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USC hoops gets The Big Haircut, is football next?

Posted on: January 3, 2010 2:24 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2010 2:24 pm
 

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- By now you know that USC basketball self-imposed some fairly severe penalties. The Trojans are out to a surprising 10-4 start (2-0 in the Pac-10). Here's the gist of Sunday's press release that hit here about 10:42 a.m. PT...

The self-imposed sanctions for the men’s basketball program include a one-year ban on post-season competition following the 2009-2010 regular season, including the Pac-10 Conference basketball tournament; a reduction of one scholarship for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years; a reduction by one of the number of coaches permitted to engage in off-campus recruiting activities during the summer of 2010, and a reduction in the total number of recruiting days by twenty days (from 130 to 110) for the 2010-2011 academic year.

In addition, because of Mayo’s involvement with Rodney Guillory, whom under NCAA rules became a USC booster due to his role in Mayo’s recruitment, USC will vacate all wins during the 2007-2008 regular season, which was when Mayo competed while ineligible.  USC will also return to the NCAA the money it received through the Pac-10 Conference for its participation in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament. 

These self-imposed sanctions impact only the men’s basketball program, and do not affect any other program.

“We have very high standards for our faculty, athletic department, staff and students,” said USC Senior Vice President Todd R. Dickey.  “We expect and demand that everyone associated with the University live up to these standards.  Nothing is more important than the integrity of this institution and its people.”

AD Mike Garrett said, “We believe the self-imposed sanctions are consistent with penalties imposed at other NCAA member institutions which have been cited with similar rules infractions.  Although we are disappointed that rules were violated, we look forward to moving past this matter and to the future success of our men’s basketball program.”

Kevin O’Neill, head men’s basketball coach for USC added, "I think the University did the right thing in self-imposing sanctions.  I respect and understand the action that was taken. Our players have risen to many challenges already this season and I am proud of what they have accomplished.  I am confident that they will rise to this latest challenge. 

“As their coach, I will do everything in my power to make our program better on and off the court every day,” he said. “Our job as a team now is to move forward in a positive manner.  We have 16 games left to play this season.  I have no doubt that our players will prepare and play well in those games. While it is unfortunate that our players won't have the chance to compete in the post-season, that just makes every game for us now a post-season game.”

I'm wondering if this is USC getting out in front of itself on the football side too. The investigation into the Reggie Bush matter is now in its fourth year. This has to suggest that there is still some abiguity with the football investigation.  The O.J. Mayo deal was a disaster from the start. USC knew exactly what it was getting into when Tim Floyd recruited the kid.

I keep hearing that something is something soon on the Bush matter but the fact that basketball was settled first -- don't forget the NCAA can still add additional penalties -- meant this was a much more pressing matter.

I guess my question is, could it be possible that USC could have postseason bans on BOTH major programs?

Probably not, but for sure USC is going to get slapped with institutional control which means football can expect to lose some scholarships. At least.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: USC
 
Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2010 8:23 pm
 

Big haircut? More like bad perm job.

A one-year post-season ban for a campus afterthought that might not make the NCAA tournament anyway is hardly The Big Haircut. Let's save the death metaphors for the real penalties, shall we?



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2010 8:01 pm
 

USC hoops gets The Big Haircut, is football next?

Aw, crap.  It was Dodd, not Doyel.  Still waiting for Doyel to have an insightful comment one day. 



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2010 7:57 pm
 

USC hoops gets The Big Haircut, is football next?

The O.J. Mayo deal was a disaster from the start. USC knew exactly what it was getting into when Tim Floyd recruited the kid.Probably the single most insightful comment Doyel has ever made.

You knew when you got Floyd, and when he went after Mayo, exactly what was looming.  There's no way that combination was ever going to come out clean.  It seems like institutions all across the country saw the handwriting with Mayo.  Not sure if they stayed away, or if they just lost out, but they're lucky they did.  Mayo held nothing back - he said from the beginning he would be one and done and would essentially go to the highest bidder.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2010 3:08 pm
 

USC hoops gets The Big Haircut, is football next?

Exactly how did USC cheat in the Reggie Bush situation?

You people need to mix in a clue.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2010 11:43 am
 

USC hoops gets The Big Haircut, is football next?

Fully agree that the USC football program needs to be placed on probation as well in order to attempt to reform some of the integrity in college football. USC cheated and now they must pay the price.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2010 3:12 am
 

USC hoops gets The Big Haircut, is football next?

sportsbog: Don't be such a dork!



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2010 10:04 pm
 

USC hoops gets The Big Haircut, is football next?

Bush should just give back the Heisman and Southern Cal should forfeit all the games in which Bush played, including
the National Championship.    The fact that they are such a high profile team shouldn't mean they get any leniency.
Maybe if the NCAA actually enforced some of their rules and penalties, then maybe some of the cheating would stop.
Cheating seems rampant and is really ruining the integrity of the college game. 



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2010 9:38 pm
 

USC hoops gets The Big Haircut, is football next?

Totally beat me to that quote bdat13, excellent you noticed it too...

It actually should read...WE HAVE VERY HIGH STANDARDS FOR OUR FACULTY, ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT, STAFF, AND STUDENTS....UNLESS IT SOMEHOW AFFECTS THE FUTURE OF OUR BIGGEST MONEYMAKER, OUR BELOVED TROJAN FOOTBALL TEAM."


corona79
Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2010 6:34 pm
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Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2010 5:07 pm
 

USC hoops gets The Big Haircut, is football next?

Not sure how USC believes they are living up to high standarads as Todd R. Dickey: “We have very high standards for our faculty, athletic department, staff and students ”. USC has yet to release information or talk about self-imposed sanctions regarding Reggie Bush, the Land Rover and/or other issues revolving around the football team.


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