Being put on probation by the NCAA is akin to a slap on the wrist; a post season ban can hurt an FBS program (formerly I-A) for awhile, but won't stop a team from winning a national championship.
Since the first BCS title game in 1999, ten of the 36 teams that participated in the game were on probation at least five years prior to the game and one within six years. Six were on probation within three years of the game.
Five of the those BCS title game winners were on probation within five years of the game and two within at least three years. Click here for full story.