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USC Appeal Denied

The NCAA’s “Infractions Appeals Committee upheld all findings and penalties against USC in their infractions case involving former players Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo.”  This decision was very disappointing to the school, and many officials of the school were upset.  The USC appeal had “asked that the 30 scholarships lost over three years with a maximum of 75 allowed and a two-year postseason bowl ban be cut in half.”  However, the NCAA upheld the ruling.

The ruling makes sure that USC will have less scholarships than teams not under sanction-those not under sanction can have 85 scholarship players on the roster-and seniors are allowed to transfer without having to sit out a year.  The decision to deny the appeal also will not allow USC to play in the first Pac-12 championship game, as well as a postseason bowl game.  The basketball team did not receive any more sanctions.

I’m not a fan of the NCAA’s decision.  I know I am a fan of USC so obviously I am upset, however, the NCAA has taken other similar issues more lightly, so I think their decision against USC is unfair.  There are many teams who have used ineligible players or have been rumored to have paid players to come to the school, but nothing has been done that has been as detrimental to the program as the sanctions against USC.

Recently, Ohio State has been in the news for players and coaches violating NCAA rules.  The coach of the Buckeyes, Jim Tressel, knew his players were receiving tattoos in return for signing/selling memorabilia, yet he did nothing to stop this.  The players were therefore ineligible, but the coach continued to play them, allowing the team to make it to the Sugar Bowl.  The players and coach were suspended for the first five games of next season and also had to forfeit most of their wins from the previous season, but nothing has affected their postseason ability or scholarship amount.  As you can see, USC football was harmed much worse than the Buckeyes.


May 26, 2011 Posted by | NCAA Football, Sports | , , , , | 3 Comments