Red Hot NCAA Peppers U$C with “Chili” New Wave of penalties: The trojans are Banned from Bowls for 2 years, forced to give up 30 scholarships, and must vacate all their 2004 ill-gotten gains — Now you know what made Carroll “Flea”
No one ever said Pete Carroll was stupid. Arrogant, sleazy, petulant, immature, disingenuous and narcissistic maybe, but not stupid. Carroll proved he’s not as stupid as the people who hire him, by bailing out of usc, right before the guillotine finally fell.
The blade came down today, as usc is apparently getting stung with a three-pronged NCAA Sanction: The trojans will not be allowed to play in any Post-Season Bowl games for the next two years; They will be stripped of 30 scholarships over the next few years; And all their wins from 2004 will be vacated. And if that’s it, The Sleazy Got Off Easy.
But trojan fans are going ballistic right now, trying to cope with this announcement. Sufferin’ SUCcotashists! Reportedly, Lane Kiffin is “livid.” Of course he HAS to pretend like he is surprised by this inevitable ruling, because of all the recruits to whom he blatantly lied, when he promised them no Bowl Bans. But don’t believe the song and dance — Just like Carroll saw the writing on the wall, Kiffin knew perfectly well why his Dream Job had suddenly become available to HIM.
Just think of all those die-hard trojan fans who won’t be attending a Bowl Game this year, or next year. That’s a long time for their beloved Football program to be completely irrelevant. And now it looks like Matt Barkley’s big trojan memory will be the Emerald Bowl. The question is, will any of his teammates transfer, so that they can play in a Bowl Game before their college careers are over?
While trojan fans are dealing with the death of their ongoing DENIAL, they are of course lamenting that the NCAA Spanking the Monkeys with these sanctions is “unfair.” For once, I agree with them. These punishments ARE unfair: They aren’t NEARLY severe enough. As much as I love seeing the trojans whine, and as much as I will enjoy filling out my “Bowl Pool” entry form for the next couple of years, I still don’t think the punishment comes close to fitting the crime. Where’s the TV Ban? Why do they get to still profit off their crimes, by raking in TV dollars? Their status as a big draw is still fruit from the poisonous tree. If Carroll didn’t run an education-be-damned NFL way station populated with scuzzy Agents, they never would have become such Media darlings. The only silver lining is that if they suck, then more people will see them suck.
Of course, if they truly suck, then THE BOWL BAN IS AN EMPTY PUNISHMENT. The Ban shouldn’t expire until they have been deprived of two Bowls for which they are ELIGIBLE. If they finish under .500 either this year or next, the Bowl Ban should roll over, otherwise, it is a toothless sanction.
Speaking of toothless sanctions, the diminished scholarships will have no effect whatsoever. We are talking about third-string players and special-teamers, if anyone. And besides, usc will FIND A WAY to get in all the players they need, regardless of whether the school is officially footing the bill. If the school isn’t allowed to pay, so what — some obscenely-wealthy alumni or agent-type will funnel the money to the family of the recruit, who will then suddenly pay his own way through usc, despite his modest, inner city upbringing. Watch how many recruits’ Dads are suddenly on the usc payroll. I hear the campus Men’s Rooms are really sticky, and in need of cleaning, around-the-clock.
The vacation of the 2004 wins is a lovely touch, but one which obnoxious and deluded trojan fans will never acknowledge. That’s why the domino-fallout needs to happen next: The BCS needs to Officially rescind the trophy with which sc absconded, and the NY Downtown Athletic Club needs to follow its bylaws and repossess Vince Young’s Heisman back from the officially-ineligible Reggie Bush. Not until those two things happen with lots of fanfare, will any trojan be hurt by these retroactive penalties.
Some people, including the whiny sympathizer named Feldman on the ESPN video breaking the news, think that the Bowl Ban is unfair to CURRENT trojan players who weren’t a part of the rampant violations. They basically wondered, why bother to punish the school, now that Carroll and Tim Floyd are gone? What a tool. First of all, Carroll and Floyd worked for Mike Garrett, who chose two sleazy characters to do his bidding, and that’s exactly what they did, with his blessing. Does Feldman think Garrett should get off unscathed? And what about the Steroid Pipeline? And as far as having sympathy for the current players, that is the biggest joke of all. First of all, they were probably induced to come to usc by the same illegal methods that got the school in trouble in the first place, so they KNEW that they were jumping into a cesspool of violations and unchecked criminal and agent activity. And for those who didn’t get recruited with Hookers and Cash, they HAD to know that sc was reputed to be a hotbed of SCandal. You’d have to be living under a rock to NOT know that sc was facing severe sanctions for all their payoffs and cheating. And if you are stupid enough to believe Lane Kiffin, who has been called a lying SCumbag by everyone, from his previous employer Al Davis to every football fan in Knoxville, then you certainly get what you deserve. And besides, if they don’t like being part of the street cred criminal element, they can transfer. Right now. So if sympathy for the innocent kids of usc was part of your perspcetive on this case, you don’t have a clue… because they had PLENTY of clues.
There will probably be some official announcements today, and some official reactions. KEEP IN MIND that usc will undoubtedly APPEAL the ruling, which will buy them a few more months of denial, and will probably cut their Bowl Ban down to only one year. Hopefully, the kids won’t wait to find out how the Appeal goes, and instead will give in to the appeal of Oklahoma, Florida, Alabama, etc. And NO, I don’t want any of them to come to UCLA. First of all, their grades are probably too low, and secondly, their Integrity is probably too low. With apologies to Randall Carroll and probably a bunch of other Bruins, I would prefer to get guys who consider themselves above playing for a school that is notorious for flaunting the rules, owning the Police, shooting up steroids, glorifying cheap shot artists, and still worshipping their murderous hero O.J. Simpson.
Appeal or not, penalty reduction or not, Heisman Re-po or not — The bottom line is that usc has finally been officially BUSTED for CHEATING, for the whole Country to see. GUILTY AS CHARGED. There is NOW no denying the SCumbag practices that have been going on over there, not even by the trojans themselves any more. Even the legally-apprehensive NCAA couldn’t ignore the black and white facts, like Reggie’s travel receipts. Now the entire Nation realizes what I’ve been preaching for 30 years. And even though they didn’t get the Death Penalty that they so richly deserve, they still got raked over the proverbial coals, and it taints any future bragging that they were planning on. Even thier big money bribes couldn’t get them out of this one.
Too big to fail? Cardinal & Goldman Sacks. “Sacks,” as in shriveled from steroids Sacks. Sorry, No Wrist(slap) For The Wicked. When Bush came to shove, the NCAA had to shove back, or just fold up their tents and call it quits. And quit is also what they should do, IF they soften on Appeal. Actually, knowing sc, there will probably be new violations coming up. If so… Hey NCAA: Hit ’em again, hit ’em again. Harder, harder!