Hammer falls: USC to vacate football, basketball wins
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The NCAA slapped major punishment on the University of Southern California on Thursday, forcing the school to vacate wins, including the 2005 Orange Bowl win, as well as scholarship reductions and a ban from postseason play.
The punishments cover football, men's basketball and women's tennis.
While the two players aren't specifically named in the report, the investigation into the football and basketball programs centered around Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo, respectively.
The NCAA cites "lack of institutional control" on the part of USC during the time when Bush and Mayo were competing. Both athletes were determined to have gained illegal benefits that jeopardized their status as amateur athletes.
As a result, the school faces four years of probation from June 10, 2010, through June 9, 2014.
The school will have to vacate all football wins from December 2004 through the 2005 season, including the Orange Bowl win against Oklahoma, which gave the school the BCS National Championship. The football program will face reduction of scholarships starting in the 2011-12 academic year and a bowl ban for the 2010 and 2011 season.
The NCAA upheld the school's voluntary vacation of all basketball wins from the 2007-08 season, as well as all postseason wins. The NCAA also upheld the school's decision to give back the $206,200 the university received for participating in the NCAA tournament that year. The program will only have 12 scholarships for the 2009-2010 and 2010-11 season, which were also self-imposed by the university.
The women's tennis team will have to vacate all wins between November 2006 and May 2009, another self-imposed penalty. The penalty stems from a player who was given illegal benefits, as she ran up some $7,000 in international phone calls on an athletics department long-distance code.
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