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. jimbojones

    Stop being part of the problem. You are a disgrace to the people you claim to speak for.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Elmer Gantry

    It will probably take 5 years to strip Auburn's of their 2010 award because of Newtongate.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Southern Man

    Seems to me Black and Proud should go back to his Mother land and live a life of no racism. Oh I'm sure he will enjoy that lifestyle...running in the desert with wild animals like himself and killing eachother as they do here in my Mother Land.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Grim

      So, what native american tribe are you from?

      June 7, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • HavPlenty

      Haha...get a grip, and some counseling fool.

      June 7, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • PER2006

      Oh that wonderful Alabama is motherland not Mother land and not Mother Land. Way to represent!

      June 7, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • NoFluff

      dumb, dumber and dumbest rolled into one

      June 7, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Peter Griffin

    "White people go back to Europe." You sound like the most racist person on these boards to me.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. NJN

    This should make those championship rings even more valuable? Just think of the number of tattoos one could get through a nice deal.

    Great work clamping down BCS! Just make sure you conveniently ignore the fat cats that STILL RUN the Fiesta Bowl!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. black and proud

    Now your true feelings come out white folks, (I've accomplished this feat) now take a deep breath and exhale...then go rapid fire with your barbs and hate. Black folks did not invoke this hate.. it (hate) invade Africa, then the Carribean, & until the shores of America and still is very prevelant and here to stay. I would love for all black folks to embrace this indifference that white folks have for us as a people and then deal with white america as it should be dealt with.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      While I agree with you and you should be proud and such, I want to point out that lumping everyone who has white colored skin into a single category is equally wrong and germinates into the same kind of hate that hurt so many people during slavery. Most of us here have ancestors that came to this country far after slavery was abolished. Its wrong to blame people for actions that happened many generations ago and its even more wrong to blame people whose ancestors had nothing to do with it. Finally, go read an Irish history book and you will realize that African Americans are not the only people who have had a painful past. The important thing is that we now live in a different world and should foster love and respect for each other and not dwell on the hateful actions of our ancestors.

      June 7, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Southern Man

    I'm an American Indian...I belong here !!!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. docprof2

    The NCAA is only protecting itself. It is in a position of monopoly and imposes its rules. The FTC should act since it gives unfair advantage. With this power the NCAA decides that athletes with a huge market value should not be rewarded (except by receiving a scholarship). This is an example of people that are being exploited since they are working for nothing. This is called slavery and needs to be adressed. Unfortunately the entire NCAA and college sports systems lives thanks to it.
    Noone will change something. Why shouldn't a student athlete capitalize on its talent. If he gets an injury at the end of the season and cannot play pro his lost opportunity cost is huge. We will therefore always have athletes willing to take bribes (or should I say reward for work).
    The NCAA should open up the system. Imagine in Swimming if M Phelps would have been at the NCAA championships. It would do great for the sport.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. okiestorm1

    They should not punish the whole team and the school for one players stupidness!

    June 7, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. stan love

    Reggie Bush should be sued by the university for their losses. Bush knew what he was doing. He caused sham and financial harm. He should have to pay. U S C needs to sue him and that will send a message to other athletes not to play with fire. Reggie Bush is really a bad person and needs to be punished financially. He is the worst of the worst.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. black and proud

    Southern Man, you're delusional and certainly not Indian, I don't know any Indians in all of my 63 years on earth that are so willingly ready to forgive white folks for the slaughter of their people and readily willing to bash black folks for speaking about a travesty that happen to them as a people. Don't recall any white Jews forgiving Hitler for the anilation of them as history dictates, so fellow stop playing and kiddin yourself buddy.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. NoFluff

    What a stupid decision – one player breaks the rules for support (that we know of) and that evidently gives the team the edge to win the BCS??

    Who cares??

    What about the other players?

    June 7, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. black and proud

    Anon, while your thoughts were so eloquently spoken and should be infectious within white america (it would do them some good) it is niether my concern nor intention to pick up and a read a book on Irish history (I'm sure the contents are true) for the sake of edifying my mind diversly, it is the lack of concern and indifference that bloggers blog when both knowingly and unknowingly making these comments with regards to black folks that I express my sentiments. It is this recklessnes and thoughtlessness that I take exception to and speak so truly as to how I feel........get my point!

    June 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    My players are rough? They even have tattoos?
    They don't get paid to be nice.
    They get paid to play football.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
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