USC asks NCAA for review of sanctions
Updated On: Sep 27 2013 09:52:51 AM CDT
USC athletic director Pat Haden discussed with NCAA officials in a scheduled meeting the sanctions assessed against the school's football program after it was announced this week that the penalties against Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky scandal would be reduced.
The Trojans still are dealing with scholarship restrictions as a result of the 2010 case involving former running back Reggie Bush and impermissible benefits. The football program is limited to 75 total scholarships, 10 below the maximum, through the 2013 season.
Meanwhile, the NCAA announced that because Penn State had shown progress in restoring athletics integrity its scholarship limitations would be eased starting next year. Football grants-in-aid would increase from 70 to 75 for the 2014-15 academic year, from 75 to 80 in 2015-16 and to the maximum 85 in 2016-17.
"Given the changing landscape impacting intercollegiate sports over the past year, the recent action regarding Penn State, the impact of the sanctions on our program and the efforts we have under taken at USC to compete with integrity, we again argued for some consideration regarding the 2010 sanctions during the last year of our penalty," Haden said in a statement.
Basically, Haden argued that USC has shown compliance as well and deserves consideration from the NCAA to lessen the sanctions against its program.
"As I have stated on numerous occasions, I believe the penalties imposed on our football program in 2010 were unprecedented and inconsistent with NCAA precedent in prior cases," Haden said. "I also believe the sanctions have resulted in unintended consequences both for our football program and our student-athletes.
"Although the sanctions reduced our total football scholarship limit to 75 (down from 85), attrition resulting from injuries and transfers has resulted in less than 60 recruited scholarship student-athletes suiting up for our games. The current situation is certainly not what was envisioned, nor is it in the best interests of our student-athletes' welfare."
Haden said the NCAA agreed to review USC's case.
"Because time is of the essence regarding these issues, we have asked for the NCAA's response as soon as practical," he said.