USC stripped of 2004 BCS national championship
The Bowl Championship Series stripped Southern California of its
2004 title on Monday, leaving that season without a BCS
The announcement was 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 ’05 seasons.
”The BCS alerted us today that their presidents have voted to
vacate USC’s 2005 BCS championship game victory,” USC athletic
director Pat Haden said. ”This was not an unexpected outcome. We
will comply with all requirements mandated by the result of this
The NCAA ruled star tailback Reggie Bush received improper extra
benefits during those seasons and was ineligible when he
One of Haden’s first moves when he took over as AD last year was
to give back the school’s copy of the Heisman Trophy that Bush won
in 2005. Bush later relinquished his own Heisman and the trust in
charge of handing out the award announced the ’05 winner would be
The BCS waited until USC appealed the NCAA sanctions, which
included a two-year ban from postseason play and a loss of 30
scholarships over three seasons, to make a decision about its
championship. The NCAA denied USC’s appeal on May 26.
At that point, it was just a matter of time before the Trojans’
55-19 victory against Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl was wiped
from the record books.
The dominant performance capped a perfect season by USC and left
it ranked at the top of both the AP and coaches’ polls. Auburn and
Utah also finished that season undefeated.
The Trojans will not have to relinquish The Associated Press
”The BCS arrangement crowns a national champion, and the BCS
games are showcase events for postseason football,” BCS Executive
Director Bill Hancock said in a statement. ”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.”
The BCS also said the Trojans must vacate their participation in
2006 Rose Bowl. USC lost that game, 41-38, and the national
championship to Texas.