Posted September 27, 2013

NCAA denies USC request for ‘consideration’ on sanctions

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Trojans athletic director Pat Haden was hoping that his football program could catch a break.

USC AD Pat Haden met with NCAA officials this week. (Ed Ruvalcaba/MarinMedia/Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

Earlier this week the NCAA revised the sanctions it had placed on Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal last year. On Friday the organization announced that USC, which was penalized because of impermissible benefits received by former tailback Reggie Bush, wouldn’t receive the same courtesy.

In a statement received by USA Today, the NCAA confirmed that it turned down the school’s request for “consideration” regarding the sanctions imposed on its football program. The news came two days after Trojans athletic director Pat Haden and USC’s vice president for athletic compliance met with NCAA officials in Indianapolis.

According to NCAA spokesperson Megan Durham, the two cases have little in common.

“There is no comparison between the USC and Penn State cases. In USC’s case, a hearing before the Committee on Infractions was held and there was an appeal. There will be no further appeal.”

On Tuesday the NCAA agreed to restore scholarships to the Nittany Lions football program, stating that the Penn State “has clearly demonstrated its commitment to restoring integrity in its athletics program.” The Nittany Lions have 20 initial scholarships and 75 total scholarships in 2013-14, and that number would increase each year until it reached full allocation of 25 initial scholarships and 85 total scholarships in both ’16-17 and ’17-18.

On Thursday Haden confirmed in a statement that the school had met with the NCAA to discuss a similar scaling back of the sanctions on USC’s football program, saying that he felt the Penn State decision presented an opportunity for the Trojans.

“After learning of the NCAA’s actions on Tuesday (Sept. 24) regarding Penn State and the lessening of the sanctions that were imposed on that institution, when viewed in the context of the events that have shaken intercollegiate athletics over the past year, we felt compelled to discuss USC’s sanctions in a new light.”

Beginning in 2011 USC was docked 10 scholarships per year for a three-year span. The Trojans were also allowed a maximum of only 75 scholarship players on the roster, which is 10 fewer than normal.

6 comments
mao
mao

Another example of east coast biased.  Can it be any more obvious?

pj.moren
pj.moren

Ah, but there IS a clear comparison between the Penn State case and the USC case -- they both represent  ludicrously unjust decisions by the NCAA.  Any neutral, informed (and I must add intelligent, rare though it is in the sports world) observer knows this.

The NCAA's reasoning in response to USC goes like this:  We used a different process for USC, so we have no reason to look again at our decision, no matter how unjust.  Process, even if flawed beyond a shadow of a doubt, will trump the interests of justice.  Why?  Because we can, says the NCAA. Because we have no balls and we want to avoid looking foolish by re-opening a case we unashamedly ram-rodded to get the result we wanted.  That's really all there is to it, there is no more.  It is amazing that an institution responsible for such a flawed and unjust process can hold such sway over the atheletic departments of the many colleges and universities that are its members. 

And yes, it is beyond dispute that this is the real reason for their refusal to reconsider USC's case. Ask anyone whose opinion on the matter is worth listening to.  Unbiased, intelligent observers of the situation, including the  few responsible sports jornalists who have  taken the time to read and consider the pertinent facts of the USC case and compare it to others, are in pretty solid agreement that USC was unfairly and outrageously hosed by the NCAA.  They were hosed for nothing more than that the COI didn't APPROVE OF USC's STYLE.  

Before you react with the usual knee jerk and ill informed twaddle, please take the time to read the NCAA reports of the case and read the many well considerd and thoughtful Stewart Mandel articles about it and the cases that came after (the reports also include what are known as "pertinent facts," a concept alien to most who comment about this issue on these blogs).

A travesty of epic proportions, but ... hey, it's only college football.  ($$$$$)

Fandom should not enter into this ... if this can happen to USC, it can happen to any hyper-successful program that garners the kind of universal envy that USC did in their dominant era.  Do you want to be governed by this institution?  Really?

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

Meanwhile SEC players are caught taking thousands for autographs and coming out in the media admitting they got paid and NCAA does nothing. The bottom line is that there are a bunch of good ol boys making a ton of money off the SEC / ESPN contract and they know keeping USC down will allow them to keep collecting cash. College football is a joke.  

TheHip1
TheHip1

So the raping of innocent children in the facility of Penn State is somehow less offensive than a couple of plane tickets and some cash to USC? Way to go NCAA! Worthless and misguided as ever!

Daniel57
Daniel57

@TheHip1No, USC got denied because the NCAA saw the hiring of Lane Kiffin as a extended middle finger by USC in the NCAA's direction. He left Tennessee with a host of violations, USC hired him anyway. The NCAA doesn't believe, IMHO, that USC is actually recalcitrant.