BUSTED! USC hit with two year post season BAN!
June 10, 2010
plus, they have to forfeit money (no biggie) and wins from the last season of Reggie Bush.
E, it doesnt pay to cheat….
The NCAA released a 67-page report detailing its findings in an investigation of the USC athletic program. Read it here. Report.
The NCAA handed the University of Southern California a two-year postseason football ban and vacated wins in Reggie Bush‘s final season, among other penalties, for violations in its football, men’s basketball and women’s tennis programs on Thursday.
The university was put on four years’ probation, while the football program was hit with a two-year postseason ban and the men’s basketball team was banned for one year from the postseason, which had already been self-imposed by the school.
Two years of post season ban will hurt. It also explains why they were willing to go after Lane Kiffin, who is a great recruiter. At least that ban will end when it is time to merge with the Big 12 schools.
USC was hit with scholarship reductions in football and basketball and recruiting restrictions for the men’s basketball team. The football team will lose 10 football scholarships annually from 2011-13.
The school was fined $5,000 and forfeits its $206,200 it earned from the 2008 men’s basketball tournament.
In addition the university must vacate a number regular-season and postseason wins in all three involved sports, including the 2005 Orange Bowl, where the Trojans won the BCS national championship by thrashing Oklahoma.
The NCAA said its findings included “a lack of institutional control, impermissible inducements, extra benefits, exceeding coach staff limits, and unethical conduct by an assistant football coach.”
Damn, you are not the national champs anymore! But, that really doesn’t mean much right now. If you were there or you are a fan, then you will remember. This will only hurt 50 years from now when people are looking in the record books.
The violations, which span almost four years, primarily involved “agent and amateurism issues for a former football student-athlete and a former men’s basketball studen-athlete,” the NCAA wrote in its report.
Last year, the NCAA bundled its Bush investigation with its look into the men’s basketball program. USC imposed its own sanctions on the basketball program four months ago over its recruitment of former player O.J. Mayo by former coach Tim Floyd. Floyd was accused of giving cash to a middleman who helped steer Mayo to USC.
In their football investigation, the NCAA and investigators from the Pac-10 Conference tried to determine whether Bush and his parents took improper benefits, including an alleged rent-free residence provided by a sports marketer. Bush has not met with NCAA and Pac-10 investigators and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
“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,” Bush said in a statement.
“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. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on making a positive impact for the University and for the community where I live,” Bush said.
But, it looks like USC had problems in other programs too. Which is not a total shock if you are trying to win. Doing things the right way is hard, cheating is easy. But, winning is paramount. I kinda wish my school would cheat ( Oh yeah, we did and got caught with Todd Bozeman. They should read this book..)
The women’s tennis violation involved a former student athlete using an athletics department long-distance access call to make 123 unauthorized calls to her family. The total value of the calls was more than $7,000, the NCAA said.
The football team must vacate all wins in which Bush played while ineligible, starting in December 2004. The NCAA accepted USC’s self-imposed penalty of vacating all wins in which Mayo competed during the 2007-08 season.
Floyd and football coach Pete Carroll are no longer employed by USC. Floyd is at the University of Texas-El Paso; Carroll is the head coach of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.
The women’s tennis program must vacate all wins in which the ineligible player competed between November 2006 and May 2009 — a penalty which was self-imposed by USC.
USC already admitted wrongdoing with the basketball program and sanctioned itself, including a ban on postseason participation, a reduction of scholarships and vacating all of its wins from 2007-08.
USC chose to contest the allegation against the football program.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.
Why contest football, but not basketball? The Rodney Guillory connection was tenuous and you might have beaten that one. The Reggie Bush one was harder. If they had only paid back the money to the agent, then the NCAA would have nothing. But, you got greedy and he spilled the beans. Its hard to have a stop snitching campaign when the wrong was committed against you.