USC will further their exterminating efforts by removing all jerseys, images, and other items erected as recognition of either Bush or former Trojan basketball player, O.J. Mayo, from Heritage Hall, the Galen Center, and the LA Memorial Coliseum. Nikias dictated in his memo that these moves were to be completed by mid-August, when incoming students are expected to begin arriving. Mayo, currently with the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA, left USC carrying his own suitcase full of alleged NCAA violations.
Although the Reggie Bush Heisman at USC is only a replica of the original, the school is clearly making a statement to distance itself from all things connected with the tarred years leading up to the sanctions. Perhaps this is an effort to lessen the blow of the NCAA's hammer, as USC has appealed the disciplinary actions.
Garrett himself was a Heisman Trophy winner back in 1965 and Pat Haden was a standout quarterback and Rhodes Scholar for the Trojans in the late 1970's prior to an NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams. He is known to be a beloved USC supporter and his reputation as a pillar of integrity will be much needed to restore confidence in what surely will be a program looking for a transfusion.
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