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NCAA denies USC request for 'consideration' on sanctions

Trojans athletic director Pat Haden was hoping that his football program could catch a break. USC AD Pat Haden met with NCAA officials this week. (Ed Ruvalcaba/MarinMedia/Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

Earlier this week the NCAA revised the sanctions it had placed on Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal last year. On Friday the organization announced that USC, which was penalized because of impermissible benefits received by former tailback Reggie Bush, wouldn't receive the same courtesy.

In a statement received by USA Today, the NCAA confirmed that it turned down the school's request for "consideration" regarding the sanctions imposed on its football program. The news came two days after Trojans athletic director Pat Haden and USC's vice president for athletic compliance met with NCAA officials in Indianapolis.

According to NCAA spokesperson Megan Durham, the two cases have little in common.

"There is no comparison between the USC and Penn State cases. In USC's case, a hearing before the Committee on Infractions was held and there was an appeal. There will be no further appeal."

On Tuesday the NCAA agreed to restore scholarships to the Nittany Lions football program, stating that the Penn State "has clearly demonstrated its commitment to restoring integrity in its athletics program." The Nittany Lions have 20 initial scholarships and 75 total scholarships in 2013-14, and that number would increase each year until it reached full allocation of 25 initial scholarships and 85 total scholarships in both ’16-17 and ’17-18.

On Thursday Haden confirmed in a statement that the school had met with the NCAA to discuss a similar scaling back of the sanctions on USC's football program, saying that he felt the Penn State decision presented an opportunity for the Trojans.

"After learning of the NCAA’s actions on Tuesday (Sept. 24) regarding Penn State and the lessening of the sanctions that were imposed on that institution, when viewed in the context of the events that have shaken intercollegiate athletics over the past year, we felt compelled to discuss USC’s sanctions in a new light."
Beginning in 2011 USC was docked 10 scholarships per year for a three-year span. The Trojans were also allowed a maximum of only 75 scholarship players on the roster, which is 10 fewer than normal.

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