Death penalty? Kinda

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Those pre­dict­ing the NCAA would tread lightly on a ma­jor power like USC had to re­con­sider when the Tro­jans had the boom low­ered on them af­ter a four-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion that cen­tered mostly on tail­back Reg­gie Bush.

The NCAA banned USC from bowl games for two years. The pro­gram will lose 30 schol­ar­ships over three years and must va­cate vic­to­ries in games in which Bush played while re­ceiv­ing ex­tra ben­e­fits. The Tro­jans are ap­peal­ing the penal­ties.

Bush, now with the New Or­leans Saints, called the penal­ties “the clos­est thing to death with­out dy­ing.”

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