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Reggie Bush apologizes to USC AD Haden for 'a series of mistakes'

In the two months since the NCAA levied quasi-historic sanctions on the USC football program, numerous byproducts of Reggie Bush‘s willingness to accept cash and prizes while a Trojan have caused monumental upheaval at Heritage Hall.

Several players, including one high-profile recruit, have fled the program, ostensibly in search of more playing time.  The long-time athletic director was nudged into “retirement”.  And, in a mostly symbolic gesture, the university shipped its copy of Bush’s 2005 Heisman back to the New York City trust charged with awarding it.

One thing that hasn’t happened, though, is perhaps the one thing that Trojan Nation would like most — a public apology from the man responsible for the mess.  Or, at the very least, taking ownership of the actions that led directly to the program he’s proclaimed he will defend until the day he diesmaybe — having to dig out of a sanction-laden hole.

The closest that’s come to happening was in late July, when Bush offered some meaningless, self-serving drivel offered up solely, it seemed, to make himself feel better in an uncomfortable situation.

“The whole situation is terrible and nobody feels worse about it than I do.”

Finally, however, Bush seems to be claiming ownership of the mess he created.

According to USA Today, Bush and new athletic director Pat Haden spoke recently, and the New Orleans Saints running back (gasp!) admitted wrongdoing and apologized for the things he’s wrought on his alma mater.

“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.”

One, it’s very easy to give that stiff-armed trophy back, Reggie.  It’s spelled “U-P-S”.  Google it.

Two, good for Reggie.  While it may not be the public one that’s necessary to allow him to completely move on from this and totally repair his image, the private mea culpa is a step in the right direction.

Now, take that final step and publicly admit the mistakes you’ve already admitted to privately and apologize to your fans and to the supporters of the college football program you claim to hold near and dear to your heart.

A whole helluva lot more people will respect that stance than currently do the “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil” platform you’re presently standing on.

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  1. gator_prof says: Aug 13, 2010 9:11 AM

    Now that Reggie is coming clean, maybe the Trojan Nation can come out of denial and admit the truth.
    Everyone, repeat after me…
    “The Pete Carroll era and all of the associated achievements were tainted, therefore, USC deserved to be punished by the NCAA”
    There, I am sure that you all feel better now.

  2. dsims7_2000 says: Aug 13, 2010 10:03 AM

    How does this help the kids currently enrolled at USC that are paying for what Bush did?

  3. legoeggo says: Aug 13, 2010 10:18 AM

    I have no pity for the “kids” currently in the program. SC has been under investigation for over 5 years now. Therefore, before they even “committed” all of them knew that there was a possibility that the NCAA could sanction SC. Yet, they chose to go to SC anyway. Maybe they hoped to get the same deal Reggie got.

  4. Donna says: Aug 13, 2010 10:40 AM

    Although this probably won’t help with sanctions, it will at least give some ground for the university and its fans to pick up and go on from here.
    It would be more appreciated I’m sure if he would get on that jumbo screen he’s been on many many times enjoying their praises and give them back something for their troubles.

  5. TrojanHorse says: Aug 13, 2010 10:48 AM

    Not likely, pal. You really like to hear yourself talk, dont you…must be because most people dont listen to you much.
    Lets see: Florida getting probed, UNC in a mess, Alabama getting a looky-lou from the NCAA…why dont I see those in your rant? In particular, the Florida issues – Cat got your tongue? You seem to be the stuck on USC, therefore you probably went to a state school and majored in…what…Famous Referees? History of Tennis Shoes? Dog Psychology?
    Please dont speak of or to the “Trojan Nation” unless you is one….

  6. 0918 says: Aug 13, 2010 11:41 AM

    LOL> unless you “is” one. Clearly you are one too… one of the many who’s not even smart enough to say they graduated because clearly your coaches helped you con your way through…

  7. ajarkox says: Aug 13, 2010 11:44 AM

    That is pretty sad, trojanpony. This article is about SC and Bush (not the former prez). Guilty parties always point somewhere else and say ‘what about them and look over there!’ Garrett had very lax control and Pete rode the good times and gleamed in the lime light as long as it lasted! Bush has more cash now. So, SC has to pay the price, and that is how it must go. Schools have to be sanctioned, otherwise there would be no down side. NCAA carries a big stick. They better get their act in together or they’ll get wacked harder. Lane Kiffin doesn’t sound like the right move, although Haden does. Good luck.

