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USC Trojans will (finally) be off NCAA probation this week

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The end is in sight for the USC football program. Effective Tuesday, June 10, USC will officially be taken off probation.

The probation was put in place following a lengthy 2006 NCAA investigation looking into alleged extra benefits being received by former USC running back Reggie Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo. As a result, in June 2010, the Trojans were slapped with the “lack of institutional control” label, stripped of a BCS national championship and Bush’s Heisman Trophy was vacated. The football program was handed a two-year postseason ban and forced to lose 30 scholarships over a three-year period.

The Trojans are still rebuilding from the impact of the loss of scholarships, and as the Los Angeles Times profiles, it will take some time before the program is back to full working order with a full scholarship limit. The Class of 2015 will be the first full recruiting class USC will be able to put together for the first time in four years. In that time the Trojans have been passed by programs like Oregon and Stanford for Pac-12 bragging rights and UCLA has come on strong under the new leadership of head coach Jim Mora. The Bruins look like a playoff contender in 2014 with a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Brett Hundley and one of the top defensive household names in Myles Jack.

Meanwhile, the Trojans will be opening the new season with its third head coach since the NCAA investigation got underway. Pete Carroll returned to the NFL to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship and Lane Kiffin was left at the airport after a bad loss against Arizona State last season. Now the task for new head coach Steve Sarkisian will be to restore the pride in the once might USC program.

The good news is, the job should start to get a little easier now.

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9 Responses to “USC Trojans will (finally) be off NCAA probation this week”
  1. arrogantnation says: Jun 8, 2014 4:44 PM

    USC be back to being a powerhouse within three years.

  2. canetic says: Jun 8, 2014 9:16 PM

    USC will be back to being on probation within three years.

  3. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jun 8, 2014 9:30 PM

    Most of ’em are still on LAPD probation.

  4. thekatman says: Jun 8, 2014 9:31 PM

    I agree with arrogantnation. Notre Dame, Oregon, Washington, UCLA and to some extent Stanford all benefited form the NCAA sanctions against USC. Anyone with a brain who can read and do their own independent research knows that the NCAA’s case is going to be dealt with in a court of law when the Todd McNair case goes to trial. If it never goes to trial, then we will all know the NCAA paid him in an out-of-court settlement to be quiet, thus the NCAA is guilty as charged.

    BTW: There were 4 coaches during the schollie sanction years. You forgot to include, which you must, Coach Ed Orgeron. He was a real man and a coach who could’ve taken the helm this year, had USC AD Pat Haden not lied to him.

  5. pdcooper08 says: Jun 8, 2014 11:23 PM

    LAPD Probation. Are you for real dude. What is that. Just a clown attempting humor? Anyway, now that the nightmare is officially over, it’s on to big and better things. Fight On!!!

  6. Professor Fate says: Jun 8, 2014 11:30 PM

    There’s something special in reading a Miami Hurricane (Paul Dee’s university) fan’s claim that the Trojans “will be back to being on probation within three years.”

    Miami (aka Thug U), which was far and away the more egregious school when it comes to violations, employed Dee during the halcion years of ongoing criminal activity. The height of that felonious fracas, despite such luminaries as Luther Campbell, Nevin Shapiro, et. al., was the ’89-’92 defrauding of the Pell Grant system. Miami didn’t just pursue pay-for-play scenarios, they went all-in by stealing from American taxpayers as well.

    Is the comment irony, hypocrisy in the finest Paul Dee tradition, or a stupendously moronic combination of the two? In any event, way to go canetic! You win the imbecile-of-the-day internet award, something not easily done in this day and age.

  7. bigbuckeye76 says: Jun 9, 2014 9:57 AM

    Frankly, after what happened at Auburn with Cam Newton, USC (and OSU) got screwed.

  8. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Jun 9, 2014 10:59 AM

    It just goes to show that the NCAA still has the guts to go after teams that pay their players, well as long as they are not in the SEC!

  9. scbaby2013 says: Jun 9, 2014 5:43 PM

    Can’t wait for Todd McNair lawsuit….NCAA is a bunch if hypocrites

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