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Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

Posted on: September 7, 2010 6:12 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the statement just released by the Heisman Trust in response to the day's earlier reports (emphasis ours):

The status of the USC / Bush matter remains unchanged. Any reports to the contrary are inaccurate. Please refer to July 2010 statement below.

The Heisman Trophy Trust, is a 501(c)(3) charitable trust, which each year contributes significant monies to the underserved of our country.

The Trust will be considering the issues raised in the USC/Reggie Bush matter, and after reaching a decision will publish it, but due to the complex issues involved and the Trust’s desire to reach an appropriate decision, no definitive timetable has been established. Until the matter has been fully considered and a decision is reached, the Trust has no further comment."

William J. Dockery
Heisman Trophy Trust

That, of course, stands in direct contrast to Yahoo! Sports' report that the Trust had, in fact, decided to rescind Bush's trophy. How that would work, logistically, is unclear without knowing what (if any) the contractual obligations are between a Heisman recipient and the Trust. If Bush is the rightful owner, after all, what would the Trust actually have to do to get the trophy back?

But fortunately for Bush, that question's still in the realm of the hypothetical--for now.


Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:19 am

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

If you are going to call someone stupid.... you might want to spell nearsighted correctly...

Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:33 am

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

Absolutely right!! If a double-murderer can keep the trophy, pretty much anyone can!!

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:19 am

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

The NCAA rules regarding player accepting gifts and money from outside groups is just retarded. Regardless of the fact whether Reggie Bush and other college players have take gifts and money from agencies (which we all know they have), it shouldn't have any bearing on awards and statistics these players earned. Is it fair if they take away Bush's heisman trophy? No, because in the end Reggie earned it. He was the best player in 2005 for USC and in the country. he earned it and just because he accepted gifts in reality doesn't still negate the fact that he went out every week on the field worked hard and was the best. If he got caught taking steroids or other drugs, different story, but he accepted money so what!!!. Most football players on sports scholarships unfortunately are from the lower economic class, their scholarships while paying for school doesn't afford them any opportunity to either have spending money or even get a job, so if a person comes up to you because you are the best player in college football and offers you to house your family for free, give u a car, and even on draft day buy you a suit, then hell yea i would accept it. To me there is nothing wrong in my opinion with an agency trying to lure a perspective client while in college. It happens all the time in the real world, when you are the best in your field companies tend to throw many incentives to join them. In college the kids who graduate with a 4.0 get recruited all the time to start in major companies or firms making a god awful amount of money. So why so much focus on college sports? I understand if the NCAA wants to stop teams from trying to gain an edge in the draft by preventing scouts and pro teams from recruiting in the college level. BUt seriously ban USC from bowl games, strip them of their title and stats, and reclaim the heisman trophy form Bush, which they all earned by winning and being the best, seriously... cmon that is very harsh. 
  PS. In a way i feel like the NCAA is trying to be like Goodell in the NFL with these strict rules and sanctions that if you look at the big picture is so dumb.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2010 11:42 pm

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

How is Yahoo! sports, a search engine of all things, able to scoop CBS, ESPN, and others?

Too bad Yahoo! sports weren't around during the steroid era.  Maybe they could have blown the lid off of it too.

ESPN and CBS should be embarrassed.

Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2010 11:11 pm

Punishment Should Fit The Crime

Punishment has to fit the crime.  Clearly Bush is a stupid near-sided individual who lacks the judgement and intelligence to avoid short term temptations.  (The adults in his life who supposedly "care about him" fall into this description as well).  BUT Bush was did not play better due to his transgressions.  This is a reactionary penalty.  Instead, the powers that be should outline specific penalties against players and schools BEFORE they occur.  Yes, every case is different, but the actions of players, coaches, agents, etc. can categorized and classified, then a corresponding individual or school penalty can be determined.  But now it's too late.  The trophy should remain his because it was determined he was the best in the game that year.  He earned it, he deserved it.  It would be a shame if he loses it.  

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2010 11:05 pm

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

yahoo sports has been releasing a bunch of bogus lately... heck when bogus reports come out it usually comes from yahoo

Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2010 10:58 pm

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

Reggie is a smart cat, that's why he went to USC...Ultimately the story of Reggie Bush, makes for a great film...a quality film...A film that shows the struggle of Reggie taking the money to care for his family.  A film that shows the internal struggle of his actions...A film that enhances the pressure put upon him by a local pimp to become his agent and a film that shows the success of his play on the field...In the end he out hustles the pimp, he wins the Heisman Trophy, he signs a huge contract on his terms with the Saints and becomes instrumental in getting his team to the Super Bowl....Oh Yea! This one stinks of corruption...Now this will be a sports film...

Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2010 10:35 pm

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

The Heisman Trust does not have to answer to anyone as they have no connection to the NCAA which leads me to my next comment as does any of this really matter. Every year everyone is critical of how this award is handed out as the saying goes "It always goes to the best player on the best team not the best player in the country". This award is a matter of politics the trust only goes by who the media darling is at the time. So as the media tries to come up with a scandal type story this is the one time I think the story is of a big of waste of time as the award itself. 

Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2010 9:40 pm

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

The Heisman Trophy ballot says "recipients must be in compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student athlete." If Bush wanted to be a "student athelete," he could have gone somewhere besides USC. He chose what he considered the best deal for him, which didn't include "compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student athlete." If he wanted to compete--LEGITIMATELY--for a Heisman Trophy, he should have remained "in compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student athelete." His fault, and the Heisman Trust should not reward such dishonesty, no matter how good a running back he is was during his "amateur" career. 

Now, if the Heisman Trophy ballot said something like, "recipients must be the best damned football player in defiance of NCAA bylaws defining an NCAA student athlete," well, then I say he should keep his trophy. If he were to keep the trophy under present circumstances, he greatly devalues the trophy for all other recipients. Either rules mean something or they don't.

Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2010 8:53 pm

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

Take Reggie Bush's Heisman but let O.J. Simpson keep his?!  That makes me sick.

How can you compare O.J. Simpson's deal with Bush's? O.J. Simpson trials had nothing at all to do with football at USC. As a matter of fact, he was drafted, played and then retired from the NFL if memory serves me correctly. Can you please tell me what the correlation is between the two incidents.

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