Pac-12 Championship: 3 Parties Affected by NCAA Sanctions over USC

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Pac-12 Championship: 3 Parties Affected by NCAA Sanctions over USC
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A fun slate of conference championship football games kicks off this week, but a major disservice is being perpetuated by the NCAA against the USC Trojans.

USC is banned from postseason play for a second straight year due to illegal benefits offered to ex-Trojans Reggie Bush (football) and O.J. Mayo (basketball).

As a result, the No. 8 Oregon Ducks (10-2) will host the UCLA Bruins (6-6) in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game Friday in Eugene.

USC (10-2) is the No. 9 team in the country and would otherwise be playing in this game.

I am not a fan or even admirer of USC and obviously do not like the idea of illegal cash and benefits being offered to amateur athletes.

But the NCAA is getting it wrong by punishing players that weren’t even on the team five or seven years ago. The argument is not a new one, but it extends past just the players.

The NCAA’s attempt at self-gratification at the expense of innocent parties does nothing but make them appear undeservedly righteous and out of touch with reality.

This slideshow details three populations or entities unfairly and adversely affected by the current sanctions against USC.

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