IRVING, Texas -- Soon, the college football annals could subtract a national champion and add an asterisk. If USC loses its NCAA appeal stemming from the Reggie Bush violations, it will "vacate" its 2004 national championship.
Hancock said that the 12 school presidents who make up the BCS Oversight Committee will most likely not name a new champion, meaning the 2004 season will likely go down without a No. 1 team.
Bush and the Trojans trounced Oklahoma in the title game, 55-19. Watching from the outside was then-Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, who had guided the Tigers to an undefeated season, but finished third in the final regular-season BCS rankings and out of the title game.
Tuberville, now the head coach at Texas Tech, believes somebody should be named the champion. He just doesn't know who -- Oklahoma, which played in the title game and lost, or Auburn, which won the Sugar Bowl and finished 13-0 (of course, inconveniently, Utah and Boise State also finished undefeated).
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he wants no part of that discussion.
"That's a long time ago," Stoops said. "And, I'm not much for claiming anything if it didn't happen on the field."