Reggie Bush Was The Best, Don't Strip The Heisman

Eric AxleyContributor ISeptember 7, 2010

Reggie Bush, 2005 Heisman Trophy Winner
Reggie Bush, 2005 Heisman Trophy WinnerStephen Chernin/Getty Images

Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy in 2005.  He was awarded the trophy for being the best collegiate player in 2005. 

Recent reports suggest that he will be stripped of the Heisman by the end of September.  The NCAA has been doing its own investigation and the Heisman Trust has also been investigating wrong doing by USC and Reggie Bush in particular. 

Apparently he had accepted cash, gifts and other benefits not allowed under NCAA rules. The trust has also indicated that they will not have a winner for the 2005 season. 

My point is that what happened was off the field.  Reggie was still the best of the 2005 season according to the voting body of the Heisman trust.  His off-field behavior had nothing to do with his talent on the field.  This is America.  It is the land of opportunity.  Why should Reggie not have benefited from his talent at any point in his career.

I have maintained for years that colleges should NOT give out scholarships.  Let alumni compensate the players in whatever sports they see fit.  The college will make millions as they do now from revenue sources to allow sports to be contested as the college sees fits. 

Its the NCAA's fault for allowing some things but not others.  It's fine for a college to make special allowances for scholarship athletes but god forbid if someone helps them pay some bills.

The NCAA is basically taking us back to the days of slavery.  Except this time they do not prejudice against anyone based on race, color, or creed.  The NCAA just keeps all athletes working in the communist state called collegiate sports.

Let Reggie keep the Heisman.  I don't remember conditions being placed on the trophy when he received it, so he should be able to keep the award. 

As an aside, since votes were tallied and Vince Young came in second, why doesn't he get the trophy?  It's not like they would have to go back and re-vote, they had a tally.