USC could be stripped of 2004 national championship

Pete Carroll is busy reshaping the Seattle Seahawks in his quest to prove that he could be a successful head coach at the pro level.

Lane Kiffin? He may want to sprint back to Tennessee — or anywhere else that will welcome him with open arms — because things could get real interesting at USC. And not in a good way.

According to a report in USA Today, the BCS could force USC to relinquish its 2004 national title if the NCAA rules that former running back Reggie Bush is guilty of accepting benefits while enrolled at the school.

In a move that went largely unnoticed until recently, the BCS implemented a policy in 2007 stating that bowl appearances and BCS titles must be vacated when major rules violations occur and schools are sanctioned by the NCAA.

Of course, the timing of this policy being put into place correlates directly with the start of the investigation into USC and alleged improprieties involving Bush and his family.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock confirmed the possibility to USA Today, but said that “nothing would happen until the very end of the NCAA process, including any appeals.”

Ultimately, the final decision would be made by the BCS’ Presidential Oversight Committee.

It will also be interesting to see how this would affect Bush’s 2005 Heisman win and if his trophy would be in jeopardy. Heisman officials have yet to comment.

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