The end of probation is finally here for the USC football program. Effective today, June 10, USC is officially off probation.
Probation was put in effect following a 2006 NCAA investigation into alleged unauthorized benefits handed out to former USC running back Reggie Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo.
As a result of the investigation, the University of Southern California Trojans were slapped with a “lack of institutional control” label in June 2010, and unceremoniously stripped of its BCS national championship. Bush’s Heisman Trophy was vacated as punishment.
The football program was forced to lose 30 scholarships over a three-year period and handed a two-year postseason ban. The USC Class of 2015 will be the first full football recruiting class for the Trojans in four years.