Will they, or won’t they? That is the question. And depending on who you believe, you already know the answer. On one hand you have the Yahoo! Sports report that cites “sources” close to the situation that the Heisman Trust will in fact strip the 2005 award winner of his trophy. And on the other hand, you have Rob Whalen. Who’s that? Oh, just the executive director of the Heisman Trophy Trust. No big deal. Whalen spoke with Dan Patrick Show Producer Paul Pabst regarding the Yahoo! report, saying, “Yahoo! Sports claiming the Heisman Trust has reached a decision is completely false. The Heisman Trophy Trust has made no decision regarding the Reggie Bush matter.”
[pullquote]You can’t just erase what he did. If he were found to have taken performance enhancing drugs, then I would see the reason behind the potential stripping.[/pullquote]So, back to my original question: Will they or won’t they? Are the “sources” hyping something up just for a story, or is Whalen trying to calm the storm? I have no idea. But I do know what they should do. They should not strip him of the Heisman Trophy.
It makes no sense to do such a thing. He earned that prestigious trophy with phenomenal play on the field. The unauthorized benefits he may or may not have received is irrelevant. The sanctions the NCAA has brought against his former team because of his actions? Who cares? This is the Heisman Trophy we are talking about, and the Heisman Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player in collegiate football and is awarded by the Heisman Trust, not the NCAA.
The house his parents lived in didn’t score those 18 all-purposed touchdowns in 2005. That car he drove didn’t gain those 2611 all-purpose yards on only 285 touches in 2005. Reggie Bush did, and he did it to the tune of one of the largest margins of victory in Heisman Trophy history.
Bush garnered 784 first-place votes while second place, Texas quarterback Vince Young, finished with a mere 79 first-place votes, with an overall edge in voting points favoring Bush 2,541 to Young’s 1,608.
You can’t just erase what he did. If he were found to have taken performance enhancing drugs, then I would see the reason behind the potential stripping. But unless I missed something, he didn’t. He took monetary gifts, allegedly. To put it in perspective, three former winners, Billy Cannon, Johnny Rodgers, and O. Jay Simpson, were all convicted of crimes and neither was stripped of the title or asked to give back the statue.
Taking the Heisman Trophy away from him would be downright ridiculous and a travesty, and would make a mockery of what the Heisman Trophy stands for.