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USC football: Hearing before NCAA appeals committee 'good and fair,' university President Max Nikias says

January 22, 2011 | 10:36 am

Ncaa-appeal_350 USC's appearance before the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee is over.

Unlike the three-day marathon before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions last February, Saturday's hearing took just over four hours.

USC President Max Nikias thanked the NCAA for the opportunity to present the school's case and described the proceedings as "a good and fair hearing. We just have to wait for the ruling."

USC's contingent, which included Nikias, Athletic Director Pat Haden and other school and legal representatives, made its case to reduce the two most severe penalties handed down against the university last summer.

USC is seeking to have a two-year bowl ban cut to one year, which has already been served. The school also wants the sanction that calls for a loss of 30 scholarships over three years to be reduced to 15.

The Infractions Appeals Committee is expected to release its ruling in four to six weeks.

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-- Gary Klein in Indianapolis

Photo: USC President Max Nikias, right, watches a football practice with Athletic Director Pat Haden, left, and Vice President Todd Dickey. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times