I think giving up the Heisman may have been easy for Reggie Bush to do compared to being stripped of it. I bet he was told he was going to be stripped of it if he didn't give it up on his own. He comes out of this mess smelling just a little less stinky doing it this way. There was no way the Heisman Trophy Trust in good old NYC was going to let him keep that title anyway.
Bush still loses the Heisman, but this way, he's allowed to save just a little face, even though we all knew he was going to lose it wanyway.
You have to wonder if he's taking one for his friends and family, who also benefitted from Bush's tarnished recruitment to the University of Southern California. Maybe he's thinking if he gives up the trophy (quasi-voluntarily), then some of the heat might be taken off his posse.
The bigger issue, however, is how Bush, and the others involved in this, screwed over USC. Bush still went pro, got drafted high by the New Orleans Saints and has a great contract.
Pete Carroll, USC's coach during this mess, went pro and has a huge contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Those poor kids left at USC, who weren't even in school there when Bush won his tainted Heisman Trophy, are on probation, can't go to a bowl game, etc. They're the ones who suffer, and they did nothing wrong. This system stinks.
You think Reggie Bush will be invited to hang on the sidelines at a USC game anytime in the near future?