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USC reacts to NCAA’s denial of appeal

Lane Kiffin

Yesterday, the NCAA officially denied all appeals laid forth by USC stemming from the hammer dropped on the program last year that included a loss of 30 scholarships and a two-year bowl ban.

Now that the news has had a chance to settle in and ferment a bit, everybody from USC president Max Nikias on down has something to say about the ruling, and as one would expect, they’re not too happy.

Here are the responses:

President  C. L. Max Nikias
“We are extremely disappointed in this result. We are very concerned that the historical value of case precedent and the right to fair process in the NCAA adjudicative process, both in terms of the ability of an institution to defend itself or prove an abuse of discretion on appeal, have been substantially eroded. Further, the decisions of the COI and IAC have set a standard that leaves little, if any, room to discipline more egregious violations that will be addressed by the NCAA in the future without irreparably damaging athletic programs across the country. Notwithstanding this troubling concern and our grave disappointment, we will look forward to the future.”

AD Pat Haden
“I was part of the USC team that met with the Infractions Appeals Committee on January 22nd.  Although I am gravely disappointed, I can assure our student-athletes, coaches and fans that we made every possible argument — forcefully and vigorously — for modifying unjust penalties.”

His Kiffiness
“I respect the NCAA’s decision to uphold the sanctions against USC. That being said, I am disappointed for our players, our fans and our staff that another bowl game and now a possible Pac-12 championship game has been taken away from them.

“I have been and always will be committed to making sure we are following all NCAA guidelines and bylaws to ensure that we are winning the right way.”

I just had to add in that last little bit by Kiffin.

(A big thanks to the Orange County Register for the quotes)

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14 Responses to “USC reacts to NCAA’s denial of appeal”
  1. chiefcarnes says: May 26, 2011 1:08 PM

    Not to worry USC, you have company coming.

  2. pjduffey says: May 26, 2011 1:14 PM

    I would feel sorry for Lane except (1) he is a huge rule-violating douche himself and (2) he was a part of the Carroll rule-violating dynasty.

    That said, I hope there is not too much gloating going on since USC (and now OSU) got caught. I’m sure most major competitive programs have their own skeletons–including my school (UF). If anything, these incidents should be a wakeup call for ADs to do MAJOR audits of their programs.

    My prediction is that this doesn’t hurt USC too much. To be honest, hiring an untalented douche like Lane probably will hurt their program more than the loss of schollys and the program is big enough that the loss of bowl revenue won’t sting too much either.

  3. gatorprof says: May 26, 2011 1:26 PM

    I wonder if this would have turned out differently had they not hired Kiffin and instead went with a disciplinarian who was going to clean up the mess.

  4. imsmartandyouarenot says: May 26, 2011 1:31 PM

    Ohio State should get a stiffer penalty. Far more serious .

  5. nashvilletrojan says: May 26, 2011 1:45 PM

    Here’s a pretty good article written by ESPN Pac12 blogger Ted Miller. Jim Tressel and Gordon Gee at OSU should be insomniacs from here on out.

    Trojan faithful…..It’s finally over and done….we can now plan forward…..Fight On!

  6. soflatrojan says: May 26, 2011 3:07 PM

    I totally agree it’s nice to have it over with and be able to move forward. USC has been dealing with this investigation and appeal for way to long.

    After the Cam Newton and UNC situation it appeared the NCAA would have no choice but to reduce the penalties. But when you’re the judge, jury and the executioner you can do whatever you want.

  7. halo81 says: May 26, 2011 5:59 PM

    In less than 20 years USC has been hit FOUR TIMES with MAJOR sanctions for lack of institutional control.


    The only time they’re successful is when they’re cheating.

    When Robinson got nailed and ran like hell to the league they were mediocre from ’83 to ’86 and then got sanctioned for the second time in five years.

    ’87 to ’00 – Mediocre. Hit with major sanctions again in 2001 and hire Pete Carroll to “clean up the program”.

    Even dirtier under him.

    Loss of an entire season, a BCS Championship, a Heisman Trophy, a ridiculous amounts of scholarships…

    I’m sorry, but Southern Cal is a brutally corrupt football program and if people can’t wake the hell up and realize this then something is wrong.

