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April 30, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Southern California officials are investigating whether an upscale apartment that wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett shared with former teammate Matt Leinart violated NCAA rules, according to a published report Sunday.
Leinart's father, Bob, put the duo on the lease at the secured apartment complex downtown after Leinart moved out of his former residence near campus because he was constantly hounded by fans.
Leinart - the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback picked 10th by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL draft Saturday - and Jarrett each paid $650 a month for the apartment that cost $3,866 a month, according to the Los Angeles Times. Leinart's father paid the difference and said he's been told Jarrett might have to repay him about $10,000, the newspaper reported.
University compliance officials are looking into whether the football program received an unfair advantage. While Bob Leinart would have been allowed to make up the difference for his son, he might not have been allowed to do so for another player.
Tim Tessalone, USC's director of sports information, confirmed Sunday that an investigation involving Jarrett's living arrangement was under way.
''At this point, we're still gathering information,'' Tessalone told The Associated Press, declining further comment.
The investigation is the latest cloud over the Trojans' football program. The Pac-10 is looking into the living arrangement of 2005 Heisman winner Reggie Bush's family, who lived in a house owned by a man who reportedly sought to market him while he played for USC last season. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes and their families from receiving extra benefits from agents or their representatives.
The police is continuing its investigation into a female student's accusation that backup quarterback Mark Sanchez sexually assaulted her. Sanchez was freed last week after posting $200,000 bail. He was due back in court on May 17.