Appearing on the The Beast 980's morning show, The Home Team, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden discussed the large degree to which the university has fought the NCAA to repeal their sanctions. While the NCAA and Penn State are working on a proposed deal to restore wins previously stripped from the program, Pat Haden has taken an almost defeatist attitude towards the entire situation.
Well, it's too late. We're back to no scholarship limitations at all. I can tell you, Jeanne, over the last four and a half years I have been back there asking for a look at our penalties at least three times and have been rebuffed. At this point, I know USC fans and I feel this way too, when we see other programs around the country get relief or less penalty than we received, you feel abused and upset.
We can debate this issue back and forth all day, the point remains obvious that the NCAA can never really save face on the USC Trojans punishment. While it is fairly obvious that the NCAA has turned a blind eye towards reforming the initial sanctions; stripping USC of a national championship, numerous victories and 30 scholarships, it certainly seems like added efforts have gone for naught over the past four years.
Time will tell whether the Penn State proposal has any major ripple effect, but USC fans across the spectrum will continue to heckle over social media about the penalties laid down against the Trojans that won't be going away any time soon.