Reggie Bush is about to become the first man in 75 years to lose his Heisman Trophy. The Heisman Trophy Trust and the NCAA have found that Reggie Bush was given “improper benefits while at the University of Southern California (USC) and was ineligible during the 2005 season,” reports Rivals.com.
Did Reggie Bush Know He May be Breaking NCAA Rules?
Did Reggie knowingly break the rules while playing with the Trojans at USC, or was he unaware of some of the regulations that he may have dishonored? Most college teams probably give the players a warning about the rules they have to follow as college players. Did USC do that or was Reggie oblivious to the violations he may have made?
The NCAA stated that USC showed a “lack of institutional control,” notes ESPN. The university was put on probation for four years, banned from bowl games for two years, and is forced to reduce the number of football scholarships it gives out. During an investigation the NCAA found that Bush was given gifts, clothing free hotel rooms, and a home to use for free from people working in sports marketing.
The Heisman Award for the 2005 season will not be awarded to another player. However, the University of Texas coach would like Vince Young to get the award. USC has already returned the Heisman Trophy to the Heisman Trophy Trust earlier this summer. And alas for Reggie Bush, his name and that of O.J. Simpson have been removed from all USC information distributed and murals at the school.
Reggie Bush: What Does Losing the Heisman Mean for his Career?
Bush now plays for the Saints in New Orleans. The team won the Super Bowl this winter. He has a great career in football now. Will losing the Heisman Trophy diminish that in any way? Will the Saints feel this brings a taint to their team?
College football offers players many temptations. The graduation rate for members of the football team is quite low at some colleges and universities. I remember reading the love letters sent from OJ Simpson to Nicole Brown that were published in the newspaper and thinking… wow, he can barely write, how did he manage to get accepted to USC?
And some businesses try to throw free treats to college football players, even though they likely know that if the player accepts them they could lose eligibility to participate in any sport and lose a scholarship. There is a distinct lack of morals in much of the business world. Did corrupt marketers take out Reggie Bush?
It is sad to see a player with so much talent go through a scandal like this. Reggie is only in his mid twenties. He has a long career in football ahead of him. Let’s hope losing the Heisman Trophy is just a brief setback and does not damage his overall career.