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June 9, 2010 at 8:37 PM

ESPN’s Feldman, others, say USC will get a two-year bowl ban

Bruce Feldman of ESPN, one of the more respected college football reporters around, just Tweeted that USC “has been hit with a two-year post-season ban in addition to the loss of scholarships.”
UPDATE 9:30 p.m. — The LA Times is now reporting that the school will lose “more than 20 scholarships.”
If so — and no reason not to believe what he has written — that will be the most significant penalty to hit a Pac-10 football program since UW was nailed with a two-year post-season ban in 1993 and 1994. (And the first since Cal received a one-year ban in 2002).
UPDATE 9:25 p.m. — The story is now being confirmed by other outlets, including the LA Daily News, which reports that new coach Lane Kiffin is “livid.” And ESPN.com also now has a full story on the ban.
And just as obviously, this would have huge implications on the immediate future of the Pac-10, making ineligible the team that has had won at least a share of every conference title from 2002-2008 and was expected to be a favorite for the title again this year.
Take USC out of the equation, and Oregon will be the presumptive favorite, though the Ducks have their own issues, namely establishing a new QB with Jeremiah Masoli now gone for good.
The Trojans have been hitting it hard in recruiting, and a one-year ban wouldn’t have done much in that regard as any players agreeing to come on now wouldn’t have been impacted. But a two-year ban is a different story as that would mean USC couldn’t go to a bowl again until 2012 — when the Pac-10 apparently may be the Pac-16.
The 20-scholarship penalty is also the most in the Pac-10 since UW in 1993 (which was enacted on the Classes of 1994 and 1995). It can be argued forever how much that really impacted the UW program, and some later regarded it as too convenient to just blame everything on the probation. But there is no doubt that the loss of the 20 scholarships (10 in each year) helped set the Husky program off-stride at a time when UW was dominating.
UPDATE 9:50 — The LA Daily News is also reporting tonight that there will be no additional penalties on basketball.
UPDATE 10 p.m.USCFootball.com has some interesting details on all of this, noting that the report is expected to be one of the longest in history, and that it will be released to the public on Thursday.
UPDATE 10:20 p.m. — Word seems to be that USC’s juniors and seniors will be free to transfer without penalty. With the connections UW’s staff has to players down there, obviously worth wondering if the Huskies can benefit somehow. However, UW appears already to be at the 85-scholarship limit for next season — and with 12 commits already for 2011 when it already appears it would be tight to get everyone in. Also, UW coach Steve Sarkisian and Kiffin are good friends, which may or may not matter. But worth noting that would be both a personal and politically sensitive area for Sarkisian.
UPDATE 11 P.M. — In non-USC news, Jon Wilner is reporting that Colorado will likely accept an invite to the Pac-10 tomorrow. This is consistent with lots of other reports out there and jibes with something I heard, that the Pac-10 would target Colorado regardless. Colorado is in either way because it either joins the other five Big 12 schools, or if some of that falls through, it likely comes along with one other school (potentially Utah) for a two-team expansion.

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