Report: USC may have violated NCAA coaching rules

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

USC used a former NFL coach in 2008 who wasn't on the official staff to help its special-teams play, and that arrangement may have violated NCAA rules about employing coaching consultants, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

The Times reported:

The new issue involves the employment of Pete Rodriguez, who has coached for several professional franchises. In an interview with The Times, he acknowledged that he attended USC practices, monitored games and offered Carroll behind-the-scenes advice on matters ranging from the needs of individual players to avoiding penalties during punt returns.

This could become another part of the ongoing NCAA and Pac-10 investigations into USC's football and basketball programs that are rooted in accusations that improper benefits were provided to former running back Reggie Bush and guard O.J. Mayo.