Lance Armstrong had a scorching take on USC's 'undefeated' record against Texas
Armstrong, a noted Texas fan, wasn't happy with the Trojans' 4-0 record in USC's media notes
When Texas plays at No. 4 USC on Saturday, it will be the first time the two storied programs have met since the 2006 BCS Championship Game. That was, of course, the game quarterback Vince Young won for the Longhorns in the final seconds on fourth down, ending the Trojans' 34-game winning streak. It is, given the teams, the setting and the stakes, one of the greatest college football games ever played.
According to the USC record books, however, it doesn't count. The school officially has a 4-0 record against the Longhorns, though it acknowledges the loss in its media guide. Still, Texas fan Lance Armstrong wasn't happy about this when he saw the news on Twitter.
"Negative @USC, we were there," Armstrong tweeted in response. "You lost the game fair and square. Btw, @ReggieBush is a f------ legend that you s*** all over."
Armstrong's anger is a little bit misdirected, which is interesting considering he knows a thing or two about cheating. USC was hit with NCAA penalties in the wake of the "agent and amateurism violations" by former running back Reggie Bush, which included vacating regular and postseason wins from the 2005 season. The loss to Texas doesn't fit that criteria; however, USC spokesperson Tim Tessalone told ESPN "the program was instructed in 2010 by Jim Wright, then the NCAA director of statistics, not to include participation in any games that year as part of its official records."
So, by the NCAA's letter of the law, the Rose Bowl loss to Texas didn't happen.
Of course, we know that's not really the case. The NCAA can order that games be vacated as much as it wants, but they still happened. Texas doesn't suddenly not claim a national championship because USC was instructed not to recognize the game. And if the NCAA ordered that all game participation be wiped clean, this wouldn't be the first time records have been altered in media guide material.
Since this is the first meeting for Texas and USC since that fateful night in Pasadena, though, it's a big deal.
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