This ain’t good for USC. The NCAA cited a lack of institutional control when they dropped the hammer on the USC. After a four-year investigation, they decided that former RB Reggie Bush and men’s basketball star O.J. Mayo received improper gifts.
“The general campus environment surrounding the violations troubled the committee,” according to the NCAA’s public report.
The football program will not be allowed to participate in a bowl game for two years and will be on probation for four years as well. They will also lose 30 scholarships over the next three years. Ouch.
USC will also forfeit their 2004 BCS championship win from 2004 and all of their games in 2005. Ouch again.
Reggie Bush might not be done though. He is still at risk of losing his Heisman Trophy, which would then be handed over to Vince Young.
Bush responded to the sanctions in a statement.
“I have a great love for the University of Southern California and I very much regret the turn that this matter has taken, not only for USC, but for the fans and players,” he said.
“I am disappointed by [Thursday's] decision and disagree with the NCAA’s findings,” he continued. “If the University decides to appeal, I will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and USC, as I did during the investigation. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on making a positive impact for the University and for the community where I live.”
This is a big loss for USC and could/will cost the university millions of dollars. Stay tuned on whether or not Reggie gets to keep his trophy.