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BCS Strips USC of 2004 National Title

The Bowl Championship Series has stripped the University of Southern California of their 2004 national title of

Stephen Dunn, Getty Images
Stephen Dunn, Getty Images

Monday. The decision wasn’t completely 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 of 2004, as well as the Trojans participation in the 2006 Rose Bowl, where USC fell to Texas 41-38. 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 waited until USC appealed the NCAA sanctions placed on the school before making a decision about the championship, which the NCAA denied the Trojans appeal back on May 26th. After that it was only a matter of time before USC’s 55-19 victory against Oklahoma in the 2005 Orange Bowl was wiped from the record books.

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