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NCAA hits USC football hard

June 11, 2010

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— The NCAA leveled Southern California with stinging penalties Thursday, issuing a two-year bowl ban and declaring Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush ineligible dating back to the Trojans’ 2004 national championship.

Citing USC for a lack of institutional control in its long-awaited report, the NCAA also put the entire athletic program on four years’ probation, took away a total of 30 football scholarships over three years and vacated every victory in which Bush participated in from December 2004 through the 2005 season.

The four-year investigation revealed numerous improper benefits involving former men’s basketball player O.J. Mayo and Bush.

“I am disappointed by (Thursday’s) decision and disagree with the NCAA’s findings. If the University decides to appeal, I will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and USC, as I did during the investigation,” Bush said. “In the meantime, I will continue to focus on making a positive impact for the University and for the community where I live.”

USC plans to appeal some of the penalties it believes are excessive.

The USC men’s basketball team banned itself from postseason play last season, among other self-imposed penalties. The NCAA levied no further penalties.

Comments

anon1958 4 years, 6 months ago

The NCAA needs to ban these various coaches for a ten year or even longer period of time. Time and time again a coach wreaks havoc and current players suffer while the coach is off making millions at some other college program. Ridiculous.

bandtchser 4 years, 6 months ago

Anon1958, dude you need to get a life. You have posted your negative comments on nearly every sports related article in this paper. You mock sports for your perceived notion that it dilutes the academic standing of a university, and now you comment on the NCAA's need to take stronger action against those who stain the program and cause those athletes left behind to toil under the burden of sanctions. Generally speaking you sound a lot like a Misery fan. Uptight, irrational, and unclear on what your views are. STOP DRINKING AND GO TO BED! AND DON"T WAKE UP YOUR MOTHER!

anon1958 4 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the encouragement. Of course I knew I was pushing the right "buttons" even before you flamed me. Naturally, your rational position is that because I dislike something you like, there is something wrong with me.

The locals a little uptight these days? Dont worry the wait will be over soon when the southern teams bolt the Bcs Is Gone 12 and Conference USA calls out to Jayhawk Nation "Pikachu, I Choose You".

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