In college football, I support Florida State, but allow me to be clear about one thing. Those USC teams of the mid-2000’s may have been the most exciting in all of sports primarily because of Reggie Bush (the hands down media darling along with Matt Leinart and Hercules of the sport during his undergrad days); the culprit behind the NCAA’s decision to strip the school of their 2005 BCS National Championship. First, the Heisman, and now this. It’s almost as if Bush’s collegiate career has been reduced to something short of an urban legend.
“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 in a statement. “This was not an unexpected outcome. We will comply with all requirements mandated by the result of this BCS vote.”
The ruling came less than two weeks after the NCAA denied USC’s appeal to have some of the sanctions reduced. The Trojans were slapped with a two-year ban on postseason play and the loss of 30 scholarships.
The manner in which the NCAA has always went about their rulings has been nothing short of confusing. No precedence is set, at least not much, and everything appears to operate on a case-by-case basis. I’m no expert on the wheelings and dealings, behind-the-scenes paperwork of college athletics, but stripping a championship seems incongruous. It’s not like this decision is the Men In Black memory erasing button of college football. Taking scholarships and banning schools from bowl games and championships hurts far worse in the long run.
Regardless, complaining at this moment is futile. Ohio State, you’re on the clock now.
Bonus: Go ahead and watch this clip of the ’05 BCS Championship before this is vacated too.