Well it’s only taken 7 years to determine that Reggie Bush cost his school a national championship for taking money while he was a student at USC.
The decision was not unexpected but required the NCAA’s May 26 rejection of USC’s appeal of sanctions stemming from the Reggie Bush investigation to move forward.
The BCS ruling vacated the results of the 2005 Orange Bowl — the national title game for 2004 — as well as the Trojans participation in the 2006 Rose Bowl, in which USC lost to Texas in the championship game.
You might think then that the team that played USC in that game would then be awarded the championship, Oklahoma, but no, that would be too easy.
As a result of the BCS’s Presidential Oversight Committee ruling, there will be no BCS national champion in the record book for the 2004-05 season.
“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.
“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.”
Well, thanks for playing Reggie. Glad you could screw both schools out of some worthwhile recognition.