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USC Sacrifices Basketball To Try And Save Football

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The act of a school sanctioning itself to prevent a more harsh reaction from NCAA investigators is almost as old as the NCAA's seedy investigations themselves. The idea is pretty simple: We'll slap our own wrist so that the NCAA does not come through and cut off our hand.

But USC on Sunday pretty much cut off its own hand in self-sanctions tied to the recruitment and treatment of O.J. Mayo.

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