USC Football Program Taking More Hits Due To NCAA Sanctions

July 10, 2010 – By Scott

It has been a troubling spring for the USC football program, traditionally one of college football’s most powerful programs. A series of harsh sanctions handed down by the NCAA will definitely have severe consequences for the Trojans. Now, USC has learned that they will not be eligible for the 2010 USA Today’s football coaches poll.

The executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, Grant Teaff, informed USA Today that they will not be eligible for the poll due to the school being under major NCAA sanctions and banned from playing in a bowl. However, the Trojans will be able to be ranked in the 2010 Associated Press’ poll which is not part of the BCS formula like the coaches poll.

“American Football Coaches Association policy dictates that AFCA members who serve on the board of voters to determine national ranking shall not vote on any institution on major probation,” Teaff said in the statement.

“Penalties imposed by the NCAA, or a representative conference, are classified as ‘major’ if the penalties include loss of postseason bowl participation and/or television appearances, and/or loss of 20 percent or more of grants in aid.”

Last month, USC filed an appeal with the NCAA wanting several sanctions to be reduced because they were “too severe” and “inconsistent with precedent.” Included in the penalties were four years probation, a two-year bowl ban, scholarship losses and the removal of several victories. USC will accept scholarship losses in football and a bowl ban for the 2010 season. USA today fully expected the Trojans to be eligible for the poll because they planned to appeal. But due to USC accepting the postseason ban for 2010, they became ineligible.

USC took another hit to their football program on Friday as they learned that Seantrel Henderson, a 6-foot-8 300 pound offensive lineman, will now leave the school for the University of Miami. His father, Sean Henderson, confirmed that he will sign with Miami after the school released him from his letter of intent on Tuesday. Henderson was the No. 8 overall prospect in the ESPNU 150 and was the top-rated prospect at his position. Obviously, the sanctions handed down to USC are continuing to have a trickle effect.

“Seantrel is definitely going to Miami. It is 100 percent,” said Sean Henderson. “We are not sure when he will actually sign [his letter of intent], but he will do that sometime before he reports on Aug. 3.”

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