Pressure mounts on Kiffin & Co.

USC has a staff of great recruiters, but they now have less margin for error

Updated: June 10, 2010, 5:20 PM ET
By Tom Luginbill | ESPN Recruiting

USC's punishment from the NCAA is severe, but the loss of scholarships, not the bowl ban, will make the biggest impact. That might sound odd, but all you have to do is look back less than a decade ago to Alabama during the Mike Shula years to see the impact of losing scholarships.

Alabama lost 21 scholarships over a three-year period and faced a two-year postseason ban. The Shula era -- which was from 2003 to 2006, during two of the three years of the scholarship reductions -- netted ...

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