Reggie Bush has been clouded in scandal for a couple of years now, and the situation finally came to a head as he relinquished the 2005 Heisman Trophy amid rumors that it would be taken away by the committee anyway. The University of Southern California has already been penalized for the Bush situation by losing scholarships, forfeiting wins, and being banned from postseason play. But now Bush has been punished too.
Bush is hardly the first player to be accused of accepting improper gifts during his collegiate career, and its highly unlikely that he’ll be the last. But should that really take away from what we all saw on the football field in 2005? I remember the step-back cut and cross-field run against Fresno State, and the leap into the end zone against UCLA. I know for a fact that Reggie Bush was the best player in the country that year, and so do all of you.
The NCAA doesn’t really care about that though. All they care about is that all their little rules are followed to the letter of the law, even if they are completely illogical. So when Reggie Bush was found to have taken some things he shouldn’t have, they decided he needed to be punished for it. Bush took a proactive approach and gave up the statuette himself, but he definitely shouldn’t have to. That season he had at USC was memorable and magical, and no one should be able to take that away from him, from USC, or from any of us.