USC’s stripped 2004 title kept quiet by most
Where were you this summer when USC football was stripped of its 2004 Bowl Championship Series title?
Actually, it wasn’t announced by the BCS, reported in newspapers or touted on ESPN’s crawl. It slipped through the cracks — sort of like Reggie Bush into the line of scrimmage — on June 25.
That was the day USC announced it was appealing parts of major sanctions levied by the NCAA earlier in the month.
USC effectively forfeited the BCS title when it accepted that Bush was ineligible when he participated in USC’s 55-19 title-game win over Oklahoma.
USA Today re por t e d Wednesday that USC football’s 2004 BCS title would be vacated “if” USC loses its appeal with the NCAA for major sanctions.
In reality, though, it’s a matter of when, not if.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock said at Big 12 media days this week that USC’s title, if vacated, would not be awarded to another team — Oklahoma, Auburn or Utah.
What he couldn’t say was that USC actually vacated the championship a month ago.
Reached later, Hancock said the BCS would not act on USC until its appeal process is complete, which could take months.
USC is appealing to reduce a two-year bowl ban to one and get back half of the 30 scholarships the NCAA has taken away. The Associated Press has already announced that USC will keep its trophy from the 2004 season.