The University of Southern California lost it’s appeal this week to the NCAA, which was an attempt to block the imposed sanctions for Reggie Bush receiving improper benefits during his tenure as a Trojan.
It was alleged he received free housing, automobile’s and air travel through a partnership with “New Era Sports and Entertainment”. He maintained his innocence but still decided to give back his Heisman Trophy last year after USC was forced to give back their copy after the sanctions were imposed.
Besides the revocation of Bush’s Heisman USC has also been banned from any Bowl games, regardless of performance, last year as well as through 2011.
However that is the least of their worries as they have now been stripped of their 2004 Orange Bowl win over the Oklahoma Sooners. The national championship capped of an undefeated season for USC, now there is no “official” champion.
Thirty scholarships to be spread out over three years were also taken away from USC, the most since 21 were taken from the University of Alabama in in 2002.