Ohio State Basketball

January 22, 2011 by staff 

Ohio State Basketball, (AP) - Southern California officials hope their second round before the NCAA is better than the first. School president Max Nikias, athletic director Pat Haden and four representatives from other universities spent more than four hours Saturday to talk with offenses Appeal Board in the hope of reducing some of the sanctions imposed against the Trojans’ football program legendary. A decision is expected in four to eight weeks.

“All I can say is that I want to thank the NCAA for giving us the opportunity before the Appeal Board to have a good and fair hearing,” Nikias said after the meeting in a hotel of Indianapolis. “Now we must await the decision.”

The Trojans want the NCAA to reduce a two-year bowl ban for one year. They are also hoping that the NCAA limit reductions football scholarships to five in each of the next three years instead of 10 planned.

The NCAA imposed sanctions on June 10 after the decision of the Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush and basketball player OJ Mayo received improper benefits. The university was also cited for a lack of institutional control. Bush gave up his Heisman Trophy.

After forcing schools to prove “abuse of power” after a change of rules introduced in 2008, only one appeal was successful. The 10 others have failed.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the rules do not permit school officials to present new information in the appeals phase.

Haden and Niki showed up about 45 minutes before the start of the hearing. A member of the delegation made a circuit board, which described the sanctions against the school of origin, and for two short, breaks in Southern California contingent huddled in discussions.

Nikias made the opening statement. Haden, the old quarter of the Trojans and Rhodes scholar, has made the argument, the school said in a statement.

After accepting the self-imposed sanctions Southern California men’s basketball and women’s tennis, the football program took the biggest hit. Football coach Pete Carroll and basketball coach Tim Floyd have both left school.

Two weeks after the decision of June, school officials said they would appeal the sanctions of, calling them excessive. The Trojans received four years probation, had to leave 14 wins and were necessary to ban the Bush program.

Critics of the original decision NCAA think that recent decisions of the NCAA football programs involving Auburn and Ohio State should play in the favor of the Trojans.

Tigers quart Cam Newton was allowed to continue playing despite a decision NCAA that his father had asked the State of Mississippi for money when her son was recruited out of junior college. Investigators said neither son nor Auburn knowledge of the plan. Newton liquidation leading Auburn to the national championship and won the Heisman Trophy, too.

Three weeks later, five Ohio State players were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season after the NCAA ruled that they had sold their championship rings, jerseys and awards and received improper benefits to from a tattoo parlor. But every five years, including quarterback Terrell Pryor, were allowed to play in bowl game the Buckeyes.

Neither Nikias, nor the school statement said if Southern Cal cited the case of Ohio State or Auburn at the hearing.

The reductions of scholarships could be a problem even more pressing for a program that has won seven straight Pac-10 crowns and back-to-back national titles in 2003 and 2004.

Period of this year’s football signing takes place from February 2 to April 1, and if the decision does not come by then, the appeal board could delay the sentence of three years 2011-13 to 2012-14.

All Cal South can do is wait.

“The legal team of the University presented the case of small penalties,” said state school. “Devolution and the academic community we welcome the decision of the appeal board violations. Until then, the delegation will have no further comment. ”

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