Whether it was his decision or not, Reggie Bush made the right call by giving back his Heisman Tuesday.
The fact that the award is no longer in his hands won't erase any of the electrifying plays he made. But one of the few guidelines given to voters – and I've been one for the past three years (not the year Bush won in 2005) – is that a player must be in compliance with NCAA rules to be eligible for the trophy.
Seems pretty straight forward to me.
A stickier question is what to do with the award? Should it left vacant, a reminder of what happened that season? Or should it be given to Vince Young, who finished second in the voting that year while leading Texas to the national title.
I'm guessing it remains vacant. Young's season was definitely Heisman worthy, but by awarding it to him, there will always be an asterisk. That is something he, or the award, just does not deserve.