Heisman Voter: Strip Bush If He’s Ruled Ineligible

Heisman Trophy voter Tom Shatel of the OMAHA WORLD-HERALD has made up his mind what he will advocate if the coming soon-NCAA ruling on possible sanctions for the USC football program determines Reggie Bush was ineligible for his Heisman Trophy-winning 2005 season.

Vince Young and Reggie Bush after Bush won the Heisman Trophy

(Could V.Y. still claim the Heisman from ‘05?)

(Do I) agree with stripping Reggie Bush of his Heisman if Bush was found to be ineligible by the NCAA for the 2005 season in which he won the award? … Yes.

I think we should have higher standards for national awards like this. I think the Heisman should and does stand for something bigger than scoring touchdowns. I think it’s absolutely okay to charge every winner with upholding the honor of this award their entire lives. And if they weren’t even eligible when they won it, that’s more than fair game.

Shatel’s opinion was based on a question from Jason Cole and Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, who are polling all of the Heisman voters on the matter. Cole and Robinson were the first to break the news of Bush allegedly receiving improper benefits from two sports marketing agents while still in school at USC.

In addition to his advocating Bush be stripped of the Heisman Trophy, Shatel took the situation a very interesting step further. Read more…