The Presidential Oversight Committee (POC) of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) today vacated participation by the University of Southern California (USC) in the 2005 Orange Bowl and the 2006 Rose Bowl, and also vacated USC's BCS national championship for the 2004-05 season, following a May 26 announcement by the NCAA that it had denied USC's appeal of sanctions imposed last year. As a result of the POCs decision, there will be no BCS national champion for the 2004-05 season.
"The BCS arrangement crowns a national champion, and the BCS games are showcase events for post-season football," said BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock. "One of the best ways of ensuring that they remain so is for us to foster full compliance with NCAA rules. Accordingly, in keeping with the NCAA's recent action, USC's appearances are being vacated.
"This action reflects the scope of the BCS arrangement and is consistent with the NCAA's approach when it subsequently discovers infractions by institutions whose teams have played in NCAA championship events."