Appeal Denied: NCAA decision trims USC season goals

Most of us adopted the “hope for the best, but expect the worst” mentality, in regard to USC football and its appeal for relief of sanctions. History revealed odds of success at slim to none, but we entered with a mindset that the committee on infractions would show mercy, weighing an old case with those sprouting new across the country since the ordeal began.—It didn’t.

All penalties will remain standing and continue their course.

What this means is another season trimmed of goals. For the second consecutive year, the Trojans will be ineligible for the NCAA postseason, which will now include the Pac 12’s inaugural championship game. It relegates the program to a role of spoiler, maintaining the ability to upend all those vying for championships, but unable to make a championship run of its own.

The announcement, which finally brings the drawn out process to a close, will also have a tremendous impact on recruiting. USC will be limited to 15 available scholarships for 2012. The class currently has eight verbal commitments, leaving room for an addition of just seven more. The door is also left open for seniors wanting to transfer, allowing them to do so without penalty.

“We’re happy that it’s over, so we can move forward and deal with it.”—Lane Kiffin

USC can move forward, but it is burdened with the weight of a package it was unable to shed. And as I read commentary across Wednesday’s social network, I realized there are many that are misinformed as to how that bundle came into being.

Comments ranged from Reggie Bush getting paid by an agent to attend USC—to Pete Carroll having knowledge and turning a blind eye to the impermissible benefits.  Others went as far as to say the checks to the Bush family were cut from USC itself. And though these instances would warrant the punishment, all are incorrect.

Bush became Lloyd Lake’s employee #5. Their business arrangement was outside of USC and the program received no benefit from it. The NCAA penalized the Trojans for “failure to monitor”.  And by constructing a link between Todd McNair and Lloyd Lake, it ruled “unethical conduct” on the part of the former running backs coach, tying the program to “knowledge” of the infraction without report. That is the case against the football program, and when grouped with men’s basketball and Women’s Tennis, we get “lack of institutional control”.

Why are so many people misinformed? It could be the selfishness in wanting the situation to be worse than it was, as to justify the punishment and gain satisfaction from it. Or it could be the length of the grapevine it traveled, and how often the story was altered over time:

The Buckeyes are on the clock…

Fight On!


~ by Anthony on May 26, 2011.

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