USC files appeal of NCAA sanctions

USC officially filed an appeal with the NCAA Friday, asking that its Infractions Appeals Committee overturn certain findings and reduce some of the penalties imposed on the football program, the school reported in a statement.

USC's appeal asks that the two-year postseason ban in football be reduced to a one-year ban, and that the scholarship penalties in football for the 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14 academic years be reduced to five rather than 10 each year.

According to the statement: "Pending the appeal consideration, USC will implement the post-season ban for the 2010 football season and certain scholarship-related penalties in football."

“The University recognizes that violations of NCAA rules did occur, especially involving impermissible benefits going to student athletes as well as their friends and families, from unscrupulous sports agents and sports marketers. And we take full responsibility for those violations given that they happened on our watch. However, we disagree with many of the findings in the report from the NCAA Committee on Infractions and assert that the penalties imposed are too severe for the violations identified and are inconsistent with precedent in similar cases,” said Todd Dickey, USC’s senior vice president for administration in the statement.