So the word now is that Reggie Bush still hasn’t returned the statue that was presented to him in 2005 for being the most outstanding player in college football.
To which I say: Who cares?
I’ve never been a proponent of revising history and I’ve written before that the actions taken with regards to Bush will merely serve to open up an unruly can of worms, since most elite college football players are in constant violation of one NCAA rule or another. Don’t believe me? Just look at the headlines from the past couple years.
Anyway, Bush has been stripped of his honor, his name removed from the record books, he is banned from associating with USC and he is basically persona non grata in college football.
Is that not punishment enough for doing something that, while against the NCAA rules, falls well short of being immoral?
Are we not feeding the monster that is the NCAA rule book by constantly harping on such transgressions? We see it happening at Ohio State, too, where a bunch of guys traded jerseys for tattoos….the horror!
Yes, these are violations of NCAA rules. No, it does not make them horrible human beings.
In the end, Reggie Bush won his trophy on the field. He’s since been exposed as an NCAA violator and, as a result, he is no longer the Heisman winner from 2005.
I think having his bronze statue with his name on it at a museum makes more sense than returning it to the Heisman Trust so it can be boxed up and hidden from view.
Move on. Better yet, let’s talk about the very real greed and corruption of the NCAA for once.