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Lane Kiffin

Don't Compare USC

to Penn State

7/25/2012 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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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Fat Mike    

USC definitely got screwed there. All they did was admit to what every other team in the US is doing

791 days ago


Not surprised at the ignorant comments above mine. USC didn't cheat. Wannabe agents paid a player to entice him to LEAVE school. A FOUR year investigation could come up with no factual evidence to support a claim of cheating by the USC football program beyond a doctored photo and a 2 minute phone call. The USC Trojans were and STILL are a threat to the center of the college football universe (yes you SEC) and THAT is why they were sanctioned. You all just buy into the propaganda that the media wants you to believe instead of actually learning a little about the case. Fools to the end.

791 days ago


The sanction was really over Pete Carroll's practices at USC which were a violation of NCAA rules. The real issue with the USC sanction was that it wasn't written in that Pete Carroll had to stick around for those two years, instead he went to make millions of dollars coaching in the NFL.

791 days ago
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