Bigger They Are, Harder They Fall

15 06 2010

Lots of talk today about the sanctions the NCAA handed out for USC and I couldn’t belive that some people were astonished when USC was slammed harder than Jenna Jammison after talking back to Tito Ortiz.

Does the phrase lack of institutional control mean anything to people anymore? Mike Garret – the AD at USC, is supposed to know everything about all sports and players, but especially anything related to the football program.  While the Trojans are a victim of Reggie Bush’s avarice, the penalties were issued to make sure the University doesn’t let it happen again.   I’m expecting USC to bring in the Bob’s from Office Space to get to the bottom of what Mike Garret’s daily tasks inclue.

The argument that I heard 20 times on ESPN today was that “this only punishes the kids on the team…..they were in junior high when these allegations took place”.  Don’t these kids still talk about watching Reggie Bush and envisioning themselves some day wearing that Trojan uniform? Did they turn a blind eye when all of the reports of the allegations were coming out four years ago? Without USC’s amazing run of 38 straight wins between 2003 and 2006 they wouldn’t have been able to stockpile talent the way they did and win three outright  Pac-10 championships from 2003 to 2005.

It could be argued that the compounding talent, Pac-10 championships, and Rose Bowl wins far outweigh the setback of the sanctions. The reputation of a perennial powerhouse is something that can’t be taken away even in a few bad years of recruiting (only by USC’s standards) and performance on the field.  USC is the bully with a black-eye right now, but they’ll bounce back.

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