Reactions are going to start flowing in from all over the country regarding the decision from the NCAA on Tuesday to just levy nine scholarship losses against the Miami Hurricanes for their involvement with booster Nevin Shapiro.
Comparisons to other schools that have committed infractions and been punished in the past have been prevalent, but in today’s world, everyone that faces punishment gets compared to the USC Trojans in some form or another.
For a bit of a memory jogger, about five years ago, the NCAA came down hard on USC by imposing a two-year bowl ban as well as docking them ten scholarships per year over a three-year period for the Reggie Bush allegations.
Now, a crucial difference between the two that most are pointing out is the fact that the Trojans vehemently denied everything, while Miami played along, in a sense, by imposing their own bowl ban the past two seasons, which made their punishment today less harsh.
Whatever side you’re on, USC AD Pat Haden weighed in just a short time ago and gave his take on today’s news in comparison to what happened to his program a few years ago:
USC AD Pat Haden on NCAA’s Miami decision: “We have always felt our penalties were too harsh. This decision only bolsters that view”
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 22, 2013