The hot story at the moment is the Yahoo! news report about Reggie Bush taking over $100,000 in improper benefits while at USC. Here’s a link to the ESPN article about the Yahoo! article, and I love how they put the byline as “ESPN.com news services” when they pretty much just read the Yahoo! report and then repeated it. That’s kind of what bloggers do, only we don’t bother with fancy bylines.
Anyway… I can’t possibly tell you how little I care about this. In fact, if it drags on, I’ll start to view this story much like I view any and all news reports about Barbaro. I don’t think anyone did anything particularly immoral here, and while it may go against the “spirit” of the NCAA, well… I long ago stopped looking at the NCAA as an organization on the up-and-up. This happens, and I accept that.
The only way I’m going to care is if the NCAA comes down on USC, and puts them on probation or something. Reggie Bush losing the Heisman… I could give a fuck. The NCAA erasing USC’s wins/championships from the record books… again, a fuck will not be given. I saw those things, I know they happened. The actual physical location of Reggie Bush’s Heisman trophy, unless it somehow ends up on my mantle, concerns me not a hitch. Nor do any record books, which, if they even exist, I’ll never see.
If Reggie Bush was still at USC, then I might care. But he’s moved on, and they can’t hurt his NFL career, and to me, that’s all that matters. To Reggie Bush, that’s probably all that matters. If his parents were able to get $100,000 out of some agent, then hey, it worked out really well for everyone involved. A spokesperson for the Saints summed it up nicely.
“It doesn’t involve the Saints.”
Bingo. I’m far more interested in what he’s going to do to the Green Bay defense this weekend.