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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 24, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2010 8:24 pm

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

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

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2010 8:05 pm

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

Bush is a fraud and an embarrassment.  Take the trophy back - or better yet, Bush should just mail it back.

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2010 7:34 pm

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

The Heisman Trust is not mandated by the NCAA.  The NCAA ruled Bush was inelgible but the Heiman Trust doesn't have to follow what the NCAA rules.  At the time everyone watched with their own eyes what Bush accomplished that year and from his preformance he was voted the best college football player.  Now years later Bush is found to be inelgible beacuse he broke the NCAA rules not the Heisman's.  They can in turn says since it is prefomance based award and his performance won the award.

Now all that said I believe in the end they will ask for the Trophy back, and in my opinion should, but Bush has no obligation to return as well.  The absolutely right thing to do would be for Bush to voluntarily give it back before they even request it back.  But then again USC's program wouldn't be on probation were it not for Bush's selfishness so the right thing to do will probably slip by him again. 

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2010 6:45 pm

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

How do you win and keep a Heisman if you are ruled ineligible to have played NCAA D1 football and are stripped of all your game stats! Kind of hard to say you were the best college football player if your ruled ineligible and called a professional player not collegiate for taking money and gifts! Seem the Good Old Boys Trust doesn't have to hard of decision here unless we start calling their trophy
The Heistman Trophy!
You know for the Player that can stick up the Boosters and Agents for the most money to play College football at there Alma mater ! LOL  Heistman Trophy it is kind of a catchy name for Reggie's now famous trophy!

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