Here’s an answer about how USC will survive NCAA sanctions.
Q: Pop Goes The Weasel said:
My own feeling is that the NCAA penalty was so over-the-top, as you yourself even said, that we should have sued the whole rotten NCAA, brought out all kinds of things, and probably reformed the dirty institution once and for all. I don’t see where we had anything to lose. I would have waited, tho, for the appeals route to be finished, on the outside chance we get a break, but I would have told them privately of our intentions to sue unless we had the scholarship limitation reduced to five per year for three years. Max shows up for games, but either he doesn’t care, or has little fight in him for this travesty, in my humble opinion.
We are going to lose a lot of games and a lot of money because of this. Most of my Trojan friends have cancelled donations that were planned, and many of us have even changed our wills, due to the lack of fight shown by Max. I wonder if he realizes this, and am wondering what your thoughts are on this matter. Many of the kids on the board don’t realize the effect of being down 30 men in three years. We are dead in the water for 6-7 years, and unjustly so–just compare the penalty we received against the penalties other places received. I think PC was right when he said the NCAA had an agenda, and that Mike was right when he said we are the envy of the nation[tho granted he shouldn’t have said it] Thanx for letting me vent, Scott, and, again, I’d like to hear your thoughts speaking as a Trojan alum and an avid fan of college football.
A: I don’t think USC should have sued the NCAA before the appeal process took course. USC’s administration felt that cooperation would get farther than confrontation, like the previous administration (Mike Garrett, etc.). Also keep in mind that USC might not be down 30 players because if only 20 players left after this season, it could replace almost all of them with the 15 allowable scholarships. So I think USC will weather the sanctions better than other schools especially when recruiting is still going pretty well. I agree the penalties were too severe and the NCAA seems very selective in its punishment, but I also think the program will weather the sanctions.