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FWAA to USC: We'll take that '04 title, thank you very much

It’s not exactly the BcS crystal, or even the Associated Press title, but the Reggie Bush greed-grab has finally cost USC a piece of hardware from their undefeated 2004 season.

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.com reports that the Football Writers Association of America voted Thursday morning to vacate USC’s 2004 national championship.  As part of the process, the organization has requested that the school return the FWAA’s Grantland Rice Trophy, given annually since 1954 to that group’s national champion.

(Given Pat Haden‘s questioning of Bush’s soul yesterday for not returning his Heisman, it would behoove USC to return the FWAA trophy yesterday.  And while they’re at it, if they had my soul, they would return all of the title trophies they won in 2004 while using a player who turned out to be ineligible.  After all, you can’t have selective soul when it comes to tainted hardware, can you?)

It’s the first time, incidentally, the FWAA has ever stripped a school of the trophy.

As indicated by the vote to vacate, the FWAA will not retroactively award the trophy to either Oklahoma, which was trounced by the Trojans in the BcS title game, or Auburn, which was left on the outside of the title picture looking in following an undefeated season.

The AP has already publicly stated that there will be no vacating of the 2004 honor they bestowed upon USC, although the BcS may still strip the Trojans of the title based on Bush being declared retroactively ineligible for receiving illegal benefits.

Vacating or stripping awards won’t change the fact — sorry, Auburn fans — that USC was the best team on the field in 2004, but it is a nod to the seemingly antiquated notion that you must do the right things off the field as well as on in order to hold on to your accolades.

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23 Responses to “FWAA to USC: We'll take that '04 title, thank you very much”
  1. 78Lion says: Aug 26, 2010 11:58 AM

    Please, don’t start this off with it just being a Reggie Bush greed grab. USC was the dirtiest program in recent history and Bush gave the NCAA a smoking gun to go after. It wasn’t their only issue.
    I could have made a bundle if I had invested in Playtex man-zeers for Cushing alone.
    The university fostered a corrupt culture. Bush was just the poster boy.

  2. Florida727 says: Aug 26, 2010 11:59 AM

    my only argument is generically referring to USC as the “best team on the field in 2004″. would they have been as dominant WITHOUT Bush on the field? maybe the backup (which they’re obviously known for, having depth at that position that is) would have been good enough that no results would have changed, especially wins v. losses. so maybe they win some games by 24 points instead of 30. we’ll obviously never know.
    but the bottom line is: they cheated. can’t reward one cheater (USC) yet penalize other cheaters (Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, etc.) in sports. can you?

  3. PaulDeeDoesNotEatSalad says: Aug 26, 2010 12:34 PM

    Show me proof that USC cheated. All of this nonsense is over greedy parents who took money (alleged by a convicted felon) to get their son to LEAVE the school early and sign with them… Show me documented proof that USC cheated that was an on-field benefit.. For example, where a booster or a university official gave an extra benefit to a player.
    That’s what I thought.

  4. Slim Charles says: Aug 26, 2010 12:38 PM

    What a bunch of sanctimonious pricks the FWAA must be. I wonder if Jay Mariotti was a member.
    I hate USC as a team, but the people that are up in arms about this are just pathetic. It’s just like steroids – the only people who care are crusty old sportswriters and fans of rival teams.

  5. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 26, 2010 1:22 PM

    ” I would like to give you your title back but I dont even know who the F**K you are.” said Haden

  6. mrqtte says: Aug 26, 2010 1:45 PM

    Hilarious! USC is a joke!

  7. allmaddenjack says: Aug 26, 2010 1:47 PM

    You think people would start to making news for things they are doing today rather creating news for stuff that happened years ago.
    how about we dig up john wooden from his grave and ask him to give back those national championships as well?
    like USC is the only “dirty” program in the country? puh-leezzee.

  8. PaulDeeDoesNotEatSalad says: Aug 26, 2010 2:20 PM

    Again, show me documented proof that USC is a dirty program. The only thing the NCAA hammered USC for is one player’s parents (who happen to live out of town) allegedly got money and a place to live in order to get a USC player to LEAVE the school early… Oh and a basketball player who was cleared by the NCAA prior to his enrollment at USC and was then found ineligible because a guy brought him to the program who was previously found guilty of providing benefits (100% on Mike Garrett on this one)… How does this make a program dirty? After 5 years and this is all the NCAA came up with sure makes USC one of the cleaner programs… You can tell me that a 5 year investigation into Florida, Alabama, Ohio State, etc. would uncover less? Puh-lease.

  9. Kitchenator says: Aug 26, 2010 2:29 PM

    @Florida727: puhleeez, don’t even equate the Bush “cheating” with the likes of Bonds and McGwire. Bush’s family getting bennies did nothing to enhance his on-field performance. Bonds juiced, Bush didn’t. See the difference? I see no reason that SC should have to return the crystal football. Heisman? Maybe.
    I raucously applaud the hiring of Haden as AD – I don’t think there’s a better choice on the planet.

  10. tryagain says: Aug 26, 2010 2:37 PM

    ‘I raucously applaud the hiring of Haden as AD – I don’t think there’s a better choice on the planet.’
    Do you feel the same about the Kiffster?

  11. Rick says: Aug 26, 2010 3:05 PM

    USC did cheat, bush took money and his parents lived in a house paid for by agents. Bush took money, the coaching staff knew, the coaching staff told NCAA investigators they knew about the money bush took at the time. Matt leinart’s father also committed NCAA violations when he paid for half of Matt’s roommate’s (who was a football player) rent. When hasn’t usc cheated under pete carol is what I’d like to know.

  12. bradleygator says: Aug 26, 2010 3:12 PM

    I don’t know that it’s such a given that USC was the hands-down best team that year. In retrospect, Jason Campbell, Cadillac and Ronnie Brown were probably better than Leinart, Bush and Lendale, and the teams had roughly comparable talent elsewhere.
    Taylor was probably one of those fools saying that Ohio St. in 2006 was one of the best teams ever until the Gators pulled back the curtain with a good, SEC-style mudhole stomping.
    As we’ve learned, no team can claim to be the best in a given season unless they’ve beaten the best from the SEC.

  13. Testify says: Aug 27, 2010 3:42 AM

    They wouldn’t gave beat Fresno state without bush….

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