â†µObservers of college football have been waiting for the other shoe to drop on USC's program since allegations about Reggie Bush's cushy lifestyle as a Trojan surfaced. Today, it did -- except it's a high-top falling directly on the basketball program, and it comes from the school, not the NCAA. â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥â‡¥The University of Southern California today announced that it has implemented self-imposed sanctions on its men’s basketball program for violating NCAA rules.â‡¥ â†µâ‡¥
â†µâ‡¥â‡¥The sanctions are a result of a University investigation that found NCAA rules violations related to O.J. Mayo, who played for the USC’s men’s basketball team during the 2007-2008 season.â‡¥ â†µâ‡¥â†µâ‡¥â‡¥ â†µâ‡¥
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â†µâ‡¥â‡¥The self-imposed sanctions for the men’s basketball program include a one-year ban on postseason competition following the 2009-2010 regular season, including the Pac-10 Conference basketball tournament; a reduction of one scholarship for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 academic years; a reduction by one of the number of coaches permitted to engage in off-campus recruiting activities during the summer of 2010, and a reduction in the total number of recruiting days by twenty days (from 130 to 110) for the 2010-2011 academic year.â‡¥ â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µThe school is also vacating all wins from the year Mayo was in school, and returning monies received for participation in that year's NCAA Tournament. The sanctions are exclusively for men's basketball and will affect no other program. â†µâ†µ
â†µAnd, frankly, I suspect this is probably at least partly amputating a leg to save the body. The NCAA will look kindly on this self-punishment, and, in doing so, be more likely to continue looking the other way when it comes to the shadiness of the mid-decade football team. â†µâ†µ
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