A long and painful saga finally came to a conclusion for Carolina when the NCAA came down with its ruling on the USC steroid investigation.
The two-year investigation began mainly due to an October 1988 Sports Illustrated story focusing on the USC football program. Former USC player Tommy Chaikin was interviewed by the magazine concerning steroid use. The NCAA found USC guilty of only three secondary violations, none involving steroids. USC received as a penalty a six-month extension of an existing probation.
The light penalty was reason for celebration, and closed the door on this troublesome period.