Contact Us

USC Stripped Of College Football Championship [VIDEO]

Running back Reggie Bush won the Heismann Trophy and a national championship while playing for USC (Getty Images)

After their appeal to reduce sanctions against the football program was rejected the NCAA has stripped Southern California of its national title from the 2004 season.

The penalties were handed down after an investigation revealed numerous rules violations including improper benefits given to former Trojan Reggie Bush while he was a member of the team.  As a result there will be no national champion for that year.

Bush gave back his Heismann Trophy and USC returned its copy of the Heismann.  The record books will show there was no Heismann winner in 2005.

The Trojans rolled to a 55 to 19 victory over Oklahoma to cap an undefeated season, but that victory will be wiped from the record books as well.

USC had already forfeited all of their victories from December 2004 to the end of the 2005 season.

In addition to the vacated victories, the NCAA imposed a two-year ban on any postseason games and a loss of 30 scholarships.  Former coach Pete Carroll resigned to join the Seattle Seahawks about five months before the NCAA
enforced the penalties.

The NCAA has no tolerance for violating rules in recruiting and conduct and that’s why they came down so hard on USC.  What’s a shame is all the players on the team who played by the rules, did everything that was asked of them, but now find all their work was for nothing.  At least in the record books.

Best of WYRK

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.