  8. interested says: Aug 13, 2010 12:11 PM

    TrojanHorse, as I have stated on here before, no defender of any one program. Love em all but I do get a little excited when people misrepresent things. You have been known to do that. “Florida getting probed”, engaging in a wee bit of hyperbole there. One player is being investigated, the school initiated the investigation & notified the NCAA and even if the allegation is proven true, will result in no sanctions against the university, at least as it stands now. Another one of your tongue in cheek shots, “therefore you probably went to a state school..”. My friend, you know the old adage about people in glass houses. I am sure you are aware of the latest APR reports which show UF ranked ahead of USC. Not to mention you might want to pick up a copy of US News…and check out the rankings of this nations universities. I hope that you have not deluded yourself into thinking that USC hangs with state schools such as UVA, UNC, or even Florida. By every measurable standard out there, merit scholars, reserach dollars awarded, claas rank of incoming frosh, USC doesn’t live in the same neighborhood as those schools. I personally think USC is a great school. However lets keep perspective please.

  9. honeysuckle says: Aug 13, 2010 12:18 PM

    what a load of crap….. the person that you seem to want to beat up on the most was a KID when he did all these supposedly unforgivable things. Adults were all around him behaving horribly…..agents, coaches, rich alumni…… has been a sad fact for decades that the super young athletes are given any & everything they want to come to a program & stay there. And it’s wrong on all sides. But I am baffled as to why in this case the person that was 18 & 19 at the time of the wrongdoing is the one taking the most heat. It was a fact of life back in my college days 30 yrs ago that the top athletes were recognizable by the hot luxury cars they drove….so get off Bush’s back. He is not the one that pulled USC’s program down & embarrassed them. All you nay sayers would still be kissing his butt if it had not all come into the public light. You know it’s been happening for decades & will continue.

  10. blitz4848 says: Aug 13, 2010 12:20 PM

    @ TrojanHorse
    Florida probed for anonymous letter about Pouncey–SELF reported–nothing more!!!!
    You talk academics but the new NCAA 2010 Academics Progress Report (APR) is out.
    The NCAA member colleges and universities have adopted a comprehensive academic reform package designed to improve the academic success and graduation of all student-athletes.
    The centerpiece of the academic reform package is the development of a new academic measurement for sports teams, known as the Academic Progress Rate, or APR.
    U$C scored 965 in football
    Florida scored 971 in football
    Using your rationale does that mean then U$C
    players major in:
    Gift Receiving & Re-gifting to “Me”
    On the take from MULTIPLE Agents 101
    Pawn Shop Bartering
    Hand shaking while “palming 100 $ bills”
    Alumni adoption procedures $101$ -wink, wink
    These courses should get the score up into the 980s soon enough…….

  11. 78Lion says: Aug 13, 2010 12:21 PM

    The kids are dumb enough to go to USC knowing that they were going to get slammed, too bad. The school is being punished, as it should be.

  12. gator_prof says: Aug 13, 2010 12:27 PM

    Sorry to see that you are still delusional. Given your lack of intellectual capacity, let me drop this conversation down to an appropriate level.
    Let’s play the old Seseme Street game, “One of these things is not like the other things”. Hopefully this works.
    If not, here is the link,
    Which one of these things is not like the other?
    A) Florida “getting probed” on self-reported criminal probe of guy taking maybe taking cash before his final bowl game.
    B) UNC “in a mess” with one player going to a party.
    C) Alabama “getting a looky-lou from the NCAA” for one player going to a party.
    D) USC is on probation due to a “lack of institutional control” because multiple players in multiple sports receiving $$$.
    I hope that you can follow this now….

  13. Donna says: Aug 13, 2010 12:31 PM

    @ Interested:
    Very well stated. Also, another difference in the USC situation is that there was an air of “cover up” going on. How many months Bush walked around saying he did nothing wrong. Had it just merely been him involved then they would be looking at the same circumstances but probably lighter punishment had they not found that the institution as well as coaching staff should have known of possible violations.

  14. gator_prof says: Aug 13, 2010 12:40 PM

    Don’t forget to mention the rat of a head coach who jumped ship when he knew the hammer was going to drop. A true portrait of courage!

  15. Arizona Buckeye says: Aug 13, 2010 1:07 PM

    USC fans – its simple: You cheated, you denied you cheated, you tried to cover up the fact you cheated, and the NCAA dropped the big bad hammer as it should have. Stop whining about it, stop trying to point the finger at other programs, and stop trying to say Reggie Bush, Pete Carroll and staff, and the AD didn’t know anything about it being wrong. You looked ridiculously retarded trying to hide in denial – perhaps you should just learn by it and move on!

  16. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 13, 2010 1:07 PM

    When I go to USNews and look at the top ranked Universities I see USC 26 and UF tied with a couple other schools at 47.
    Both are very good schools but to act like UF is superior to USC in academics is crazy talk.

