What goes around comes around when it pertains to Bush losing his Heisman

WASHINGTON - AUGUST 09: New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush participates in a reception for the 2010 National Football League Super Bowl champions at the White House August 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Saints, lead by head coach Sean Payton, finished the 2009-2010 season with a winning record of 13-3 and defeated the Indianapolis Colts to take the championship. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Imagine you’re in a store and while you were shopping, someone decides to steal something and run out the door. Security then blocks all exits, takes down everyone’s information and then bans those people that were shopping at the time from the store for the next two years.

Meanwhile, the person that stole the item not only avoids punishment, but he or she winds up hitting the lottery for $52 million a couple of months later.

Is it fair that the people in the store that didn’t steal anything got punished for one person breaking the law, even though their only connection with the criminal was that they attended the same store? And is it fair that the one person who stole something not only got off scot-free but also cashed in later?

Any reasonable person would probably answer “no” to the above scenario, which is why I don’t feel the least bit sorry for Reggie Bush that the Downtown Athletic Club is expected to strip him from his 2005 Heisman Trophy. (It’s important to note that Bush hasn’t been stripped of his Heisman yet.)

Obviously my shopping analogy isn’t the best fit because Bush never stole anything, but you get the point. Bush broke the rules and the current USC players had to pay for them. Meanwhile, Bush avoids any kind of punishment and not only that, but he also receives a $52 million contract from the Saints on top of it.

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USC takes another hit as redshirt freshman Moore decides to transfer

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Head coach Lane Kiffin addresses the team following the USC Trojans spring game on May 1, 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Add defensive back Byron Moore to the growing number of players that have decided that the two-year bowl ban is enough for them to bolt USC for the chance to play elsewhere.

From the Los Angeles Times:

“He wants a fresh start,” Byron Moore Sr. said in a text message. “USC coaches and staff were great.”

Moore is the third player to leave USC since the NCAA announced major sanctions against the athletic program in June. The penalties include four years’ probation, a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships over three years. USC is appealing some of the sanctions.

Junior defensive end Malik Jackson said Monday he would transfer to Tennessee. Junior linebacker Jordan Campbell is transferring to Louisville.

The Trojans lost their entire 2009 secondary to the NFL this past April and now the position looks incredibly thin with the departure of Moore. They’re going to be hurting for depth once the season gets rolling (especially when injuries, which are always inevitable, start to stack up).

Unfortunately for USC, Moore probably won’t be the last player to transfer this offseason. For current Trojans, having the opportunity to play in a bowl game is outweighing staying with Lane Kiffin and riding things out in Southern Cal right now.

Looking at the bigger picture when it comes to Seantrel Henderson and USC

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Head coach Lane Kiffin looks on during the USC Trojans spring game on May 1, 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

It’s hard to blame Seantrel Henderson for getting out of his letter of intent at USC to join another program like Miami, Ohio State or Minnesota (which were three schools, along with USC, that he was reportedly interested in). Thanks to the fairly recent sanctions handed down by the NCAA, the Trojans won’t be able to compete in a bowl game over the next two years and obviously that’s important to a player like Henderson, who was considered the second best recruit from the class of 2010 according to Rivals.com.

But will Henderson inevitably miss out in the long run?

The 6’7”, 295-pound offensive lineman, who played for Cretin-Derham High School in Minnesota, committed to USC in February before waiting to sign his letter of intent with the Trojans until the NCAA had wrapped up its investigation. Then, after reportedly meeting with Miami head coach Randy Shannon over the weekend, Henderson wanted to opt out of his commitment to USC, which Lane Kiffin and the Trojans granted by releasing him from his LOI with zero penalties or restrictions. (If USC wanted to, they could have made Henderson sit out an entire year before transferring because he had already signed with the program.)

On the surface, it appears as though Henderson is making the right decision. After all, what blue chipper would want to go through the next two seasons without the opportunity to play in a bowl game or perhaps a national title? It couldn’t have been a hard sell for someone like Shannon to sit the young man down and say, “Come to Miami and have the opportunity to play in four postseason games over the next two years, or go to USC and be limited to two.”

But let’s keep in mind that USC is a NFL-producing factory. Last year, the Trojans sent seven players to the NFL, while in 2009 they sent 11 and in 2008 there were 10 USC players drafted.

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