Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
It's long. And there's no breaking news.
But here's what USC, via statements from Todd Dickey, USC Senior Vice President for Administration, and Mike Garrett, USC Athletic Director, had to say about recent stories that it was avoiding the reality of NCAA investigations concerning Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo.
My office is heading up USC's part of the investigation of these allegations. Since the allegations surfaced, USC has been working closely with the NCAA and the Pac-10 in an attempt to get to the truth.
In conjunction with the NCAA and the PAC-10 we have already interviewed approximately 50 people and spent many hundreds of hours investigating these allegations.
We have no idea how long this investigation will continue, and no one is more anxious to bring this process to a conclusion than we are -- but we remain committed to getting to the truth.
USC has participated in every interview -- except those few from which we were excluded. Our exclusion from these interviews mainly stemmed from demands from those making allegations against our student-athletes, insisting that no one from USC be present.
We have cooperated and worked together with the NCAA and Pac-10 every step of the way during this process and we intend to continue to do so.
We understand the desire of the University's supporters, the media and the public to know as much as they can, as soon as they can -- but unfortunately, we cannot comment on any aspect of the investigation until it is complete.
There are a number of reasons for this:
First, as I mentioned earlier, the investigation is ongoing. Announcing or publicizing information about the investigation or what has been discovered in one interview before all of the individuals you intend to interview have been interviewed, could pollute or influence another person's recollection, as well as the final conclusions of the investigation.
Second, until the investigation is complete -- or there is enough information to reach a definitive conclusion -the conclusion could change.
Then, of course, there is the privacy of the individuals involved and the fact that NCAA rules require us to maintain the confidentiality of the investigation until the investigation is complete.
While as I said earlier, we are not going to comment on what we have learned until the investigation is complete, I do feel obligated to correct a couple of things that have been reported in the media.
Specifically, reports with respect to USC's attempts to contact Lloyd Lake or Louis Johnson or participate in their interviews have been inaccurate.
In fact, USC repeatedly asked to participate in the NCAA's interview of Mr. Lake. However, Mr. Lake and his attorneys refused to allow the University to participate in either his interview or the interviews of his relatives.
It is correct that USC sent a letter to Mr. Lake's attorney requesting an interview - which was later obtained by the Los Angeles Times - but neither Mr. Lake nor his attorney agreed to that request.
The statement that USC has not interviewed Louis Johnson is also false. Mr. Johnson has twice been interviewed jointly by USC, the NCAA, and the Pac-10. Any suggestion that USC has not taken these allegations seriously and investigated them thoroughly is simply wrong.
We are very proud of what we have accomplished at USC, in the classrooms, on the athletic fields and in our broader community. We take our responsibility for the guardianship of this institution very seriously and we are committed to getting to the bottom of these allegations.
There has been some speculation in the media that I have not been talking about allegations that the University violated NCAA or PAC-10 rules in the Reggie Bush and OJ Mayo matters because we want to keep our heads down or we have something to protect.
Believe me. No one wants to get to the bottom of this matter more than I do.
No one wants to find out what happened - to get to the truth more than me.
No one would like to get this information out and put this whole thing behind us, more than I do.
But there is a process - and that process is dictated by the NCAA rules and making sure that the investigation is conducted in a manner that will ensure that we indeed do get to the truth.
Just to make sure there is no misunderstanding, I want to be absolutely clear.
I -- We --- take these allegations very seriously. People who say that we have something to protect are partially right. What we have to protect is the integrity of the athletic department. And that means doing this right. And that is what we are doing.
Internally, our investigation is being headed by our Chief Administrative Officer, a very capable individual of the highest integrity. He and his team have worked extremely hard to get to the truth - and they are continuing their efforts to achieve this result.
When the University confirmed Coach Floyd's announcement that he had resigned, I stated that we would immediately begin the process of finding a new head coach. We have already begun that process.
We have very high standards for our athletic department, staff and students. And we expect - no, we demand - that everyone associated with the department live up to these standards.