There has been a lot of talks of taking away Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy. USC recently gave a copy of the trophy back to the Heisman Trust, and removed all images of Bush from their trophy cases. The media criticize him, as if he was a Maurice Clarett clone. Really the only thing he did was be a 19 year old kid who trusted the wrong people while the school turned a blind eye. The biggest question here is: Why?
Reggie Bush didn’t do anything wrong in this scenario, so I’m not sure why he would have to give his Heisman back. USC and some agent paid for his parents to stay at some house while he went there. Is this any different than other benefits big time collegiate athletes receive? Everyone who has been in college knows of stories of what the top of line athletes got because they were good at a sport. The only problem here is that they got caught. Even so, it should just be USC that is penalized for this, not Bush. It would be different if every big time football or basketball program didn’t do the same thing with their top-tier athletes, but they do.
Brian Cushing recently got caught for abusing the steroid policy in the NFL, whether it was HGH or whatever other form of steroid I’m not sure, but it was illegal. So the writers had a re-vote for defensive rookie of the year, and he won again! How can somebody take ‘roids, get caught, and still not have the award taken away? Yet there is still discussion of taking away Reggie’s Heisman.
OK, so apparently cheating to make yourself better on the field is reasonable for somebody to keep an award, but they better not do anything wrong off the field! However, in another connection to USC and off the field wrong doing, this brings us to the Juice. OJ Simpson murdered people, fine he was acquitted for that but we all know it was true, and was convicted of robbery recently, yet the Heisman Trust did nothing about that.
At this point I’m confused. Steroids and criminal activity aren’t a viable reason for your award to be taken away, but if a school does something to help your parents, it is? Heisman Trophy Trust, be reasonable, just let him keep his award. The NCAA has rightfully punished USC for their wrong-doings and USC has punished Bush by getting rid of his image and his award, but there is no reason to erase one of the best, and most exciting college running backs ever from the history books because of something so small.
About the Author
Written by Bennett Snyder
Recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism. I have been a sports fan since before I could speak. While every kids dream of making it to the professional level didn't work out for me, I still have a strong desire to be around sports 24/7. I was born and live in Philadelphia, but spent most of my life in central New Jersey, so this tri-state area of NJ/NY/PA is my forte. If you have any questions you would like to ask just email me, no matter which sport, because i follow them all except golf and nascar.