Today the NCAA has announced some of the toughest punishments and sanctions ever administrated by the association to the University of Southern California. Everybody knew that punishment and possible sanctions would come, but nobody expected them to be this severe.
One of the most significant sanctions calls for the USC football team to be barred from all bowl games for the next 2 years which will be sure to severely hurt USC’s ability to recruit star athletes out of high school. Without the possibility of competing in a national championship game, star athletes risk under-exposure and by extension risk their chances of being drafted into the NFL or other professional sports leagues.
The university will also be stripped of it’s 2004 national championship title, the university is planning to appeal the decision by the NCAA. Reggie Bush, who remains at the center of the controversy, released a statement saying he feels the punishment exceeds what is required and that he would help USC and the NCAA in anyway he could.