As you probably know, USC is officially off probation today. Unfortunately for USC, it will not be back at 85 scholarships until 2016 so the effects of probation will last longer.
There is another legacy of probation that is not really discussed and impacts the fans. Since the NCAA sanctions were announced, USC’s become a much-less hospitable place for the fans. Practices employ security personnel, fans are not allowed on Howard Jones Field and infrequently allowed to watch from the roof at Dedeaux Field. Even worse, events like the Salute to Troy, where fans could interact with players, are now more impersonal as autographs are tightly controlled.
Things like summer football camps are now closed to the general public. In the past, fans could meet Pete Carroll or Ed Orgeron and watch future stars. The camps will be closed next month even though probation is no longer in effect.
And that is the troubling part. None of the restrictive measures enacted appear to be going away. The fan suffers despite the fact these policies are not attacking what caused probation in the first place. USC did not get on probation because agents were attending practices. Problems always occur off campus.