Browner calls antics by USC 'sad deal'

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

Brandon Browner and the rest of his Oregon State team would have likely fared better against the powerful University of Southern California Trojans had the NCAA stepped in and done something about all the shenanigans going on at USC during the 2004 season which cost them their BCS title.

However, the Calgary Stampeders defensive back doesn't believe the sanctions handed down Thursday change anything for him.

"It doesn't take away from all the talent they had on that team. A win is a win," said Browner, who was coincidentally wearing an Oregon State sweatshirt after practice.

"We played those guys and lost. It's a sad deal for that school."

The NCAA came down hard on USC's football, basketball and women's tennis teams.

The football team was slapped for violations involving Heisman Trophy-winning running back Reggie Bush.

The NCAA ruled Bush was ineligible beginning as early as December 2004, and ordered USC to vacate every win in which Bush participated in from that point onward, which includes the BCS championship win over Oklahoma that season. The school is banned from bowl games for two years, loses scholarships and will be on probation for four years. Bush's Heisman Trophy win from 2005 may also be in jeopardy.

Extra points

QB Barrick Nealy, who's in a battle for the back-up job, took part in the morning session but not the afternoon, same as DL Charleston Hughes (knee), DL Miguel Robede (groin), OL Dan Comiskey (knee) and R P.K. Sam (undisclosed).


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