Friday, December 1, 2006

Garret Bushong Done at Purdue

Junior tight end Garret Bushong's Purdue career is over. Perhaps now Purdue University needs to start their search for his replacement to "run this place." It has been announced that he has been granted a medical redshirt so that he can keep his scholarship while not playing football. Bushong has been troubled by back problems that have kept him off the field this year and last. He played sparingly as a true freshman but never saw the field again as he was passed on the depth chart by Dustin Keller, Charles Davis, and Jerry Wasikowski. Bushong came to Purdue as a blue chip 4 star recruit sporting offers from the likes of Florida, Michigan State, and Nebraska. His career was a disappointment to say the least.

Bushong will almost certainly be remembered at Purdue not for playing football, not even for being a underachieving blue chip recruit, but for his infamous letter to Purdue's student newspaper The Exponent. Bushong was arrested for driving under the influence and it was reported in the Exponent the following day. Apparently, Mr. Bushong doesn't realize that playing football at Purdue puts him more in the media spotlight than the average student as he took offense to the publicizing of his offense. Not only was this all over the news at Purdue, but word of Garret's remarks quickly spread to all ends of the internet. Here is the letter that he wrote to The Exponent:

"This letter is a shoutout to all of the athletes of Purdue. I am personally sick and tired of all the bad ink we are getting, and it is really time to put an end to it. Yeah, I got an OWI, so what! It’s over, and everyone now knows about it. It’s not like 300 other students on this campus haven’t gotten one, yet the names of those people are not put on the front page of the Exponent followed up three months later by a headline on the back page of the Sports section. I know all those people putting the paper together don’t have anything better to write about, and I am not mad at them for that. I am mad because they continously are publishing articles that make us look so bad. If I am not mistaken, you guys go to Purdue too and I thought you would have a little more respect for your fellow classmates and the people who bring millions of dollars into this university year after year. So to all of my basketball players, football players, soccer girls, softball girls, wrestlers, cross country, track and field guys and girls, divers, golfers, tennis girls and guys, volleyball girls and baseball players, forget what ya heard. We’re here to stay, we all know what we do for this school and what we give back. We run this place and if anyone begs to differ, I’ll say what my good buddy Brandon Kirsch once said. “You know where to find me, locker number three, so come and say what you need to say to my face.” Lastly I would like to give another shoutout to the athletes who have gotten bad ink in the Exponent lately. I feel for ya! Represent in 2006."
Garret Bushong
Junior, College of Consumer & Family Sciences

Perhaps his first mistake was being "good buddies" with Brandon Kirsch, but that is a topic for another blog. For him to sidestep responsibility for his drunken actions is a complete joke, but what bothers me most is the comment about "running this place." His scholarship wouldn't be possible without the generous contributions of the John Purdue Club that make Purdue Athletics possible. Garret, you don't run shit.