The NCAA has in it’s own words, confirmed allegations that former USC running back and Heisman Trophy recipient Reggie Bush received illegal benefits while in the USC athletic program. His family was provided living arrangements, cars, and most notably a loan of approximately 300,000 dollars from a man named Lloyd Lake who was courting Bush in an attempt to convince him to retain him as his agent.
Bush repaid the loan quietly in court, but to this day, denies any wrongdoing.
The university however, admitted fault, but stated they are disappointed with the ruling. Are you kidding me? How about being disappointed with the staff at the university and the people surrounding this program. Don’t be disappointed with the NCAA for doing their job.
First, USC must vacate wins between 2004-2005 for playing Reggie Bush, who is now considered to have been ineligible.
Second, USC surrenders a total of 30 scholarships for three years.
and last, they are not allowed to participate in a bowl of any kind for the next two seasons.
I have a few thoughts on this, aside from the athletic director, Brad Garrett, whom will almost assuredly be fired. None of the actually guilty parties are paying the price for this. Ultimately it’s the student athletes that get hit the hardest. How convenient that as this investigation was reaching it’s final stages, former head coach Pete Carroll decided to accept the Seattle Seahawks offer to become their new head coach. The common opinion is that he knew more than he ever admitted and got out quickly.
Reggie Bush is a Super Bowl Champion, the Heisman committee is separate from the NCAA, so his trophy stays put for now. Plus, he has more money than you or I will ever have. It’s too little, too late for any kind of real retribution for his role in this.
Again, this hurts the current players the most, and the programs future sustainment. Think about QB Matt Barkley, a freshman starter for the Trojans last season. He won’t even have a chance at a National Championship until his senior season. Yes, USC will still recruit good players, but not as many, and it’s a trickle effect. Those 10 players a year that don’t go to USC will go somewhere else, and the 10 players that would have went to where those players end up will go somewhere else, and so on. Eventually, in some middle of the road program, those kids on the line of scholarship football won’t make it in. That’s 30 kids because one guy who is filthy rich took a loan. That’s a shame…