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USC athletic director Pat Haden discussed with NCAA officials in a scheduled meeting the sanctions assessed against the school's football program after it was announced this week that the penalties against Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky scandal would be reduced.

The Trojans still are dealing with scholarship restrictions as a result of the 2010 case involving former running back Reggie Bush and impermissible benefits. The football program is limited to 75 total scholarships, 10 below the maximum, through the 2013 season.

Because Penn State has shown progress in restoring athletics integrity, the NCAA decided that its scholarship limitations would be eased starting next year.

Basically, Haden argued that USC has shown compliance as well and deserves consideration from the NCAA to lessen the sanctions against its program. He said the NCAA agreed to review USC's case.

---Alabama received permission from Michigan State to opt out of a two-game series in 2016 and 2017 because of uncertainty surrounding the SEC schedule, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis confirmed in a text to the newspaper that Alabama requested cancellation of the games that were to be played in Tuscaloosa in 2016 and in East Lansing in 2017.

The SEC is considering a move from eight conference games to nine in the future.

---Electronic Arts announced Thursday that it will not produce a college football video game next year and it is uncertain whether a new version will return in the future.

The decision came after the video games manufacturer settled two lawsuits in U.S. District Court in northern California filed against it and Collegiate Licensing Co. by former athletes regarding the use of player images.

The cases that EA Sports settled include former Arizona State and Nebraska football player Sam Keller's class-action filing regarding publicity rights against the NCAA, EA and CLC over the use of college athletes names and likenesses in video games. The other was an anti-trust case filed by a group of former and current college football and men's basketball players led by Ed O'Bannon, a former men's basketball standout at UCLA.
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