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. YoBoy

    I am so glad that I don't really care that much about sports.

    June 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnny orlando

      Obviously you are a retard and either read a sports story that you didnt want to or a loser and commented on a story you didn't read. Either way its not looking good for you 🙁

      June 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pat

    Outraged is correct. The NCAA saw a chance to destroy a powerhouse football program and took it! So let's see, from now on the NCAA needs to apply the same rules to all schools and all sports programs, Division I, Divivion II, and Division III, (and anything else!) and every single sport! The entire program and all awards need to be given the same treatment. If they don't let's take them to court. Come on, there has to be an attorney out there who is willing to take this on. Let's watch them with a miscroscope!!

    June 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dano

      Yup college sports does need to be policed but this is a terrible punishment. Think of all those young men out there that have dreamed of going to USC and playing football. Talk about the death of a program. There will be much more carnage after the NCAA is through I'm sure, Ohio State is next on their list. It will be years before we see a Ohio State vs USC Rose Bowl if ever. At least not in our life time.

      June 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mustang

      Any SMU fan from the 70's and early 80's has little sympathy for you

      June 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • WOw

      USC is no way a powerhouse team!!! IF they play anyone out of the SEC they would of been CRUSHED I.E AUBURN!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert B.

      This is sooooo funny. College level sports is perhaps the most inane waste of time and money devised by man. A bunch of spoiled, arrogant, ego-maniacs, whose every movement is followed, and idoloized by a bunch of lemmings who haven't the courage, or where-with-all to build an exciting life of their own. And, to make it even funnier, the whole thing isn't about sports at all – it's about money. The best thing that could possibly happen to the U.S. education system would be for college footbal to implode upon itself, collapse, and disappear completely from the American landscape.

      June 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    @banasy: Just joking. I'm actually 103.

    June 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Richard Allen

    Well, I guess they can just blame Bush for all this. It's easier than taking responsibility.

    June 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bammer

      Double entendre, Nice!

      June 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ELH

    It will interesting indeed to see what penalties the NCAA hands out to Ohio State. The Death Penalty would be appropriate.

    June 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • You...

      ....are a moron

      June 7, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Greg King

    well the NCAA better sharpen that pen and drop the hammer on Ohio State for its transgressions of last year and several years before.. and rule Pryer ineligible and forfeit their wins for selling items given to them at their bowl games, plus driving around in new cars he couldn't possible afford and had no drivers license..

    June 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Vanilla Gorilla

    Played and coached in the 70's – once there is a dollar driven incentive to win all the rules go out the window.
    D1 coaching is a very tight fraternity and a closed door good ol' boy system – where are lots goes on that shouldn't but it is not reported as you never know who you will be working for – don't rock the boat.
    A major overhaul is needed – like no leaving early for the pro's, coaches being paid on graduation rates and giving student athletes a monthly stipend.
    Big sports is now big business – seems Tressel is the Bernie Madoff of D1 football.
    "The" Ohio State University ............... what a legacy..............just follow the stench coming from Columbus.

    June 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dano

    All you Ohio State haters out there should be happy the NCAA probably will get rid of them just like they did USC. It will probably make you all even happier to know that typically football programs bring in money that helps not only the football programs but other college sports as well.

    June 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alex in NJ

    College football is dumb anyway.

    June 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kenneth

    stop cheating you jerks!

    June 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RoppeRubber

    So...a sport dominated by African Americans has scandal ?...Noooo....The street corner below me is just the same...just another spear chucker playing a different game.
    This was 7 years ago...Please, America, GET A LIFE !!

    June 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lord Kensington

      African Americans ? try Jive-asses

      June 7, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. John C.

    Was it Bush's actions alone that merited this punishment against the whole program/school? I couldn't be happier, but it seems quite very much unfair.

    As to the same punishment for Ohio State? ... would no doubt a downer, but not the death sentence like that of USC or SMU. In fact, similar to Gordo's comment last week, better hope Ohio State doesn't fire the NCAA !

    GO BUCKS!!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kamaria

    WOW they got screwed really hard for one player's actions. What the hell do gifts have to do with the entire team's performance on the field? If he was taking steroids or something, then I can understand, but Reggie Bush should be the one punished and not the entire team. You can't just invalidate a team's championship for something like that. This is a heavy handed punishment and they should appeal.

    June 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ax

    USC's great football run in the 2000's is nothing more than a fraud. It was a good party Trojans but guess what, it's time to pay the bill. Your arrogance finally caught up with you.

    Maybe Pete Carroll will donate some of the royalties from his book Win Forever to Heritage Hall. After all, you're a Trojan for life!

    June 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cristo

    Live by the sword...die by the sword

    June 6, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fourex

      I think the Trojans need stronger propholatics to keep their players from getting infected by the greed of the Boosters.

      June 7, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
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