Sep 21, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Lane Kiffin (right) and athletic director Pat Haden before the game against the Utah State Aggies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NCAA denies USC's appeal to reduce sanctions

When the news came out earlier this week that the NCAA would be reducing some of the scholarship sanctions they leveled against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, USC athletic director Pat Haden hoped the decision meant that Trojans would have the opportunity to see their sanctions reduced, too. Unfortunately for Haden and USC fans, the NCAA denied the Trojans the right to appeal the sanctions on Friday, issuing the following terse statement: “There is no comparison between USC and Penn State. USC’s appeal was denied, and there is no further consideration being given” (ESPN).

The sanctions against USC are set to expire in 2014 anyway, but the NCAA’s decision is still a blow to a powerhouse program that has struggled ever since being forced to reduce scholarships due to the controversy surrounding former Trojan Reggie Bush. The Trojans have only been allowed to keep 75 scholarship players on their roster the past few season, a number 10 fewer than is normally allowed. While they will be allowed to sign 24 players in the 2014 recruiting class, they will not be allowed to have an 85-player team until the 2015 season begins.

[Source: ESPN]

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  • Pridenpoise

    If you ask me the NCAA has a hard on for USC, and to say you can’t compare the Penn State issues with the USC violations, no certainly not. Nobody at USC was raping children in showers,all the while the coaching staff was involved or chose to ignore it. It is bulls””t plain and simple that the athletes at USC are paying the price for what one player and possibly one coach were involved in, especially considering none of them were there when all of this transpired. Look at Ohio state, slap on the wrist compared to USC. The powers that be at the NCAA are DICKS, who have their heads up their asses. There bias against the Trojans is a joke. Sanctions or not the Mighty Trojans will rise again.