Answer Wednesday!

No World Cup today but the answers continue.

Q: Trojans Rule said:
HI SCOTT
Do the Trojans have the power to drag out the appeals process so that they can bring in enough guys in Jan, 2011 [so that they will count against our 2010 limit], and enough guys in Feb., 2011 to get to the full 85 scholarship limit? Thank you.

A: The appeal of former Southwest Missouri State coach Scott Edgar took nearly 11 months and he was just one person. It might take a year for USC’s appeal to go through the entire process, especially if USC is challenging the validity of key facts. The longer it drags on, the longer the penalties are stayed. However, it also means the penalties would go into effect later if they are upheld. That’s one reason, I believe, USC imposed a bowl ban for this season, in order to try and get it over with.

Q: Peter Parker said:
Do you think the Seantrel Henderson drama will have an negative impact on USC recruiting and on Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron as recruiters since recruits as while as other schools and coaches will point out that USC, Kiffin, Orgeron and other coaches lied to recruits like Henderson to bring them to USC?

A: I’m sure it will be used by rival schools. But recruits usually go off their own experiences. So if they like a coach, or a school, they decide where to go. Usually, when a recruit changes his mind or is influenced, he did not really want to go to a school anyways.

Q: Champion said:
Why didn’t USC self impose penalties on the football team like they did on the basketball team and would self imposing penalities have given USC less penalities from the NCAA?

A: Probably for several reasons. Football is the huge moneymaker so USC probably did not want to risk hurting itself in case it thought it might survive the hearings without too much of a penalty. However, if USC imposed the penalty it came up with last week, I tend to think the NCAA might have been less severe, at least because it would be an act of contrition. But that’s the roll of the dice USC needed to analyze. It thought the facts did not prove everything the NCAA believed, especially regarding Todd McNair’s knowledge.

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