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They'll probably "claim" it anyways. That is, if the NCAA goes as far as erasing USC's '04 championship.
It should've been USC vs Auburn in that game anyway, but hindsight is 20/20.
I agree though that it shouldn't be redacted and given to Auburn, or even Oklahoma who was the other participant in the actual game. Wipe it away if they choose to, but I don't like the NCAA/BCS retroactively awarding a National Championship. Unless if Auburn was a co-champion, but I don't think they were (just going on memory, and could very well be wrong on that).
Yes you lost your head coach and we lost scholarships post season berth. And sanctions that trickle down to the entire athletic department. I'm sure the swimming team and baseball teams as well as gymnastics and waterpolo really deserved getting punished for reggie bush.
Im sure the faitful student body as well as the die hard fans deserved this.
Not to mention the loss of scholarships, and essentially money will make it possibly another decade before SC is back on top.
It's not like they're losing 20 in one year. I'm sure it's spread out over at least 4 or 5 years.
I don't have anything against USC, but I won't be shedding any tears for them.
I think it just sucks how one guy (or two if you wanna include OJ mayo) can affectively ruin not only the football program but the other athletic programs as well. The sanctions are not only against the football program but against the whole athletic department.
Regardless if you feel this is just or not, I would feel bad for any school that is a recipient of such a penalty.