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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Larry Scott chimes in on appeal denial

By Pedro Moura

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement Thursday announcing his disappointment with the NCAA's decision to deny USC's appeal to halve the postseason ban and scholarship punishments in the Reggie Bush case.

The basis of his stance appears to be that the Trojans did everything they could do in the wake of last June's sanctions announcement, including hiring on more compliance officers and changing their overall approach.

Here's the full text of what Scott said:

“We join the fans, alumni, staff and leadership of USC in being extremely disappointed with today’s decision. I want to state emphatically that our conference is committed to adhering to the highest ethical standards and compliance with NCAA rules. USC’s new leadership has certainly demonstrated this with its handling of the sanctions and by establishing a new culture of compliance for its athletic programs with its win-by-the-rules approach.

“I respect USC’s decision to take the high ground and not pursue any further recourse to the NCAA ruling. At the same time, I fully expect that every NCAA member institution be held to the same high standards. These sanctions, notably the postseason ban, have a devastating effect on current student-athletes, most of whom were in elementary and junior high school at the time of the alleged violations.

“To me, that is a source of great frustration and disappointment. Going forward, we can and need to do better in terms of the enforcement process.”