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USC Football: NCAA continues to pour salt in the wound

“They wish they were all Trojans,” former USC athletic director Mike Garrett said.

Garrett was addressing a group of boosters at a San Francisco hotel merely hours after the NCAA handed down the sanctions, which have become more absurd with every subsequent judgement.

Miami, Ohio State, Oregon, and Penn State have all received sympathy from the NCAA and in some cases were lauded for their self-imposed sanctions.

USC also self-imposed penalties, but that largely goes unmentioned.

It was announced on Tuesday that Miami would lose a total of nine scholarships over a three-year period.

Nine scholarships are being taken away from a program that was infiltrated by a booster who directed countless players to strip clubs, yacht parties, and other improper benefits.

The NCAA charged Miami with a “lack of institutional control.”  A phrase that is sure to send chills down the spine of USC fans.  Up until now, it was believed to come with a heavy-handed punishment.

Yet, only nine scholarships are being taken away.  Miami was also given discretion as to when they’d like to be stripped of the scholarships.

The issue isn’t that the NCAA has yet to reprimand any program the way it did to USC.  Their hypocrisy however, is mind-numbing.

When several Ohio State players were involved in a tattoo and memorabilia scandal in 2010, they were still permitted to play in the Sugar Bowl.

Jim Tressel was notified of his player’s infractions prior to the NCAA’s involvement and did nothing.

An argument can be made that the NCAA overstepped its boundaries when it got involved in the child abuse scandal at Penn State.

But, given that it involved prominent figures in the athletic department, it really wasn’t beyond their reach.

Plus, the gravity of what took place at Penn State surpasses everything that has occurred at other universities. Everything. 

The NCAA granting Penn State with relief doesn’t translate to them condoning the abuse, but pardoning them and not USC days later, was a strange decision.

Garrett likely didn’t aid USC’s case with the NCAA, but he has since been replaced and the university has been nothing short of a model citizen.

USC boasts one of, if not the largest compliance offices in the country.  Since being sanctioned, they have made every effort to operate above board, which is more than a lot of other programs can say.

The sanctions have been more crippling than most could have imagined and the NCAA has done nothing but continuously turn their nose at USC.

The NCAA stated USC had already been granted an appeals process, which is comical.

Since USC was sanctioned, the landscape and culture of college football has greatly changed.

There shouldn’t be an expectation for other programs to be punished the way USC was, and if there is that desire, it’s misguided and a waste of time.

The issue with the NCAA is the pendulum has swung from extremely harsh to extremely forgiving.  Rarely, if ever, has it stopped in the middle.

Perhaps USC could have helped their cause with the threat of a lawsuit, but we’ll likely never know.

USC was clearly made an example of and served as the poster child of what not to do.  Unfortunately, since the fateful day in 2010, they’ve also been evaluated by different standards.

Standards that were earmarked for only them.





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  • Rigged4fun

    Garrett has been gone for years. Emmert is new since the sanctions were levied against SC. Other offenders have been let off easy compared to the death penalty Dees engineered. Now you would think that the NCAA having seen the problems corrected, a new AD, compliance to the mark, and having lost ground on the McNair suit you’d think they’d ease up on SC. Nope. Why, Haden claims he’s been very active in getting a new review of the sanctions, yet nothing has changed. My question swings to just what has Haden really attempted. Rumor has it, he wants Emmert’s job and doesn’t want to make waves against the NCAA. Could this be a factor?

  • Mick Rose

    Paul Dee…… may he rot!!!!

    NBC Sports

    Anoesis says:
    Oct 22, 2013 10:47

    The Paul Dee saga of hypocrisy continues to decimate the

    Dee was the head of the NCAA Committee on Infractions
    during the USC hearings, getting that job after quitting as Athletic Director
    at Miami in ’08.

    USC’s football case was about one person, Reggie Bush,
    and USC’s basketball case was about one person, OJ Mayo.

    Miami’s case involved 72 players over nearly a decade of
    willful disregard for NCAA rules.

    Isn’t it ironic that Dee was the AD at Miami during what
    NCAA investigators have called the worst violation of the rules they have ever

    The Reggie Bush and OJ Mayo issues at USC involved
    agents trying to secure their patronage once these vaunted players went pro.
    This is not a competitive advantage.

