Reports: NCAA rejects USC's bid to ease sanctions

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The NCAA has rejected Southern California's bid to reduce some of the penalties imposed last year on its football program, including a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships over three years, according to media reports.

A USC spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that the school has received a response from the NCAA regarding its appeal, but he says that NCAA rules prevent USC from commenting on the decision until it is released on Thursday.

The denial of the appeal was first reported by uscfootball.com.

USC officials, including athletic director Pat Haden, went before the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee in January and asked that the panel reduce by half the harshest penalties handed down against the football program.