While we are still waiting for the NCAA to rule on USC probation and penalties for Reggie Bush and his agent, and receiving benefits, there was some interesting news that would greatly affect the Oklahoma Sooners.
Here's the thing: USC, might have to forfeit the Orange Bowl, and "vacate" their win. It would be the NCAA ruling. From the Orange County Register:
A recent USA Today report points out a not so well-known fact: The BCS instituted a policy in 2007 that calls for BCS appearances and titles to be vacated should the NCAA determine a program violated major rules.
From the USA Today: Its policy stipulates: "When the NCAA or a conference makes a finding of violations … and imposes a sanction of forfeiture or vacation of contests in which an ineligible student-athlete participated, we will presume that vacation of participation in a BCS bowl game is warranted." That's if the player in question participated in that BCS game or in victories that led to the bowl berth.
The BCS' Presidential Oversight Committee, made up of university CEOs and currently chaired by Nebraska's Harvey Perlman, would make the call.
I'd also point out that current BCS Executive Director is Bill Hancock, and OU grad and if from Hobort, OK.
The final BCS standings for that year had OU 2nd behind USC, despite OU quiting. It was OU's only lose of the season as you might recall. The AP Poll had Auburn number 2 and OU 3rd. Again many said Auburn should have been in the national championship game, and they also had a perfect 13-0 record.
If USC HAS to vacate their National Title....then OU being 2nd in the BCS standings...will win the BCS 2004 Football National Championship!!!!! I would assume that Auburn will be the AP National Champions, thus giving us a split National Champion for 2004
Personally, I'll take it. No one remembers that the 1974 championship was tainted because of probation, and the UPI/Coaches Poll had another #1. All any fan knows...Is OU was a National Champ in 1974. 2004 will be no different.
Heck if it was Texas, they would be planning the parade all ready.