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For USC athletics, NCAA sanctions are ending, but effects remain
For USC athletics, NCAA sanctions are ending, but effects remain

USC, as of Tuesday, is officially free. Its NCAA probation period, the final vestige of penalties that were among the most severe in college sports history, will be complete. “It's been a long four years,” Athletic Director Pat Haden said. It also could be a while before the Trojans' marquee sports programs entirely return to normal. Scholarship reductions combined with injuries, transfers and attrition left USC's football team with 44 available scholarship players for last season's Las Vegas Bowl. That's 41 fewer than the NCAA maximum, so it will take at least two years of signing maximum-size recruiting classes of 25 before the Trojans are...

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