Infractions committee hears USC appeal

USC wrapped up its appeal of NCAA sanctions Saturday, meeting with the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee in Indianapolis for four hours 13 minutes.

President C.L. Max Nikias, athletic director Pat Haden, Vice President for Athletic Compliance David Roberts and the university’s lawyers met with the five-member committee in the hope of scaling back penalties handed down to the football program last June. The Trojans want the NCAA to reduce its two-year bowl ban to one year. They’re also hoping the NCAA will limit scholarship reductions to five in each of the next three years as opposed to the previously scheduled 10.

When asked by Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Nikias thanked the committe for the opportunity to present the school’s case and described the process as “a good and fair hearing. We just have to wait for the ruling.”

A ruling is expected to be released in four to six weeks.