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USC men’s basketball program gets 2-year probation

The NCAA made the ruling in response to the scandal involving former associate coach Tony Bland.

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After an entertaining run to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, the USC Trojans were given a two-year probation period and fined as a result of the FBI probe into former associate coach Tony Bland.

The amount of the fine is $5000, plus 1 percent of the team’s budget. USC agreed to self-imposed sanctions as part of the punishment. Here are the terms the school and NCAA agreed to.

  • A reduction of men’s basketball scholarships by a total of two during the 2018-19 academic year.
  • A reduction of men’s basketball official visits to 20 during the 2018-19/2019-20 rolling two-year period.
  • A reduction in men’s basketball recruiting person days by 20 during the 2018-19 academic year.

It isn’t too much of a blow for Andy Enfield and the staff. The Trojans still have the 42nd best recruiting class for 2021, per 247Sports.

Evan Mobley will likely be taken in the top five of the 2021 NBA Draft, ending his time at USC. Enfield has commitments from 4-star recruit Malik Thomas and a pair of 3-star recruits in Harrison Hornery and Kobe Johnson. The Trojans also added point guard Boogie Ellis, who is eligible to play after transferring from Memphis.