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USC plans to appeal some of NCAA sanctions

June 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
USC said it plans to appeal some of the sanctions handed down by the NCAA after a four-year investigation into the school."We acknowledge that violations occurred and we take full responsibility for them," says Todd Dickey, USC senior vice president for administration. "However, we sharply disagree with many of the findings in the NCAA Committee on Infractions report. Further, we feel the penalties imposed are too severe for the violations identified in the report."

The USC football program received a two-year bowl ban and a loss of 10 scholarships each year from 2011 to 2013.

The forfeited wins include the 2005 Orange Bowl, in which the Trojans defeated the Oklahoma Sooners to win the national championship.

The report cited USC for a lack of institutional control for several rules violations, primarily involving Heisman-trophy winning tailback Reggie Bush and men's basketball star O.J. Mayor.

USC was also put on four years probation, and the football program must vacate 12 wins from the 2005 season, all stemming from improper benefits allegedly given to Bush.

Former USC head football coach Pete Carroll said he was shocked and disappointed at the findings of the NCAA.

"I never thought there was any facts that supported these significant sanctions that have come forth. The primary issue throughout the process was did the university know," Carroll said. "The university didn't know, we didn't know."

The Trojans won seven straight Pac-10 Conference Championships and two national titles under the leadership of Carroll. He left at the end of last season to become an NFL coach.

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