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USC basketball avoids major NCAA penalties in corruption case

Three and a half years after FBI agents arrested then-USC assistant coach Tony Bland in connection with the college basketball bribery and corruption scandal, the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions penalized the men’s basketball team Thursday with two years of probation.

“The associate head coach demonstrated a recurring lack of judgment that resulted in unethical conduct and representation violations for both himself and USC,” the committee said.

The committee accepted USC’s self-imposed reduction of two scholarships during the 2018-19 season and cuts in the number of recruiting visits. It praised USC for “exemplary cooperation” and for the “meaningful penalties” the school imposed.