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Lane Kiffin

Don't Compare USC

to Penn State

7/25/2012 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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USC head football coach Lane Kiffin knows what it's like to run a program that's been hit with major NCAA sanctions ... but the leader of Troy tells TMZ ya just can't compare SC to Penn State.

Lane -- along with his star QB Matt Barkley -- was leaving Pac-12 Media Day at the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk yesterday when we asked how he felt about the Penn State punishment.

Here's why Lane's opinion matters ...  the SC football team was hit with a 2-YEAR postseason ban in 2010 ... after the NCAA uncovered violations surrounding illegal compensation to USC running back Reggie Bush.

SC was also stripped of its 2004 national championship victory, vacated all wins from the 2005 season and lost several scholarships.

The Penn State football program -- which covered up a CHILD RAPE SCANDAL FOR A DECADE -- was only banned from postseason play for 4 YEARS ... plus, a $60 million fine, scholarship reductions ... and of course, the Nittany Lions had to vacate 111 wins.

So, did SC get the harsher punishment ... considering its crimes were FAR less horrific than PSU?

"The situations are different," Kiffin said ... noting, "It's impossible to compare the penalties in the situations."

So, we gotta ask ...

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1.

john wayne gacy    


seemingly all educational are corrupt;

the mixture of television contract in the tens of millions annually, coupled with the recruiting process, is bound for manipulation and greed..

757 days ago
2.

DopeLikeCoke    

The situations are in no way, shape, or form, the same. Unless yiu mean that one person was the real Villain (Bush, Sandusky), and everyone else either, turned a blind eye, or was too stupid to know. Both punishments were fair, but I feel the monetary fine for PS should've been higher, and ALL the money should go to the victims. It won't help what happen, but it will surely help them move on.

757 days ago
3.

Jenn    

I don't really understand what they're getting at. USC and Penn State both had violations. Penn State's were a lot more horrific, which is why they got a MUCH more severe penalty. What's the problem exactly?

757 days ago
4.

Eric     

Penn State's is more harsh because they also let players transfer and they can play right away. So a lot of their good players will leave and their recruiting will take a huge hit because of the scandal. Penn State will be irrelevant in football for the next 10 years.

757 days ago
5.

Bob    

I like college ball just like the next guy, but it's out of control. Egomaniac coaches and players who are worshiped for bringing in the dollars and for what? College tuition is a disgrace and rising every year. None of the money generated goes to reducing the rising cost of college tuition. College ball is nothing more than ego and money. Egotistical layers posing to sign the next big NFL contract while joe college can barely pay back his college loans.

757 days ago
6.

nmg83    

Covering up children getting touched is way worse than athletes getting a lil extra rewards on the sides..

757 days ago
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paulfrommiami    

Yes please don't compare them. Because USC can't compare. USC ACTUALLY broke USC violations and cheated at the game of football by paying players, which is what the NCAA is ACTUALLY suppose to and has jurisdiction to sanction, unlike what they did to Penn State by punishing the innocent, and making a spectacle of themselves. Oh... and that little fact that Penn State is ranked #1 in the ACADEMIC bowl and USC wasn't even in the top 25. The NCAA lesson is... you can cheat at the game of football and get away with it, buy if your completely innocent of any infractions like the penn state players and students, we will forgo all our standard methods of due process and our own rule book so that we will be able to sanction a college for violating....... no NCAA regulations at all, because we don't have any normal policy to justify it. Yup.

757 days ago
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paulfrommiami    

Yes please don't compare them. Because USC can't compare. USC ACTUALLY broke USC violations and cheated at the game of football by paying players, which is what the NCAA is ACTUALLY suppose to and has jurisdiction to sanction, unlike what they did to Penn State by punishing the innocent, and making a spectacle of themselves. Oh... and that little fact that Penn State is ranked #1 in the ACADEMIC bowl and USC wasn't even in the top 25. The NCAA lesson is... you can cheat at the game of football and get away with it, buy if your completely innocent of any infractions like the penn state players and students, we will forgo all our standard methods of due process and our own rule book so that we will be able to sanction a college for violating....... no NCAA regulations at all, because we don't have any normal policy to justify it. Yup.

757 days ago
9.

Miz Val    

Like the pot calling the kettle black. You both violated rules and regulations set down by a standard you agree to maintain.nmg83 when the Sandushy investigation is over and done with you are going to be amazed Sandusky and Paterno are just the tip of this coverup

757 days ago
10.

SG    

Saying that the Penn State "Football" Program "covered" up child rape is false. Read the actual Freeh Report. You are compiling an entire program into being criminals. Learn the facts and do not slander the innocent coaches and players that played no role in this. They do not deserve to be blamed for the actions of specific people involved at PSU...some of which have no role in football. This was not a "Football" crime.

757 days ago
11.

ManiacalZebra    

They only have a limited number of sanctions they can give to schools who violate regulations. They have to make these same sanctions fit a wide variety of violations. Since these violations are about the same as apples and sledgehammers, coming up with appropriate sanctions from their limited arsenal can mean that some seem similar, though Penn State's is clearly more harsh.

757 days ago
12.

Cricket    

Colleges should be allowed to pay players a set amount and everyone gets the same amount. Penn State profitted to the tunes of 60 million last year. It wouldn't hurt to give the players some pocket money.

757 days ago
13.

Yup    

Oh please, Lame Kitten. Stop trying to deflect & spin doctor what SC did. Just like Penn State, both schools had little, if any, oversight into what was going on inside their own programs. While Penn State's crime of looking the other way while a pedophile was given easy access to victims is particularly heinous, SC's turning a blind eye to illegal payoffs to players is still terrible. SC showed a complete lack of caring about following the rules; all they cared about was winning, regardless of how. They deserved the penalty they got because, just like with Penn State, part of coaching is about teaching the kids right from wrong, and how to follow the rules of society. Both Penn State & SC fell flat on their faces with that one & needed to be taught a lesson.

757 days ago
14.

jerry    

Typically, the NCAA does not levee punishment for federal crimes, which could be why PSU seems as though to have gotten off easy compared to USC...and they are only really comparable in terms of number of years banned from bowl games...

757 days ago
15.

Truth    

Kiffin is a POS s***bag. USC deserves him. Enjoy the other NCAA troubles that will be coming your way.

757 days ago
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