USC officials Thursday said the NCAA report on athletic sanctions is not coming Friday, calling the reports by many news organizations “completely false.”
The NCAA has not scheduled a press conference on the matter, according to USC assistant vice president of media relations James Grant, and has not informed USC that any report yet exists.
“There are set channels for these kind of things, and we haven’t heard anything,” said James Grant, USC’s assistant vice president of media relations. “The media reports are all absolutely false.”
The NCAA did not immediately return our calls.
A decision on whether or USC is guilty of NCAA violations, including impropriety on the part of former USC basketball coach Tim Floyd and current football coach Lane Kiffin, was expected to come sometime before the fall, but will likely come in the next few weeks.
Grant said it could even be a matter of days.
“It’s already been three months,” Grant said. “[The report] could come next week.”
USC has come under scrutiny for recruiting infractions committed by its basketball team involving now-NBA standout O.J. Mayo.
USC has self-sanctioned the basketball team, instilling a one-year ban on postseason play, a reduction of scholarships and forfeiting all of its wins from the 2007-2008 season.
Also facing possible sanctions is the university’s football team, which the NCAA may determine broke NCAA rules in its dealings with Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush.
If found guilty, the Trojans could forfeit wins from Bush’s tenure on the team, from 2003 to 2005, including a national championship. Bush could also lose his 2005 Heisman Trophy, which would likely be given to former Texas quarterback Vince Young, who finished second in that year’s Heisman voting.
USC Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone said there will be no comment on the matter from USC athletics until the report is released.