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first_imgIn front of easily the most raucous crowd to squeeze into McDonald’s Swim Stadium all year, the No. 2 USC men’s water polo team (20-2, 4-2) defeated No. 3 UCLA for the third time this season, 8-5.From the beginning, the Trojans managed to quiet the smattering of powder-blue fans hungry for an upset, amassing a 4-1 lead at the end of the first half. Though in the previous two games against the Bruins the Trojans had squandered early leads, they would never trail in this game.Entering this matchup, team leaders such as junior two-meter Matt Burton — who scored one goal and blocked several dangerous UCLA shots — emphasized a need to shore up the team defense, believing it was not yet championship-caliber and on par with the Trojans’ prolific offense. USC coach Jovan Vavic noticed a defensive tenacity in this game that has sometimes been lacking this season.Three cheers · Sophomore driver Tobias Preuss scored three times for the Trojans on Saturday, leading USC to an 8-5 victory over UCLA. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “The guys hustled,” Vavic said. “We were quick to loose balls and we were quick to help each other. We really did a great job in just pressing the two-meter men, not letting them get the ball. Aside from the fourth quarter where we fell asleep for a couple of possessions, it was a great team effort.”Of course, the all-MPSF goaltending of junior Joel Dennerley helped bail the team out of defensive breakdowns, as he denied all manners of shots — lob, skip, or straight — with 12 saves on the afternoon. Not only was Dennerley impressed with the team’s defensive effort but also its toughness. In an earlier loss to Stanford, some suggested that the Cardinal’s physicality posed problems for the younger, smaller Trojans.“It’s always a physical matchup against the crosstown rivals,” Dennerley said. “We were pumped up before the game and just took it to them, giving everything we’ve got. We matched up well against some bigger guys.”On the offensive side, two young Trojans — freshman two-meter Jeremy Davie and sophomore driver Tobias Preuss — combined to score five goals. UCLA defenders punished Davie all afternoon with kicks and elbows while he was planted in front of their net. However, the Australian persevered, scoring two goals to add to his team lead in that category. Preuss, who recorded a hat-trick, played his best game of the season.“Tobias was very fired up for this game. His couple of goals early in the game really set the tone. I think he actually hurt their goalie’s confidence early,” Vavic said. “Jeremy did not have a great game against UCLA up north, where he picked up three early ejection fouls. But he was outstanding [in this game]. He established great position in two-meters, scored two goals and fought really hard.”Having recorded four consecutive victories against UCLA dating back to last season, the Trojans are brimming with confidence. Still, they are aware that, should they see the Bruins again in the postseason, these victories are largely irrelevant; UCLA will not simply wilt.“We’re getting toward the end of the season and we know the stakes are higher in the finals,” Dennerley said. “If we happen to match up against UCLA, we’re confident we can beat them. But they’re still a great team, and we’ll need to take our games to a higher level.”To cap off the day, the fans that did not bolt to the USC-Arizona State football game saw the Trojans’ reserves simply overpower an unranked Whittier team, 16-1. The nonconference game marked the second time this season that USC defeated the Poets.In its last home game of the season on Thursday at 5 p.m., the team will face No. 10 Pepperdine.last_img read more

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first_imgWhen the NCAA issued its penalties against Syracuse last March, the loss of 12 scholarships across four seasons was the biggest hit to the Orange.On Wednesday, when the NCAA released its decision on Syracuse’s appeals of three different penalties, the scholarship reductions were softened to eight across four seasons. The NCAA gave the Orange one scholarship back for the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The hearing Infraction Appeals Committee detailed its reasoning for this in a nine-page report, and the summary of the decision is below.What did Syracuse argue?Syracuse’s oral argument against the scholarship reductions had four tiers, according to the NCAA report. They were that that the “penalty is disproportionate to the specific context of the case,” that the “penalty is inconsistent with prior infractions cases,” that “the hearing panel failed to explain why it was appropriate to deviate from precedent” and that, as a result, “the hearing panel abusing its discretion” with the penalty.What was the NCAA Committee on Infractions’ rebuttal?The Committee on Infractions argued that each case has its own specific facts, which was in response to Syracuse citing precedent in its appeal. The committee also said that the scholarship reductions were appropriate given Syracuse’s infractions and equal to, and in some cases lower than, scholarship reductions in other rulings.What did the NCAA appeals committee decide?In its report released Wednesday, the appeals committee wrote that the effect of precedent was “central to the resolution of whether the hearing panel abused its discretion.” The committee appealed the past cases presented by the Committee on Infractions, and decided that the scholarship reduction was a “departure from precedent.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe appeals report cited a University of Michigan case from 2003, described by the Committee on Infractions as “one of the most serious ever to come before the committee,” in which scholarship reductions were spread across four years and reduced by four total scholarships. The report also cites a Texas Tech case from 1998, in which with the men’s basketball program lost seven scholarships over seven years (an average of 2.5  year). That was the highest number of scholarship reductions, and Texas Tech’s infractions included eligibility certification, extra benefits, recruiting, unethical conduct, failure to monitor and lack of institutional control.The Infraction Appeals Committee said that the Committee on Infractions should not be strictly bound to precedent when all situations are different. But it also said that past precedent should be used as a guideline for decisions, and didn’t feel that there was enough of a difference in Syracuse’s case to warrant a deviation from the Michigan and Texas Tech cases.In conclusion, the appeals committee felt that the hearing panel “failed to consider and weigh material factors and therefore, abused its discretion in the imposition” of the scholarship reductions.For Syracuse, that is very good news. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories What we know: A breakdown of Syracuse’s NCAA appeal resultsSee how far Jim Boeheim fell on the all-time coaching wins listSyracuse University statement on NCAA infractions appeal decisionSyracuse wins back 1 scholarship for each of next 4 years in NCAA appealRead the full NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee reportcenter_img Published on November 25, 2015 at 2:22 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more