USC made it official this morning and officially ended its disassociation with Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo, who no one ever really talks about when bringing up these 10-year bans with the NCAA.
It’s the right move to end the bans because they really silly and the NCAA sanctions were way too harsh.
But it’s also time for Bush to show some remorse, especially since he impacted the innocent players from those USC teams 10 years ago that faced a bowl ban. Not to mention the players who never got to go to USC because of the 30-scholarship reduction.
Instead, Bush often plays the victim like in this 2018 podcast.
“The people at the university bailed on me,” Bush said. “Coaches bailed on me.
“I was just told don’t take money from boosters. OK, I didn’t do that. The guy who I took money from was my boy. I had known him for 8 years. The way I was explained the rules you have to have known the person for 4 years or more. This guy was a family friend.”
As for Mayo, he’s also could apologize. The self-imposed sanctions by former athletic Mike Garrett ruined a team that was competing for a conference title. Garrett made the announcement in the middle of the season and it was viewed as an attempt to make the coming football sanctions less onerous. It didn’t work.