September 15, 2010

Reggie’s Heisman fumble

by Dan Bilicki In: Football

So Reggie Bush is forfeiting his Heisman Trophy. My take: It’s a noble but unnecessary move. I would keep it. Since when does the NCAA have any say over an award that is handed out separately of them? In case you forgot, or didn’t know, the Heisman Trophy is handed out to the best player in college football by the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. It always has been and it always will be.

If this award was governed by the NCAA, they would have taken it away from Bush already because of his ineligibility. It’s not, though, and the DAC has already said that Bush could keep the award.

This is a case where you have to look at the spirit of the award. Bush was the best player in college in 2005 and deserved his win over Vince Young. It’s not like Bush cheated in a way that made him better on the field, he only took some money. If he had been using PEDs, then strip him of the honour and tear down his reputation.

This was just a kid who accepted some dough to get by in college. If you can’t relate to that, well then you must have had a free ride through your post-secondary education.

The very fact that Bush got some sort of kickbacks for playing for USC is a joke anyway. I could get into the NCAA’s ridiculous double-standards for college “student-athletes,” but that’s an argument for another time.

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