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Report: Two-season postseason ban for USC

It was leaked earlier today that the final report on the NCAA’s investigation into the USC football and basketball programs would be released on Thursday.

Ahead of that semi-scheduled release — which will not include a press conference on the part of the Trojans as previously thought — comes word of potential sanctions facing the football program.

And unlike some — including us — had previously thought, it will not exactly be a slap on the wrist for the storied institution.

According to Bruce Feldman of, USC will receive a two-year post-season ban from the NCAA’s probe into, among other things, the alleged illegal benefits received by Reggie Bush while he was a Heisman-winning running back at USC.

Additionally, per Feldman, the program will be hit with a loss of scholarships, the amount of which is not yet known.

There’s no word on additional sanctions that could be slapped on the university; however, if Bush were to be declared retroactively ineligible, it could lead to USC being stripped of their 2004 BcS title, a previously-unknown stipulation implemented by the governing body of Div. 1-A football titles after the NCAA’s probe into Bush commenced.

Needless to say, the fallout will continue throughout the day Thursday and, possibly, well into the future.

UPDATE 12:31 a.m. ET: According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the USC football program will lose “more than 20… scholarships” as part of the sanctions handed down by the NCAA.  There is no word on over how many years that scholarship loss would be spread out.

“Limited recruiting contacts, probation and forfeiture of victories are also among the penalties” that are in play for the football program, the Times reports.

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35 Responses to “Report: Two-season postseason ban for USC”
  1. Tha Hamburger says: Jun 10, 2010 12:17 AM

    Good…screw USC. Kiffin was guilty of breaking a plethora of rules at UT and also breaking humanitarian laws by being a huge douche bag, so he’s almost deserving of this making his job nearly impossible when he had nothing to do with it.
    That’s just Karma saying “Shockingly enough you’ve done worse things than wear a visor like a gigantic tool so here’s your supper. Now eat it.”

  2. Portiagirl says: Jun 10, 2010 12:36 AM

    It is amazing how many people hate the Trojans. I graduated from USC in 1996 and as a graduating senior, the football program was offering 2 season tickets for the price of one. They couldn’t give the seats away. We went through a lot of bad games, seasons and coaches, and finally came success. We are no different than any other fans. We love our football team. It’s cool to hate USC and hate Reggie Bush, but if they had Reggie on their team, they would have loved him, too. Strip away all the illegal stuff he “allegedly” did and he was still and an amazing football player, bottom line. Honestly, I’m glad our last season ended the way it did. It weeded out the fair-weather fans from the true fans. I renewed my season tickets this year, of course, and I look forward to the 1st game. Our motto is “Fight On” and that is exactly what we’re going to do!

  3. techvet says: Jun 10, 2010 12:44 AM

    Fr. Benedict Groeschel likes to quote the ancient pagans, saying “The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.”
    Grind on, for USC!

  4. overratedgators says: Jun 10, 2010 12:50 AM

    Wonder if Seantreal Henderson has started looking into the transfer rules yet?

  5. CDrive28 says: Jun 10, 2010 12:58 AM

    I wonder how many large programs could have a massive NCAA investigations like USC and come away squeaky clean the way Ohio State did 3 or 4 years ago after thiers? My guess is 1 out of 3 at best.

  6. Michael says: Jun 10, 2010 1:23 AM

    The one thing I hate about this is that Reggie Bush is taking all the heat at the moment…when Matt Leinart, Dwayne Jarrett & LenDale White are also on the list of receiving benefits while at USC but you haven’t hear their names mentioned in all of this…YET!

  7. ciggy2020 says: Jun 10, 2010 2:14 AM

    One thing for sure, they will still win more bowl games in the next few years than Notre Dame

  8. Jim "Bob" says: Jun 10, 2010 8:08 AM

    Who was the USC coach that skipped out of town for the NFL? He and USC are cheaters!!!

  9. Evan says: Jun 10, 2010 8:16 AM

    It sounds like justice is being served. As I’ve said in a previous thread, I’d rather be the mediocre CLEAN Irish than the successful DIRTY Trojans.
    Karma is a b$&*#* ain’t it?

  10. burntorangehorn says: Jun 10, 2010 8:30 AM

    So the coaches of the basketball and football teams in those days are both gone, as are the players involved in the improper benefits and other scandals. Yet it could turn out that none of the sanctions actually end up applying to them unless private organizations (the Heisman committee and the BCS) were to decide to take action in wake of the investigation.

  11. headrush4you says: Jun 10, 2010 8:42 AM

    The comparative adavantage here is that USC can afford to pay their players/buy them things, whereas other universities don’t have the money to do such a thing. Sunny California, a new beamer, a wad of cash, who wanted pick USC???

  12. TigerPlanck says: Jun 10, 2010 9:01 AM

    The reason everyone hates USC is because they have only had success by bending the rules. Their football and basketball programs are the main culprits. People hate USC because they get hype and it is all false. They bend the rules, they pay their players, they steal recruits and they have not been good for college athletics. HOW IS THIS AD KEEPING HIS JOB?

  13. steelersmichele says: Jun 10, 2010 9:23 AM

    I’m not a college football fan and don’t have much knowledge about how the NCAA works (I prefer the NFL) but I do find it interesting that current college players are being punished for something that happened 6 years ago when they were still in high school. I have no problem punishing the school financially and no problem punishing the coaches and athletic directors (even though some of them may not be there now–so ban them or fine them) but I don’t see how taking away scholarships and banning post-season play is the right thing to do. Those juniors and seniors, they are at a disadvantage now and what do they play for? I know life isn’t fair, but save that lesson for the real world after college. Punish thsoe that should be punished and leave the kids who had nothing to do with it alone. Maybe I’m missing something–so please let me know.

