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.