I Think OU Just Won Its 8th National Championship…

…for a game it lost 55-19 in 2005. Today, the NCAA handed down the most severe sanctions since giving Southern Methodist the “death penalty” in 1986. They placed USC on a 2-year postseason ban in football, revoked 30 scholarships, and most importantly, vacated all wins for the football program after December 2004 in which Heisman trophy winner Reggie Bush played. (Note: USC intends to appeal the sanctions against the football program, so all of this might be moot; however, the NCAA rarely reverses itself on appeal in these cases, especially when the investigation took 4 years to complete.)

Why is the last one most important for Sooner fans? Because the BCS Championship in the Orange Bowl for the 2004 season was played in January 2005, and is one of USC’s wins that will be vacated by the NCAA.

Update: Bummer – looks like all this is moot. According to this ESPN article:

The BCS is likely to force Southern California to vacate its national championship. BCS executive director Bill Hancock says in a statement Thursday that the presidential oversight committee will meet soon to discuss whether USC will be stripped of its title.

If that happens, there will be no BCS champion for the 2004-05 season. Hancock said no action would be taken by the BCS until the appeal is heard.

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God and Haiti

I just read an interesting reflection on the religious overtones of the tragic earthquake in Haiti and the rather evil-sounding pronouncement by Pat Robertson on the “causes.” It got me thinking about the presence of God in the midst of this kind of disaster, and I felt like sharing. This verse sums up a lot of my thoughts:

In the day of prosperity be happy,
But in the day of adversity consider —
God has made the one as well as the other
So that man will not discover anything that will be after him.

I have seen everything during my lifetime of futility; there is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness.

Ecclesiastes 7:14-16

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