With Penn State now serving a 4-year post-season suspension and $60 million in fines from the NCAA it was inevitable that comparisons to other sanctions schools would pop up. Unfortunately for USC head coach Lane Kiffin it was his program.
USC was hit with a 2-year post-season ban in 2010 for various rule breaking practices. When TMZ confronted Kiffine and star QB Matt Barkley as they left Pac-12 Media Day at Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk on Tuesday the coach tried to brush off comparisons.
Kiffin told the news agency:
“The situations are different. It’s impossible to compare the penalties in the situations.”
While the reason for the sanctions are vastly different, for example USC had illegally compensated star running back Reggie Bush while Penn State allowed Jerry Sandusky to rape young boys for decades. The far reaching implications of both programs show how swiftly the NCAA is willing to punish universities under its watchful eye.
USC following the NCAA’s decision was forced to vacate all of its 2005 season wins and it was stripped of its 2004 national championship victory.
The Nittany Lions have been forced to vacate 111 wins and their scholarship program has been significantly reduced for several years, while Lane Kiffin may not like the comparisons being drawn because of the extreme negative attention of the Penn State case, it’s hard not to draw comparisons on a purely executive level.
Forgetting about the sex scandal portion of the Penn State NCAA decision for a moment do you think Lane Kiffin could offer some good advice to Penn State regarding dealing with the NCAA?