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One More Illustration That Pete Carroll Is A Classless, Lowlife Scumbag

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I'm sure Carroll's departure to Seattle had NOTHING to do with this. Riiiiiiiiight.


A two-year bowl ban and a loss of more than 20 football scholarships are among the sanctions that the NCAA has dealt USC, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.

The NCAA, the governing body for collegiate sports, informed USC of its decision after a four-year investigation regarding allegations centered on former football player Reggie Bush and former basketball player O.J. Mayo. The NCAA could make its decision public as early as today.

USC officials would not confirm that the school had received the NCAA's report.

Asked if USC had heard from the NCAA, Athletic Director Mike Garrett said: "We are looking at things right now. That's about all I can say."

USC spokesmen said the university would address the situation when the NCAA makes the report public.

Limited recruiting contacts, probation and forfeiture of victories are also among the penalties regarded as possibly in play.

USC sources, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about the situation publicly, said they were bracing for the worst. One said the school probably would utilize an appeal process.

Asked if the sanctions were appropriate, a source said, "It depends how you look at it. It is if you're a UCLA fan."

USC had been anxiously awaiting the NCAA's ruling since a February meeting of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. A USC contingent that included Garrett, President Steven Sample, former football coach Pete Carroll, running backs coach Todd McNair and school attorneys and compliance officials appeared before the 10-member committee, which worked from a report prepared by NCAA investigators.

The three-day hearing was the longest such NCAA proceeding in at least a decade.

In January, USC self-sanctioned its basketball program for violations that occurred before and during Mayo's one-season stay with the Trojans in 2007-08, when the team was coached by Tim Floyd, who also appeared at the infractions committee hearing.

Bush, now with the NFL's New Orleans Saints, and Mayo, who plays for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, have maintained that they did nothing wrong while attending USC.

Carroll left USC in January to become coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Floyd resigned from USC in June 2009, later citing a lack of support from Garrett. He worked as an assistant for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets before Texas El Paso hired him as head coach in March.

The NCAA investigation began in March 2006, when reports surfaced that Bush's mother, brother and stepfather had lived in a San Diego-area home that was owned by a would-be marketer who planned to be part of a group that represented Bush when he turned pro.

The Mayo inquiry began in May 2008 after a former associate told ESPN that Mayo received cash and other benefits from Rodney Guillory, an event promoter who helped guide Mayo to USC.

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So if you cheat, USC will get pissed enough to send the trophy back. Though to whom isn't clear; the "Heisman Trophy Trust" is who ever controls it now that the New York Athletic Club is bankrupt. But sever your ex-wife's head and kill some poor waiter; they're keepin' that trophy. Lane Kiffin fits right in.

USC is sending back Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy

heismanx-inset-community.jpg Reggie Bush's 2005 Heisman Trophy has been kept on display on campus in Heritage Hall.

There's some interesting reading at the end of a memo from the president-elect of the University of Southern California, C.L. Max Nikias. The memo was sent today to members of the "USC Trojan family," to announce that Pat Haden will replace Mike Garrett as athletic director.

But the memo also discloses a persona non grata attitude toward the two superstars whose time on campus helped lead to NCAA sanctions, O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush. In Bush's case, the memo says the school intends to return his Heisman Trophy:

The Trojan family honors and respects the USC sporting careers of those persons whose actions did not compromise their athletic program or the opportunities of future USC student-athletes. Accordingly, I have instructed the senior vice president for administration to remove athletic jerseys and murals displayed in recognition of O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush by mid-August -- before the incoming class of students moves on campus -- from Heritage Hall, the Galen Center and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The university also will return Mr. Bush's 2005 Heisman Trophy to the Heisman Trophy Trust in August.

The Heisman Trophy that's on display at USC is a copy of Bush's actual Heisman.

Bush is scheduled for an online chat tonight, to promote a football shoe. That suddenly sounds interesting. He may have some words for how USC is treating him. And who would have thought the day would come when USC ships back Reggie's Heisman but keeps the one won by O.J. Simpson on display.

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