  14. JoeSixPack says: Jun 10, 2010 9:34 AM

    gotta wonder if the Seahawks are having buyer’s remorse
    USC’s success was largely about recruiting, not coaching
    Having a laid back coach at a southern cal school with lots of southern cal girls certainly helps attract the most successful players out of high school… then one factors in all the “benefits” that the players receive and it’s not tough to attract and maintain the best players and have the most success in college football
    … and how does all of Carroll’s “experience” in recruiting translate to the pro game?
    It doesn’t… have fun Seattle
    Carroll took an excellent Patriots team in the 90s and turned them into a mediocre one. The trend will likely be the same in Seattle.

  15. mrqtte says: Jun 10, 2010 9:47 AM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer team. Now for ND, PAC-10 schools and Florida to start poaching the 2011 and 2012 USC recruits. I love it! Stew in it Kiffin

  16. otisgrover says: Jun 10, 2010 10:41 AM

    Carroll is a great coach. However. like John Calapari in basketball-he’s a cheater.
    That what seperates a John Wooden and a Pete Carroll. “Reputation is what other people think of you” “Integrity is what you are”
    Also, Joe Six Pack-that’s the price you pay for going to an institution that cheats. However the kids, once the Univeristy is on probation, have an ability to transfer to another school if they like.
    This was brought up several times as they had a hell of a recruiting class-and we all knew they were going to get “spanked”. they actually got of easier than they should have!

  17. JSA22 says: Jun 10, 2010 11:14 AM

    Fans that hate USC are just that “haters” who cares. If the NCAA wants to hold a university responsible for the actions of their students I sort of understand that position to a point. But if their reach exceeds the student e.g. his parents, siblings, cousins, next door neighbor etc. then the NCAA needs to articulate the extent of their accountability and give universities the tools to manage or police those individuals, whatever that means. It can’t be done so the NCAA will go about it’s business and who knows you could be next. As for the haters……………..bite me.

  18. mrqtte says: Jun 10, 2010 11:29 AM

    jsa22 – stop mopping up your tears and man up – your school blows!

  19. JoseOle says: Jun 10, 2010 11:29 AM

    I love fans that defend the fact they’ve been cheering for slimballs for the last decade. Bottom line USC’s “Dynasty” is gone. The didn’t win a game in 04, and should be stripped on 05 as well. Bush was a cheat that was in it for the money and the fat ho he got when he left the Trojans. Carroll cheated to get players by buying them houses and whores. All USC fans should be ashamed, and remember this day as the day Texas came into the Pac-16 and ended any talk of USC being a top 5 football team.

  20. Cornerdenizen says: Jun 10, 2010 12:39 PM

    Do you, or anyone else really believe that USC is the first and only school in the history of college football to “break the rules?”
    Is everyone really this blind and stupid? Its so funny this all comes out as the major conferences are being restructured. And what’s it for? Its for MONEY. Period. Thats what college football is all about.
    The BCS pays participating schools 12, 13, 14 million dollars. Unless youre a reserach school, theres no way you’ll ever see that kind of money in one lump sum.
    So for all of you who cheer on your team or your school as if its free of transgression, please, just shut up. Its only a matter of time before everyone gets caught–because everyone is doing it.

  21. SoFlaTrojan says: Jun 10, 2010 1:49 PM

    Otis Grover,
    I think you might need to do a little more research its common knowledge that several players on Woodens UCLA teams were getting paid.
    That being said depending on what comes out in the report PC has definitely stained his image.

  22. SoFlaTrojan says: Jun 10, 2010 2:16 PM

    good post Corner

  23. Cornerdenizen says: Jun 10, 2010 4:12 PM

    @So FlaTrojan:
    Thanks. But I dont think anyone really wants to accept these particular facts…

  24. Paul says: Jun 10, 2010 6:03 PM

    I could not agree more. This is about politics and money. The politics of football where USC was making recruiting in-roads on formerly untouchable SEC turf and the money that goes with that kind of success. Anyone who thinks that Oklahoma or Miami or Florida or other traditional powers aren’t guilty of infractions on the same scale has got their head up their ass. College athletics is a ruthless, ugly business where those who get caught get caught because they didn’t play the NCAA political game the right way. Didn’t Miami under Johnson & Erickson have paid staff to buy drugs on the street so their players wouldn’t get busted? Didn’t Swizters’ Sooners run amok on the OU campus without impunity? Haven’t top recruits been wined and dined with expensive recruiting trips, high-priced prostitutes, and all the liquor+ they could handle?
    This is the utmost in hypocracy. Don’t these universities make millions of the backs of these players? So players get some on the sly, so what? They deserve it. They risk their bodies so universities, TV networks, sponsors, and others can make millions. And please don’t make me laugh about that great education these “student-athletes” are getting. Programs will yank your scholarship at a moment’s notice if you don’t do exactly what they say when they say. And that includes putting in extra study time if you need it. Players are there to play first, study later, if there is the time.
    As for Notre Dame’s clean program…that’s a joke. Their problem is that they’ve chosen the wrong folks to lead their program, not because of any concerns over intergrity. They’ve gotten fat on NBC’s TV contract. Any university that paid all that dough to someone like Charlie Weiss does not care one iota about integrity.

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