It appears that either the USA Today Coaches poll members must re-vote in order to recalculate the final BCS standings, OR The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc. should move up the University Cincinnati’s football team to play the University of Texas football team in the BCS Championship game.
At the bottom of the AFCA page with the Coaches Votes it specifically states:
Based on these circumstances, the University of Alabama football team is required receive 0 (zero) points from the USA Today Coaches poll, giving them a recalculated BCS average of 0.6656, thus moving them down to number 8 on the BCS final standings
Here's the text of the second link, an AP story stating Alabama has been placed on probation:
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The NCAA placed Alabama's football program and 15 other of the school's athletic teams on three years probation for major violations due to misuse of free textbooks.
The NCAA's Committee on Infractions said Thursday the football team must forfeit an unspecified number of wins in which any of seven players took part during 2005-2007. The university identified the seven as "intentional wrongdoers."
The NCAA said that 201 student-athletes in the 16 sports, including men's basketball, obtained "impermissible benefits" by using their scholarships to obtain free textbooks for other students. It also found the university guilty of "failure to monitor."
The university was ordered to pay a $43,900 fine, close to the total value of the books.
So why is this happening? It all seems black and white to me, but I have a hard time believing this has gone unnoticed. I can find nothing to suggest the probation has been dropped.
I must be the last non-Dolphins fan that enjoys this subplot to every season. Maybe because I always liked Buoniconti from HBO's "Inside the NFL" and Larry Csonka had such a cool sounding last name and manly mustache.