USC: Former Running Back Reggie Bush Deserves To Keep His Heisman Trophy

Patrick LanguzziContributor IIISeptember 19, 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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For the first time in its 75-year history, the Heisman Trust "will ultimately concur with the NCAA's determination that Bush was ineligible during his Heisman-winning season in 2005. Because of that independent conclusion, sources said the trust will relieve Bush of the award and leave the honor for that season vacant."

But before the Trust could relieve Bush of his Heisman, and against the advice of family and friends Reggie Bush made the ultimate decision. He took the high road, Bush gave back the trophy he worked so hard to earn on the field. 

Bush was accused of taking gifts and receiving benefits in conjunction with his role as running back while at USC. All of Bush's records will be wiped from the USC record books and the Trojan's will be hit with sanctions and will miss the opportunity to play in BCS Bowl Games over the next years.

OK, so while I'm not condoning Bush's behavior off the field. Are you going to try and tell me that there aren't other players receiving the same gifts and benefits as Bush? It's a well-known fact that most high profiled college athletes playing on scholarships or not, whether it be football, basketball, whatever, have been known to receive and accept gifts and benefits from agents and people of the like.

And what about Bush's alleged sports agent Lloyd Lake a supposed family friend? He's said he would not have gone public if Reggie had paid him back. Paid him back how? In poker chips? What a great family friend, what was behind his motivation and what was he looking for in return? Nice cop out, way to throw it back on Reggie.


If your going to investigate Reggie Bush and ultimately make the decision to relieve him of his Heisman, then why not go back and investigate ALL the previous Heisman Trophy winners? Surely you'd find something, somewhere. 

And what about other high profiled college football athletes? Are you going to try and tell me that they aren't offered gifts and benefits also? Why not go back and pull all their scholarships while your at it.

I think it's comical that one of his former USC coach's Steve Sarkisian, now at Washington, calls Bush an idiot. You mean to tell me Sarkisian didn't know what was going on at the time? I played college football, it's like being with your family, everyone pretty much knows everyone's business on and off the field, INCLUDING the coaches!

That offer Pete Carroll received from the Seattle Seahawks came just at the right time huh? But he probably wasn't aware of what was going on either, no, he's just the head coach. He was just as much to blame if not more for USC losing any future potential bowl bids over the next years then anyone on that USC campus.

By all accounts Bush appears to conduct himself in a professional manner on and off the field. Heck he even went to his pastor who was the only person by the way that agreed with what he wanted to do by giving back the Heisman.

The only thing Bush did wrong was win the Heisman Trophy. If he hadn't won the Heisman, this would all be a non-issue. What are your thoughts? Do you think he deserves to keep the Heisman? Why note vote and see where you stand with other people.