Tuberville: Auburn worthy of '04 title

Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville feels his unbeaten 2004 team should be declared national champions.

Now at Texas Tech, Tuberville made his comments Thursday after the NCAA ordered Southern California to vacate wins in which Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush played while ineligible starting at least by December 2004.

USC beat Oklahoma in the BCS championship game on Jan. 4, 2005, while Auburn completed a 13-0 season by defeating Virginia Tech.

The Tigers were No. 2 in the final poll and the BCS rankings.

Tuberville acknowledges Oklahoma has a case, too.

But he says he doesn't think there's any doubt that the Tigers were worthy.

Auburn officials were expected to release a statement later Thursday.

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