â†µWay back in 2006, Onepeat.com launched the era of the taunting billboard (other examples popped up in East Lansing and, in a weirdly self-flagellating edition, South Bend) with the worst taunt ever: ha, ha, USC, you've only won a single BCS-approved national championship… in the last three years. You had to live with the indignity of only winning the AP title in 2003. For shame. â†µâ†µ
â†µIt doesn't matter which team the one Onepeat donors (mostly UCLA, I'm guessing) and instigators (almost certainly UCLA) rooted for, criticizing USC for not winning a national championship game they weren't invited to despite being ranked first in both polls is the functional equivalent of Jon Lovitz taunting Arnold Schwarzenegger for losing a Mr. Olympia competition on a technicality. Poor form, even if they did raise enough money to throw up a billboard, have a truck drive around ESPN's headquarters for five days, and give $2,625 to Hurricane Katrina disaster relief. â†µâ†µ
â†µStill, I wonder what those crazy kids are thinking about today as they read the many articles detailing the clause BCS honchos inserted into their bylaws just as it became clear that maybe there was some funny business going on with one Reggie Bush: â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥"When the NCAA or a conference makes a finding of violations … and imposes a sanction of forfeiture or vacation of contests in which an ineligible student-athlete participated, we will presume that vacation of participation in a BCS bowl game is warranted." That's if the player in question participated in that BCS game or in victories that led to the bowl berth. â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µWhile the NCAA's case against USC is still years from wrapping up, the many documents made public by Lloyd Lake remove any doubt that Reggie Bush was hugely, totally ineligible very early on in his USC career. Vacating a ton of wins is 100% guaranteed, and 2004 will be included. There will be a nasty letter from the BCS at some point and some USC intern is going to have to pack up a crystal football and FedEx it back to the Antarctic headquarters where Bill Hancock and the rest of the crack BCS team plan their next brilliant public relations gambit. â†µâ†µ
â†µTaunting a team for being really good is lame. Taunting a team for cheating like the dickens and getting stripped of their silverware… that's something everyone can get behind. There's even a natural disaster in the Gulf of Mexico the excess can go to. â†µâ†µ
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