USC stripped of 2004 BCS title
The NCAA sanctioned USC last year after ruling that Reggie Bush violated rules by accepting gifts while he was a USC player.
June 6th, 2011
07:21 PM ET

USC stripped of 2004 BCS title

The group that crowns college football's national champion stripped the 2004-05 title from the University of Southern California on Monday, a decision stemming from an NCAA investigation of former USC running back Reggie Bush.

No 2004 champion will be named in USC's place, the Bowl Championship Series said.

The BCS's decision was a distinct possibility since last year, when the NCAA vacated USC's last two victories of the 2004 season and all of the Trojans' wins in 2005 after ruling that Bush violated rules by accepting gifts while at USC.

The group said it made its decision after the NCAA denied USC's appeal of sanctions last month.

"This action reflects the scope of the BCS arrangement and is consistent with the NCAA's approach when it subsequently discovers infractions by institutions whose teams have played in the NCAA championship events," BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said in a news release.

The BCS also stripped USC of the January 2005 Orange Bowl victory that clinched the 2004 title, and vacated USC's appearance in the 2006 Rose Bowl, which it lost to Texas.

"This was not an unexpected outcome," USC athletic director Pat Haden said, according to USC's athletics site.  "We will comply with all requirements mandated by the result of this BCS vote."

The NCAA ruled last year that Bush lost his eligibility to play college football in December 2004, saying that he and his family accepted gifts from two would-be sports agents.

The agents, hoping to represent Bush in the NFL draft, allegedly paid for hotel rooms, rent on a home where Bush’s family lived and a limousine ride that Bush took to accept the 2005 Heisman Trophy. Such payments and gifts are not allowed under NCAA rules.

Bush played for USC from 2003 through January 2006. He left school as a junior, and the New Orleans Saints drafted him in the 2006 NFL draft.

Besides vacating victories, the NCAA last year put USC on four years of probation, banned it from bowl games in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and ruled that USC cannot associate itself with Bush.

Bush forfeited his 2005 Heisman Trophy last September, a few months after the NCAA sanctioned USC.

The decision to not crown a 2004 champion may disappoint Auburn, Oklahoma and Utah fans. Auburn, like USC, finished the season 13-0, and was ranked No. 2 in that season’s final, post-bowl Associated Press poll.

Oklahoma lost to USC in the Orange Bowl, 55–19, and finished third in the AP poll. Utah finished the year 12-0 and was ranked fourth by the AP.

The Associated Press last year decided not to alter its 2004-05 rankings, meaning USC remains atop that year's final poll.

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  1. banasy

    Hi, €¥£.
    Hi, sandyk.

    June 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Well, all of the Ohio State fans will be overjoyed....

    June 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peachy

      WHY would OSU be happy or care?

      June 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    The gauntlet has been thrown down.....

    June 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Really?

    Collegiate Athletes really get the shaft while Colleges and other organizations make huge profits off their backs.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOregon

      They don't get the shaft.
      They get an education.
      They make connections that no one else can get, which if the sports thing doesn't work out serves them in the future.
      They get the babes, or studs, depending on preference.
      Repeat they get to go to college for FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. No loans to be paid off.

      June 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boatswainmate

      Hey joregon, you could join the military and get your college for free too, do something for the better of the nation!

      June 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      JOregon, you are clearly delusional. You probably also believe the world is just as it seems, all myths are real and the tooth fairy left you those quarters. You're right–that "free" education is the dollar for dollar equivalent of the millions the "amateur" status NCAA and its D1 schools make each year. Keep chasing the white rabbit.

