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article imageUSC punished with post season ban

By Michael Bearak     Jun 10, 2010 in Sports
The University of Southern California has received sanctions from the NCAA from their investigation. The sanctions include a two-year ban from bowl games.
The NCAA spent four years investigating the University of Southern California and it culminated in the university being cited for a lack of institutional control. The reported listed numerous violations involving both former running back Reggie Bush and basketball star OJ Mayo.
As part of the report the NCAA found that Reggie Bush was ineligible as of December 2004 at the latest. That means the NCAA could force the team to vacate any game victory where Bush played. That would include their victory in the January 2005 BCS Championship and their loss in their 2006 Rose Bowl loss against Texas. The NCAA also said that Bush's Heisman Trophy could be revoked by by the Heisman Trophy Trust.
The Trust issued a statement saying, "The Heisman Trophy Trust will have a comment at the appropriate time. Until that time, it will have no comment."
The football team also is losing 30 scholarships, 10 per year for the next three years.
The NCAA also found sanctions against involving the basketball team and the women's tennis team. According to USC's senior vice president for administration, Todd Dickey, "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."
The NCAA's ruling is a repudiation to the success the Trojans had under Pete Carroll when they won seven Pac-10 Championships and two National Championships during a decade. The football program put most of the blame on assistant coach Todd McNair, as team and school officials denied any knowledge of wrong doing concerning Bush.
Bush has been accused of inappropriate dealings with sports marketers Lloyd Lake and Michael Michaels. Both men sued Bush to recoup gifts and cash provided to Bush and his family during his tenure at USC.
While the school has said it would accept sancations in women's tennis and men's basketball they will appeal the decision against the football program.
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