Posted February 9th, 2007 by Matt
Filed under: Football, Recruiting

Joe McNight

So, how do you assure a potential recruit (Joe McKnight) that possible sanctions against your school won’t be any issue for the program? Well, obviously you just violate another NCAA rule and call a former player (Reggie Bush) to let him clear everything up.

The story is that #1 high school recruit Joe McKnight made some remarks in a press conference that made it sound like he had a conversation with Reggie Bush regarding previous potential USC NCAA violations. Well, this is definitely against the rules, as the NCAA prohibits former players to contact recruits or their family before signing.

Pete Carroll has of course denied that this conversation ever happened. However, not knowing about Carroll’s denial, McKnight’s high school coach J.T. Curtis told reporters in an interview that “Coach Carroll was talking to Reggie on the speakerphone and Joe was able to listen and hear Reggie Bush’s side of the story.” Hmm…

Now McKnight is saying this:

“I was not on the speakerphone. I never called him and he never called me. I want to make it clear I never spoke to Reggie and he never spoke to me. I just messed it up. I shouldn’t have said it that way [at the news conference].”

All-in all it seems like there is just too much ‘saying one thing only to deny it’ for this not to cause some issues down in Southern Cal. With what has happened with USC in the past though, I can’t say that I am all that surprised.



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  1. reply to  #1


    So in about 24 hours their story went from “I talked to Reggie Bush” to “I could hear him on Coach Carroll’s speakerphone” to “I never spoke to Reggie.” By this time tomorrow McKnight and Carroll will claim they’ve never heard of Bush.

  2. reply to  #2

    Todd Sallee

    Crazy bad luck USC GO HORNS

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