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USC Sanctions Worse Than Expected

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Last night we learned from ESPN's Bruce Feldman that the USC Trojans would face a two-year post season ban and it was speculated that they'd also lose 20 scholarships. The official report released on Thursday presented an even more serious scenario for the University of Serious Cheating because the words, "Lack of Institutional Control" were used. 

"I have a great love for the University of Southern California and I very much regret the turn that this matter has taken, not only for USC, but for the fans and players. I am disappointed by today’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. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on making a positive impact for the University and for the community where I live." - Reggie Bush

USC can't even acknowledge that O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush even existed. All of their records have to be stricken and any accomplishments removed. Here's a complete breakdown of the sanctions.

  • A postseason ban in football following the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
  • A loss of 30 total football scholarships over the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons.
  • A vacation of all football victories starting in December 2004 and running through the 2005 season. This includes the national championship win over Oklahoma on Jan. 4, 2005.
  • All statistics vacated for Bush, Mayo and an unnamed women's tennis athlete in the games which the NCAA deemed them ineligible due to rules violations.
  • Bush and Mayo must be disassociated from USC athletics.
  • An acceptance of USC's self-imposed penalties on its basketball program, which included a forfeiture of all wins in 2007-2008 and a one-year postseason ban.
  • All titles won during ineligible games must be vacated and trophies and banners must be removed.
  • A vacation of wins in the women's tennis program from May 2006 to May 2009, for long distance telephone violations committed by a student-athlete.
  • A reduction of recruiting days for the men's basketball program in 2010-2011.
  • Four years of probation.
  • Adding insult to injury/pouring salt in the wounds (or whatever other old saying you want to throw in here) is the fact that current USC football players can request to be released from their scholarships prior to the 2010 football season. Looks like we're witnessing the fall of Troy and ironically it was Reggie Bush (the one time hero) who turned out to be the Trojan Horse.