Source Leaks: Usc Placed on Major Probation

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     After a full three days of interviews, including two full days focused on Pete Carroll’s football program, the NCAA has wrapped up it’s investigation of the USC athletic program.  And while an investigation of this duration is virtually unheard of,  the worst news for the Trojans football program appears to be coming from leaked reports popping up over the last several hours. 

     One official directly connected to the investigation was directly quoted as saying that the only matter for discussion at this point is the severity of the sanctions.  It is all but assured that the Trojans will lose a significant number of scholarships and bowl eligibility for as many as two years, and will not be appearing on television.

     This is part of what is rapidly becoming the norm in college football; two of the last four BCS championship game participants have all been on some form of probation.  It’s an issue that desperately needs to be addressed.

     USC may very well pay the price for the trend, as the NCAA will in all likelihood look to set an example of the Trojans, leveling some rather harsh penalties and probation.  It isn’t as if we didn’t see it coming; Pete Carroll jumping ship the way he did pretty well tipped us all off.

     This would be the first of several steps the NCAA needs to take to fix the ailing world of college football.  For starters, they need to pay these kids.  The schools are making hay off of their efforts; should the students who do the actual work not reap some of what they sow?  I know the arguments; mainly that they’re receiving a college education.  However, with many of these kids not graduating, it becomes irrelevant.  It isn’t right, but it’s a reality that needs to be dealt with.  No one is saying the players deserve to be millionaires.  But what harm is there is paying these kids enough to live off of, instead of living off of Mom and Dad. (The NCAA could do more to stimulate the economy than Obama’s stimulus package did)

     Let these kids collect a few hundred bucks a week.  Let them afford a car and food.  Take away the need for temptation, and you can eliminate much of the problem at the source.

     The NCAA also needs to implement penalties against coaches found to have committed recruiting violations.  USC will pay the piper, and Pete Carroll is relaxing in the NFL sun for a year or two, after which he will no doubt return to the College Football world to a lot of zeros.  The coaches need to be granted some accountability.  Participate in recruiting violations?  You’re out of a job for three years.  Don’t like it?  I hear the Buffalo Bills need a special teams coach.

     And finally, on a completely non related note, quit punishing kids for celebrating.  If a kid catches a touchdown for Ohio State over Michigan to win the game, I want to see him celebrate.  You take that away, you’re chipping away the essence of what college football is.

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39 Comments
  1. Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Thanks for sharing this…

  2. Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:48 am

    excellent

  3. Posted February 23, 2010 at 1:48 am

    i agree with you 100% for the first time ever on anything you’ve written. nice work.

  4. Pitt
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Dummy. The kids already get money. It’s called a stipend. We got them at Pitt for soccer. The NCAA allows it. It’s for living expenses, and it’s probably more than most kids get working part-time.

  5. Posted February 23, 2010 at 1:58 am

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  6. Posted February 23, 2010 at 2:02 am

    I like your thought

  7. aeronaut
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Mind_of_vasectomy with another BS loaded lies filled crap.

    Mr Vasectomy, Journalism is a job that is founded on integrity. I see from your pathetic profile and your articles that the only thing you are concerned about is …hits.

    That is the inspiration behind your articles, and that’s why you are a sorry excuse of an author.

    Zero integrity, whatsoever.

  8. gamecock
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 7:37 am

    When you pay the players, you’re inviting the unions into college football. Who’s to say a “couple of hundred dollars” is enough? Name one industry that unions have actually helped and not driven to the brink of bankruptcy. Hope you really enjoy the upcoming NFL lockout. However, I do agree with instituting penalties on the coaches. This is long, long overdue.

  9. Christopher
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Celebrating is fine, but excessive celebrating is not. It’s OK to hug or high-five your teammates, but it’s tacky to jump around like a monkey on crack.

  10. Mark Hickman
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 9:00 am

    if you think that a couple hundred a week is going to stop boosters your as ignorarant as the administration who pretends not to know of its going on. It isn\’t just the money, which i promise you is more than a few hundred a week, its the fawning, the girls, the attention, in short the God status that is the real draw. Just like Tiger Wood they reach a point, be it in HS or at the University that they think they are intitled. \”Oh well i\’ll get it soon anyway\” or or \”I\’ve earned it\” is what they think. Maybe or maybe not but the bottom line is it comes down tot the character of the kid and if he accepts what is wrong and right. I dont agree witht all the Mickey Mouse rules imposed by the NCAA but they are rules and are part of the contract that these kids sign to come to college for FREE room and board and education. You say they need some spending money. Where are the parents that arent having to pay for college. I would rather offer low interest loans to the kids from the university that could be paid back after graduation.

