Tag:Reggie Bush
Posted on: August 13, 2010 2:18 pm
 

Reggie Bush apologizes to USC AD for 'mistakes'

Posted by Will Brinson

A 'series of mistakes' is actually the phrase Reggie Bush used when he apologized to new USC athletic director Pat Haden, but you get the point -- Reggie did some bad stuff, it's all come to light, USC got in trouble and everyone involved is being contrite.

That's the simple explanation, anyway. The full quotage is a little different, as Bush also told USA Today (via our friend John Taylor at College Football Talk ) that he'd love to return the Heisman trophy he won ... if he only could.

"He's really contrite," Haden says of Bush. "He knows he made a series of mistakes. It wasn't just one mistake. It was a series of mistakes.

"He told me, 'If I could turn the clock back, I would. If I could give the Heisman Trophy back, I would."

Um, now, I don't own a Heisman Trophy, so I can't be 100 percent sure about its ability to be transported, but if I had to make a guess, I'd lob out the possibility that Bush could either a) mail that puppy back or b) taking it back to its home via his personal automobile.

Or even c) pay someone to drive it for him. Whatever, the point is that if Bush is saying he'd LOVE to return the Heisman but just can't, well, that's wrong. Of course he can.

The only thing he's not allowed to do, according to Haden, is step on USC campus. But that doesn't prevent him from tossing that stiff-arm in the mail and sending it back to the Heisman Trust.

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Lynell Hamilton could be big loss for Saints

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

According to various reports and Tweets out of New Orleans, RB Lynell Hamilton has torn his ACL and will be lost for the season.

On the surface of this news, the loss doesn’t seem to be a big deal for the reigning Super Bowl champs.

But that’s the incorrect view.

Though he only played nine games last year, recording 125 yards on 35 carries and catching just five passes – hell, he wasn’t even active for the Super Bowl – Hamilton was supposed to replace the production of power back Mike Bell while adding to the Saints special teams. Last year, Bell had 172 carries for 654 yards and five touchdowns, and Hamilton was expected to take over many of those attempts.

So, yeah, it's not a good piece of news that Hamilton is done. True, the Saints still have Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush, so the running game still should be OK.

But it would have been better if New Orleans could use Hamilton to barrel over defenses in short-yardage situations.

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 10:25 pm
 

Paging R. Bush Mr. Bush to the courtesy phone

R. Bush after winning the Heisman Trophy (Getty). So, Southern California said today that it will return its copy of current Saints RB Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy for his role in the recruiting scandal that led to severe NCAA sanctions against the Trojans.

In a memo in which he also said he was replacing former USC athletic director Mike Garrett with Pat Haden, school president-elect C.L. Max Nikias wrote the following:

The Trojan family honors and respects the USC sporting careers of those persons whose actions did not compromise their athletic program or the opportunities of future USC student-athletes. Accordingly, I have instructed the senior vice president for administration to remove athletic jerseys and murals displayed in recognition of O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush by mid-August -- before the incoming class of students moves on campus -- from Heritage Hall, the Galen Center and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The university also will return Mr. Bush's 2005 Heisman Trophy to the Heisman Trophy Trust in August.

But what about Bush? Will he give back his trophy as well?

Well, we don’t know. Bush hasn’t updated his Twitter account since the news broke. Bush also was supposed to participate in a chat on eastbay.com , but strangely enough, this is the message on the web site:

“Unfortunately we have had to postpone our online chat with Reggie Bush today. We apologize for the inconvenience. We are currently working with Reggie to reschedule.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 4:21 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 7:05 pm
 

Bush makes first public statement

Saints RB Reggie Bush, at the center of the investigation that cost Southern California a two-year bowl ban, 30 scholarships and possibly its 2004 BCS title, said today he’s been shaken by the penalties and that he will aid in USC’s NCAA appeal.

“This thing regarding USC and the NCAA is to me the closest thing to death without dying,” Bush told reporters today. “Because I have such a great love and respect for the University of (Southern) California, this has been one of the toughest things I’ve had to deal with in my life. But at the same time whether it’s all true or all wrong or whether we’re guilty or not guilty, it’s still my responsibility and I have to accept that. I’m going to do everything I can to make it right, to make it better, and that’s really all I can do. … It’s almost like shaming your dad in a sense.”

Asked what he could have done differently, Bush said that what’s in the past is in the past and that the present is what he was worried about. He did say, though, that not everything that’s come out in the investigation is completely true.

“There’s a lot of fabricated lies in this matter,” said Bush, who also said he couldn’t get into specifics. “I can’t sit here and cry about it. I can’t sit here and make up excuses. Ultimately it’s the responsibility that’s placed on USC’s shoulders and my shoulders that it’s because of me.”

He said he’s not worried about potentially losing his Heisman trophy.

Said Bush, who has not spoke with former USC coach and current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: “I’m going to do everything I can to make this right, some way, somehow, if it’s the last thing I do.”

And here's Larry Holder's story for CBSSports.com.


--Josh Katzowitz

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