NCAA Likely To Penalize USC: 2004 Title at Risk?

Patrick FerliseCorrespondent IMay 21, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 26: Head coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans celebrates after defeating the Boston College Eagles during the 2009 Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park on December 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The NCAA met in Indianapolis, Indiana, last weekend to discuss the summary of the reports that USC violated 10 NCAA rules stretching back to the 2004 BCS National Championship.

It is not exactly clear what particular rules USC has violated, although the NCAA has given bits and pieces of information that have led to some conclusions as to what rules were infringed upon.

USC is being accused of players obtaining unauthorized benefits from "agents" which were given to both Reggie Bush and Joe McKnight. These benefits were not documented and reported to the NCAA, which violates rules pertaining to what players can receive from outside beneficiaries.

The allegations of under-the-table deals and lack of institutional rule for USC goes back years before 2010 and have been ongoing cases as of 2009. Steroid use by certain USC players is also going to be discussed at the final hearings, as well as the substantial irresponsibility that seems to have befallen Southern Cal's football team.

USC has self-imposed sanctions for allegations against the basketball team, which include pay-for-play deals benefiting specific players.

Apparently, the hearings about USC's misconduct have been quietly being held for the past two months with little press. This has given some sports fans the feeling that USC is getting special treatment from the media and ESPN, since Alabama and LSU both had NCAA sanctions imposed, which the media covered heavily.

The penalties the NCAA is considering putting on USC is the loss of won games in the past, which could include the 2004 BCS National Championship game being stripped from them.

The NCAA has not come to a unanimous decision as to whether these penalties will stand firm, but it seems that there is a high possibility that these sanctions will hold fast.