Make that 30

As my colleague Scott Wolf is reporting maniacly on the Inside USC blog, the Trojans were hit harder than even reported yesterday. Thirty scholarships, reducing the max limit to 75 and the per-year to 15. That is absolutely shocking.
When people asked me about the sanctions, I said I thought the one- or two-year bowl ban was about right, and the forfeiture of games, but I don’t think anyone expected those scholarship losses.
Great point by Bruce Feldman on the Scott Van Pelt show today, that I cannot stress enough: USC can no longer take gambles for the next three years on “diamonds in the rough.” The simple scholarship limits alone should incredibly boost UCLA, and there’s really no telling to what extent at this point.

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  • spedjones

    Love it. I’m pretty sure that SC will shed a QB for the class of 2011 at this point as well…

  • BruinInSeattle

    Kiffin was part of that mess, it is only suitable that he is the head coach now. I wonder if that made any impression on the NCAA? Whether they wanted to send a not too subtle message to Kiffin, that being a part of that legacy, he better think twice about how he conducts himself going forward.

    Does this mean SC has to tell however many kids that committed that there no longer are scholarships available to them?

  • Rick K

    The boost will be less than expected. 60-70 % of USC recruits are not academically elgible at UCLA.

  • BruinInSeattle

    what’s the third sport mentioned? Obviously basketball and football, but the NCAA mentioned three sports.

  • Anonymous

    women’s tennis is the 3rd sport

  • Anonymous

    the funny thing is we will still beat and EMBARRASS ucla on the field. its funny when you have to beg like dogs for another program to get hurt for your own program to even inch closer to credibility.

  • Anonymous

    The third sport was women’s tennis

  • Mike H class of 90

    Tennis, BruinInSeattle…one of their athletes rung up a $7,000 phone tab and the university paid for it.

    FWIW, it will be interesting to see how the scholarship reduction affects them. If you look back the last 3 years and cut them off to the top 15 rated recruits, they only lose a few 3 star guys, but in reality it will affect how many offers they can put out. It will be interesting to see if any JRs or SRs try to jump…

  • hogsman

    The 3rd sport affected is women’s tennis.

  • Anonymous

    boys tennis was also sanctioned

  • Anonymous

    A member of the female tennis team got caught using a university calling card to call home (international calls) totalling more than $7000. Since she knew that this was a university card and she was authorized to use it, it was not considered as an inadverent violation (secondary violation) but a major violation.

  • Anonymous

    hey anon

    funny how we embarrassed your program in the 90s. was that not credible.

    how many years in a row was that again?

  • Anonymous

    TRUTH HURTS doesn’t it. UCLA will always be overshadowed in this town no matter what. Without John Wooden’s cheating ways you guys would not even have a basketball program of any significance.

  • spedjones

    haha, Wooden NCAA sanctions over span of his long, long career = 0; SC’s NCAA Sanctions just today = priceless.

  • Coach Thom

    The ardor and vehemence of the USC fan base, supporters, administration, players, etc go hand-in-hand with their political bias. Truly, as far as they are concerned ‘any means justify the ends.’ Unfortunately, that pretty well wraps up much of America today, which is one reason SC is so popular. ‘Might makes right.’ ‘The rumor of Weapons of Mass Destruction justifies the invasion of a sovereign country and the slaughter of thousands of innocent people, including our own brave service personnel. The scandalous reference to Coach Wooden is a pitiful example of the mindset of these cretins. SC will always be right in its own mind. As stated above, we must punish them on the field….as Stanford did last year. Remember the SC defense shouting out to the Stanford players toward the end of the game, “Stop running the power! We can’t stop it.” Do they really deserve to be on the same field as true sportsmen? Pathetic.

  • UB (Ultimate Bruin)

    Please remeber that Bush and Mayo are only the tip of the iceberg. Figueroa Tech had a culture of cheating and paying academically inferior players to stack its team with miscreants biding their time to get to the NFL. SUC allowed this to occur (in fact, encouraged it) so it could claim it was the best of the best. Sorry, but when you cheat on the test, the “A+” does not count. Had SUC played on a level field, it would not have had the success it had over the past decade. Plain and simple. Now, let’s see what SUC can do on a level field.

  • saxylady

    @Anon @3:15PM. How DARE you go after Coach Wooden at this time?? That shows the utmost in disrespect for a great man. Granted he had some blinders on where Papa Sam was concerned, but don’t even THINK about comparing him to the stuff that has gone on at $C for YEARS.

  • I put on my Cheat On ( shirt and wore it to work today. We have two people here who went to SUC and numerous band wagoners. I had a good day.

  • Anonymous

    Thom: “The rumor of Weapons of Mass Destruction justifies the invasion of a sovereign country and the slaughter of thousands of innocent people, including our own brave service personnel.”

    That’s disconnected from reality.

    The best anyone knew — even Clinton admitted this — was that Saddam still had his WMD, and in case you don’t remember, we had been at war with Saddam since Bush I. And unlike the totalitarian, genocidal monsters we war against, we do not target civilians, but those animals do use their own people as shields and for propagandizing in the Western media, a strategy which in your case seems too effective.

    Perhaps if you reject your anti-American, pro-Socialist bias, you’ll see clearly to identify the real enemy, adherents of an ideology which commands:

    “the Messenger of Allah . . . would say: ‘Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war. . . . When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. . . . Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. . . . If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them . . .'” (Muslim Book 19, Number 4294).

    “fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war) . . . ” (Qur’an 9:5).

    “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29).

    “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter . . . ” (Qur’an 5:33).

    [Ibn Kathir says of this verse: “‘Wage war’ mentioned here means, oppose and contradict, and it includes disbelief, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways. Mischief in the land refers to various types of evil.” So, Muhammad requires execution, crucifixion, or cutting off hands and feet from opposite sides for “disbelief.”]

    “Allah’s Apostle said: ‘I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle . . . ‘” (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 24).

    “It is not for any prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land. Ye desire the lure of this world and Allah desireth (for you) the Hereafter, and Allah is Mighty, Wise” (Qur’an 8:67).

    “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been made victorious with terror'” (Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220).

    “Allah’s Apostle was asked, ‘What is the best deed?’ He replied, ‘To believe in Allah and His Apostle (Muhammad).’ The questioner then asked, ‘What is the next (in goodness)?’ He replied, ‘To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s Cause.’ The questioner again asked, ‘What is the next (in goodness)?’ He replied, ‘To perform Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). . .'” (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 25).

    “Say to the Unbelievers, if (now) they desist (from Unbelief), their past would be forgiven them; but if they persist, the punishment of those before them is already (a matter of warning for them). And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone (in the whole of the world). But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do” (Qur’an 8:38; ayah 39 from Noble Qur’an).

  • tim warren

    Is Mike Garrett the Richard Nixon of college athletics? He responds with arrogance and defiance after it is shown that rules were broken:


    I can’t imagine their incoming president keeping him around for very long.