A little justification for cheating?
Saints running back Reggie Bush has had the proverbial black cloud over his head this off-season after the NCAA declared that he had taken inappropriate gifts and cash while playing collegiately at USC.
Those “gifts” were rumored to include a house, car and several other cash benefits to name just a few.
That of course is a huge problem not just for Bush but for USC as well for allowing such “benefits” to be given to a star player.
The university was hit with some rather strict sanctions including their 2005 Orange Bowl Championship being revoked, which Bush helped them win, and they were stripped of the 12 victories they obtained during that 2005 season.
Also the school will be on probation for the next four years as well as being banned from all bowl games the next two years.
Now USC is fighting back starting with distancing themselves from Bush by giving back his Heisman trophy and removing all evidence of him by stripping the campus of his jersey’s, murals and anything associated with him in their storied Heritage Hall.
Essentially they have washed their hands of the former golden boy.
They didn’t stop with Bush either stripping all mention of basketball stud O.J. Mayo who was also found guilty of taking inappropriate gifts while at USC.
Some woud say that USC’s actions are justified and Bush is only getting what he deserves for cheating.
Cheating however is the wrong word to associate with what Bush did while at USC as nothing he received gave him an edge on the field when it came time to suit up for the Trojans.
Reggie’s 2005 heisman season was rightful earned on shear athletic ability alone and had zero to do with the gifts he received.
In fact one writer once wrote that if someone where to look back into the lives of all the past Heisman trophy winners that you would most likely find something that would be considered inappropriate, so wouldn’t they all have to be stripped of the Heisman?
Bush now has to live with the fact that his legacy as USC Trojan is now tarnished. Once what was thought of as perhaps the greatest single collegiate season for a running back has been reduced to that year when he took free stuff, a joke.
A little justification for cheating? Absolutely not.