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NCAA Releases Findings and Sanctions against USC [Updated]
Paul Dee, former University of Miami athletic director and current head of the infractions committee, announced the findings and penalties to the USC football and basketball programs. "This case strikes at the heart of the principles of amateurism," Dee led off his statement.
As earlier reported, the football team will be banned from any postseason play for the next two years. They will also have a reduction of 30 scholarships over the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons - it was earlier reported that it would be only 20 scholarships over two years. However there is no ban of the team on national television.
The team will also be placed on probation for four years ending on June 9, 2014. During the probationary period the Trojans will have to regulate access to players excluding all non-institutional personnel with the exception of the media and family members.
As for the men's basketball team, no additional sanctions were issued by the NCAA satisfied with the self-sanctions.
However as I speculated back in January much to chagrin of many Trojan fans, the infractions committee did use the dreaded term, "Lack of institutional control." If USC commits any further major violations in the next five years, they will considered repeat offenders and will be handed the "death penalty."
Updated: USC will appeal the severity of the sanctions issued by the NCAA. In their press release, they didn't deny any wrongdoing. All punishments will not go in effect until the appeals process is complete.