    Trojan Fans can beat the “Fight On” drums all they want, but the facts are that their program has not been successful without cheating since O.J. was wearing their gear.

    Not a shot a SC either. I don’t hate the school. It’s just getting really freaking frustrating and the fact that they hired that scumbag Kiffin baffles me. He’s another sanction waiting to happen and if Southern Cal gets hit again it’s going to be the death penalty.

  8. edgy says: May 26, 2011 7:31 PM

    gatorprof says:


    No, it wouldn’t have. Seriously, even if they had hired Urban Meyer, they would have still denied the appeal because of how they reacted, much like they did for SMU, which didn’t win their appeal, despite hiring straight arrow, Forrest Gregg. Your ramblings against Kiffin continue to be laughable, much like the rantings against Fulmer.

  9. soflatrojan says: May 26, 2011 7:37 PM


    Feel better?

  10. goodguyjohn says: May 26, 2011 8:46 PM

    In other words, USC was cheating, got caught and is now unhappy that they won’t be let off the hook.

    Sounds about right

  11. bamasucks says: May 26, 2011 11:38 PM

    “pretty good article written by ESPN Pac12 blogger Ted Miller”.

    seriously? every single claim that he made( sanctions too harsh, flimsy evidence, still too harsh , even if everything is true, USC fans have every right to be upset, etc) come across as slanted and inaccurate,imo…….but that’s par for the course with Ted Miller and pretty much every other conference blogger on ESPN’s site.

  12. halo81 says: May 27, 2011 7:36 AM


    Feel better? … I feel fine. I don’t have to worry about my football team cheating over and over again. They can win without cheating.

    The issue is that USC fans have not done what they bloody well should do and straighten that place out. It’s a place of tradition that fans should be proud of.

    Right now you have an absolute clown for a coach, a clown. Not respected by anyone. Your AD would have been a great choice had he had the balls to fire said coach and bring someone real in and let’s face it, your crowds now stink because it’s not the same without Snoop, Will Ferrell and the rest of the U$C Zoo on the sidelines.

    That program is a wreck because of cheating.

    If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t post about it with such vigor. Put yourselves together.

  13. edgy says: May 27, 2011 11:00 AM

    I can’t help but laugh at you thumbs downers. You idiots need to understand what I’m saying instead of just thumbing me down because I said something. There were THREE reasons why this appeal would have not made a difference as to the head coach:

    1. One Pat Haden is worth 1,000 Lane Kiffins. His hiring more than offset anything that Kiffin might have brought to the table.

    2. Mike Garrett and the rest of the bunch forced the NCAA into this with their actions. Had they done ANYTHING, including the loss of 5 scholarships a year (Not a big price for Carroll since he rarely gave out a full 25) for a few years, the NCAA would have been more lenient.

    3. MORE IMPORTANTLY, the NCAA, in response to criticism, changed the appeals process a few years back and made it damn near impossible for ANYONE to win. Since they changed the rules, 1 out of 11 appeals have been successful so if they hit Ohio State with anything because of Tressel, look for that to stick because Tressel will have to do a hell of a lot more than USC did to win over the committee because of his actions.

    Unlike others, I didn’t expect USC to win because of what happened before and because of the changes that they made to the process. The ONLY hope that they had was that the NCAA would look at what Haden had done since he took over but that was, at best, a very slim hope.

  14. edgy says: May 27, 2011 4:08 PM

    halo, I’m not going to make excuses for the Trojans but it’s an absolute lie that they hired Pete Carroll to clean up the program. Their 2001 problem was because of tutors that were writing papers for football players AND females swimmers and had absolutely NOTHING to do with Paul Hackett losing his job OR Pete Carroll getting his, especially when you consider that Miami got sanctioned because of Dennis Erickson, the Trojan’s first choice after they dumped Hackett, who lost his job because he wasn’t winning. FYI, a lot of boosters threatened to take their money else where when they hired Carroll and they were even more vocal when he started out badly. His hiring was far more unpopular than Kiffin’s.

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