USC Sanctions: Forfeits Wins, Loses Scholarships, Bowl Ban, Probation
USC will also be stripped of all victories in games that former USC Heisman Trophy winning running back Reggie Bush played in during the 2004 season, when USC won the BCS national championship, as well as all wins in 2005, when they lost to Texas in the BCS championship game. There is also a possibility that USC may ultimately forfeit the 2004 BCS title.
News of the penalties originally broke late Wednesday night, but early reports only had the Trojans losing 20 scholarships and being banned from postseason play for two years. The NCAA has since released its full report and the penalties were much more significant.
The punishments applied to the Trojans stem from a four-year NCAA investigation into allegations centering around the relationship of Bush and an agent. The allegations were that Bush's mother and stepfather were provided a San Diego-area home in exchange for Bush signing on with the owner of the house (a would-be agent) as a client.
Bush has been in the NFL since 2006 and won the Super Bowl as part of the New Orleans Saints this past season. Pete Carroll, the head coach at the time of these allegations, is now the head coach of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
USC had been waiting since February for the decision after the school's three-day hearing with the NCAA's 10-member infractions committee.
The USC basketball team also had a hand in the infractions, as former player O.J. Mayo was alleged to have received monetary benefits while attending USC. Mayo currently plays in the NBA and Tim Floyd -- the USC basketball coach at the time -- was recently hired as the head coach at UTEP. The team escaped further sanctions than ones it had already self-imposed.