  11. Daniel Plainview
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 9:24 am

    NCAA athletes with full scholarships (like football players) already get room and board on top of their tuition. They also can get money for transportation. So along with a free education, they are getting a sweet deal as it is. Most NCAA athletes – the ones in college to get an education – are more than happy with this arrangement. If others think they are above living like normal college students, then that’s their problem. They shouldn’t be paid just because they are greedy.

  12. Easleycockfan
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    They already pay them at clemsun-tec,..they call it hush money!!!!

  13. joe
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I would hardly consider a car in college a “need”. As has been mentioned, the kids get a stipend. I never had a car and was able get around just fine.

  14. Shawn
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Soo glad USC is going down!

  15. Posted February 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    this is pure b.s. – NCAA will not kill the LA market

  16. Guest
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Kill the LA market? Hmm. Isn\’t there another Div 1 program in LA? Isn\’t LA in its name? Hmm. What is the name of that team???

  17. socal
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Nestor or guest that you are calling yourself you know where to go little punk

  18. Mark
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Nice article and USC hopefully will get what they deserve. However, “a few hundred dollars a week”? Did you do the math? 120 D1 teams x 85 scholarship players x $250 x 32 weeks (approx. fall and spring semester) = $81,600,000!!! Ain’t happenin in our lifetime!

  19. this author has no clue what he's writting
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I’m sorry but this article stinks of garbage. The NCAA has not in fact “wrapped up” the SC investigation yet. SC spent 3 days presenting their case against what the NCAA presented them months prior to that. The final ruling aren’t even close to finished…

    The football investigation is nothing close to the actual school officials involved in the most recent Bama case in which they got a slap on the wrist and went on their way to winning a championship.

    That article is wisful thinking on behalf of the author and anyone dumb enough to actually take it as fact without any authoritative detail behind it…. If “sources” already knew the severity of the potential sanctions, the NCAA wouldn’t be spending 2 additional months AFTER the hearing to make a final decision.

    That writer truly doesn’t know anything about what he’s talking about, as anyone can easily say what “their sources” tell them and fabricate a ridiculous article out of it.

  20. Are you kidding me?
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Anybody that has actually been paying attention to the football proceedings in this investigation and then takes this article as a reliable source needs to get their head checked.

    Also, please realize that this author is simply a nobody with no reliable articles to his name. “Texas joining the Big 10.” Really……

    Mnofdichotomy, please make the world a better place, take out a metal bat, and beat your head in before you write another p.o.s. like this. You are a nobody, have no reliable sources to your name, and have absolutely no understanding about the case.

  21. Ummm
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Considering that the Infractions Committee won’t release their findings for another 6-9 weeks, I highly doubt that their fate has been decided this quickly. Some of this stuff could very well come true, but does anybody really think that their fate has been decided yet (considering that the public won’t find out for at least 6 weeks)? Seems to me that the writer is just slingin mud at a wall and hoping somthing sticks so that he can say, “See, I told you so.”

  22. Scott
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    These are this writer’s (using that term pretty losely) other recent articles (again, very loose definition). I have no idea what will come out of the USC investigation but anyone that puts an ounce of belief into what this guy is pitching is just as delusional as he is. He’s obviously just trying to get hits by throwing out sensationalist, made up stories.

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  23. Mo Z. Yani
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    The students do get paid in the form of: free tuition ($30+K per year), free books, free tutors, free living quarters, free food & a stipend. Did I mention their scholarship is guaranteed for 5 years?

    I am still paying off my student loans. I had to take an extra load so I could get out in 4. The total package is $150K+. Why many athletes chose to abandon this gift & not graduate is beyond me. That is their own fault.

  24. Jason
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    The players do get paid…books, room and board, food, and an education…all these things add up to anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000 dollars that I, not being an athlete, did not receive and had to pay out of pocket.

    To say that the players need to be paid cash on top of this because they just can’t make it by in college is crazy. To imply that a stipend will remove the temptation is plain gullibility.

    Wake up.

  25. Yea Right
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Does anyone else wonder why this clown is the only one reporting the NCAA has already made a decision on USC’s fate? This clown has no connections, has never met anyone from the NCAA Committee and did not attend the hearings. He has probably never left his Mom’s basement .

    Don’t get me wrong, I think USC will be punished and probably should be but they are not going to be banned from bowl games and there is no way they are going to be banned from TV. No one knows what their punishment is going to be besides the NCAA Committee and they are not talking!

