USC Stripped Of 2004 BCS National Championship

 


LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The Bowl Championship Series has stripped Southern California of its 2004 title and will leave that season without a BCS champion. The announcement Monday is no surprise.

BCS officials had said USC was in danger of having its championship vacated after the Trojans were hit with heavy NCAA sanctions last year for rules violations committed during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

USC appealed the sanctions, which included a two-year ban from postseason play and a loss of 30 scholarships over three seasons, and the BCS waited until the NCAA ruled on the appeal to make a decision about its championship.

The NCAA denied USC’s appeal on May 26.

“The BCS arrangement crowns a national champion, and the BCS games are showcase events for post-season football,” according to BCS executive director Bill Hancock. “One of the best ways of ensuring that they remain so is for us to foster full compliance with NCAA rules. Accordingly, in keeping with the NCAA’s recent action, USC’s appearances are being vacated.”

“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 NCAA championship events,” he said.

USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said the BCS decision was anticipated.

“The BCS alerted us today that their presidents have voted to vacate USC’s 2005 BCS Championship victory,” Haden said.

“This was not an unexpected outcome. We will comply with all requirements mandated by the result of this
BCS vote,” he said.

USC beat Oklahoma 55-19 in the 2005 Orange Bowl to cap its perfect championship season.

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  1. J Tipre says:

    The Trojans retain the AP National Championship title, a venerable title, not a controversial one. Would that the NCAA investigated all recent BCS champions for rules violations in this “amateur” sport of college football. The inconsistency brings up questions of the credibility of the BCS title itself.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      Wrong again J,
      OU, Tennessee and others have been the victims of the BCS cheating scandal. USC= University of South Crenshaw. Who in their right mind would build a University in the middle of Zimbaway?

  2. Mike says:

    It doesn’t matter what the BCS does Its just a select group of individuals and computers that try to determine who the best team is. The score proves who the best team was. Don’t forget the injustice they do to the “small schools” non BCS. They are just as good as the large schools. Check out your local professional team and see how many players came from “small schools” you will be surprised.

  3. MICHELE says:

    man this is outrageous!!!!!!!! the NCAA… IS FULL OF SHI_… THEY ARE TAKING AWAY SOMETHING THAT SC EARNED 7 YEARS AGO… THATS A CHEAP SHOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS PURE BS… THERE SHOULD BE A STATUE OF LIMITATIONS ON HOW FAR BACK THEY CAN GO. THIS ISNT FAIR… THIS SHOULD ALL BE ON REGGIE… NOT THE WHOLE SC TEAM… SEEMS LIKE THEY PUNISH WHO EVER THEY WANT… AND THEY SIT BACK AND LAUGH… I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO IS ABOVE THE NCAA… ? CAUSE THEY HAVE GONE TO FAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. amc says:

    Why punish the whole school? It makes no sense to me. They should go after Reggie Bush and his family. They’re the ones who took the bribes. Why should everyone else pay for their greediness? USC is being stripped away, while Bush is living it lavishly. IDIOTS!!!

  5. BCS blows says:

    Completely meaningless exercise, Moronic BCS decision doesn’t change the outcome of the game- USC will always be the champion in 2004 (there’s a reason the AP didn’t strip the title away).
    Reggie getting benefits had NOTHING to do with the fact that they were a superior football team.
    Just when you think the BCS cannot be any lamer….7 years after the fact?? Nice going guys.

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