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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: May 3, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2010 1:22 am

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

Who cares!!!!

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:27 am

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

Thats what all the bams say.  Auburn beat us while we were down.  Auburn could say the same thing about  losing to Alabama .  I have never heard of so many moral victories from Bama as i have heard over the past 10 years.  Now all of the sudden we are back.  Bama wins and they are the greatest of all time.  Auburn wins and the sec is down.  Get a grip..take off you crimson glasses and give credit where credit is due.

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:20 am

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

The trophy should be awarded to Oklahoma. Even though they got spanked by SC in the title game, they were the number two team going into the championship game. I do beleive that they would have lost if they had to play Auburn, but since they were in the title game they should now be champs.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:02 pm

"Trojan families"

You SC idiots are quite the crop man.  Your school gets out right BUSTED for being a batch of cheats, and you support it?!  How does that reflect on any of you?  That is downright shameful.  Pete Carroll sees the writing on the wall.... he bails for a PRO job and lets the school/Reggie Bush/USC dynasty take the heat. Some leader.  The whole thing is a falacy, a shame, and a black eye for NCAA Football. I am a Michigan fan. Winning-est NCAA football program in HISTORY.....  and done 100% on the legit. You lot should be ashamed to wear those colors bro. ISH.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:02 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

Being A Tide man I cant stand anything to do with the Pac-10 and especially Southern Cal.  But you are correct sir; 55-19 was an a**-stompin.  I for one hadn't forgot it.

Good luck pal and Roll Tide,  Don

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:26 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

Yeah, I think there was a 1AA school, a couple of community colleges and a few high schools that went undefeated that year. They deserve the trophy as much as Utah.  But not nearly as much as Auburn.

Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2010 8:34 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

You can find anecdotal evidence of fans being a-holes from any university.  I'm sure all the Nittany Lion fans hold hands and sing a stirring rendition of Kumbaya. 

Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2010 8:11 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

While I dont like USC or Auburn.   I do believe that what Bush did off the field, really had no effect which team was the best that year.  How many National Championship does Auburn have, asterisk or no asterisk.  While Bama was probation, they were eligible for BCS championship and earned it last year.  Auburn has never been dominant and can only beat Alabama when they were hurting from probation.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 7:08 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

It does mean something. Fact of the matter is Reggie Bush was the reason USC won that gameand without him USC wouldn't have won. Bush was an illegal player and shouldn't have been playing.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2010 6:54 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

They may have been the best on the field that year- they were but needed a little help from their friends in stripes against Va. Tech and UCLA- but, THEY CHEATED!! Why is everyone so quick to call steroid users cheaters (except Sammy Sosa; for some reason the biggest cheater of all seems to get a pass) but excuse cheating, or look the other way, when it involves recruiting or ineligible players? USC was and is out-of-control; hiring Lne Kiffin was just unbelievable and, in my opinion, sealed their fate.

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