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FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

Posted on: August 26, 2010 8:13 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 2:30 pm

The Football Writers Association of America has vacated USC's 2004 national championship and asked the school to return the Grantland Rice Trophy that symbolized that title.

The announcement was made Thursday morning after a resolutions committee voted by confidential ballot. USC will be eligible for the FWAA's preseason poll but cannot win the trophy in 2010. The action was taken after NCAA penalties were handed down in June. Among other violations, the NCAA concluded that former tailback Reggie Bush competing while ineligible

The Grantland Rice Trophy has been awarded continuously to its national champion since 1954 by the FWAA. The BCS is on record as saying it will vacate the USC title if the school's NCAA appeal fails. The Heisman Trophy Trust is still discussing its stance on Bush's 2004 award. Shortly after taking the job, new USC AD Pat Haden ordered the school's copy of Bush's trophy returned to the trust.

Tim Griffin, the current FWAA president, wrote this in his letter notifying USC of the FWAA's decisions: "Had these facts been known, USC would not have been selected for the award ... in light of standards applicable to FWAA poll participants, award candidates and award recipients. All finalists for FWAA team and individual awards, including the Grantland Rice Award and Trophy, reasonably are presumed to have been in material compliance with certain qualifying standards at the time of award issuance."

The coaches' poll is not ranking USC this season because the school is on NCAA probation. USC remains eligible to be ranked in the Associated Press poll and can finish No. 1. It is No. 14 in the AP preseason poll. The AP did not strip USC of its 2004 title.

The FWAA took no action to elevate a new champion for 2004. It stated that USC is eligible for its preseason poll but will not be eligible to be voted on in its season-ending poll. Auburn was also notified of Thursday's action by the FWAA. In addition to USC, Auburn and Utah also finished undefeated that season.

The FWAA is one of four major championship selectors recognized by the NCAA. This is the first time the FWAA has taken such action.

(Dennis Dodd is a past president of the FWAA and was a member of the resolutions committee on this matter)

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Auburn, USC, Utah

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:26 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

You haave got to be kidding me!  Auburn went 13-0, which includes regular season, SEC Championship, and Bowl Game.  They didn't get a split but had a much harder road to travel, and you make a foolish statement about the only team in a cupcake conference being the best team in the land?  You don't know much about real, grid-iron football.  PAC 10 doesn't even have a conference championship game; if the SEC didn't, we'd have two teams playing for the National Championship every other two years or so.  Bottom line, don't much stupid coments like you did in yoru post.  That title never should have been accepted; the school knew all along about the violations.  Show some class and dignity.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:16 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

Dream on!

Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:16 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

55-19 was the score to what game?

Apparently one person has forgotten...guess I will have to google it....

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2010 10:47 am

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

The FWAA is certainly well known among college football coaches and administrators, and among knowledgeable college football fans around the country.  Its polls should be listed here.

The all time list of Grantland Rice Trohpy winners is at

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2010 10:15 am

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

"Dear FWAA,

     The University of Southern California Trojans would like to apologize for the amount of time that it has taken for us to return the Grantland Rice Trophy. It seems that the problem is that we were unaware that we had received the trophy. In fact, we didn't even know that your organization existed or that you gave out any awards. We did, however, manage to find the box (unopened as you can see) in the women's soccer team offices. The person who receives our mail thought that FWAA has something to do with women's sports and sent the box there.

     We would like to thank you for recoginizing the accomplishments of the 2004 USC Trojans mens football team and were honored to have held the title while we did. Now that we are aware of your existence, rest assured that if we are fortunate enough to receive such a prestigious award in the future, we will proudly display it in Heritage Hall.


The University of Southern California Trojans"

That is hilarious! It about sums up my thoughts on this. Is the FWAA poll even listed here?

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2010 10:00 am

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title


Since: Apr 30, 2010
Posted on: August 27, 2010 9:55 am

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

kiffin will be doing more of the same.  Him and orgeron are masters at doing what it takes to bring in the talent.  Look for more trouble in the future when all the new stuff comes out.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2010 4:33 am

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

This is really pointless.  As a Gator fan for fifty years, I've been a USC-hater, even going back to the days wfen John McKay was coach and when Mike Garrett won the Heisman.  However, whatever the status of Reggie Bush, USC beat the devil out of Oklahoma.  It's kind of hard to forget a 55-19 score.  Vacating the title after six years is kind of ridiculous and unrealistic.  Should we ask the UN to vacate the armistice of the Korean War because the North Koreans used ineligible troops - namely the Chinese? 

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2010 1:28 am

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

Alabama on probation last year? Better quit smoking that pipe.

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2010 1:24 am

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

If everybody had your attitude, everything would be legal

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