USC Stripped of 2004 National Championship by the BCS, Is Ohio State Next?

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst IJune 6, 2011

USC Stripped of 2004 National Championship by the BCS, Is Ohio State Next?

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes congratulates Pete Carroll of USC Trojans after the college football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Trojans def
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    The University of Southern California has made college football history, but not in a good way.

    ESPN reported that the BCS has stripped USC of the 2004 National Championship.

    This is the first time in college football history that a university has been stripped of a BCS Championship.The punishment sets a precedent in the world of college football and will set a standard for other teams to follow.

The Punishment

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 04:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans congratulates running back Reggie Bush #5 after teammate LenDale White #21 scored on a 4-yard run against the Texas Longhorns in the first quarter during the BCS National Championship
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    The punishment came about because of the investigation surrounding improper benefits received by running back Reggie Bush.

    According to the report, USC will also forfeit ten scholarships annually from 2011-2013, vacate 14 victories to include the championship game, and be placed on four years of probation, which comes with a two year post-season ban.

    This is bad news for a USC team that is trying to rebuild, but it could also be bad news for another successful football program. This ruling could pave the way for punishment against the Ohio State football program.

Tressel Jumping Ship

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    CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 02: Head coach Jim Tressell of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches as his team takes on the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 24-13. (Photo by Jonathan
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    At the end of May, Jim Tressel announced that he would resign from his post as head coach at Ohio State.

    Tressel stepped down amid allegations and investigations stemming from improper benefits given to many of his players.

    Several players sold some Ohio State awards, rings, or other memorabilia in exchange for discounts for services. It was made public that Tressel was made aware of these violations but did not report them and eventually it led to his downfall.

    This could be just the beginning of bad news for Buckeye fans.   

Pryor Worse Than Bush?

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 25: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressell instructs his quarterback Terrell Pryor #2 during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 25, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Imag
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    In the center of this storm of controversy is Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

    Pryor is under investigation for receiving improper benefits to include vehicles during his time at Ohio State.

    The NCAA is probing several vehicles, tied to several players and the result could be bad news for Buckeye fans. These allegations could be worse than the ones that Reggie Bush committed at USC.

What Next?

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 07:  Members of the Ohio State Buckeyes sit dejected after losing 38-24 to the Louisiana State University Tigers during the AllState BCS National Championship on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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    When the investigation is complete it could lead to a big-time punishment by the NCAA and the BCS.

    If the allegations are true the Buckeyes could lose at least three years of victories to include last year’s Sugar Bowl victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks.

    Today is a sad day for the University of Southern California and their fans, but it could be a a sign of things to come for the Ohio State football program.

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