Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

USC ban sets new direction for NCAA

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA is backing up its tough talk.

By penalizing Southern California's football program with the loss of 30 scholarships and a two-year postseason ban, the committee on infractions sent a clear message to programs and coaches willing to win at any cost: learn from the Trojans' mistakes or face a stiff penalty.

"The real issue here is if you have high-profile players, your enforcement staff has to monitor those students at a higher level," committee chairman Paul Dee said. "So high-profile players demand high-profile compliance."

Some were surprised the NCAA relinquished the kinder, gentler image it had under the late president Myles Brand and reverted to a more old-school approach in the USC case.

Until Thursday, no Division I-A school had been prohibited from bowls since Alabama completed its two-year ban in 2003, and no team has been given a television ban since 1996.

The Trojans nearly got both.

Those who follow the NCAA closely should have seen this coming. Critics had increasingly labeled the NCAA as too soft on rule-breakers. So in October 2008, the committee on infractions recommended imposing postseason and TV bans — punishments never scrubbed from the books.

Other recommendations from that time included publicly naming staff members involved in infractions, eliminating the reward for cooperation with NCAA investigators and imposing fines. Since then, NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said, the recommendations have been sent to schools for comment. The Board of Directors has not acted on the recommendations.

It still didn't stop the committee from punishing USC.

Dee acknowledged the committee had considered imposing a television ban on the Trojans — a rare departure for an organization that doesn't like discussing what could have happened.

And though Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo were not identified by name in the public report, they were singled out as a Heisman Trophy candidate and a one-and-done basketball player. Names or identifying characteristics of individuals are traditionally excluded in reports.

Why the change?

"It was included in part to show how prominent the individuals were in relationship to the university," Dee said.

Meanwhile, even if sanctions force USC to vacate its Bowl Championship Series title from 2004, its Associated Press championship will stand, AP sports editor Terry Taylor said in an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times.

Track: Demps win 100

Florida sophomore sprinter Jeff Demps won the NCAA 100-meter championship in 9.96 seconds in Eugene, Ore.

Demps, a football player who also took the indoor 60-meter national title this year, claimed the school's first championship in the 100 since Bernard Williams in 2000. Demps' time would have been a school record had the race not been heavily wind-aided.

"It was a great race," Demps said. "…I know my team needed the points and I just came out to get the 10 points to try to help us win the team title."

USF's David Aristil finished fifth in the 400 hurdles. Aristil finished in 51.05 seconds; South Carolina's Johnny Dutch (48.75) won. Aristil already had earned All-America honors.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: According to a text he sent to AP, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told players that he had not made a decision about taking a job with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and didn't give them a timetable for the decision.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Rebecca Lobo, Teresa Edwards, Teresa Weatherspoon, Chris Weller, Leta Andrews and Gloria Ray will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame tonight in Knoxville, Tenn.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

USC ban sets new direction for NCAA 06/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 11, 2010 10:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays journal: Erasmo Ramirez ready to start a day after closing game

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — RHP Erasmo Ramirez was on the mound to finish Sunday's 15-inning marathon win over the Twins and will start tonight's game against the Rangers.

    The Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez throws 12 pitches in the 15th inning against the Twins to earn the save then says after the game that he’s ready to make his scheduled start against the Rangers: “My arm feels good.”
  2. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Before the Rays eventually won Sunday's 6½-hour, 15-inning marathon against the Twins 8-6, they did plenty to lose it. And we need to get that out of the way first.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  3. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  4. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    The Rays won because they got two innings of good relief from each of the two pitchers who contributed to them losing Saturday's game, Danny Farquhar (who again struck out Miguel Sano) and Tommy Hunter, who both posted zeroes.