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Bush Probed By NCAA, USC Sanctions Soon? [Updated]

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Yahoo! Sports writers Jason Cole and Charles Robinson are reporting that former USC Trojans running back Reggie Bush met with NCAA investigators prior to the 2009 NFL season after investigators spent more than three years trying to get him to talk. As expected he denied that he and his family took $300,000 worth of extra benefits while he was playing for the Trojans in 2004 and 2005.

While that is definitely something, the more interesting part of the article says:

Multiple sources interviewed by the NCAA eventually revealed to Yahoo! Sports that investigators had widened their probe significantly in the last year, moving beyond Bush and Mayo and deepening the focus on USC’s control of its athletic department. Such a shift was significant, as it brought into play the issue of lack of institutional control - one of the most serious penalties that can be brought against a university. Such a penalty could result in a significant loss of scholarships, postseason bans, the stripping of wins, voiding of statistics and other far-reaching sanctions.

Uh-oh.

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My uncle, who is a USC alumnus, has argued with me tooth and nail about the severity of the NCAA investigation. He claims that it’s near impossible to pin the university with knowledge of what Bush was doing.

I agree with that, however I kept telling him that the NCAA will expand the investigation into the institutional control issue within USC. And that is where USC will get their balls squeezed, twisted and crushed.

While the punishment won’t be the death penalty that SMU received in the late 80s, it probably won't even be on par with what Alabama received - five years of probation, a two-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions.