Jay and I may disagree on certain issues, but proof of guilt outweighing the assumption of guilt is not one of them. True, resigning seems to hint that there is fire behind the smoke. I acknowledge that. But if we look closer, it is easy to understand why Floyd walked away. Without a single accusation from the NCAA or any governing body on record, we -- the media, the fans, etc. -- have collectively already made up our mind on Floyd, haven't we? From the Duke case to the Jim O'Brien firing at Ohio State, we tend to jump to the conclusion of guilt and backtrack far more lightly. USC might very well be guilty, but the NCAA has yet to act or even charge the school with a violation.
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