I read early today that Reggie Bush had called USC’s new Athletic Director, Pat Haden to apologize. First off, let me just say how valued this apology is to a USC fan like I. Nothing means more than having an athlete like Reggie Bush, who was worshipped by 93,000 fans every single weekend for three years, who signed a rookie contract for roughly $52,000,000 and about $5,000,000 more in endorsements, apologize for single-handedly doing to USC what no team in the nation could figure to do for the better part of ten years. Beat them.
Reading the comments section below this story, I read someone ask why “U$C” won’t return the money that they made while Bush was running for 513 yards in four quarters, winning the Heisman Trophy, or swan diving over a UCLA defensive back as he crossed the end zone, into the record books, into the imaginations of young and old USC fans, drooling over the talent that beamed over every other player on every other field across the country. Reading this, I’m kind of sick to my stomach. I hate what this has done to USC’s reputation. USC, who really had no hand in this at all. USC who had no other ineligible player in the nine years that Pete Carroll rode the Trojan horse to victory.
I have a question for that commenter, the man who voiced a thousand voices, why, if USC should give back money, should the NCAA not have to? Did they not make millions of dollars off the nationally televised games that USC played in whilst Bush was stampeding across the gridiron? Did they not drool at the idea of an “overmatched” USC team smashing the savvy veterans of Oklahoma? Were they not benefactors of the 34 game win streak that led USC to the greatest National Championship game in perhaps all of sports history, where Reggie Bush and the USC Trojans were cut down by Vince Young and the Vince Young’s? (Oops I meant Longhorns.) This article is really not targeting the NCAA’s blatant oversight of their own ethics, but at the fans who salivate at the idea of the fallen legend that is Troy. Who will kick us while we’re down, pouring unwarranted salt on our (somewhat) unwarranted wound.
Do some research before you unintelligibly attack USC’s character. Does one bad seed (if not just misguided and selfish) really give you the right to blindly dismiss USC as “corrupt”? Look in your backyard and make sure your program isn’t showing any “lack of institutional control” before you make any claims. With most of the SEC under heavy fire as of late, it would be a shame for any of these commenters that are casting stones at USC, to be embarrassed by ONE MEMBER of an 85 man roster they give their voices for every Saturday, giving opposing team’s fans the fuel to start the fire that will try to burn their house down.