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.
Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:09 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 12:13 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
When Reggie Bush made the announcement he planned to give back the Heisman Trophy to the Heisman Trust, it seemed like Bush's only option to save face in the eyes of the public. Bush issued a statement thanking the efforts of his teammates that led to the award, and while he admitted no wrongdoing while at USC - decided to follow the lead of the school and give back the trophy.
But this week on The Dan Patrick Show it was reported that Reggie Bush's copy of the famous statue had not returned to the Heisman Trust. In fact, there were conflicting reports as to where the actual trophy was currently located. Seeing as how there are lots of things to report on in the Summertime, James Varney of The Times-Picayune decided to crack this case.
So where in the world is Bush's trophy? In San Diego. (cue Carmen San Diego theme song) An executive with the San Diego Hall of Champions confirmed that the museum is currently in possession of the trophy. Arrangements are being made to return to the trophy to the Bush family, though the statue's path from there remains unclear. No one can force Bush to give the Heisman back, but after his public statement of well-being it would be awfully rude to stiff-arm the Trust at this point.
Posted on: September 13, 2010 7:04 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
Last week former Texas Longhorns quarterback, and current Tennessee Titan , Vince Young 's mother asked everybody to leave Reggie Bush alone. Just let the former Heisman winner keep his trophy and get on with the rest of his life. To be more specific, Felicia Young actually said "we're not interested in having no honor and no glory out of somebody else that they are tearing down."
The we she was referring to were her and her son, Vince. Well, Mrs. Young, you may want to have a talk with your son about that. You see, he went on Sportscenter on Monday morning and told Hannah Storm something a bit different than that regarding whether or not he'd accept the trophy .
"I definitely want it, I definitely want it,'' said Young, who guided Texas to the national championship. "But he won it fair and square definitely, and it's much respect to Reggie, man. He had a great career and he's already won a Super Bowl before me. I'm already mad about that.
"But at the same time I am definitely happy for him, man, and he is definitely the Heisman Trophy winner for that year. But if they send it over to me I am not going to say no to it," Young said.
Whether or not Young will ever be presented the opportunity remains to be seen.
The Heisman Trust is expected to meet on Tuesday and odds are that what they're going to do with Bush's Heisman will be a focal point of their discussions. According to a report from Yahoo! last week, not only will Bush be stripped of his Heisman , but the award will be left vacant.
Those reports were refuted at the time, but we'll likely know for sure in the next couple of days.
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.
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.