Ten Reasons Why USC Football NCAA Sanctions are Not Fair

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Ten Reasons Why USC Football NCAA Sanctions are Not Fair

USC appealed its June 10, 2010, NCAA football sanctions requesting that they be cut in half. Many USC fans feel that greater reductions are appropriate based on information made public since the NCAA report.

There is a tremendous amount of misinformation about the primary USC “infractions” which the NCAA used to justify its harsh sanctions.

This report identifies many reasons the recent NCAA sanctions against the USC football team are not fair. These include findings that were incorrect and sometimes unprecedented, and sanctions that were much greater than other colleges have received for more severe infractions where the college benefited by paying athletes unlike USC.

Two recent related reports discuss the following:
Analyzing NCAA Hypocrisy - Root Cause and Solutions - examines the hypocrisy of the NCAA and how they profit at the expense of athletes, especially those from lower income families, and these archaic rules result in most major infractions.
Is the NCAA Capable of Fair Treatment of Infractions and Sanctions? – identifies the reasons the NCAA is incapable of conducting fair evaluations of alleged infractions and sanctions.

As stated in the NCAA report, the primary infractions were committed by the Reggie Bush family. Unlike most other colleges who received NCAA sanctions because they (or their boosters) gave money to their athletes either to entice them to attend or keep them, USC or its boosters were not involved in any payments to Bush’s family.

Bush did not attend USC due to any payments. In fact, the payments by outside parties were designed to get Bush to leave USC, which he did a year earlier than required. The Bush related violations were to USC’s disadvantage!

This means that USC, unlike other colleges who received less harsh sanctions and paid their athletes, did not participate in the Bush primary infraction. The Bush family may have cheated, and this may have made Bush ineligible. But, USC is receiving football sanctions that are the most severe since the SMU death penalty. This makes no sense!

For those who continue to call USC, Pete Carroll, and others “cheaters” keep in mind the parable, “Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone (John 8:4)” because 150 other Division I colleges and one entire conference have received at least one set of sanctions from the NCAA for major infractions.

However, the NCAA did deprive USC of a fair investigation and infractions hearing. The NCAA issued football sanctions to USC that far exceed sanctions for similar cases based on faulty and unprecedented findings. USC agrees there were some violations and sanctions for them should be appropriate based on NCAA precedent in other cases.

The NCAA's defense of the USC decision is "every case is different" because they know that USC was treated differently and the NCAA's lack of standard sanctions allow them to do anything they want without justification.

A core value of the NCAA's tax-exempt mission statement is to "govern fairly."  The NCAA fails miserably in this regard.

Here is comprehensive information about the NCAA vs. USC for those interested in the details.

This simple video summarizes the NCAA treatment of USC pretty well:  NCAA "Because we can."

Here are ten reasons that the USC Football NCAA sanctions are unfair.

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