While we are still waiting for the NCAA to rule on USC probation and penalties for Reggie Bush and his agent, and receiving benefits, there was some interesting news that would greatly affect the Oklahoma Sooners.
Here's the thing: USC, might have to forfeit the Orange Bowl, and "vacate" their win. It would be the NCAA ruling.
From the Orange County Register: A recent USA Today report points out a not so well-known fact: The BCS instituted a policy in 2007 that calls for BCS appearances and titles to be vacated should the NCAA determine a program violated major rules.
From the USA Today: Its policy stipulates: "When the NCAA or a conference makes a finding of violations…and imposes a sanction of forfeiture or vacation of contests in which an ineligible student-athlete participated, we will presume that vacation of participation in a BCS bowl game is warranted." That's if the player in question participated in that BCS game or in victories that led to the bowl berth.
The BCS' Presidential Oversight Committee, made up of university CEOs and currently chaired by Nebraska's Harvey Perlman, would make the call, the USA today added.
I'd also point out that current BCS Executive Director is Bill Hancock. Mr. Hancock is an O.U. grad and is from Hobart, OK.
The final BCS standings for that year had O.U. 2nd behind USC, despite O.U. quiting in the Orange Bowl, and getting embaressed by Southern Cal. In fact O.U. was actually pretty close to USC in the final BCS standings. USC had .9770 O.U. had a .9681 with Auburn .9331 ranking which put O.U. closer to USC than Auburn was to O.U. and 2nd place.
The Orange Bowl was O.U.'s only loss of the season as you might recall. The AP Poll had Auburn No. 2 and O.U. third. Many said Auburn should have been in the national championship game, and they also had a perfect 13-0 record.
If USC HAS to vacate their National Title....then O.U., being second in the BCS standings...will win the BCS 2004 Football National Championship!!!!! That is "IF" the BCS National Championship were to be past to the next in line. The BCS committe, might not award anyone the National Championship, and there would be a blank for 2004 BCS National Championship.
However, the AP who has a history of overlooking teams on probation, would have no reason to not leave USC as their National Champion. The USAToday/ESPN Coaches poll however, has a rule that prohibits a team on probation from winning the national championship, but is that rule retro-active?
There is a real possiblity that the 2004 National Championship could end up looking like this:
Personally, as an OU alum, I'll take it. No one remembers that the 1974 championship was tainted because of probation, and the UPI/Coaches Poll had another No. 1. All any fan knows...Is O.U. was a National Champ in 1974 and 2004 will be no different.
Heck if it was Texas, they would be planning the parade all ready.