Ex-Miami AD Paul Dee chaired the NCAA COI on the USC case and highlighted the hypocrisy of the NCAA with his comments about USC and his own violations that were more severe
Marcus Allen has strong opinions about the USC sanctions from a hypocritical NCAA organization as do many Trojan fans.
He also believes there is a problem with the failure of a NCAA scholarship to cover all costs and take into account the location of a school with a high cost of living.
Many USC fans believe that giving USC football the second-worst sanctions in NCAA history for one player who received money 130 miles from campus from third parties who had nothing to do with the school was unfair and many of the findings were false or unproven.
Marcus told reporters in a conference call on September 1 that there are issues to be addressed by the NCAA:
"The state of football on the field is excellent but off the field there are tremendous challenges. There has to be major changes and we're kidding ourselves if we think we don't have to. There has to be something done to give guys an incentive to stay in school.
Schools are making a lot of money off of these young men and yes, they're getting an education but there has to be something else. If you pulled back the curtain I'd think that every program is compromised in some way."
I asked Marcus what he thought about the NCAA sanctions against USC including losses of 30 scholarships, two bowl games, free agent transfers and restrictions on practice attendance. He said:
“Obviously I disagree. To penalize kids that have nothing to do with the situation and now that the curtain has been pulled back and you look at the gentleman [NCAA COI chair Paul Dee] who rendered the verdict on us and you take a look at his program that he was a part of, I don’t even have the words to describe it.
It is embarrassing to be lectured in that manner and then your own house isn’t clean. It was almost like some personal vendetta against ‘SC.
You tell us we should have known about two star players [Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo], I think it was lack of institutional control, but you have something like 72 players on your watch and you don’t know [there was also the 1995 NCAA sanctions for $600,000 Pell Grant fraud at Miami under Dee’s AD watch].
It is easy to lose two people but you [past Miami AD Paul Dee] are telling me you have 72 players and you are not aware of that? You allow that booster to run on the field and you are not aware of that, and you lecture us that we should have known. It is mind-boggling.
Then there is not a reduction in the [USC] sanctions based on what has occurred. It [NCAA report] should have been discredited. The NCAA should have come back, apologized and said they were going to redo this. It is amazing.
Maybe that is why we get all these superconferences to get rid of them [NCAA].
If I were the NCAA Board of Directors, I would say this smells very bad and is a bad situation. We have to go in and reduce this or eliminate something, but to do nothing after the guy that was in charge of infractions at the time had such a dirty program. I can’t believe the NCAA has not done something.”