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. Pat

    The game was already played, USC already won, there is no time machine with which to change history.

    I'm not a fan of USC, but they already won their game. There is no meaningful action for NCAA drama queens to take.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    Maybe I'm not understanding too well, but it seems that those are extreme and unfair punishments for a limo ride and a hotel room... Overreaction and excess penalties...

    June 7, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. nytw

    Every other article I've red about the BCS seems to have most people agreeing that the BCS is a joke. So why should anyone care that the BCS is taking away this championship. Matt Lienert was on ESPN last night and he all but said this was a joke and mean nothing. I agree it is a joke an mean nothing.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Charley B

    BSC shares a lot in common with the Obama administration

    June 7, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Donald in CA

      Even in sports you have the right wing Obama haters. Some things never change. Racism is alive and well in america.

      June 7, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      So when there was Bush haters was that racism??? Why is it that every time someone says they don't like Obama it's racism? You make racism alive and well in America you idiot.

      June 7, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bahb

    Is it the color of his skin or the way he looks you square in the eye as he lies to you? Is it the color of her skin or the way the room goes dark when her ass blacks-out the camera? The world may never know.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Zachasaurus

    Bahahaha. Oh well, The SEC is the only real conference for football anyway.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Football fan

    If the NCAA really wants to stop this they could. With money college football takes in, it is easy for coaches and schools to look the other way. What school wants to lose a star player? Try this....ban Ohio State from playing football for ONE year. Every school in this country would make sure their players followed ALL the rules.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. scranton

    Good grief. Clean up the college sports please. They are beginning to resemble the NFL and NBA. Tattooed thugs that cannot pronounce words correctly and are constantly being arrested for assaulting their wives or girlfriends. What a cesspool.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. black and proud

    You white folks never stop seeking to amaze us black folks with your boasts and racism. You act like the so called changes that America have made regarding race nullify your previous 500 years of shame and disgrace mankind wise. You people are a joke. I don't like Obama and will not vote for him and in my opinon, he's half white and not black so stop referring to him a the 1st black president!

    June 7, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. black and proud

    It's people like myself whom will never forgive and forget because of your continued denial of what you have done to black people and I'm of the opinon that every black person should feel this way and reject whites in every possible way in everything.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Jokey Smurf

      Ummmm look at the blacks do to themselves. They also ruined an entire CONTINENT. Nothing like setting your people back eons....

      June 7, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Give me a break

      Who are you to even forgive and forget? Exactly what is it I have done to you? I'm of the opinion that every person should be judged on character, not color of skin. I'm 35 – my ancestors never owned slaves and I've never shunned a person based on what they've looked like. Unless you're old enough to have lived through segregation and slavery, you've got no point. Stop living in the past. All you're doing is proving that racism goes both ways. You can be "black and proud" without being an ignorant racist. Get over yourself, grow up and move on. That advice goes for people of all ages and races. Treat each other with respect, people!

      June 7, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. black and proud

    As I so vividly recall Mr. Scranton, the Tattooed thugs ride motorbikes for decades now and go by the names of Angels, Outlaws and whatever the hell else and are generally accepted by the masses here in racist America and are allowed to set up chapters in all 50 states and are targeted limitedly by law enforcement.....I guess you fell real proud when you get on your bike huh buddy.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. bill carpenter

    USC gets to keep all the money.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. USC Says What?

    This BCS stuff is a joke. WHo cares if he took some money from an NFL agent, what does that have to do with college football? and furthermore, he's expected to go to the NFL so shouldnt he get an agent ready?

    Also, whats all this racist talk from black and proud, about Obama's half white and all black people should hate white people? Your a Racist and a Terrorist as far as Im concerned, and your lucky that you live in country that protects your right to say such vile things. If you dont like America, since we're full of white biker gangs, then get out!!! Nobodys asking you to be here!!!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. steve

    you really want to hurt them. take back all the money they were paid for the bowls that year. i don't see that happening as major college sports, espeically football, now is about money and using the colleges as a farm club for the pros. unfortunately it's no longer about the schools, or education or the kids, it's about the ncaa.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Matrix

    Dang, and I loved the shellacking they gave to the Boomer Losers!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
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