Chris Penrose on Tim Floyd and O.J. Mayo

Here is an excerpt from a L.A. Times piece on USC basketball. Chris Penrose, a former player, gives his take on the Floyd/Mayo/Louis Johnson allegations:

You’ve spoken on ESPN radio about Louis Johnson’s allegation that Tim Floyd gave money to Rodney Guillory on Valentine’s Day of 2007, and pointed out that it was a travel day for the basketball team. The team’s itinerary indicates that practice at USC was in the early afternoon and the plane left a few hours later. With those parameters, a morning meeting seems feasible. Why don’t you think it couldn’t have happened on a travel day?

Coach Floyd is usually in the office around 6:30 a.m. just watching tape. There were times, especially my junior year (his first year), I’d get a workout in at 6 a.m. and I’d go through Heritage Hall to go to the locker room. I’d see the light on, I’d walk in, and Coach Floyd would be sitting there eating some food and watching tape at 7 in the morning. He was usually always there in the office, especially during the season, especially during Pac-10 play, with Coach [Phil] Johnson just watching film all day long. You never really saw him go anywhere during the daytime.

If [Louis Johnson] said this happened on a Tuesday at 9 o’clock in the evening, then I would have nothing to say. But he’s not saying that. He’s saying it happened in broad daylight in Beverly Hills, a place where he could be recognized. That’s what doesn’t make any sense.

Why else do you doubt the accusation?

He’s saying it happened in Beverly Hills. If something like that were to go down, why would it be in Beverly Hills, which is right next to UCLA? I’ve seen Coach Howland walking up and down that street [Rodeo Drive] many, many times during the day. You have UCLA students walking down there all the time. Celebrities walk down that street. Paparazzi’s all over the place. They would see Coach Floyd walking around. It would be pretty obvious. If you were going to do something like that, you wouldn’t do it in a place where you could be recognized, you’d do it somewhere off the beaten path.

You can read the entire interview by clicking on the below link.

Former USC basketball player shares more on Tim Floyd and O.J. Mayo [LA Times]

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