Does the BCS have the power to strip USC of a football title? That is addressed in this segment.
Q: June 21, 2010 3:37 PM
Scott, humor me. I’m trying to get my head around the political aspects of this whole thing. Politics appear to be more of what the NCAA really cares about.
First, why couldn’t USC simply reject the sanctions AND the appeals process, too. Instead, why shouldn’t USC aggressively sue the NCAA? Their protracted 4-year investigation (a penalty in and of itself) appears reckless.
From what I’ve read, Rick Neuheisel did some bad things, but he also took some unfair attacks (throwing UCLA a bone). As Neuheisel said, “I didn’t feel the story was fair or right. I had to stand up.”
He ultimately won his case and made the NCAA look like bumblers.
So why doesn’t USC do the same? I think some transparency on the process and people involved would be enlightening and helpful to the University. To me, the NCAA looks about as competent as BP’s management.
A: USC could file a lawsuit and might feel compelled to do so if the appeal is rejected. One potential sticking point is that USC is a member of the NCAA while Neuheisel was an individual. But USC’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees already so it might think it has little to lose with a lawsuit. Wouldn’t it make sense with all the drama that’s already surrounded this case?
Off topic, if Reggie Bush had just settled with Lloyd Lake right when this all came out, how different would the NCAA’s case have been? It seems to me a lot of USC fans are ignoring just how damaging Bush’s behavior was on many levels.
Q: Edward said:
If the NCAA does not have the power to take away the BCS championship, how can they make USC vacate the victory? Who runs that game…NCAA or BCS? I realize the eventual ruling would be the same, but hypothetically, if USC would have beaten Texas, they would have been punished for four post-season games. In reality, three.
A: The NCAA can force a victory to be vacated but it is the BCS’s title.
But does the BCS have the power to strip a team of a title?
The coaches poll contractually bound to vote for 2005 Orange Bowl winner. But now, there is none. Will there be a re-vote? And, who is in a position to decide what to do about the last coaches poll for the 2004 season, anyway? With no Orange Bowl winner, it would seem to follow, that, barring a revote (not a great precedent, by the way), there is no coaches poll champion, because there is no one the coaches poll can put in first position.
Apparently the trophy, by the way, refers to the champion of the coaches poll, and not the winner of the game. So, arguably, the coaches poll would have to be formally altered to justify the return of the trophy.
Can the BCS change the result of the coaches poll? What do the contracts say?
Q: TrojanChamp said:
Who would win a fight between Ed Orgeron and Ron Artest, and why? Does the southern upbringing help Orgeron or would the hood roots of Artest be too much for him?
A: This is not as easy to decide as a Orgeron-Henry Bibby matchup. But I always go with a football player over a basketball player, so I take Orgeron.