USC football: University president says school won't seek redress from NCAA
With scandals having erupted at Auburn, Ohio State, Oregon and Miami since USC was hammered with NCAA sanctions in June 2010, Trojans fans have besieged USC officials and administrators with cries for retribution.
Or at least for relief.
On Wednesday, the same day that Trojans football Coach Lane Kiffin found out he would not be hit with NCAA penalties for secondary infractions while at Tennessee, USC President Max Nikias issued a statement in response to inquiries about whether the university would seek further review of its appeal of NCAA sanctions.
The penalties included a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 football scholarships over three years.
"I have determined that the university's mission is best served by moving forward at this time, without pursuing further redress," Nikias said. "This decision followed an extensive review of all of our options and after consultation with many sources.
"We ask that the Trojan Family offer its utmost support to the student-athletes and coaches of the Trojan football team, confident that USC's commitment to the highest level of excellence in academics and athletics will not waver in the coming years."
-- Gary Klein
Photo: USC President Max Nikias. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times