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    The NCAA handed the University of Southern California a two-year postseason football ban and vacated wins in Reggie Bush's final season, among other penalties, for violations in its football, men's basketball and women's tennis programs on Thursday.

    The university was put on four years' probation, while the football program was hit with a two-year postseason ban and the men's basketball team was banned for one year from the postseason, which had already been self-imposed by the school.

    USC was hit with scholarship reductions in football and basketball and recruiting restrictions for the men's basketball team. The football team will lose 10 football scholarships annually from 2011-13.

    The school was fined $5,000 and forfeits its $206,200 it earned from the 2008 men's basketball tournament.

    In addition the university must vacate a number regular-season and postseason wins in all three involved sports, including the 2005 Orange Bowl, where the Trojans won the BCS national championship by thrashing Oklahoma.

    The NCAA said its findings included "a lack of institutional control, impermissible inducements, extra benefits, exceeding coach staff limits, and unethical conduct by an assistant football coach."

    The violations, which span almost four years, primarily involved "agent and amateurism issues for a former football student-athlete and a former men's basketball studen-athlete," the NCAA wrote in its report.

    Last year, the NCAA bundled its Bush investigation with its look into the men's basketball program. USC imposed its own sanctions on the basketball program four months ago over its recruitment of former player O.J. Mayo by former coach Tim Floyd. Floyd was accused of giving cash to a middleman who helped steer Mayo to USC.

    In their football investigation, the NCAA and investigators from the Pac-10 Conference tried to determine whether Bush and his parents took improper benefits, including an alleged rent-free residence provided by a sports marketer. Bush has not met with NCAA and Pac-10 investigators and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

    "I have a great love for the University of Southern California and I very much regret the turn that this matter has taken, not only for USC, but for the fans and players," Bush said in a statement.

    "I am disappointed by [Thursday's] decision and disagree with the NCAA's findings. If the University decides to appeal, I will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and USC, as I did during the investigation. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on making a positive impact for the University and for the community where I live," Bush said.

    The women's tennis violation involved a former student athlete using an athletics department long-distance access call to make 123 unauthorized calls to her family. The total value of the calls was more than $7,000, the NCAA said.

    The football team must vacate all wins in which Bush played while ineligible, starting in December 2004. The NCAA accepted USC's self-imposed penalty of vacating all wins in which Mayo competed during the 2007-08 season.

    Floyd and football coach Pete Carroll are no longer employed by USC. Floyd is at the University of Texas-El Paso; Carroll is the head coach of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.

    The women's tennis program must vacate all wins in which the ineligible player -- Gabriela Niculescu, a native of Romania who transferred to Idaho after 2009 school year, a school official verified -- competed between November 2006 and May 2009. USC had already self-imposed that penalty.

    USC already admitted wrongdoing with the basketball program and sanctioned itself, including a ban on postseason participation, a reduction of scholarships and vacating all of its wins from 2007-08.

    USC chose to contest the allegation against the football program.
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    That's called making an example. I wonder if DeMar will have any commentary on Twitter?

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    Wow, good to see the league cracking down ...finally...

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    So what else is new...money corrupts (just about all of the time).

    Will the NCAA sitting in judgement, decide to come down from its perch somewhat and share, some of the billions that all of its college sports rake in, just a wee bit of it with the mostly poor players who generate that cash for them? Then maybe we'll have less of this and possibly more of the "student athletes" complete an education.

    Wouldnt be surprised if a highly sought schooler like DD got a little inducement. And USC is obviously not the only one. Like with the steroids issue they got caught doing too much of it and getting lazy about covering their cracks (lol, metaphors all over the place!).

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    Wow. Didn't expect to hear that happen. Good job though
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