July 21, 2010
USC is wasting no time ridding itself of all remnants of Reggie Bush, shipping out its copy of his 2005 Heisman Trophy ahead of schedule and stripping his No. 5 jersey from the pantheon of retired numbers. (The remaining numbers are above, from left: Mike Garrett, Marcus Allen, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Charles White and O.J. Simpson. Yes, O.J. stays.) The six remaining Heismans in Heritage Hall have been rearranged in a kind of 'V' formation, with the 2004 BCS Championship trophy at the head. Of course, that could be next.
The Heisman Trust's eight-man board of trustees is still debating whether to ask Bush to send back his trophy, thereby officially vacating the award for 2005. (Sorry, Vince Young.) But soon enough, tales will begin to emerge on recruiting trips of the angry seventh Heisman that stalks the halls, viciously stiff-arming recruits in the dead of night in search of its pedestal...
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