Auburn may get an ‘04 ‘title’ yet (and who’s USC’s cover boy?)

All 156 All-Americans, 11 (or 10) national titles and 7 (or 6) Heismans? Lane Kiffin did that.

All 156 All-Americans, 11 (or 10) national titles and 7 (or 6) Heismans? Lane Kiffin did that.

Before we get into this media guide cover — and thanks to devoted reader/serial e-mailer Andy Rosenberg for the tip — there is a movement afoot to appease Auburn in its national title claim for the 2004 season.

Rewind: Auburn, USC and Oklahoma all went undefeated in the regular season in 2004, but only two could go to the BCS title game. So Auburn was snubbed, went on to win the Sugar Bowl and finish 13-0, and coach Tommy Tuberville and Tiger Nation screamed injustice. The Trojans won the championship game but, as you might have heard, just got put into NCAA timeout and now must vacate that win (among others).

Now comes this: The executive director of the Football Writers Association of America said at the Big 12 Conference’s preview that the organization may take away USC’s 2004 title and award it to Auburn. “I wouldn’t say we’re definitely going to do that, but it’s a possibility,” Steve Richardson said. “As we survey the scene, we have an opportunity to consider for the first time of vacating, in the modern era, a national championship.” (It’s worth noting Tuberville now coaches in the Big 12, at Texas Tech.)

The FWAA honor might be all Auburn gets. The BCS has said it won’t make its decision until after USC’s appeals to the NCAA are complete. Even then, it probably will just vacate the championship. The Associated Press will not change its final rankings, even though Auburn finished second to USC.

Meanwhile, the poor USC sports information department doesn’t know what to do. Note the hysterical media guide cover. It references 11 national championships (including 2004). But the original cover that listed seven Heisman Trophy winners now has been changed to six. This is kind of bizarre, given that while the school made a big show of returning Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy, the Heisman Trust hasn’t done anything yet and won’t make a decision until after the appeals.

In summary, Bush, whose family lived in a home rent free, is not recognized by the school, but O.J. Simpson, who killed — excuse me, may have killed — two people is still embraced by USC.

Now, about the guy on the cover. I’m not sure who that is. But given the way those numbers are super imposed over his proud stance, I guess he had something to do with 11 national championships, 31 bowl victories, 6 Heisman winners, 156 first-team All-Americans and 437 NFL players.

Maybe he mentored John McKay or something.

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Vol-in-ATL

July 28th, 2010
9:07 am

I said I would never do this but………first.

MatthewH

July 28th, 2010
9:14 am

Maybe they can put an asterisk or something?

MatthewH

July 28th, 2010
9:16 am

I will say this-I always enjoy reading your Kiffin bashing, but it may be time to put this to bed. Who cares about the Trojans in this part of the country?

Max Sizemore

July 28th, 2010
9:20 am

From time to time, if you watch USC play an away game and look in the crowd, you will see a sign which says, “Lubricate the trojans.” Seems appropriate here.

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Barnacle Bill Bavasi

July 28th, 2010
9:50 am

When your cover stats are in flux and the print deadline is upon you … start over.

Sam

July 28th, 2010
9:52 am

The only saving grace of knowing I’m going to Hades is this … Lane Kiffin’s torments will be the center ring entertainment.

Tucker T

July 28th, 2010
9:53 am

11 national championships, 31 bowl victories, 6 Heisman winners, 156 first-team All-Americans and 437 NFL players, number of scandals and screwups…infinite.

Worm

July 28th, 2010
9:53 am

I believe Lane Kiffin invented the internet!

FalconUGAFan

July 28th, 2010
9:54 am

I would think a pic of the team would be more apropos..but that’s just me…

Kiffin is in the right place

July 28th, 2010
9:54 am

usc—- u suck coach

Tucker T

July 28th, 2010
9:56 am

Giving the national championship to Auburn would be ridiculous and would mean nothing to anyone in the country except for Auburn fans. If we had a time machine and could go back in time and have Oklahoma and Auburn play then you could give them the championship but that ain’t happening.

USC Rob

July 28th, 2010
9:58 am

Jeff, in case you don’t remember OJ was found innocent in a court of law by a jury of his peers. No reason to make some terrible accusation that he “may have killed two people”……a crime that a judge and jury found him innocent of and totally cleared the charges.

