Thursday, February 4, 2010
USC football to finally feel effects of Reggie Bush Scandal?
For years now, there has been much speculation as to what if any impact the NCAA's investigation into improprieties surrounding former USC tailback Reggie Bush would have on the USC program. Bush, a heisman trophy winner and part of USC's 2004 national championship team, and his family are rumored to have accepted tens of thousands of dollars in illegal benefits while he was still in school. Well, after many wrote that USC's current recruiting class should erase any doubts about the demise of the Troy(a moniker for the program, whose nickname is the Trojans) recent developments have brought back to the forefront this very scandal. It was recently announced that USC's prized recruit, offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson of Minnesota, backed down from his verbal commitment to the program, instead declaring he would wait to see what sanctions the NCAA would bring upon USC. This could seriously affect new head coach Lane Kiffin's ability to recruit future football classes as well. The NCAA could decide that the program gets a slap on the wrist, and thus does not lose Henderson nor its credibility with future prospects. But in my opinion that the NCAA is now ready to make a decision cannot be a good thing for USC. And unless the violations committee finds that neither Reggie Bush nor his family received any type of improper benefits, the USC football program could find itself losing more than highly touted recruit Seantrel Henderson.