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It's now official. USC's football team will be banned from bowl games for two years and deprived of athletic scholarships. At the same time, the PAC-10 Athletic Conference is expanding. We look at two familiar stories about what's supposed to be amateur sports -- and the influence of money. Also, the attacks are already flying in the race for Attorney General.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Gulf oil slick has reached Alabama's inland waterways, and BP's looking worse than ever.  But the oil industry and some members of Congress say the President's moratorium on deep-sea exploration is doing more harm than good.

Banner image: Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans runs with the ball against the UCLA Bruins during the game on December 3, 2005 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

UCLA vs. USC

Lonnie White

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Gary Scott

Reporter's Notebook It's Kamala vs. Cooley for California Attorney General 6 MIN, 35 SEC

In California's race for Attorney General, the nominees are Democrat Kamala Harris, District Attorney of San Francisco, and Republican Steve Cooley, District Attorney of LA.  Some major differences already are clear – including environmental protection, illegal immigration and the death penalty.  Laurie Levenson is a former federal prosecutor who teaches criminal law at Loyola Law School.

Guests:
Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School

Main Topic The Oil Spill and the Oil Economy 27 MIN, 7 SEC

After a meeting with Congressional leaders today, President Obama said the first order of business was the Gulf oil spill. Given the oil industry's power and importance, what are the chances that new laws and regulations will be approved and implemented?

Guests:
Ben Raines, Environmental Reporter, Mobile Press-Register
Edward Overton, Professor of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University
Kenneth Beer, Chief Financial Officer, Stone Energy Corporation
Gene Green, Congressman (D-TX)
Doug Kysar, Professor of Law, Yale University Law School

Main Topic USC Slapped with Sanctions over Gifts to Players 18 MIN, 59 SEC

First, it's been a historic day for the PAC-10 Athletic Conference in more ways than one. Perennial football champion USC has been banned from bowl games for two years, and the league itself is expanding to include the University of Colorado, with other powerhouses likely to join in the near future.

Guests:
Jon Gold, Sports Writer, Daily News
Todd Boyd, University of Southern California (@DrToddBoyd)
Lonnie White, former Wide Receiver, USC

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