Cam Newton and Reggie Bush have plenty of parallels. Both have held the Heisman Trophy. Both have endured scrutiny, scandal and NCAA investigations. And now both are wishing the Miami Hurricanes well as they face a mess that could tear the program down.
Only one football program has ever received the NCAA’s most severe penalty, known as “the death penalty,” but if the allegations against Miami are proven by the NCAA, “the U” could be facing a similar fate to Southern Methodist University in 1987
When the University of Southern California was hit with strong sanctions after the Reggie Bush-scandal, the head of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, Paul Dee, said “high profile players demand high-profile compliance.” But, if the allegations against the University of Miami are proven by the NCAA, Dee may go down with one of the biggest gaffes in college football history.
The Bowl Championship Series stripped USC of its 2004 national championship Monday, marking the first time since polls began in college football or basketball, a national championship has been vacated, according to USAToday.com.