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Report: USC’s Penalty Appeal To Be Heard Next Month

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LOS ANGELES (CBS)  — The LA Times is reporting that USC’s appeal of the NCAA penalties against its football team will be heard Jan. 22 in Indianapolis.

The NCAA issued a two-year bowl ban against the Trojans in June and stripped the team of 10 scholarships for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons because of improper benefits received by star running back Reggie Bush.

In an interview with SC TV this week, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said he was “not terribly optimistic that we are going to win the appeal.”

“If you look at it statistically, about 10 percent of appeals win,” Haden said. “Having said that, we feel like we have some very good points to make. We are going to put our best foot forward and hope for the best, but we probably will not know for quite some time after that.”

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