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USC Trojans to Lose BCS Championship as a Result of Sanctions

| by Alex Groberman

The NCAA has officially come out with a statement that the University of Southern California (USC) has "exhibited a lack of instituional control from 2004 to 2009." As a result, the school faces a number of sanctions including, but not limited to, having to vacate their 2004 BCS Championship and losses of scholarships for numerous sports.

The NCAA infractions committee had its hearing in February. At that time, USC presented a response to the allegations of misdoings on the part of the Trojans’ men’s football and basketball teams. USC football players were informed of the sanctions during a mandatory meeting on Thursday morning.

USC will have a chance to appeal the punishment.

The Trojans have been under investigation for their dealings with Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush, who played at USC from 2003-05. Once the investigation is complete, Bush could be stripped of his prestigious award if it is proven that he accepted improper benefits from a sports marketer.

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Investigations of possible violations by the Trojans’ men’s basketball program are also being conducted. This, of course, despite the the school having already admitted wrongdoing with the basketball program and sanctioning itself. The school’s self-imposed sanctions included a postseason ban, reduction of scholarships, and the vacating of all wins from 2007-08.

The entire list of penalties, as provided by Yahoo Sports is listed below:

• A postseason ban in football following the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

• A loss of 30 total football scholarships over the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons.

• A vacation of all football victories starting in December 2004 and running through the 2005 season. This includes the national championship win over Oklahoma on Jan. 4, 2005.

• An acceptance of USC’s self-imposed penalties on its basketball program, which included a forfeiture of all wins in 2007-2008 and a one-year postseason ban.

• All statistics vacated for Bush, Mayo and an unnamed women’s tennis athlete in games the NCAA deemed them ineligible due to rules violations.

• All titles won during ineligible games must be vacated and trophies and banners must be removed.

• Bush and Mayo must be disassociated from USC athletics.

• A forfeiture of wins in the women’s tennis program from May 2006 to May 2009, for long-distance telephone violations committed by an athlete.

• A reduction of recruiting days for the men’s basketball program in 2010-2011.

• Four years of probation.