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I don't remember penalties this bad. They literally hammered them.

I wonder if they will take away Bush's Heisman Trophy? Also the national championship is controlled by the BCS and NOT the NCAA so it will be interesting to see if they can take that away. Either way this effects THE ENTIRE SCHOOL'S sports program. Amazing how heavily they were hit.


A little more than 53 months after Reggie Bush played his final game, the NCAA has severely punished the Southern California football program for illegal benefits Bush received during his three years with the Trojans.

The ban includes a two-year ban on postseason play and a reduction in 10 scholarships for the next three seasons.

The NCAA determined that Reggie Bush received illegal benefits during his playing career at Southern California.CAPTIONBy Kevork Djansezian, APUSC will also forfeit 14 victories Bush participated in from December 2004 to the end of his career in the 2006 Rose Bowl. It includes the 2005 Orange Bowl, where the Trojans beat

Oklahoma for the BCS national championship. It is possible that the school could forfeit that title. In addition, Bush could be forced to return the Heisman Trophy he won in the 2005 season.

USC SANCTIONS: Read the entire report (.pdf)
TIMELINE:Inside look at lengthy investigation at USC

This is one of the harshest football penalties handed down by the NCAA since SMU'S football program was given the death penalty for the 1987 season.
Southern California announced its plan to appeal some of the sanctions.
"We acknowledge that violations occurred and we take full responsibility for them. However, we sharply disagree with many of the findings in the NCAA Committee on Infractions Report. Further, we feel the penalties imposed are too severe for the violations identified in the report," said Todd d%@#ey, USC's senior vice president for administration.
Current coach Lane Kiffin said Thursday that he was confident the program would be able to weather the impact of the sanctions.
"I don't think it's going to have an impact on our recruiting," Kiffin said. "We've talked to a lot of people from our team, to our signees, to recruits, and we have not felt an impact at all, because USC is still USC. We're still going to play an extremely high level of football. You can still get a great education if you come to USC. I don't feel an impact at all so far today, talking to a lot of people, talking to our staff, a lot of different kids."
Starting quarterback Matt Barkley said the team is focused despite the expectation that there would be no postseason for the next two years.
"We know there's a possibility we won't play in a bowl game, but at the same time, I came here for a degree from one of the best universities in the country and to win football games," Barkley said. "If we play 13 instead of 14, we'll try to win all 13 of them. So no matter what happens with this, we're staying positive."
Pete Carroll, who was the coach of USC for the past nine seasons before leaving for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks in January, said last month he would "surprised" if there were significant sanctions. On Thursday, said he was "shocked and disappointed" by the results.
Bush issued a statement before the penalties were announced, saying "I am disappointed by today's decision and disagree with the NCAA's findings." He said he would cooperate if the school decides to appeal.
The NCAA also sanctioned two other USC sports programs. It accepted the men's basketball's self-imposed penalties that resulted from illegal benefits received by O.J. Mayo. The Trojans were banned from postseason play in the 2009-10 season and forfeited all victories in the 2007-08 season.
The only addition to penalties that the NCAA made were in making the school:
- Vacate its postseason victories from the 2007-08 season
- Disassociate itself with Mayo and Rodney Guillory, the handler who reported received a payment from the school
- Travel restrictions for any non-university personnel
"I applaud (the NCAA) for realizing that self-imposing was our way of saying we did make some mistakes along the way, and what we've got to do is be vigilant, which we will," coach Kevin O'Neill said."
The women's tennis program forfeited all wins in which a former student-athlete competed while ineligible between November 2006 and May 2009. -- Erick Smith


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Pete was the commander and thief, he knew what was happening, he needs to be sanctioned with his current team or stand trial in a court of law. Enough of this BS.

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Look-I'm not perfect. But let's all try to do the next right thing and when we screw up (lie, cheat, steal) admit it and try to make amends.
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