USC placed on 2 years’ probation, avoids tourney ban

Southern Cal was hit with two years of probation and a $5,000 fine by the NCAA on Thursday for the actions of former assistant coach Tony Bland, who accepted a bribe to steer players to a business management company.USC was able to avoid an NCAA Tournament ban. The fine also includes an additional 1 percent of the basketball budget.”I’m proud of our university, athletics department and men’s basketball program for our management of this matter,” USC athletic director Mike Bohn said in a statement. “Since my arrival at the end of 2019, I have been focused on continuing and enhancing our already-robust compliance program. The NCAA’s findings, comments and acceptance of our self-imposed penalties are a reflection of our commitment to accountability, integrity and transparency,”USC self-imposed sanctions of a reduction of two scholarships in 2018-19, reduction of visits over a rolling two-year period, and a reduction of recruiting person days in 2018-19.Bland was given a three-year show cause order by the NCAA.