      June 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOregon

      I see some people still don't get it.
      An Athlete generally majors in their sport.
      They get their entire education paid for.
      Yes the military is an option – somewhat. You can get an education while you are in the military, but a college education only comes AFTER you have served. Add your military time to your college time then you can figure how many years to get your degree.
      When some kid gets out of high school few are prepared to jump into the Pros. When they go to college they learn nutrition, they get weight training, and they physical therapy. All that in addition to the experience and specialized training to hone their skills. If successful they come out of college and make millions in their sport.
      Many students, maybe even most, don't actually work in the field where they earned their major. Same is true in sports. While most 5 and 4 star athletes have a goal to play in the pros, when that doesn't work out they have their education and a HUGE number of contacts that allows them to succeed in life.
      When people talk about the school making tons of money that money goes to pay for facilities, coaching, meals, weaker sports teams, and medical care.
      You have to be pretty stupid to think that money is not pumped back into the athletic departments. Most schools struggle to pay for their facilities and rely on additional help from boosters.
      Here at Oregon Phil Knight has paid for a lot of the facilities, but often it requires a certain amount of matching funds to get the project done. Oregon's new basketball arena cost $200 million. Only half of that was paid for by Phil Knight.
      The return is a state of the art facility that can prepare the players to succeed at the next level.
      If you are thinking the school hordes that money or it goes to somebodies pocket you need to do more research.

      June 7, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Realist

    Let the crackdowns begin! Bring back honesty and good sportsmanship.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. haha

    this is so stupid. who gives an s h it. it was 7 years ago, glad the ncaa still has its pole up its a ss. give it up ncaa, no one listens to you anyway. so childish. grow the f up.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lord Kensington

    You can slice it, you can dice it, you can chop it,mince it,quarter it,fry it, boil it, saute it, bake it,grill it-----in the end its the SAME OLD S#%T !

    June 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gary

    Its all a big joke. Baseball strike killed baseball, Hockey Strike killed Hockey, Now a NFL strike, PLUS NCAA Hypocrites...
    Getting tired of sport politics.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anthony's Case Posts

    While Casey Anthony lived a web of lies, it seems that the lies were mostly pragmatic ways to put off the inevitable…her mother finding her out. What if instead of planning to kill her child she was planning to kill her mother. It may seem strange at first, until you realize that both Mr. House and Mr. Lazzaro testified that Casey was planning to move back into “her home as soon as the parents moved out” , either into their own apartment, ” or left the house to her”. While we know well that the parents were financially strapped and had no intention of doing this, these statements shed light into her cognitions and fantasies concerning her parents? “neck breaking”? “chloroform”? Don’t those search terms indicate methods to subdue a full grown adult, and not a child after all? Perhaps her daughter’s death wasn’t planned after all, and perhaps we will never know, but, the planning of Casey’s mother’s death would have been no accident and would have brought insurance revenue into the home. Just food for thought.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony's Case Posts

      ** I FOUND MY METH!!! **

      June 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. McPurp

    @JOregon....dont be sore, maybe your Nike U. will do something this year, orrrr maybe not! HAHAHA
    Wish we played cupcake teams all year like Nike U does..

    June 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anthony's Case Posts

    You people and your theories. Casey has some serious problems that all can agree. Lying is the least. Nothing that has come to light has ever shown that at any time she had any remorse over the death of her daughter, however she died. How sad that such a tragic end to little Caylee is hid behind so many unknowns. I welcome the final outcome with sadness as there will never be a good end to this.
    Was the paternity of Caylee ever established? Consider this……. What if Caseys’ father was the father of Caylee and Casey did this out of revenge for the molestation (if it ever took place) What a web we weave

    June 6, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. carroll272

    I just feel so sorry for the other players who worked so hard to get that championship...but I guess football is a team sport, so if one guy screws up everyone else has to deal with the consequences.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Outraged

    I think that if USC was in the SEC none of this would be happening. The NCAA favors certain divisions. That was made clear after they allowed Cam Newton to play in the BCS game last season after saying that he didnt know his dad shopped him around. What a crock.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      i dont agree with most posts. but i agree with you on this one.

      June 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sandyk

    Hey Banasy! I cracked up when I read the first line of ACP`s "you people and your theory`s" I thought he/she was talking about all of us trying get to the bottom of that mess... but alas S.O.S. lol

    June 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    @banasy: Hi. I am so happy! I found my teeth. Not bad for a 99 year old.

    June 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
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