Thursday, June 10, 2010

USC postseason play banned for two years

Lane Kiffin and Co. have their work cut out for them.

Following the NCAA's decision to ban USC football from postseason play for the next two years, USC fans and alums are awaiting Lane Kiffin's reaction to this whole ordeal.

As if that wasn't enough, the NCAA also slammed USC with four years probation, a loss of 30, that's right, 3-0, football scholarships, and fortfeits of an entire year's games for violations involving former USC Trojan and Heisman Trophy Winner, now New Orleans Saint Reggie Bush.

Did I mention that those forfeits include the entire 2004-2005 college football season when USC defeated Oklahoma in the BCS title game? The forfeits imposed also include 12 games during Bush's Hesiman-winning season which ended in a loss to Texas in the 2006 BCS title game.

There's even talk of Bush losing his Heisman Trophy, pending a Heisman Trophy Trust review.

USC was penalized for a "lack of institutional control" in the ruling made by the NCAA following its four year inverstigation on the university. USC's basketball program also suffered losses in the NCAA's decision.

The NCAA says Bush received gifts from two different sports marketers of whom were hoping to sign him. The NCAA claims that these two men paid for everything from hotel stays, to a rent-free home for Bush's family, and a limousine and new suit for his Heisman acceptance.

USC plans to appeal some of the penalties, claiming that they are excessive.


1. How the heck am I ever going to be able to cheer on USC for the next two years if there is absoultely no chance of seeing them play a bowl game?

2. THIS IS NOT REGGIE BUSH'S FAULT. Blame the unscrupulous sports agents and sports marketers who influence these student-athletes to sign with them by providing them with gifts or bribes.
Question: If someone offered you free room and board for you and your family, would you say no?
Don't penalize Reg for the monster he was during his Heisman-winning season. He deserves that trophy.

3. Carrol got out just in time.

4. Good luck Kiffin. Talk about getting the shit-end of the stick.

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