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Bowl ban puts USC in rare company

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USC became just the sixth Football Bowl Series school to receive a two-year postseason ban from the NCAA on Thursday. How do USC's sanctions stack up against others handed down throughout the years? A quick look at the Trojans' company:

Information was obtained from the NCAA Legislative Services Database.

University of Alabama

Date: Feb. 1, 2002

Violation Summary: Athletics representatives actively engaged in violations of recruiting and extra-benefit legislation with prospective student-athletes and provided impermissible recruiting inducements through high-school coaches. Numerous secondary violations.

Penalty Summary: Public reprimand and censure; five years of probation; postseason ban for 2002 and 2003; reduction in grants in the sport of football to 17 in 2002-03; 18 in 2003-04 and 19 in 2004-05; prohibiting of athletics representatives from traveling with football team charters, attending football team practices, participating in any fashion with the university's football camps and accessing sidelines and locker rooms before, during and after football games; the permanent dissociation of three athletics representatives; disassociation of another athletics representative for a period of three years and annual reporting. [Penalties were upheld on appeal.]

Involved Penalties:
Television: 0 years
Reduction in Financial Aid: Yes
Postseason: 2 years
Recruiting: Yes
Probation: 5 years
Show Cause Action: No
Vacation of Record: No


University of Mississippi

Date: Nov.17, 1994

Violation Summary: Impremissible recruiting: Improper contacts by athletics representatives; transportation, lodging, clothing and entertainment provided by athletics representatives during official visits; offer of automobile, money and airline tickets; entertainment outside 30-mile radius during official visit; impermissible comments regarding prospective student-athlete. Extra benefits: Clothing valued at $200-300; impermissible loan; use of staff member's automobile. Unethical conduct. Lack of institutional control.

Penalty Summary: Public reprimand; annual reports; reduction from 25 to 13 initial grants for 1995-96 and 1996-97; reduction from 56 to 40 official visits for 1995-96 and 1996-97; recertification. [Penalties were upheld on appeal.]

Involved Penalties:
Television: 1 years v Reduction in Financial Aid: Yes
Postseason: 2 years
Recruiting: Yes
Probation: 4 years
Show Cause Action: Yes
Vacation of Record: No


University of Washington

Date: July 12, 1994

Violation Summary: Amateurism, extra benefits: Athletics representatives overcompensated numerous student-athletes by at least $30,000 in summer wages; meals. Impermissible recruiting: Athletics representative provided meals and excessive compensation for employment; athletics representative made improper offer of extra benefits for signing with the institution; impermissible recruiting contacts by athletics representatives; extra hotel amenities on official visits. Financial aid: Excessive financial aid awarded as a result of employment. Lack of institutional control.

Penalty Summary: Disassociation of four athletics representatives; public reprimand; maximum of 35 official visits for 1993-94 and of 40 for 1994-95; maximum of 15 initial grants for 1994-95 and 1995-96; annual reports; maximum of four televised games for 1994 or 1995; recertification.

Involved Penalties:
Television: 1 years
Reduction in Financial Aid: Yes
Postseason: 2 years
Recruiting: Yes
Probation: 2 years
Show Cause Action: No
Vacation of Record: No


Auburn University

Date: Aug. 18, 1993

Violation Summary: Extra benefits: Athletics representatives provided at least $4,000 in cash and merchandise; assistant coach provided $500; administrative assistant provided several thousand dollars in cash payments; athletics representative approved a $9,200 and several other unsecured loans based upon future earnings as professional athletes; student-athletes allowed to enroll with outstanding accounts with the university. Lack of institutional control. Unethical conduct. Erroneous certification of compliance.

Penalty Summary: Public reprimand; annual reports; reduction from 25 to 14 initial grants for 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96; reduction from 88 to 86 total grants for 1993-94 and from 85 to 83 for 1994-95 and 1995-96; permanent disassociation of former assistant coach, former administrative assistant and two athletics representatives; separation of duties of head football coach and athletics director; recertification.

Involved Penalties:
Television: 1 years
Reduction in Financial Aid: Yes
Postseason: 2 years
Recruiting: No
Probation: 2 years
Show Cause Action: Yes
Vacation of Record: No


Southern Methodist University

Date: Feb. 25, 1987

Violation Summary: Extra benefits: 21 football student-athletes received approximately $61,000 in cash payments, with the assistance of athletics department staff members, from funds provided by an athletics representative. Repeat violator.

Penalty Summary: Prohibition of football scrimmages and competition in 1987 and limited competition in 1988; football practices limited to conditioning programs in 1987; limitation on number of coaches until Aug. 1, 1989; no initial grants for 1987-88; maximum of 15 initial grants for 1988-89; no countable financial aid until the beginning of 1988-89; no official visits until 1988-89; maximum of 45 official visits for 1988-89; disassociation of nine athletics representatives; annual audits.

Involved Penalties:
Television: 2 years
Reduction in Financial Aid: Yes
Postseason: 2 years
Recruiting: Yes
Probation: 4 years
Show Cause Action: Yes
Vacation of Record: No