Sunday, January 03, 2010

Trojans Victory Ruined by Self-Imposed Sanctions

USC 47, Arizona State 37

The recipe is clear. Tenacious defense and a deliberate offensive is Kevin O'Neill's blueprint for success. So far it's working for the Trojans. USC defeated Arizona State to improve to 2-0 in Pac-10 play and extend its win streak to eight games. It was a brutal match with only 26 made field goals and 25 turnovers.

I wrote the above last night when starting a post about last night's game. Alas, all of the team's effort (yesterday and going forward) will provide no payoff in March. Today Athletic Director Mike Garrett announced self-imposed sanctions against the men's basketball team. The penalties are as follows:

* one-year post-season ban for the 2009-2010 season
* reduction of one scholarship for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons
* reduction of one coach who can recruit off-campus during the summer of 2010
* reduction of recruiting days during the 2010-2011 season

Clearly the first penalty is the most severe and pertinent for this season. What a shame that O.J. Mayo fiasco is coming back to hurt this head coach and these group of players. Further shame should be dealt to Garrett, who panicked in (basically) firing Tim Floyd and quickly levying these sanctions about the basketball program in hopes of steering attention away from the corrupt USC football team.

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