The Bowl Championship Series announced Monday that it has stripped the University of Southern California of its 2004 national football championship, USA Today reported.
The move, which had been expected, is believed to be the final sanction related to the ineligibility of former USC running back Reggie Bush, who was previously stripped of his Heisman Trophy.
It is the first time since the polls began that a football or men’s basketball championship has been vacated in major college sports.
Southern California won the title in the 2005 Orange Bowl, where the Trojans beat Oklahoma 55-19.
USC last year received a two-year ban from bowl games and reductions in scholarships. The sanctions stemmed from the determination that Bush had received benefits during his playing career that made him ineligible for NCAA competition.