USC fans have reason to question NCAA; defending Fresno; overrating UCLA

National college football writer Chris Dufresne takes time off each Friday during the season to unbuckle his mailbag and respond to letters about college football. You can write to him at

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I don't know who's the bigger crybaby, you or Pat Haden. The bottom line is this: Southern Cal cheated. They got caught. Take your punishment like a man.

Glenn M. Langdon

Garden Grove

Haden is definitely the older crybaby, but I'm not sure I get your point. No one is disputing the punishment so long as there's some semblance of consistency.

It's not OK for one guy to rob a bank and get 50 years in prison and another guy to rob the same bank and get one year.

What happened at Miami was far worse than what happened at USC. At Miami, you had a known booster, Nevin Shapiro, lavishing players with goodies over the course of a decade.

I understand it helps when a school cooperates with the NCAA, but that should not change the facts of a case. The Trojans fought some of the charges because they didn't think they were true, and a court of law may prove USC to be correct.

The chair of the NCAA committee on infractions, Paul Dee, is a former athletic director at Miami. This is a man who presided over a program in the 1990s that was so scandal-riddled that Sports Illustrated, in a cover story, called for the program to be shut down.

It was startling to some that Dee could say USC should have known what was going on with Reggie Bush. "High profile athletes demand high profile compliance," Dee said in his report.

This was someone who didn't know what was going on at Miami.

Have you ever thought of writing a book exposing the injustice of the NCAA/USC case?

Mark Alberici

Great idea, although some have suggested I should read a book before I write one.

I do think this is a fascinating topic worthy of literary exploration.

First you would need to a catchy title:

"Withering Roster"

"Adventures of Huckleberry Dee"

"The 39 Sanctions"

"Of Mice and Miami"

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