Stripping Reggie Bush Of Heisman Doesn't Strip Fans Of Memories

Jerome FosterContributor IIIJuly 23, 2010

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 10:  Running back Reggie Bush #5 of the USC Trojans poses with the 2005 Heisman trophy after winning the award at the 71st Annual Heisman Ceremony on December 10, 2005 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
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With Southern Cal deciding to return the replica of Reggie Bush's Heisman trophy, many have called for Bush to do the same with his.

The Heisman Trust said they won't make the decision to strip Bush of the Heisman until USC's appeal of NCAA sanctions is heard.

Whether Bush returns the Heisman, is stripped of the Heisman, or gets to keep the Heisman, it doesn't change the fact that he was the best player in college football when he won the award in 2005.

It doesn't mean that Bush shouldn't have to return the award, whether it's voluntary or by force; tt just means if Bush returns the trophy, most will remember his eye-popping highlights, before they remember the fact that he gave it back.

When a player, coach or university vacates wins or awards, it doesn't erase the memory of how good they were. Their records can be wiped from the official books but the records can't be wiped from the memory of fans.

When people think of the Fab 5, many think of Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose and company and how fun it was to watch them play college basketball. Many don't think about the fact that the record of their existence was wiped from the NCAA books. More people think of the Webber timeout call in the 1993 title game against North Carolina than they think of the Fab 5 being wiped from the official NCAA records.

When people think about current Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, they think of how successful he's been. They think of how he guided two different universities to the Final Four. They don't think about the fact that he's vacated both of those Final Four appearances. If Kentucky fired Calipari today, many universities would be willing to get rid of their current coach if it meant landing Coach Cal.

If USC is forced to vacate the wins during the Bush era, people will still remember his greatness. It's just too hard to forget how spectacular he was; just ask Fresno State.

No matter what happens to Bush's Heisman Trophy, people will always remember how he dominated the game in 2005. However, karma works in funny ways. People will also always remember that Bush lost the National Championship game to the player that probably should've won the Heisman that year, Texas quarterback, Vince Young.