Report: USC gets sacked by NCAA

Odds are that Lane Kiffin didn’t think he was signing up for this when he returned to the sunny skies of Los Angeles to take over at USC following the departure of Pete Carroll.

Odds are greater that Carroll made the best move of the offseason.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, USC was served with severe sanctions by the NCAA following a four-year investigation into allegations surrounding former running back Reggie Bush and former hoops star O.J. Mayo. The punishment includes a two-year bowl ban and a loss of more than 20 football scholarships.

The NCAA reportedly has already informed USC officials of its decision and may make the sanctions public as early as today. Athletic director Mike Garrett did not confirm that the university had received the NCAA report.

Among the other penalties the Trojans could face include: limited recruiting contacts, probation and forfeiture of victories.

USC does have the right to an appeal process.

The initial investigation began in March 2006 when reports surfaced that Bush's family had lived in a San Diego-area home owned by a marketer who planned to be part of a group that represented the running back when he turned pro.

Stay with the National Football Post as more details emerge when the report is officially released.

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