The central figure in the USC sanctions mess, which could cost the school two years worth of postseason wins and 20 scholarships, finally spoke out about the case on ESPN Thursday:
“I have a great love for the University of Southern California and I very much regret the turn that this matter has taken, not only for USC, but for the fans and players. I am disappointed by today’s decision and disagree with the NCAA’s findings. If the University decides to appeal, I will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and USC, as I did during the investigation. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on making a positive impact for the University and for the community where I live.”
The full 67-page NCAA report is already in the media’s hands, and the sanctions outlined therein will be made public at 3 p.m. EDT.