The Heisman Trophy Trust, giver of the stiff-arm trophy, is giving Reggie Bush another stiff penalty.
The trust is making him the first player in the 75-year history of the college football award to have the trophy taken away.
It's only right.
The running back should not have been allowed to play for Southern Cal.
So will former Texas quarterback Vince Young, who gave Bush stiff competition in 2005 and was the Heisman runner-up that season (and likely would have won the award had it been handed out after the championship game), take the handoff five years later?
The Heisman Trophy Trust is expected to strip Bush of college football's top honor by the end of September, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Two sources close to the Heisman trust said that, after investigating, it ultimately will concur with the NCAA's determination that Bush was ineligible during his Heisman-winning season in 2005. The NCAA ruled Bush accepted cash, gifts and other benefits in violation of NCAA rules while playing at USC. He was ruled retroactively ineligible for part of the 2004 season and all of 2005.
Bush, now a running back with the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Young, the Tennessee Titans quarterback who finished second to Bush in the Heisman voting, has said he would not want the trust to give him the award.
Texas Longhorns football coach Mack Brown told syndicated radio host Dan Patrick that "if they take it away (from Bush), I think Vince should be awarded the trophy."
But the Heisman Trophy Trust will name no winner for 2005.