It has been four months since the NCAA USC-appeal hearing. The NCAA said it would be four-to-eight weeks for a decision. What are they waiting for?
Of course, they took almost six months to deny the USC coach Todd McNair appeal in what should have been a slam-dunk reversal due to all the errors and lack of due process by the NCAA.
We all know that the NCAA changed the rules so that past precedent no longer is a consideration the day before the McNair decision. Rumors are that this was done to take away the USC defense, since there is no question that the NCAA could not justify the sanctions based on past precedent.
But the NCAA delay is ridiculous, and the Trojans deserve a timely appeal decision so they can finalize plans for their 2012 recruiting and know if there will be a bowl possibility in 2011.
Many Trojans fans, while hoping for the best, realize that it is unlikely that the NCAA will grant the USC appeal based on the agenda driven, mistake prone and biased handling of the USC case. The NCAA doesn’t admit mistakes.
At this point, Lane Kiffin is more concerned about getting the NCAA decision than worrying about it. The NCAA has already done enough damage to USC, and there is no reason to keep piling it on.
Of course, winning the appeal and planning for a 2011 bowl would be a big motivation for the USC football players.
If it is denied, USC should move the September 17 USC-Syracuse game to December 10, the last date a team can play a regular-season game, in Shanghai. This could become the first Pac-12 venture into the Pacific Rim and there is no better team than USC to kick it off.