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Despite ban, USC has reason to play

Updated: June 10, 2010, 11:25 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Former Auburn coach Terry Bowden knows what it's like to coach a college football team which has seemingly nothing to play for.

In Bowden's first season at Auburn in 1993, the Tigers were ineligible to play in a postseason bowl game and banned from playing games on TV because of NCAA-imposed sanctions for violations committed under former coach Pat Dye.

"When the season happened, we rallied around it," said Bowden, now the head coach at NCAA Division II ...

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