Answer: The above photo is the new media guide for the USC Trojans and if you notice it lists 6 Heisman Trophy winners. Um, doesn't USC have 7 winners?
- Mike Garrett - 1965
- O.J. Simpson - 1968
- Charles White - 1979
- Marcus Allen - 1981
- Carson Palmer - 2002
- Matt Leinart - 2004
- Reggie Bush - 2005
Ok, 7 is correct--
But we know USC has been hit with everything, including the kitchen sink, as far as NCAA sanctions go, for "inappropriate behavior" on the part of Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo and we also know that head basketball coach Tim Floyd resigned and head football coach Pete Carroll jumped ship to the NFL, probably because he knew a bomb was going to explode. So it's safe to say, things have been rather uncomfortable for the Trojans these days-- BUT the Heisman Committee hasn't decided yet if they are going to strip Bush of his Heisman Trophy-- so technically he's still a Heisman Trophy winner.
So why erase Bush off the map?
It's no secret that USC wants no part of Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo, now that they are in hot water, sort of. Hot water as far as their college legacies are concerned, but I think both of them couldn't care less. I also hear that all evidence of their existence at the school is being removed, including USC's copy of Bush's Heisman Trophy.
My questions are: Shouldn't USC and all other universities be monitoring with a microscope what these guys do? Haven't they noticed (whether its Bush or Mayo or Derrick Rose [SAT beef] or Marcus Camby or Chris Webber or Alabama [Antonio Langham beef] or Auburn-- the list goes on and on) that some of these players don't give a damn about NCAA rules. Don't these schools know by now that they are just a springboard for the pros for a lot of these athletes? Can't they tell by the number of players that play for just 1 or 2 years (or forgo their senior years) and leave for the pros? In other words, a lot of these guys need some heavy duty monitoring because, for one, they are not attending these schools to get a degree in quantum physics, that's for sure, so some of them don't give a rat's ass about NCAA rules.
At the end of the day, USC got what it deserved for not keeping a close eye on Bush's every move. I mean, did they actually believe that he was a model student like all the other real students who actually go to school to get a degree? The only reason why he stayed until his junior year was for better positioning in the NFL Draft.
And what was Bush's offense? The NCAA declared Bush ineligible for the 2005 season because he received cash and other benefits from a would-be marketing agent. Gosh, it's not like he killed someone for USC to disown him the way they have. Or maybe getting money on the side is considered a form of PED?
I mean, let me get this straight, USC completely disowns Reggie Bush for breaking NCAA rules (rules that players have been breaking since the Stone Ages), yet they still embrace O.J. Simpson, who um.........
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