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Miles
04-28-2006, 09:58 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Ap1ftWlA1oZfAocxhzquE3A5nYcB?slug=dw-bush042806&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

BCS officials: Ineligible Bush could dethrone USC
By Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
April 28, 2006

Dan Wetzel
Yahoo! Sports Exclusive
NEW YORK Assertions by Michael Michaels the lead investor in a doomed sports agency and the owner of a Spring Valley, Calif., home occupied by the family of Reggie Bush could cost the University of Southern California its 2004 Bowl Championship Series national championship.

BCS officials told Yahoo! Sports on Friday that if Bush is ruled ineligible by either the Pacific 10 Conference or the NCAA for even one game during the 2004 season, the BCS will discuss amending its rules to allow it to force the Trojans to vacate the national championship.

"This is the type of thing the BCS might have to look into if other governing bodies, the conference and the NCAA, take action," BCS administrator Bill Hancock said.

Previously, Bush's eligibility for the 2005 season, which saw him win the Heisman Trophy and lead USC back to the BCS title game, had been questioned because of Michaels' statement that Bush's family failed to pay $54,000 in rent from April 2005 to April 2006.

Michaels' claims, which he has promised will be backed up by corroborating evidence, moves the timeline of Bush's potential ineligibility back to the Trojans' 2004 undefeated BCS national championship season.

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In a statement released to Yahoo! Sports on Friday, Michaels' attorney, Brian Watkins, said that in October 2004 Michaels was approached at a San Diego Chargers football game by Bush's stepfather LaMar Griffin about investing and partnering in New Era Sports & Entertainment, a new sports agency.

In November 2004, Michaels then met with Griffin, longtime Bush friend Lloyd Lake and Bush himself to discuss the plan where the USC running back would be the firm's central client when he turned pro in the spring of 2006.

"In November 2004, in San Diego, Reggie Bush, recruited by his stepfather to validate Mr. Griffin's company, convinced [Michaels and Lake] of its viability," Watkins said in the statement.

"There was the representation that Reggie would come with his stepfather," Watkins told Yahoo! Sports on Friday. "Reggie ratified that."

Michaels said that soon thereafter Griffin asked him to pay off $28,000 of Griffin's personal debt, which Michaels obliged.

In April 2005, Griffin said "they were having housing problems" and Michaels allowed them to move into a $757,000, 3,000-square-foot home he owned in Spring Valley, a San Diego suburb. According to Michaels, Griffin and Bush's mother, Denise Griffin, failed to pay any of the agreed upon $4,500 monthly rent on the property before Michaels evicted the family last week.

Michaels also told Yahoo! Sports that he paid for Bush's family to travel to some USC road games during the 2005 season.

Bush, who is now projected to be the second overall pick in Saturday's NFL draft, has denied knowledge of any deal his family may have had with Michaels. Meanwhile, Michaels has said he will file a lawsuit against Bush and his family to recoup "approximately $300,000 in out-of-pocket costs alone, over 1 years." He is also seeking damages to a total of $3.2 million.

Bush's NCAA eligibility would have been compromised by any gift that either he or his family received from the aspiring agents, either Michaels or Lake. The paying off of the $28,000 loan, the exact date of which is not known, is a clear NCAA violation. Also, a source inside the NCAA's compliance office said simply setting up the New Era partnership could be deemed an "extra benefit."

Officials at New York's Downtown Athletic Club, which award the Heisman Trophy, have said that they could take back Bush's honor if he is deemed ineligible by the NCAA. Now the 2004 season, which USC went 13-0, is under question.

The NCAA itself does not crown a champion in Division I-A football. Officially, USC captured the 2004 BCS national championship, which is administered by a consortium of major football conferences. As a result, while the NCAA could strip the Trojans of all their victories in 2004, it could not force USC to vacate its title because the BCS championship is administered outside of NCAA jurisdiction.

The BCS currently has no policy on possibly forcing a school to give up its championship, according to Hancock.

"The BCS is not a governing body," said BCS coordinator Mike Slive, who is also commissioner of the Southeastern Conference.

However, in the wake of the latest details involving Bush, discussion has occurred within the BCS that if the NCAA or the Pac-10 were to rule that USC must forfeit any or all games from the 2004 season including its Orange Bowl victory over Oklahoma the BCS could rewrite its bylaws and retroactively take away the Trojans' championship.

Only seven times has the NCAA forced a school to vacate a national championship but never in any of its marquee sports. The most recent examples are 2002 with the Hawaii men's volleyball team and 1995 with the UCLA softball team, both for using ineligible players.

Dan Wetzel is Yahoo! Sports' national columnist. Dan is the author of two new books.

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Crush
04-28-2006, 10:10 PM
It will never happen.

VonneMarie
04-28-2006, 10:12 PM
I'm so sick of Bush.

chubychecker
04-28-2006, 10:29 PM
That would be....................................AWESOME

arrowheadnation
04-28-2006, 10:32 PM
It would be pretty funny seeing as the media has clung tightly to USC's nuts for two years. All that nuthugging and no national titles?....boo hoo.

Tribal Warfare
04-28-2006, 10:36 PM
Mecca will have a nervous breakdown if they strip the titles from USC.

PastorMikH
04-28-2006, 10:39 PM
Soooo, if USC were dethroned, would OU then be the one to recieve that title in 04 since they were the team that played against USC for the national championship?

Mr. Kotter
04-28-2006, 10:40 PM
As if anyone would really care? I mean, we all know who won on the field....

Ari Chi3fs
04-28-2006, 10:40 PM
How can one unscrupulous individual sink the whole school? That never has made sense to me. If the school admin/ coaches were unaware, or didnt do shit, the school shouldnt be punished detrimentally.

arrowheadnation
04-28-2006, 10:41 PM
Soooo, if USC were dethroned, would OU then be the one to recieve that title in 04 since they were the team that played against USC for the national championship?
Nope...it would be a vacated national title. There would be no champion.

Mr. Kotter
04-28-2006, 10:41 PM
I'm so sick of Bush.

I really, really like Bush. So long as it's trimmed.

Crush
04-28-2006, 10:42 PM
Nope...it would be a vacated national title. There would be no champion.


Which would suck even more.

tk13
04-28-2006, 10:44 PM
I really, really like Bush. So long as it's trimmed.
I've never seen George let his hair become unruly.

PastorMikH
04-28-2006, 10:46 PM
As if anyone would really care? I mean, we all know who won on the field....



Yeah, like we knew who one on the field in 1998 and 1999 superbowls, but they did it by cheating the cap. If they had played by the same rules as everyone else, things may have been different.

Mr. Kotter
04-28-2006, 10:48 PM
Yeah, like we knew who one on the field in 1998 and 1999 superbowls, but they did it by cheating the cap. If they had played by the same rules as everyone else, things may have been different.

That's different. THAT was the stinkin' Donkeys! :cuss:

;)

Guru
04-28-2006, 10:50 PM
Mecca will have a nervous breakdown if they strip the titles from USC.


He was the first person I thought of when I read this.