William Shatner Face

July 28th, 2010
9:59 am

That’s Hilarious! Lane is such a doosh, cant wait for him to get fired!!

D Fence

July 28th, 2010
10:02 am

If they do it….its just another reason for Bama to make fun of Auburn. Havent you guys had enough already of that?

Dr. Phil

July 28th, 2010
10:04 am

Um, where’s OJ now?

Wozzo the Wonder Dog

July 28th, 2010
10:14 am

Courts/juries do not find people “innocent” – they find them “not guilty”, meaning that they felt the proscution did not present enough or the right kind of evidence to show guilt. You don’t really think O.J. is innocent, do you?

USC is a joke!!!

July 28th, 2010
10:14 am

That’s all I had to say.

PMC

July 28th, 2010
10:16 am

It’s kind of embarassing that they are trying to use Reggie Bush as a scape goat. You don’t get wacked like that for one players indiscresions…you get wacked because your institution has no control whatsoever and your AD is a freaking lunatic.

OU

July 28th, 2010
10:17 am

How can Auburn get the 2004 national title trophy, they didnot play in the title game! USC needs to mail it to Oklahoma! The AP poll decision to leave USC #1 for 2004, opens the door for any college to play illegal players in major bowl games??

AlwaysAVol

July 28th, 2010
10:18 am

If it was up to me, Layla would have been on the cover. Just sayin’…

KZGuy

July 28th, 2010
10:18 am

Hey Rob. The jury did NOT find him innocent. The jury’s decision was not guilty because the government could not prove its case. Not guilty has nothing to do with innocent. Therefore OJ never heard the word innocent in a court of law.

William Shatner Face

July 28th, 2010
10:20 am

OJ is a murderer and thief, get over it dude!

HugoStiglitz

July 28th, 2010
10:22 am

I agree with you OU. Why is all the talk of Auburn getting the title? Why not OU? Because they lost to USC? That loss was vacated so OU went undefeated that season also didnt they? Plus they were actually in the title game. I dont see how Auburn deserves it over them.

AlwaysAVol

July 28th, 2010
10:22 am

I do think the clouds gathering around the football stadium is very tastefully done though. Of course it makes kiffin look like one of those scrubbing bubbles in a toilet bowl.

robodawg

July 28th, 2010
10:22 am

Hilarious. Not sure what the statute of limitations is when it comes to vacating a national championship?! There have been some poor choices over the last century. And probably some investigations could uncover some shady dealings by past winners.

Auburn definitely deserved a shot in ‘04. But unfortunately, they didn’t get it, and that can’t be undone. I think it’s best to just remember that the national championship is MYTHICAL, and move on.

Robert

July 28th, 2010
10:25 am

USC Rob, You are utterly clueless. OJ Simpson was never found innocent, but the reason he was found not guilty was a bunch of idiots like yourself.

Ted Striker

July 28th, 2010
10:26 am

I’ve seen some lame media guide covers but USC has taken it to a new low. Then again, it beats Orgeron with his shirt off.

TommyJack

July 28th, 2010
10:27 am

Pat Haden/Lame Kiffin=BP and Gulf Coast.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 28th, 2010
10:28 am

They should make OU and AU play the game just like the great football movie w/ Kurt Russell and Robin Williams, The Best of Times, and wait till they are all fat and out of shape to go along with it.

GeoffDawg

July 28th, 2010
10:32 am

USC Rob, do delusions run in your family or is that the result of medication abuse?

bank walker

July 28th, 2010
10:35 am

hahaha, usc robin, you are a joke and so is usc and the state of callyfornia.

Clay

July 28th, 2010
10:38 am

Vegas should post odds on how many days Kiffin will remain coach at USC. Kiffin prides himself on spitting in the NCAA’s face with secondary violations, and Pat Haden will run his sorry ass off for the very first one. But, no worries. As long as his dad is still kicking, he will get a job somewhere . . .

OJ still has defenders?

Gary

July 28th, 2010
10:43 am

Jeff Schultz, bash away. The more grief USC has the more I like it. USC is a cheating bunch of slobs. How many times has USC been sanctioned by the NCAA, nine? They are habitual offenders. And cheat again in the future.

CHEAT ON you sorry bunch of ……………..

Jeff Schultz

July 28th, 2010
10:45 am

Tucker T– That would be a nice addition to the cover.

Jeff Schultz

July 28th, 2010
10:45 am

Worm — And Spaghetti O’s!

