USC Football Team Banned From Post-Season Play

Oh yes. I loathe the USC football team so much and now they’re finally getting punished for handing out improper benefits to Reggie Bush while he was still in college. It’s banhammer time for the next two years!

A two-year bowl ban and a loss of more than 20 football scholarships are among the sanctions that the NCAA has dealt USC, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.

The NCAA, the governing body for collegiate sports, informed USC of its decision after a four-year investigation regarding allegations centered on former football player Reggie Bush and former basketball player O.J. Mayo. The NCAA could make its decision public as early as today.

In January, USC self-sanctioned its basketball program for violations that occurred before and during Mayo’s one-season stay with the Trojans in 2007-08, when the team was coached by Tim Floyd, who also appeared at the infractions committee hearing.

Bush, now with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, and Mayo, who plays for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, have maintained that they did nothing wrong while attending USC.

Carroll left USC in January to become coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Floyd resigned from USC in June 2009, later citing a lack of support from Garrett. He worked as an assistant for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets before Texas El Paso hired him as head coach in March.

The NCAA investigation began in March 2006, when reports surfaced that Bush’s mother, brother and stepfather had lived in a San Diego-area home that was owned by a would-be marketer who planned to be part of a group that represented Bush when he turned pro.

On an unrelated note it is now confirmed the Seattle Seahawks have a head coach who happened to be a part of this scandal and conveniently left when the NCAA was on to them. It’s about time this school got punished for serious wrongdoing. Other reports are stating that USC could be forced to forfeit wins from at least the 2004 season, which is the last time they won the National Championship. If they have to vacate their title than Oklahoma would be your new champion. Just goes to show you that losing 55-19 has its benefits. Reggie Bush could lose his Heisman Trophy as well since he’s the main character in this investigation story.

Two years of USC-free Rose Bowls. I’m in heaven. The rest of the Pac-10 (or Pac-25 or how many teams they decide to grab in this expansion) should be pleased to hear this news because that’s one less tream to deal with in the standings.


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