USC football banned from bowl games for 2 yrs
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The University of Southern California football team was banned by the NCAA Thursday from making any bowl-game appearances for the next two years and was stripped of all of its wins in which former star running back Reggie Bush played, beginning in December 2004.
The university's athletic program was placed on a four-year probation and the football program was stripped of 10 scholarships for each of the next three seasons.
The forfeited wins include the 2005 Orange Bowl, in which the Trojans defeated the Oklahoma Sooners to win the national championship.
The Heisman Trophy-winning player was on the USC football team from 2003 to 2005. Among other things, there was an investigation into reports that Bush's family lived rent-free in a San Diego home owned by a sports marketer.
Bush has denied any wrongdoing.
A USC official says the university accepts some of the penalties imposed by the NCAA against its football and basketball programs, but it intends to appeal sanctions it believes are excessive.
"We acknowledge that violations occurred and we take full responsibility for them," says Todd Dickey, USC senior vice president for administration. "However, we sharply disagree with many of the findings in the NCAA Committee on Infractions report. Further, we feel the penalties imposed are too severe for the violations identified in the report."
The USC football program attracts some of the most talented players from across the country, but some say current players are having to pay the price for violations that took place long before they arrived at USC.
The NCAA hasn't banned a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Conference team from postseason play in years.
"It's going to be hard to swallow for guys," said Warren Tichner, a USC student. "For recruiting for the future, younger talented players that may have really wanted to come to SC next season may start to reconsider because they're going to want have a chance to go and shine on a bright stage right away."
As part of the investigation, the NCAA looked into the men's basketball team and its recruitment of former player O.J. Mayo. Former Coach Tim Floyd was accused of giving money to a middleman, who helped steer Mayo to USC.
USC already admitted wrongdoing with the basketball program and imposed sanctions on itself, banning the team from postseason play last season.
Your feedback is important to us! Please complete a brief survey so we may continue to improve abc7.com
usc trojans, usc, bcs bowl series, college football, ncaa fb
- Mulholland Bridge over I-405 finally opens
- South LA grandmother found dead in apartment
- Venice beating caught on cam; suspects sought
- Baca acknowledges deputy hiring issues
- LAPD officers to wear body cameras downtown 15 min ago
- Motorcycle officer injured in Mid-City crash
- Woman shot to death in Long Beach; no arrests
- Big Sur fire burns 769 acres; chance of rain
- Bipartisan budget deal nears final passage
- abcnews: Pope delivers Christmas message to serve poor
- Ronnie Biggs, 'Great Train Robber,' dies at 84
- 3-yr-old recovering after 5-organ transplant
- Video: 'American Hustle' takes you back to the '70s
- Photos: Brad Pitt over the years, 1991 to present