USC still waiting on NCAA's ruling

LOS ANGELES -- Nine weeks have passed since USC made its case for reduced sanctions in an NCAA appeal, but Trojans athletic director Pat Haden has no expectations for when the decision could arrive.

The timetable for when the Trojans could hear back from the NCAA infraction appeals committee is still entirely up in the air, Haden wrote Tuesday in an email to boosters obtained by ESPNLosAngeles.com.

"Everybody is anxious and I get asked about it every day," Haden wrote. "I wake up wondering, 'Hey, is this going to be the day?' We could hear at any moment or it could happen a month from now. I do not think the delay is necessarily a good thing or a bad thing.

"It is just the way the NCAA works."

NCAA appeal decisions typically take four to six weeks.

USC met with the appeals committee on Jan. 22 in Indianapolis to protest sanctions levied against the university's football program in June 2010 that banned the Trojans from postseason play for two years and reduced their available scholarships by 30 over a three-year period, among other punishments. Haden, university president Max Nikias and four other university representatives met with the committee for a half-day in an attempt to halve those two penalties.

Shortly after the meeting, USC released a statement saying that the school's delegation would have no further comment on the issue until the result of the appeal was announced.

Pedro Moura is co-author of the USC Report for ESPNLosAngeles.com.