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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 6:43 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

The AP did not strip USC of its 2004 title.Then who cares? The only champion that matters is the AP's champion. If the AP says USC won the 2004 title, which it does, then the 2004 mythical champion is USC, no matter what the FWAA says.
As far as I'm concerned, USC won the 2003 and 2004 national champions as long as we're going to say there's a champion, no matter what illegitimate systems like the BCS or the FWAA say. If the AP votes USC as champion this year, USC is the 2010 champion.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 6:34 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

why fight on when you can cheat on? good luck with lame kiffin.

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2010 6:04 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

This is pure nonsense.Auburn barely beat VT and would have lost given another 5 minutes in that game.Oklahoma would have beat Auburn by 14.You need to stop pretending.A your insinuation that Alabama didn't deserve the national championship is more barner wishful thinking.GROW UP.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 5:54 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

Was that USC squad good? Sure. Best money could buy.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 5:31 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

What a moronic, rambling post. You want to look into the past of the voters? First, find me the legal language that disqualifies a voter based on some act he performed. They don't exist, so your argument falls apart. Being dirty as a voter does not mean you can't be a voter. Being dirty as a player means you can't be a player. Bush took a load of money and continues to lie about it. He's not eligible. Since he wasn't eligible, neither is his team. And there goes the title. And the kids DO get a piece of the pie. It's called a scholarship.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2010 5:27 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

What a joke. Take the championship. We all know the out come of that game. SC would have kicked the Sooners asses whether or not  Bush got illegal money. The money didn't make him a better football player. All it did was make this mom and dad look pretty and stylish while watching the game. I'm sure Oklahoma can't wait to claim the title and the trophy that comes along with it.

Since: Apr 26, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2010 5:05 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

 What did Bush do? he cheated.

Since: Aug 26, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2010 4:47 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

any team from the sec,with a undefeated season should always be a top bcs pick

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2010 4:41 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

Just as USC didn't face LSU or Oklahoma in 2003.  That so-called dynasty in USC when from 2, oops 1, wait zero, national chamionships.  It is nice to see cheaters caught once in awhile.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 4:33 pm

FWAA vacates USC 2004 title

You act as if it was just  Bush.  Did you forget the running back coach with cell phone records to the agents.  He was just relieved of his job with in the last two months.  No one on the coaching staff knew....right?

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