A year ago Reggie Bush was stripped of his Heisman Trophy Award due to a number of allegations stating he received improper benefits from boosters of the program. Today the USC program was stripped of their 2004 National Title.
Many saw this one coming. Few saw it as unexpected. However as of now, both Reggie Bush and the USC Trojans from 2004-'05 will go down as cheaters.
The big red flag was from benefits that both Bush and his family were given during his tenure at USC, a tenure that saw USC win dozens of games and the 2004 National title that was stripped.
So why was this title stripped and why was it coming? That is simple.
The NCAA and BCS is under as big a microscope as it ever has been. Therefore, they are also looking to make any wrongs, right.By the BCS stripping the Trojans of the title they are backing up the NCAA and trying to prove a point that any wrong doings will not be tolerated.
The USC title team of 2004 was the best team bar none, but any violations should consider them not the best as far as the rules are considered.
There is no doubt that the 2004 USC squad is not the only one to possibly, "not play by the rules," but they seem to be the ones earning the brunt of the NCAA iron fist after the Ohio State fiasco.
Should we go back in time and fix things? No.
Nobody is going to be recognized as the new champion, not even an unbeaten Auburn squad that many in the South feel got cheated out of their opportunity at the crystal ball.
Should we use the USC program as a precedent?
Maybe. It is hard to tell since every situation is different when it comes to NCAA violations.
So should USC be stripped of the title?
Who is to say, but the BCS made their decision and that is final.