If USC Skates, should Alabama Sue the NCAA?

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIMay 21, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Head coach Lane Kiffin talks with quarterback Matt Barkley #7 during the  USC Trojans spring game on  May 1, 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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It’s been almost two weeks since it was announced that the NCAA is about to rule on the USC case and there hasn’t been a word from the NCAA yet. Whether this is a good or bad sign is left up to the fans' own interpretation of the situation, but more than likely, it’s not a good sign.

If USC were about to get off the hook for this case, I would think we’d all know it by now, but when you are dealing with the NCAA who knows? What I do know is a certain school in Tuscaloosa is waiting with bated breath.

Alabama has had to go in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions a lot recently and were nailed with hard sanctions back in the '90s and early 2000s that crippled the program for years.  Now they wait again, but this time not for their program but another; USC.

The USC situation is going to be a case study, in a sense, to see if the NCAA is willing to sacrifice another big name school

like they did Alabama or will they let them slide. Why is this important to Alabama? mainly because of how the NCAA handled their cases in the past.

Alabama has had scholarships taken away, bowl bans, and recently had to vacate victories because of violations found by the NCAA, even though the administration wasn’t directly involved with any of these cases.

With all that has gone on with USC, with the Reggie Bush situation and OJ Mayo, if the NCAA doesn’t nail USC, what does that say about them?

Alabama gets nail for a player signing his name to napkin, selling books, and a renegade booster who didn’t even get the player he wanted, and USC may walk even though a player was paid and another players parents were put up in a house. Which is worse?


If the NCAA doesn’t penalize USC the way they did Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss, Auburn, and countless other schools for their rules violations, then these schools need to sue.

For what you may ask? Sue for damages such as monies lost due to scholarship reductions and bowl bans, sue for slander, and ask for the vacated wins back.

Silly yes, but what would be really be silly and wrong is to let USC walk away scott free without any serious punishment from the NCAA.