USC Sanctions: NCAA USC Trojan Football Ban And Suspension
USC Sanctions: Football Team Baned For 2 Years From NCAA Play - Reports
The University of Southern California's Men's Football team has been suspended from NCAA Division One Football for two years according to the Los Angeles Times.
A two-year bowl ban and a loss of more than 20 football scholarships are among the sanctions that the NCAA has dealt USC, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.
The NCAA, the governing body for collegiate sports, informed USC of its decision after a four-year investigation regarding allegations centered on former football player Reggie Bush and former basketball player O.J. Mayo.
Further penalties could include forfeiture of previous victories. It is unclear whether that would include the Trojans losing the BCS national title that USC football won with Reggie Bush in 2004.
USC officials are not responding officially at the moment. A more formal media briefing regarding the NCAA investigation into USC is expected occur later Thursday.
Earlier in 2009 USC imposed its own sanctions on the men's basketball team as the NCAA continued its investigation into the USC Football team.
The NCAA investigation and subsequent USC sanctions were triggered by star basketball player O.J. Mayo and Heisman trophy winner, Reggie Bush.
In March 2006 the NCAA began its investigation after reports surfaced that Reggie Bush's family were living in a rent-free San Deigo home owned by a marketing agent who was part of group that was going to represent Bush after he turned pro.
The NCAA inquiry in USC basketball started in 2008 when ESPn reported that Mayo received cash and gifts from an event promoter who steered Mayo towards USC.
Reggie Bush, now with a MVP and Super Bowl ring with New Orleans Saint, says he did nothing wrong.
None, just whatever happens, happens, " Bush said when asked his thoughts about Southern Cal. "What I'm really focused on is where I'm at right now, where I'm at with the Saints' team right now, and so just really looking toward the future."
The frustrating aspect of the impending USC sanctions for Trojan fans is that the NCAA is punishing the present and future USC teams and players for transgressions made by USC players and personnel from the past. Pete Carroll, the former USC Football coach is now with Seattle in the NFL. O.J. Mayo is with the Memphis Grizzlies, Reggie Bush is with the Saints, and Tim Floyd the USC basketball coach is now with Texas El Paso.