by Jeff Lightsy Jr.
ESPN recently released another documentary apart of their 30 for 30 series. This one over the Pete Carroll era at USC titled “Trojan War.” The documentary covers the rise and fall of the Trojan dynasty.
Pete Carroll had one of the most successful runs of any coach at any university of all time. During his nine year tenure as the head coach at USC he won two national championship, 6 BCS bowl games, and had a win streak of 34 games.
All of the laughs and good times were put on pause when the NCAA launched an investigation on one of USC and college football’s greatest players RB Reggie Bush.
Long story short Bush’s family was living in a house that was being paid for by an agent hoping to represent him when he entered the NFL.
After four years of investigating, the NCAA levied big time sanctions on the USC football program. The sanctions included vacation of wins, loss of 30 scholarships over a four year span, and a two year postseason ban.
These are penalties that I believe were unfair and are part of the reason USC is in the bad place they are in today. The Trojan football program should have never been penalized this severely for something a player and his family did. This is a case were no competitive advantage was gained by Bush himself or the team.
In my video I further explain why the disciplinary actions taken by the NCAA were to harsh and how these actions still effect the USC football program today.