When you play a school like Texas, it brings a higher level of interest to a game. That is often good. But it can also be bad. Texas social media was up in arms Monday with the incorrect claim USC does not believe the 2006 BCS title game against the Longhorns was a loss.
First, USC does not decide anything. The NCAA does. The sanctions do not vacate the Texas victory. However, the NCAA believes institutions benefit when they get to claim bowl participation of any kind arising out of a player’s tainted participation (Reggie Bush). So USC cannot claim it participated in the 2006 Rose Bowl. Which means that USC is not charged with the loss . . . from a game it does not get to claim it participated in.
USC would actually be in violation of the NCAA sanctions order if it claimed the loss. Is it ridiculous? Yes. But it’s not USC’s decision. USC is not denying the Texas victory. USC simply cannot acknowledge the bowl loss, in which Reggie Bush participated