The Futility of Appeal?
The only good thing about the NCAA sanctions against USC being so broad and overbearing is that there is room for appeal. It is possible for the ban on two post-season bowl games to become a single year. It possible for the loss of 30 scholarships to become 24 over three years, or even 20 over two years. It's possible that it might reinstate the BCS championship and the wins, like it did for the shamed 2005 Oklahoma Sooners. Anything is possible.
But even if the appeal is granted, by that point it might already be too late.