    Let’s see if this clown admits he has no contacts after the USC receives their punishment or if he crawls back into his Mom’s basement.

  26. Dichotomy is a Liar.
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 2:59 am

    When Urban Meyer drama took place, this clown, this lying pathetic POS claimed that Urban Meyer left UF because NCAA was about to putting sanctions on UF.

    Mind_of_Dichotomy is a liar. He makes up crap just to get people to read his loony drivel.

  27. impartial observer
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 5:35 am

    I hope that USC sues this site for libel. What a complete and utter load of crap. The formal investigation is just getting started, and this jackass wants us to believe they’ve already made their decision.

    Short Term: Lies = Hits
    Long Term: Lies = Complete loss of credibility

    Enjoy the short term douchebag.

  28. Buck Futt
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Alabama is next on the chopping block. The NCAA has been investigating them for major violations in recruiting since the spring of 2007. The press in that state are too much in the ‘Bama bag to report this, but they all know about it; the state’s biggest paper has been spiking NCAA violations stories by their top writers for over a year now.

  29. Steve
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 10:40 am

    “I know the arguments; mainly that they’re receiving a college education. However, with many of these kids not graduating, it becomes irrelevant.”

    Whose fault is that? Most ncaa athletes go pro in someting other than sports. Money to the players will ruin college sports. Under no circomstances would I ever want to see them get paid. And the paltry amount they would get paid would pale in comparison to what they would still try to get away with.

  30. Posted February 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    You cannot alow kids to get paid money if you start this where would it end. The bigger schools could offer more money because after a few years the smaller schools will neaver be able to pay all of the kids in sports. Do you know how much money it cost to have all of the sports a coll has to pay for hockey basketball tennis etc. No I think you need to look at the big picture homer. To be able to go to school for free helped me and my family out alot. Soory to pay a coll kid to play sports is so stupid period

  31. Doc Block
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    This case has never been about recruiting! So, I would be very suspect that this “professional journalist” knows anything…Is USC going to be punished? Probably, however do you remembe the case not long ago about the booster and those shenanigans. How can this case be worse than that? Just saying…

  32. Bruins104NCAA
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 5:01 am

    SUC idiots think they can sue anyone. Please do it so some lawyer can depo the prince of cheat, lord peatie. You are not like Alabama and Oklahoma, $Candals which were for far lessor sums of money and those schools self-reported and didn’t drag their feet during the investigation like SUC did.

    You keep on thinking you are getting a hand slap for $anCtions because, either way, you are going down. Here’s how (let’s see if you pitiful trogan brains can wrap around this) 1. They slap SUC hard. Consequences are self-evident; 2. They let SUC stake. EVERY college in the nation now subscribes to lord peatie’s “how to cheat and call it pushing the envelope” philosophy. If every team gets paid, it’s just like the NFL. How’d peat do there when the other team gets paid? Maybe he didn’t “compete” enough.

    So you little idiots who are saying that this is libel: Truth is always a defense. SUC on that.

  33. Kyle
    Posted March 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    This could be the worst editorial I’ve ever seen. Yes, USC should get slammed. Carroll obviously ran a seedy program. But the part about kids should get paid and letting them celebrate to no end is just punkish. No wonder he’s writing for a site I had never heard of until someone sent me this. Rest assured it will be my last visit to this junior high joint.

  34. Kyle
    Posted March 2, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    The guy commenting on Alabama has no idea of what he’s talking about. Bama has been squeaky clean since the Mike Dubose era. Jealousy will get you know where “dude.”

  35. Posted March 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    huh? college kids getting perks from boosters? this is all news to me. when did this start happening?

  36. You hack!
    Posted March 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    This guy is full of crap and he knows it. Even you UCLA homers, who would love to believe its true, know this is crap. You suck because you suck, not because SC cheats. Live with it…you suck and it’s not SC’s fault. Hilarious…I don’t know who’s more of an idiot, the guy who wrote this or the UCLA fans who love this crap….classic! I’m not even a USC fan, but can’t help but to laugh at both the story or the butt-hurt UCLA fans.

  37. Guest
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Hey pitiful bRuin. That’s a whole lot of jealousy in your words. Does it suck that you go to fUCLA, with a football team that works harder and harder every year to be slightly more than irrelevant? You can make random speculation, you can say whatever you want, but point is it’s not up to bRuins like yourself to figure this out. 28-7; 42-28-7; numbers don’t lie. fUCLA sucks. Have fun reading this guy’s lies.

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