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Report: Reggie Bush Heisman back with Bush family

Posted on: July 18, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 3:22 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When last we tuned into "As the World of Reggie Bush's Heisman Trohpy Turns," the sporting world's most famous doorstop was being stored at USC-friendly museum the San Diego Hall of Champions as reports claimed Bush had elected not to forfeit the trophy after all.

Today's latest news won't do much to refute those reports, unfortunately for those expecting to seeing it returned to the Heisman Trust. According to the Dan Patrick Show, the SDHOC has "returned the 2005 Heisman Trophy to former USC running back Reggie Bush and his parents, Lamar and Denise Griffin."

"In doing so," the SDHOC said in a statement, "the organization feels it is best to direct any further questions to the Bush family or the Heisman Trust.” And with that, you can consider the museum's hands washed of the situation.

We still seem to be a long way from any kind of resolution, though. According to the report, the Trust contacted both the SDHOC and the Bush family last week to ask the trophy be returned to New York's Downtown Athletic Club--potentially the development that triggered the museum's return of the trophy to the Griffins. The same source claimed that the Trust has "made multiple calls to Bush’s representatives" since Bush publicly forfeited "my title" as Heisman winner, without any reponse from Bush's camp.

With Bush continuing to decline comment and the trophy in his family's possession, it seems more likely than ever that if Bush intended to return it, he would. But he doesn't.

We'd previously suggested that Bush simply keep the Heisman if he really wanted to be that bitter and defiant, but that argument was largely based on the assumption the Trust hadn't actually requested Bush return it. If the Trust has not in fact moved on -- if they feel the dignity of their trophy is being compromised somehow -- they're within their rights to expect Bush to return it.

The longer he doesn't, contrary to what Bush seems to hope, the more and more attention will be paid to the issue. It's past time for Bush to either acquiesce to the Trust's wishes or announce that he's not returning it after all; whatever conclusion the situation reaches, it's badly overdue for that conclusion to arrive.

HT: DocSat.
Comments

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 20, 2011 2:28 am
 

As if....

Bush was a taker at USC.  Why should anyone expect him to change now?



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Report: Reggie Bush Heisman back with Bush family

touche,
I wasnt thanking of it like that.  Still, it doesnt seem like a travesty of anything.  there is no law breaking going on here.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Report: Reggie Bush Heisman back with Bush family

Come on now.  Everyone that deeply follows college football knows Charles Woodson took money.  But so what, money is passed around everywhere.  And maybe Lloyd Carr would have booted Woodson from UM like you said.  My point is the Heisman Trust looks absolutely foolish for going after Reggie Bush when so many other Heisman winners of the past have received "illegal benefits".  Reggie's family was just stupid enough to cash signed checks creating a legitimate paper trail.
Links and proof to ALL the athletes who won the Heisman while also being a professional athlete. We have 1 so far, what are the others? And none of this probably did crap ....




Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Report: Reggie Bush Heisman back with Bush family

Sorry free_safety, but if you knew the Heisman bylaws, you would know that if he was not eligible to play in the games, then he would not be eligible for the Heisman.  It is for an amateur athlete and Bush was ruled not to be. 



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Report: Reggie Bush Heisman back with Bush family

that's cool.  it is a privately awarded award.  the downtown club is not the ncaa.  whether he broke ncaa rules or not, should not factor into whether he gets the hesiman. it awarded for most outstanding football players, not most outstanding character.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Report: Reggie Bush Heisman back with Bush family

So true



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: July 19, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Report: Reggie Bush Heisman back with Bush family

How can anyone defend Bush here.  He is the one that said he would send it back.  He lied.  That along with his mess from college says that he is the same dirtbag he was then, just now, everyone knows it.  Plus, he has been a below average NFL back.  The Saints will let him go and he can look for another team so he can play the role of punt returner for them. 



Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: July 19, 2011 12:53 pm
 

@ LionspleaseWIN

Come on now.  Everyone that deeply follows college football knows Charles Woodson took money.  But so what, money is passed around everywhere.  And maybe Lloyd Carr would have booted Woodson from UM like you said.  My point is the Heisman Trust looks absolutely foolish for going after Reggie Bush when so many other Heisman winners of the past have received "illegal benefits".  Reggie's family was just stupid enough to cash signed checks creating a legitimate paper trail. 



Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:04 am
 

Report: Reggie Bush Heisman back with Bush family

By the way, I was referring to the post of ebonyrod2 in my post above.



Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:02 am
 

Report: Reggie Bush Heisman back with Bush family

What a poor excuse for a post.  If you got past the fourth grade I would be amazed.  Your use of the English language would make any elementary school teacher go into a fit of rage.

Now, in regard to why people care about what happens to this trophy.  People care because Reggie Bush and his family blatantly broke the rules and then tried to cover it up.  I have to say that Reggie Bush is a very good football player and he did things on the field that few if any players can replicate.  However, having broken the rules makes him and ineligible player.  He may have been the best ineligible player in the world, but still ineligible. 

What that means is that he should not have been playing and thus would not have won the trophy to start with.  The Heisman Trust has requested its return and the family just makes excuses.

As for making a case for Vince Young, that indeed is an issue that the Heisman Trust needs to consider, that being the presentation of the award at the completion of the season, that means bowl games too.  The fact that Vince Young outplayed Reggie Bush in the bowl game should have had some affect on the Heisman balloting.  This is not the first case of head to head play in a bowl game by the top Heisman contenders and also not the first time in which the Heisman winner was outplayed by his counterpart.

The college footbal polls were faced with the same situation about forty or so years ago when they were still naming their National Champions prior to the bowl games and then see that team get beat in their bowl game and another more worthy team win their bowl game and come in second.  The polls saw the light and made the change to having another poll after the bowl games.

And no, I am not an SC hater or a Bush hater.  I have a great deal of respect for Pat Haden and for the Kiffin family. 



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