News came out yesterday that Pat Haden had reached out to appeal to the NCAA following Penn State’s sanction relief from Tuesday. It didn’t take Mark Emmert and the NCAA to decide on the Trojans, as they’ve released a statement this morning, denying the request.
“There is no comparison between USC and Penn State,” the NCAA said in a statement, as reported by ESPN’s Joe Schad. “USC’s appeal was denied and there is no further consideration being given.”
The attempt from Haden and VP of Compliance Dave Roberts included a two-day meeting with the NCAA in Indianapolis, using “outside of the box” rationale that hinged on both good behavior and the idea of sanctions being a safety issue.
On Tuesday, Penn State was given a reprieve due to their good behavior in the year since being sanctioned, which explains USC’s stance there. Plus, Kiffin alledged to the media that reduced numbers call for more reps on starters, which in turn forces more wear and tear on said players.
With the NCAA effectively putting this all to bed today, the Trojans must now officially move on, whether or not they feel the actions of the NCAA are fair. They’ve now lost an official appeal, in addition to this plea for additional mitigation.
USC will only be allowed to sign 19 players in the Class of 2014, with at least four of them having to be of the early enrollee variety.