Does USC Football Deserve The Punishment It Received?

Justin PetersonCorrespondent IJune 10, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Head coach Lane Kiffin looks on 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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If you would of asked me last week if I thought that USC football should get the hammer layed down on them for violations during the Reggie Bush era, I would of been all for it.  After learning tonight what the punishment entails, I have second thoughts on the matter.

ESPN broke the story on the USC Sanctions. The Trojans will be banned for 2 years from post season play, give up 20 scholarships and forfeiture the 2004 National Title.  The question I asked myself is why do the kids on the current roster get punished for something that happened while most of them were in middle school? 

I just don't think its fair to punish the coaches and the players for things they had no control over.   I would of been happy with USC giving up the National Championship and Reggie Bush giving up the Heisman Trophy, but to effect what the current program does is not fair. 

I am not a big fan of USC since they play my 2 favorite teams every year (Notre Dame and Washington), but I have to say that the NCAA gave out punishments that do not fit the crime.  I am sure Lane Kiffin can ride this storm, but to over come something like this will take years for the program to recover from.

I just feel sad for the players on the current USC roster.  They came to USC to play for National Titles, not to sit at home after the regular season.