Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Reggie Bush Never Existed

It was bad enough when USC gave back the replica of the 2005 Heisman Trophy and removed every piece of memorabilia associated with Reggie Bush from the university, but now Reggie himself has returned the genuine article. No more Heisman for Reggie. No one player is above the rules and regulations governed by the NCAA, however it's hard to turn your back on one of the greatest college football players ever. How can you erase the memory of the Fresno St. game? How can you forget that Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as the sportsmen of the year? Is it possible to talk about USC football without mentioning The Reg? We've witnessed this before. At Michigan in the early 90's the Fab 5 were a national phenomenon. Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson changed the culture of college basketball with their black socks, long shorts, and tremendous play as freshmen and sophomores. It was later discovered that the Fab 5 took money in excess of $1,000,000. The scandal and embarrassment led to Michigan taking down all of their championship banners obtained during the Fab 5 era and all of the key players were banished from the program. It's been almost 20 years and the association between the players and the school is still there. You can't take back the memories. You can't undo what's already been done. Reggie Bush will have the same outcome. The scandal will blow over in a few years and USC will move on. True sports fans will remember the accomplishments of Reggie Bush even if USC pretends it never happened. There's no one to blame but Reggie Bush. That tradition and history is gone for now. Sad.

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