Football: USC is in damage control
USC assistant coaches were calling incoming recruits Thursday trying to reassure them that the school will be fighting to reduce NCAA sanctions, but there's little doubt a two-year bowl ban and the reductions of 30 scholarships over three years is severe punishment.
How many of the seven committed players from the class of 2011 will end up at USC remains to be seen, but the Trojan faithful is going to be scrambling to deal with the ramifications of 10 fewer scholarship players each season. At a minimum, it's going to make USC more selective and open the door for other schools to have success recruiting in Southern California.
As for good news, George Farmer Sr., father of one of the top prospects in the state, receiver George Farmer of Gardena Serra, insisted the sanctions will have no effect on his son's final college decision.
"We don't pick a school for athletics," George Farmer Sr. said. "We're going to pick a school according to the education. I hate to see what happened to USC, but it's not going to deter us."
-- Eric Sondheimer