Archive for June, 2010

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Welcome to the new Pac-12

June 17, 2010

(or whatever they decide to call it.)

Well football fiends, It’s official – Colorado & Utah are now members of the Pac-10, giving us enough teams to have a championship game.

How do you think the divisions will shake out?

I believe it will be Cold Weather & Warm(er) Weather.

Cold Weather: Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Colorado

Warm(er) Weather: Stanford, Cal, USC, UCLA, ASU, Arizona

This will preserve the natural Pac-10 rivalries between the CA Schools and between the Pac-Northwest schools.

ETA: This just in– The NCAA has ruled that USC at Hawaii on Sept 2– USC’s 13th game for the 2010 season, will be allowed to go on. The 12 game limit will be enforced starting in 2012.  Seriously, USC can’t start the appeals process soon enough, IMO. Hey, I’ve never claimed to be anything BUT a Homer. 😉

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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It Happened…

June 12, 2010

The NCAA can strip away wins. The BCS can take away the Orange Bowl victory. Hell, the BCS can even take away the National Championship if they want to.

It won’t change the fact that IT HAPPENED. USC dominated that season and dominated in the Orange Bowl, winning 55-19 against Jason White and the Oklahoma Sooners.

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Matt Barkley Press Conference…

June 11, 2010

Matt Barkley faced the press  yesterday and (besides looking smokin’ hot), he had his head screwed on straight.

Take a look:

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Let’s do the BCS Conference Shuffle…

June 11, 2010

Football Fiends-

It’s been a bizarre few days. Colorado joined the Pac-10. USC had the book thrown at them by the NCAA. Nebraska has joined the Big Ten (or will officially when they vote on it, but assume no invitation is rendered that would not be accepted by the conference).  Boise State is now a member of the Mountain West Conference.  It’s like a game of spin the bottle, round and round it goes and where it ends up nobody knows.

Texas reportedly will make a decision on where they will move to, if they move conferences at all next week. I think the Pac-10, or 11, or 16 or whatever, is a better place for them. After all, they will move in and dominate right away. The SEC? I just don’t see the Longhorns in the SEC facing off against Florida and Bama and LSU and Auburn etc. year in and year out WILLINGLY.

College Football has dominated the sporting news these past few days. And it is JUNE. Crazy!!!

My heart is heavy with the changes happening in my beloved Trojan football program, but we will go on and Troy will Rise Again.

I am TEMPTED to print out and read the full 67-page NCAA Infractions Committee report this weekend. Articles I’ve read by those who have read the report, paint a different picture than the one most loyal alumni want to believe.

Mostly though, I just want it to be September. Is it FOOTBALL SEASON YET?!

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Pete Carroll’s Response to NCAA Sanctions

June 10, 2010

Football Fiends-

You know me. Few people are as big a fan of Pete Carroll as I am. And so when I saw this video I was of two minds on it– Sure he looks distressed, but do I buy it?  And furthermore, notice when he says “External Forces Outside of the University” FUCK YES– how was USC supposed to police Bush’s shady step-father’s actions in San Diego?

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USC to Appeal NCAA rulings

June 10, 2010

From USC.edu

USC to Appeal NCAA Ruling

June 10, 2010 1:00 PM

For a special message to the Trojan Family from USC President Steven B. Sample, visit
http://uscnews.usc.edu/university/special_message_to_the_trojan_family.html

For an online video message regarding USC’s response to the NCAA ruling, visit www.usctrojans.com

The University of Southern California today announced that, after reviewing the NCAA Committee on Infractions report, it will accept some of the penalties imposed by the Committee and it will appeal those penalties it believes are excessive.

The university noted that it is pleased that the NCAA determined that USC’s self-imposed penalties on men’s basketball and women’s tennis were sufficient, and that the NCAA imposed no further sanctions.

“We acknowledge that violations occurred and we take full responsibility for them. 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,” said Todd Dickey, USC’s senior vice president for administration.

Dickey added, “We will accept those sanctions we believe to be consistent with penalties imposed upon other NCAA member institutions found guilty of similar rules infractions. We are hopeful that the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee will agree with our position on appeal, and reduce the penalties.

“There is a systemic problem facing college athletes today: unscrupulous sports agents and sports marketers,” Dickey stated. “The question is how do we identify them and keep them away from our student-athletes? To provide us with recommendations about the best way to protect our student-athletes and their families from those who seek to violate the rules, we have retained the Freeh Group, headed by former federal judge and ex-FBI director Louis Freeh.

“Our success in athletics and the outstanding individuals we recruit make our student-athletes an attractive target for those seeking to take unfair advantage of them,” Dickey stated. “We cannot and will not tolerate this. Our program must set the highest standards in the country. USC deserves that and our 640 student-athletes deserve that.”

Dickey said that USC will not comment about specific elements of its position while it is in the appeals process.

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Full List of USC Sanctions

June 10, 2010

Football Fiends-

The sanctions on USC by the NCAA exceed the severity of  Alabama’s 2002 sanctions and what Washington’s 1993 sanctions. (It took Alabama 7 years to rebound. But 17 years later Washington is still struggling for traction.) But it still could have been worse. The NCAA reportedly considered a TV ban as well. Good LORD, the program is going to be killed enough without that.

Following is a list of the sanctions imposed on USC by the NCAA (via the OC Register):

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Four years of probation from June 10, 2010, through June 9, 2014.
  • Postseason ban for the 2009-10 men’s basketball season (self-imposed by the university).
  • Postseason ban for the 2010 and 2011 football seasons.
  • One-year show-cause penalty for the assistant football coach (June 10, 2010, to June 9, 2011).
  • Vacation of all wins in which the former football student-athlete (Bush) competed while ineligible, beginning in December 2004. This vacation includes participation in any postseason competition, including football bowl games.
  • Vacation of all wins in which the former men’s basketball student-athlete (Mayo) competed during the 2007-08 regular season (self-imposed by the university). The committee also stated this vacation must include participation in any postseason competition, conference tournaments and NCAA championships.
  • Vacation of all wins in which the former women’s tennis student-athlete competed while ineligible between November 2006 and May 2009 (self-imposed by the university). The committee also stated this vacation must include participation in any postseason competition, conference tournaments and NCAA championships.
  • Reduction of football athletics scholarships to 15 initial grants and 75 total grants for each of the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. This represents a decrease of 10 scholarships for each of the three seasons.
  • Reduction of men’s basketball athletics scholarships from 13 to 12 for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years (self-imposed by the university).
  • Reduction of the total number of recruiting days in men’s basketball by 20 days (from 130 to 110) for the 2010-11 academic year (self-imposed by the university).
  • A $5,000 financial penalty (self-imposed by the university).
  • Remittance of the $206,200 the university received for its participation in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament (self-imposed by the university). In addition, the committee noted the university must also forfeit all future distributions scheduled for this appearance.
  • Disassociation of the former football student-athlete, the former men’s basketball student-athlete and the representative who provided extra benefits to the former men’s basketball student-athlete. This disassociation includes the refusal of any financial or recruiting assistance, as well as other conditions.
  • Release of three men’s basketball prospective student-athletes from their letters of intent (self-imposed by the university).
  • Prohibition of all non-university personnel, including boosters, from traveling on football and men’s basketball charters; attending football and men’s basketball team practices; attending or participating in any way with university football and men’s basketball camps, including donation of funds; and having access to the sidelines and locker rooms for football and men’s basketball games.

The full NCAA report can be viewed and read here: http://vmedia.rivals.com/uploads/995/952139.pdf

With a heavy heart,

-Your Gridiron Goddess