LOS ANGELES (AP) -Southern California freshman star O.J. Mayo violated an NCAA rule by accepting free tickets from Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony to an NBA game, but his punishment won't include missing games.
University officials said Friday they have been informed by the NCAA that Mayo committed a violation and must contribute $460 - the total value of the two tickets - to a charitable organization. USC said in a release the NCAA restored Mayo's eligibility after he and his family donated the money, making him available for Saturday's game against Oregon.
Mayo received the tickets from Anthony to Monday night's game between the Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers.
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