The NCAA is scheduled to hold a teleconference at 3 p.m. ET Thursday afternoon, at which point they will release their findings into the USC football program and any sanctions levied on the university.
As was reported late last night by multiple outlets, those sanctions are expected to include, among other penalties, a two-year bowl ban and the loss of at least 20 scholarships spread out over an undetermined amount of years.
Additionally, the language of the report written by the NCAA could allow for certain players to bolt the program without penalty. According to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, “[i]f the NCAA committee on infractions recommends it, any USC football [player] with two years of eligibility or less could transfer without sitting out a year because of the two-year bowl ban.”
Scholarship reductions? Players receiving a free hall pass out of Heritage Hall permanently? It’s no wonder head coach Lane Kiffin was reportedly “livid” at the sanctions about to be handed down on what is now his football program.
All of this, and we haven’t even mentioned the possibility of the Trojans being stripped of the BcS title they earned for their performance on the field in 2004.
The severity of the apparent sanctions has some involved with the program already thinking appeal.
“We got killed,” an unnamed source who saw the report told the Daily News. “There’s no way we won’t appeal this decision. One year would be hard to take, but two years?”
As noted by the Daily News, this would be the stiffest penalty for a Pac-10 school since Washington in the mid-nineties.
It would also be a similar fate suffered by Alabama back in the early 2000’s, and it only took them six years, three “head coaches” and one Nick Saban to get out from under the fog of sanctions.
The USC faithful had better hope Kiffin is their Saban, not their Mike Shula, though.