We all know USC received prejudicial treatment from the NCAA in the form of unfair sanctions.
We all know some other schools have committed far worse infractions. In almost all cases, those other schools only received a slap on the wrist.
Most other schools were happy to see USC get hammered.
Unfortunately most people never read or really understood the USC case. They were just happy to see USC go down.
They flagrantly over-sign and could care less what the NCAA thinks.
So...why is USC going to follow the unfair restrictions? Why not sign 38 new players?
Four-star and five-star players don't make a team great, but they are the initial ingredient.
Coaching players of all talents is the greatest cause of championships.
Successful recruiting DOES mean a bigger CHANCE of bowl games.
That means happier fans and more trophies.
It really means more money for the school, and money keeps the doors open.
Money pays the instructors and the bills. So recruiting is important because it ultimately allows the institution to meet it's mission.
Recruiting is a cut-throat practice where coaches take every advantage they can.
The quantity of recruits is not nearly as important as the quality of recruits.
Recruiting services rank players and class signings can be judged by the quality of the class.
Just to hedge bets, some schools cheat by signing 25 three-star recruits, then get a few last minute 4-star commits, only to out-and-out dump the early commits who are not ranked as high.
Some schools just sign a million recruits with total disregard for scholarship limits.
To get those quality recruits, most teams over-sign commits each year. Yes, almost all schools over-sign to varying degrees.
All schools and all conferences do it, but the SEC is probably does it the most.
Here's a great link regarding teams that continuously over-sign recruits: Over-signers
Auburn signed 112 players in four years ('06-'09). Quite a few more than the 85 allowed. But they do it every year. So do you think Auburn cut back the following year by only taking five (or fewer), commits to get closer to the 85 limit last year?
HECK NO! They signed 32 more in 2010. In your face NCAA says Auburn. I know they are accounting for those recruits who may not make it to the roster in a year, but this is still an unfair and illegitimate practice. Is the NCAA rule against it so hard to enforce?
Top 10 offenders over the last ten years:
Auburn, Mississippi State, Iowa State, South Carolina, Arkansas, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Alabama, West Virginia, and Oregon State. The SEC is by far the most-rogue conference.
These schools take too many commits, then just usually cut the least talented of the bunch. Some players won't academically qualify - but that doesn't justify over-signing. This practice is against NCAA rules.
So if the NCAA has looked the other way for as long as anyone can remember, then USC should join in the fun.
How are things looking this year? So far, Cincinnati and Miami (Florida) have signed 30. Alabama already has 27. So does UCLA (the Bruins only have 17 available spots, but they are over-signing anyway).
UCLA complained about Reggie Bush's mom, now they're CHEATING NCAA recruiting limits.
It's either that or they're going to royally screw 10 or more commits.
UCLA has taken on 28 commits for 17 available scholarships.
It's unthinkable that Mora can find 11 or 12 roster players to dump.
He just got rid of Carroll and two more players on the active roster.
Perhaps, he will use the "SEC Techniques."
SEC Technique = sign 15 more than you should...then revoke the 15 worst scholarships in the class.
This is a binary decision for UCLA: Cheat and keep 28 versus Screw Over Commits
Teams can learn from the Bruins:
- Beg for bowl game eligibility even with a losing record.
- Don't feed your players before a bowl game if they miss practice.
- Screw over new commits instead of limiting the number you sign.
Recognize this guy? He's the biggest hypocrite in the galaxy! His name is Paul Dee.
Paul was Miami's Graft and Gratuity, that is, Athletic Director when Shapiro was doling out money, gifts, prostitutes, booze, abortions and crash pads at his beachfront mansion and million-dollar yacht.
Paul Dee was the head of the NCAA Committee on Infractions during the USC hearings.
You know, the lynching USC took the rap for something as relatively small as Reggie Bush's parents getting free rent in some house near Mexico. Small compared to Miami, Auburn, Ohio State, etc.
Yes, this smug, crooked "head" was the judge who knew about his 72 players' illegal escapades.
NCAA investigators have called Miami's B.S. the worst violation of the rules they have ever seen.
And SI.com’s Stewart Mandel said: He should wear a "Hypocite" sign.
So why should USC abide by the NCAA's "15/75 Schollie Limit?" Especially when the judge was so crooked and his own school (Miami) signs as many as they can—going way over the 25/85 limit.
The NCAA's enforcement is crooked, their penalties are crooked, and their leadership is crooked.
To me, the NCAA is an un-American organization. They have two sets of rules, penalties and prosecution.
Why should USC respect their rules when they generally protect schools that kiss up to them—again, mostly the SEC? That works in other countries like Russia—but it shouldn't in America.
Cam Newton's Dad shopped or sold Cam for $200,000—No NCAA penalty. Later, the NCAA covered up their tracks with the Cam Newton Rule.
Cheaper? I say that because "USC" actually didn't do anything wrong. Yes, a player's parents got free rent. Who knew? Not USC.
USC had no way of knowing about the rent—but the NCAA rigged it to fry the Trojans.
They said USC should have known, so they used that weak evidence to screw over USC. The real tragedy is that it only affected student athletes who were in grade school when Bush's parents got the rent.
Then, after crucifying the Trojans, the chicken-little NCAA protected themselves with a new rule. It allows the NCAA to assess penalties at a level that depends on how much they hate your school.
The leadership at USC is taking the high road.
Pat Haden and Lane Kiffin have a plan.
It's to get the job done with what they have.
Fewer players playing more time
Personally, I don't agree with Lane Kiffin's, Pat Haden's, or USC's method of taking this high road. I say forget the NCAA and sign 'em all. They can't touch USC recruiting without touching the SEC. And you can start with Alabama right now!
Kiffin, Haden and USC want to outcoach other schools and beat them on the field, despite the numbers.
USC's View: Let others over-sign. All that will do is get commits angry.
That will result in those coaches picking up a bad reputation (if recruits figure it out).
Over-signing will become a bigger issue soon and will be eventually addressed.
For now, watch how character trickles down.
From the administration, through the coaches and to the players.
The result will be a Pac-12 championship in 2012 for USC.