SOGADOG

July 28th, 2010
10:46 am

Award the National Championship to Auburn, they should have won it in the first place. Auburn deserves it over OU because Auburn won its BCS bowl.

Jeff Schultz

July 28th, 2010
10:46 am

FalconUGAFan — Gee, ya think? (Or even just a trophy case)

Jeff Schultz

July 28th, 2010
10:47 am

USC Rob — True, what was I thinking. Hope he doesn’t sue me for libel.

Jeff Schultz

July 28th, 2010
10:52 am

AlwaysAVol — I’m sure Layla on the cover would’ve been welcomed by all.

Sam

July 28th, 2010
10:54 am

The prosecution proved its case … the starstruck jury just decided to ignore it.

harold

July 28th, 2010
10:57 am

WE CAN’T STAND KIFFIN. HOWEVER THERE ARE GRAVE CONCERNS WITH DOOLEY WHO WAS A VERY WEAK HIRE! DOOLEY HAS THE #54 CLASS IN THE COUNTRY AT SCOUT AND IS BEHIND EVERY SEC TEAM IN THE CONFERENCE BUT VANDY. HE HAS YET TO SIGN A FOUR STAR PLAYER. HE IS A NICE KID BUT WITH A 17-20 RECORD AT LA.TECH & A 459 WINNING PERCENTAGE——VOL FANS HAVE SEEN DOOLEY FAIL THE VERY THINGS HE CONTROLS. OBVIOUSLY, THE SABAN INFLUENCE DID NOT RUB OFF ON HIM!

HE IS A NICE KID BUT WITH A WEAK STAFF & HORRIBLE RECRUITING THUS FAR HE WILL GO DOWN SOON WITH HAMILTON.FULMER WILL SOON BE HIS BOSS.

OldFan

July 28th, 2010
10:57 am

Well, it sure is hard to explain. But ole Lane must have some kind of mojo working, or he has a lot pictures on a lot of folks. If nothing, he is precocious. It takes most people a lifetime to become as despised as he is.

bamafan

July 28th, 2010
10:59 am

Hey USC Rob – a court cannot by law find anyone “innocent.” The finding was “not guilty” which in OJ’s case meant: “We know you did it but we cannot prove it.” Never confuse innocence with a lack of proof……….by the way, I assume OJ’s hunt for the real killers on golf courses is now on hiatus due to his current incarceration.

dawgster

July 28th, 2010
11:03 am

First of all i think that the title will just be listed as vacated…But a case can be made for Au or Ok to be the National Champion..It is true that Ok was beaten by USC and thus you would say Au is undefeated, but ;if you vacate all of USC’s wins then that, on paper at least puts both teams as having a right to be National Champion…We won’t know if Au would have beat OK or USC for that matter, so my feeling is have Co-Champions with Au and Ok..Seems to be the right thing to do and while the true champion wasn’t decided on the field it still would put some closure to this issue and would be the right thing to do in fairness to Au and Ok…Au may have truly been the better team that year but unfortunately we won’t know…At least as Co=Champions it would ease some of the hurt associated with Au not playing in the National Championship game…

Spike

July 28th, 2010
11:08 am

OJ is still looking for the real killer or killers.. Remember?

REDPANTIES

July 28th, 2010
11:08 am

Damon wants that championship to go to Auburn!

gdawginkalamazoo

July 28th, 2010
11:13 am

Rob, yes the innocent OJ took the CHP on a low speed highway chase. Held a gun to his head and threatened to kill himself. Because he was innocent? Also the long search for the “killer” on the golf courses across America. And let’s not forget that civil trial where a “jury of his peers” awarded the Goldmans everything OJ ever owned, including his Heisman trophy.

Oh yeah, vacate the NC trophy. Sure Auburn should have played for the title but who knew. They screwed themselves IMO when they tried to hire Booby Petrino at that midnight runway meeting.

Remarkable

July 28th, 2010
11:13 am

Thanks Jeff. Good article. Now lets talk about football here in the south.

TROJAN JOE

July 28th, 2010
11:14 am

Enter your comments here I’m sure once the season gets started all you SEC folks will have more to complain about than Kiffin and USC. Get over the fact this guy was offered and took a more prestigous job. With the recruiting class he has coming in, as well as the coaching staff he has assembeld, winning WILL continue at ole SC. FIGHT ON!