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NCAA counters USC's Haden, says no further appeal on case

Sorry, Lane: no sanction relief just yet. (USATSI)
Sorry, Lane Kiffin: no sanction relief just yet. (USATSI)

On Thursday, USC AD Pat Haden issued a statement, that coming on the heels of the NCAA this week reducing Penn State's sanctions, said "after candid discussions, the NCAA asked us to provide additional information and indicated it would study our suggestions." But less than 24 hours later, the NCAA has essentially said, No, we didn't.

“There is no comparison between the USC and Penn State cases," the NCAA said in a statement CBS obtained Friday. "In USC's case, a hearing before the Committee on Infractions was held and there was an appeal. There will be no further appeal.”

Asked how the NCAA's statement meshed in the wake of Haden's statement Thursday, Meghan Durham, an assistant director of public relations with the NCAA, said her understanding is the NCAA never asked for such additional information since it had already considered USC's case.

ESPN.com first reported the NCAA's comments on the matter.

USC is still coping with devastating sanctions assessed by the NCAA after an investigation into impermissible benefits received by former star running back Reggie Bush. The Trojans' penalties included the loss of 10 scholarships per year during a three-year span, and a maximum of 75 scholarship players on the roster. Plus, a two-year postseason bowl ban that the program has already served. Haden has pointed out that USC currently has fewer than 60 scholarship players suiting up for games.

Bruce Feldman is a senior writer for CBSSports.com and college football commentator for CBS Sports Network. He is a New York Times Bestselling author, who has written books including Swing Your Sword, Meat Market and Cane Mutiny. Prior to joining CBS, Feldman spent 17 years at ESPN.
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