As expected, USC filed an appeal with the NCAA today, requesting that the sanctions handed down as a result of the found lack of institutional control be modified. The school asked that the original two-year bowl ban be halved and that the NCAA reinstate five scholarships a year of the 10 that they originally took away. USC did not address any change to the four-year probation. ESPN.com writes:
“We are hopeful that the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee will agree with our position on appeal, and reduce the penalties,” said Todd Dickey, USC’s senior vice president for administration.
Pending consideration of its appeal, USC said it will implement the bowl ban for the coming season and certain scholarship-related penalties in football. The university also said it was satisfied with the NCAA’s determination that the Trojans’ self-imposed penalties on the men’s basketball and women’s tennis programs were sufficient.
It is not yet clear when or how the NCAA will acknowledge the appeal.