    Miami, during the watch of Dee on the other hand, was
    involved in an eight-year, 72 player pay-for-play scandal that involved all
    manner of illegal activities as well as bonuses for bounties on competition
    such as Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and a three-year standing bounty on
    Florida State quarterback Chris Rix. Those were most certainly competitive

    Dee was also AD during the Pell Grant scandal in 1995.
    Eighty students, 57 of whom were football players, falsified their Pell Grant
    applications, illegally securing more than $220,000 in federal grant money.
    Federal officials described the scam as “perhaps the largest centralized fraud
    … ever committed in the history of the Pell Grant program.”

    Now, consider the fact that Dee, as Chairman of the NCAA
    Committee on Infractions, sat in judgment of USC when they presented their case
    for leniency before the NCAA in the matter of Reggie Bush. USC’s now
    much-mocked defense was that we (loosely) “did not know, could not be expected
    to know.”

    Dee, who famously sat on the NCAA’s Committee on
    Infractions (while infractions committed during his reign as AD and were still
    being committed at Miami) famously told USC that even though the extra benefits
    a wannabe sports agent paid to Reggie Bush’s family happened in San Diego, some
    130 miles from campus, USC “should have known” it was happening.

    Fifty seven football players stole money from the Pell
    Grant program, but Dee didn’t know.

    Shapiro’s support of Miami football and basketball
    players was right under Dee and University President Donna Shalala’s noses, but
    they didn’t know.

    Shapiro got into a physical fight with the U’s director
    of compliance in the press box at a Miami football game. Dee didn’t know.

    Shapiro paid for Devin Hester’s girlfriend’s engagement
    ring, got the stripper another player got pregnant an abortion, made his home
    and his yacht available for parties and provided cars and clothes and cash and
    VIP club access. Dee didn’t know.

    Yet, while hammering USC for “not knowing,” Dee & Co.
    used the exact same excuse for violations at Miami that made USC’s look
    infinitesimal in comparison.

    I’d love to thank Paul Dee in person, but fortunately
    that hypocritical piece of shit died last year. The biggest irony of all is
    that the Trojans are now decimated personnel-wise because of Dee’s draconian
    elimination of 30 scholarships, while the school whose athletic department he
    headed as it spent years cheating its ass off gets away with losing all of nine.

    Anoesis says:
    Oct 23, 2013 7:34

    Credit where credit is due: A lot of that stuff came from
    Bleacher Report and there’s plenty more posted recently regarding the Todd
    McNair lawsuit against the NCAA (several legal minds say he has a good case for
    defamation) as well as the possibility of USC filing suit regarding the grossly
    unfair sanctions for the Bush/Mayo situation.

    To be clear, I wish Miami no ill will. If I were a fan
    I’d be glad that was all behind the team. My problem is an NCAA that is pathetically
    incompetent and grotesquely out of control. If they had any integrity
    whatsoever they would have revisited the penalties imposed on USC in light of
    the obvious conflict of interest Paul Dee brought to that organization as the
    former AD at Miami.

    A couple final thoughts regarding that fine character

    ESPN’s Ted Miller pointed out Dee’s hypocritical
    statements regarding USC’s violations while more severe violations were being
    committed under his watch while serving as Miami’s athletic director:

    “Here he waxed sell-righteously — and inaccurately — over
    the USC case: ‘This case strikes at the heart of the principles of amateurism.’
    (Inaccurate because booster pay-for-play strikes at the heart of amateurism,
    not agents trying to lure players AWAY from amateurism).”

    Even more compelling is that Dee’s former employer
    (Miami) benefited from the sanctions he oversaw as the Committee On
    Infraction’s chair—the No. 1 prospect in USC’s 2010 recruiting class (according
    to, among others), Seantrel Henderson, decommitted from USC after the
    sanctions were doled out and eventually signed with Miami.

    Justice can be a slippery bastard and I don’t expect that
    USC will get any from the NCAA without a long and costly lawsuit, but if they
    do choose to sue then for the first time in college football history nobody
    would be rooting against the Trojans.

    Fight On

  • UofUman

    You Trojans were so totally hosed here. At the time I thought what the NCAA hit you with was a little extreme, but now that we’ve been in conference with you for 2 years and seen just how bad this has hurt you and how those other teams with offenses as bad or worse got off with just a slap on the wrist, you have this Ute fans sympathy and support.

    We’re still gonna open a can of WhopAss on you Saturday, but otherwise hang tough, Fighting Condoms.