The year Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy, he was the best player in college football. Now, he's returned the Heisman and all the victories have been overturned.
Does that mean he wasn't the best player in college?
What he did off the field didn't change his ability. And the idea of overturning a game five years after it was played is silly.
Let the players get whatever benefits they can while they're in college. Cars, meals, cash, all of it.
The commitment and time required to play college football is greater than the value of the scholarship.
Here's an example. Reggie Bush probably spent eight hours a day on football-related activities during the fall semester. By football related activities, I include watching film, lifting, studying the playbook, promotional appearances on behalf of the university, travel, etc.
He did that six days a week, which is 48 hours. Football practice begins earlier than the semester, so he spent the month of July through December on football—48 hours a week for 26 weeks.
That's a total of 1,248 hours. Fall tuition at USC is about $25,000. That works out to $20 per hour for his time.
The University generated $54 million of revenue through the football program when Bush played, according to Forbes Magazine.
So lets do the math for the team: 85 scholarship players who generate $54 million of revenue. Each player generates (on average) $635,000 income. They cost $25,000 per semester.
In my opinion, let the players get whatever benefits they can. BUT.......