Wednesday, August 24, 2011
USC moving on from NCAA ruling
By Pedro Moura ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- Despite increasing public perception that the school was punished unfairly compared to other current cases, USC will not seek any further action against the NCAA, university president Max Nikias announced Wednesday.
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The Trojans were hit with a two-year postseason ban and a loss of 30 scholarships last June after former running back Reggie Bush was found to have accepted extra benefits. But other recent NCAA issues appear worse than USC's, including at the University of Miami, where 72 current and former Hurricanes were named as having received improper benefits from convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro in a Yahoo! Sports report last week.
"I have determined that the university's mission is best served by moving forward at this time, without pursuing further redress," Nikias said in a statement. "This decision followed an extensive review of all of our options and after consultation with many sources.
"We ask that the Trojan Family offer its utmost support to the student-athletes and coaches of the Trojan football team, confident that USC's commitment to the highest level of excellence in academics and athletics will not waver in the coming years."
USC's bowl ban ends after the upcoming season. The loss of 30 scholarships will kick in beginning next season at a rate of 10 per year.
Nikias and Trojans athletic director Pat Haden visited NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis in January to appeal the ruling, but it was announced in May that USC's appeal had been denied.
Pedro Moura covers USC for ESPNLosAngeles.com.