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No sloppy seconds for Sooners


One year, no one won. The end.

Gazette staff June 15th, 2011

Now that the Bowl Championship Series stripped the University of Southern California of its national championship for the 2004 season, does another team deserve to claim the Waterford Crystal football?

University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops isn’t interested in sloppy seconds. After all, USC thrashed the Sooners 55-19 in the Orange Bowl in the title game.

“I don’t have any thoughts (on USC’s situation), and we’re not claiming any championships,” Stoops told The Associated Press.

Can you blame him?

Sooner fans want to forget the game like the character in the “Samantha Who?” TV series. Things turned south for OU when senior Mark Bradley attempted to field a bouncing punt inside Oklahoma’s 5 yard line but fumbled, and USC went ahead 14-7 on the next play. By halftime, the Trojans led 38-10 in a laugher of a title game.

“I think we proved tonight that we are the No. 1 team in the country without a doubt,” USC quarterback Matt Leinart told AP after the game. “No doubt.”

Stoops admitted to getting “whupped” at the time. Now he supports the BCS and NCAA punishing the Trojans for breaking the rules.

“There has to be measures for players to know the consequences for their actions,” Stoops told AP. “So, if this sends a message for other people that all of a sudden your season didn’t exist, maybe it’s a strong enough message that, ‘Am I going to be loyal to my team and teammates and do things right, or am I going to be loyal to myself?’” According to the ruling, no national championship will be in the BCS record book for that season. The NCAA put USC on probation for issues with run ning back Reggie Bush in 2004.

“The BCS arrangement crowns a national champion, and the BCS games are showcase events for postseason football,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “One of the best ways of ensuring that they remain so is for us to foster full compliance with NCAA rules. Accordingly, in keeping with the NCAA’s recent action, USC’s appearances are being vacated.

“This action reflects the scope of the BCS arrangement and is consistent with the NCAA’s approach when it subsequently discovers infractions by institutions whose teams have played in NCAA championship events.”

Even though Stoops’ Sooners aren’t staking a claim on the vacated BSC title, former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville (now at Texas Tech) thinks his undefeated 2004 Tigers team is a dandy candidate.

“Someone should be awarded (the) title,” Tuberville told AP. “ If not, the team that had to forfeit is not really punished.”

 
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