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The NCAA rejected the University of Southern California’s appeal to reduce sanctions against their football team over violations related to Reggie Bush.

The NCAA imposed two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships.

President Max Nikias and Athletic Director Pat Haden went before the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee in January and argued that the sanctions were excessive.

The school sought to have the bowl ban reduced to one year, already served in 2010, and to have the reduction in scholarships limited to five a year over three years.

We respectfully, but vehemently, disagree with the findings of the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee,” USC said in a statement Thursday. “Our position was that the Committee on Infractions abused its discretion and imposed penalties last June that were excessive and inconsistent with established case precedent.”



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