USC tweaks Texas, claims 4-0 all-time record

USC and Texas will play this week for the first time since the Vince Young-led Longhorns beat the Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart-led Trojans 41-38 in the Rose Bowl to win the BCS national championship following the 2005 season.

It was one of the most memorable college football games in history.

That’s why USC’s official game notes caused a stir this week: They list the Trojans as 4-0 all time against Texas, while acknowledging one loss — in that Rose Bowl — was vacated due to NCAA penalty.

In 2010, the NCAA found USC committed what it referred to as “agent and amateurism violations” involving Bush, and part of the penalty for the football program included the “vacation of regular and postseason wins” from the 2005 season.

The loss to Texas, of course, does not fit that criteria.

But, according to USC sports information director Tim Tessalone, the program was instructed in 2010 by Jim Wright, then the NCAA director of statistics, not to include participation in any games that year as part of its official records. That edict included the Rose Bowl.

“I have documentation in a letter sent in July 2010 to Wright noting all the changes he instructed us to make, including that losses had to be vacated,” Tessalone said in an email. “The letter also states that he had reviewed all our revisions and approved them.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *