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BCS more mature at 10, but reputation still suffers

Updated: May 19, 2008, 12:49 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

In 2004, the year after USC finished No. 1 in the final regular-season polls yet was excluded from playing in the championship game by the BCS formula, Trojan quarterback Matt Leinart wore a T-shirt on a national television interview that said, "F--- the BCS." Immature, yes, and given Leinart's appearances to this day on celebrity gossip Web sites, not out of character.

But the response to the T-shirt is the point. Half the responses that USC received wanted Leinart's head on a platter.

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