USC AD Pat Haden releases statement on NCAA’s Penn State actions

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA Executive Committee announced on Tuesday that Penn State will have five more scholarships next year and be moved to a full 85 by 2016-17.

Another program dealing with scholarship reductions, USC, has responded to the NCAA’s decision to lighten up on Penn State. The Trojans have not had the full 85 since 2010. Athletic director Pat Haden released the following, stating that he is looking forward to the end of the sanctions his own school is dealing with.

“Like the rest of country, we have just learned of the NCAA’s actions regarding the restoration of some of Penn State’s scholarships.

“As you know, the NCAA is currently engaged in the process of evaluating and potentially reforming its governance structure.  We look forward to having a positive impact on that process.

“We also are hopeful that the NCAA’s recently-enacted enforcement and penalty reforms will result in a consistent and fair enforcement and penalty process for all its institutions.  USC will continue to work cooperatively with the NCAA towards that goal.

“We are near the end of the NCAA sanctions imposed on us in 2010 and we look forward to their expiration.”

USC coach Lane Kiffin also weighed in on the news, first tweeting out his congratulations to Bill O’Brien and then commenting further with reporters.

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“I think that’s awesome,” Kiffin said. “Knowing what it’s like to go through and trying to manage those numbers and plan down the road as we have, now for Bill not to have to do that as much is great for him.

So, what did we learn here? Haden happens to be just a tad more subtle than Kiffin in reminding the NCAA of USC’s situation. Not surprising.

We probably shouldn’t be surprised by the NCAA’s inconsistency, either.

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