USC says it hasn't seen report
USC will apparently have to wait until at least next week to learn the outcome of an NCAA investigation into the school's football and basketball programs.
The NCAA committee on infractions report will not be released on Friday. ESPN.com, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reported earlier this week that the report would be delivered on that day.
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However, USC assistant vice president of media relations James Grant told the campus television station Thursday that the NCAA has not informed USC that the report is ready for release.
"There are set channels for these kind of things, and we haven't heard anything," Grant said, according to Annenberg TV News. "The media reports are all absolutely false."
NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson told ESPN.com on Thursday: "NCAA policy is not to comment on potential, pending or current investigations."
The NCAA infractions committee held a hearing in February in which USC presented its responses to allegations of NCAA violations. Results of the report have been expected for several weeks. Once released, USC would have a chance to appeal.
"It's already been three months," Grant said, according to ATVN. "[The report] could come next week."
USC already admitted wrongdoing with the basketball program and sanctioned itself, including a ban on postseason participation, a reduction of scholarships and vacating all of its wins from 2007-08.
The school's football team is under investigation for it's dealing with Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush, who played at the school from 2003-2005. Bush also won the 2005 Heisman Trophy; if he is found retroactively ineligible, the Heisman Trust could strip him of his 2005 Heisman Trophy.
The NCAA and Pacific-10 Conference investigators have tried to determine whether Bush and his parents took improper benefits, including an alleged rent-free residence provided by a sports marketer. Bush has not met with NCAA and Pac-10 investigators and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
USC chose to contest the allegation against the football program, hoping to overcome the perception of a lack of institutional control, which could result in significant sanctions, including scholarship reductions, TV and postseason bans, recruiting restrictions and probation.
If USC is found guilty of major violations, the NCAA also could rule that the Trojans are "repeat violators." Per NCAA rules, "An institution shall be considered a 'repeat' violator if the Committee on Infractions finds that a major violation has occurred within five years of the starting date of a major penalty."
The athletic program was last sanctioned in August of 2001.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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