To be fair, the NCAA really hammered us b/c Tress lied about knowing. That's the main difference. The original crimes wouldn't have led to a bowl ban, thus allowing us to beat Notre Dame for the 2012 NC..... although Tress likely would've still been our coach. (Not a bad thing at all.)
Also, USC didn't cooperate with the NCAA over the Reggie Bush stuff, and they got the hammer too. So basically what I'm saying is, the NCAA, which used to actually use precedence for their decisions, now gives no thought whatsoever to precedence. They are like a box of chocolates regarding their decisions. You never know what you're going to get. They close their eyes and throw darts at the so-called Penalty Board.
The NCAA has always sucked, but we used to at least know what their sucky decisions were going to be. Now they are anybody's guess. The NCAA has now become terrible at being terrible.