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Michael Hiltzik: The latest athletic scandal shows it's time for USC to dump big-name sports

September is a month with an "r" in it, so it must be time for another scandal involving big-time university athletics.

Sure enough, here comes the U.S. Department of Justice, with sweeping allegations of fraud and corruption among coaches and assorted hangers-on connected to Division I college basketball. Unhappily, the University of Southern California is right in the middle of the case. Its associate head basketball coach, Anthony Bland, is accused of accepting at least $13,000 in bribes to steer players under his influence toward certain business and financial advisors once the players entered the National Basketball Association. Bland appeared Tuesday in federal court in Tampa, Fla., where he was arrested, and was

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