The NCAA is dealing with "violations" at two major major schools, Michigan and USC. Michigan's violations are seemingly going to be secondary, with maybe a "major" violation thrown in for good measure, but all-in-all should (and by should I mean I hope) will result in minimal damage.
However, imagine an infraction line, from 0 which is abiding by all the rules and not having any known violations, to 10, which would be multiple, numerous, repeated major violations, possibly during probationary periods as well. With Michigan, maybe we're at a 3? But where does that put USC?
What I'm getting at: Given the issues at Michigan right now, does that seem to push USC's violations further down the scale, maybe from a 5 or 6 to a 7 or 8? Would this possibly result in harsher sentencing of USC's program simply because their violations seem so much more egregious than ours? Would the difference between our "institutional control" and USC's lack thereof create an even bigger difference in treatment? I think it's clear there are two very different types of violations occurring at these two programs, with a large chasm in between, and my opinion is that it will push the NCAA to come down harder on USC (although the NCAA could come down hard on us AND USC if they choose (that's what she said)).