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Report: USC receives 2-year postseason ban

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is no longer there, but the program he led for a decade will apparently receive a two-year ban from postseason play.

ESPN's Bruce Feldman is reporting that the USC football program will receive a two-year ban from postseason play, in addition to the loss of scholarships, among other penalties handed down from the NCAA.

Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Trojans will lose more than 20 scholarships in football.

The school and the NCAA are expected to announce the decision on Thursday. Some college football observers had hinted that Carroll took the Seahawks job because the Trojans were in line to receive a harsh penalty for inappropriate activities that had gone on during Carroll's tenure there.

However, Carroll denied any truth to those rumors, and stated that he believed the USC program would escape harsh scrutiny from the NCAA. But it appears that the Trojans did not come away unscathed, and it will be interesting to see Carroll's reaction once the penalties are formally announced.

But I don't expect any of this to have an affect on Seahawks' upcoming season.