USC Stripped of 2004 Championship Trophy by Football Writers
The Grantland Rice Trophy, named for the renowned sportswriter who dubbed the 1924 Notre Dame backfield the "Four Horsemen," and presented to the national championship team as voted by FWAA members, was revoked by a vote of a committee of past and present association officers.
In a statement issued by the FWAA, its president, Tim Griffin, citing the June NCAA infractions report that stripped USC of 10 scholarships a year for three years as well as making the school ineligible for bowls the next two years, said if the FWAA had known about the violations the school was accused of, "USC would not have been selected for the award ... in light of standards applicable to FWAA poll participants, award candidates and award recipients."
This marks the first time in the 56-year history of the Rice trophy that it has been revoked. Although two other schools, Auburn and Utah, went undefeated that season, and Oklahoma suffered one loss, to USC in the BCS title game, Griffin said the committee could not reach a majority on which team to give the award to, so it will remain vacant.
The BCS has not decided whether to strip USC of the title, and the Downtown Athletic Club has not announced a decision on whether to strip Bush of his Heisman. Meanwhile, USC has removed its replica of Bush's Heisman from its trophy case.