Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Southern Cal stripped of 2004 title, Auburn denied award

(AP)-Officials with the Bowl Championship Series have announced that the 2004 Southern Cal National Football Championship is being stripped.  As the final curtain has closed on the Reggie Bush saga, BCS officials insist that as USC's final appeal has been denied, they are indeed stripping the Trojans of the title.  The bad news for Auburn fans? The Tigers, who went 13-0 in 2004 and finished 2nd in the season-ending poll, will not be rewarded the national title- instead, the championship will remain vacated.
The Trojans beat Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl to win the BCS title, but tailback Reggie Bush was later discovered to have received improper benefits.  The NCAA has banned the Trojans from post-season play for two years, and now, the school's national championship has been stripped.  It's the first time ever that a college football championship has been vacated.
"The BCS arrangement crowns a national champion, and the BCS games are showcase events for post-season football," 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. 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."
Auburn fans hoping the Associated Press will reward its National Championship to the Tigers are out of luck as well, as the AP has decided not to strip Southern Cal of their championship.  There is good news for AU fans, as the Tigers head to the White House this Wednesday to celebrate their 2010 national title with President Obama.

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