  17. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 13, 2010 1:10 PM

    sorry here is the link

  18. Gatorfan1 says: Aug 13, 2010 1:46 PM

    Dear Pat:
    Just want to let you know how sorry I am that USC was caught cheating. How was I supposed to know that it was illegal for my parents to live in a million dollar house when they are on welfare. The blame lies not with me, but with USC. You see, if they had made me go to class I might have actually learned something and realized something was amiss.
    Listen, I’m just an over-hyped little used multi millionaire who could care less what happens to SC. Sorta like my friend Matt in Arizona, you know, over-hyped!!Chit was happening all around us and Garrett was looking the other way, how was I supposed to know it would be my “activities” that would be used to knock the program down. Hell it could’ve been anyone, did you ever come around and see who was hanging around us.
    Hell two years after I left the guy who recruited Mayo to USC was allowed to walk the halls in the athletic dormitories speaking to everyone, coaches, players, boosters, and an Athletic Director! That was a full two years AFTER the NCAA was looking into MY “indiscretions”. You would’a thought Garrett might check up on someone who had free rein walking all through the athletic department. Send his Heisman back!!
    And now you hire that little weasel Kiffin back, who might have more violations than I did and you’re putting it all on me???
    Anyway, my bad and I really apologize for screwing the school. By the way can I get some tickets comped for some of my posse’ to come watch SC play average football for the next 5 years all because of me.
    Yours Always, in Cheating,
    Reggie Kardashian
    p.s. Written by someone who actually went to class!!

  19. interested says: Aug 13, 2010 1:56 PM

    Kudos to you SoFlaTrojan, I actually looked at a report that was 3 years old. The good news is that your most recent proof source confirms my original assertion. Your state school comment was a bit out of line. Hopefully both of us will be a little more diligent in our research before our comments.
    P.S.- I do know UVA and UF were rated the two best values in America for education for the dollar. Did you see USC’s cost compared to UF’s? Has nothing to do with anything other than clearly you get more for your money at some places than others.

  20. blitz4848 says: Aug 13, 2010 2:01 PM

    @ So Fla Trojan
    U conveniently didn’t mention the APR report–which is specific to school athletic teams!!!!!!!!!
    So let the crazy talk begin……….LMAO

  21. Donna says: Aug 13, 2010 2:05 PM

    @ gator_prof:
    Don’t forget to mention the rat of a head coach who jumped ship when he knew the hammer was going to drop. A true portrait of courage!”
    Sorry bout that! I thought I addressed the coach’s part in the last sentence. Guess leaving out the fact that he bolted like an escape con was an oversight on my part.

  22. TrojanHorse says: Aug 13, 2010 2:38 PM

    The “is one…” was meant in jest, knucklehead. And yes, I did graduate from SC…how about you??

  23. Dandyjim says: Aug 13, 2010 2:38 PM

    Reggie’s actions are characterized by him and others as a “mistake”. A mistake!? Mistake!!!??? He’s gotta be kidding! A mistake is an accidental or unintentional act. Bush’s actions were about as intentional as they come. Plain and simple crap from another “I’m entitled”, unprofessional athelete.

  24. Cornerdenizen says: Aug 13, 2010 3:38 PM

    Well said. Thanks for reminding me that there are some people with actual perspective and that not everyone is a bitter, raving, reactionary moron pretending to be a sports “fan.”
    Well done.

  25. blitz4848 says: Aug 13, 2010 3:39 PM

    Isn’t that what OJ said “It was just a mistake”
    I guess Reggie did learn something after all……

  26. Donna says: Aug 13, 2010 4:41 PM

    It is too funny that I see someone on here posting a KUDOS for a person who is all in Reggie’s corner. I believe the exact quote was “get off Reggie’s back”, Is that you Kim K.??
    Reggie didn’t “make a mistake”. When an athlete signs their contract with a school especially a high profile player I’m fairly certain that they are made well aware of what the contract covers without even having to read it…..
    Reggie’s parents were living in a pad they couldn’t afford, and when asked about it he lied!
    When Pete Carroll was asked about it, he knew nothing!
    When Garrett, their AD was asked about it, initially he knew nothing.
    It had to get to the point to where the NCAA had facts not suspicion to go on before any of them would admit there were issues. So why again should BUSH be immuned? He’s gone on to the NFL with the trojans a past time he’ll still make millions but the university will have to pay millions for his time there. Pete Carroll has moved on to greener pastures joining Bush in the NFL again I’m sure he got a pay hike and Garrett was given the less than embarrassing way out which was early retirement!
    USC’s program has more holes in it than a strainer and the only way to move forward and restore it to the great program it has the ability to be is get rid of all the ones that contributed, (done). Get top knotch coaches in place for the future and please get someone who knows more than the “college boy” thumb your nose at the rules as you have now!

  27. blitz4848 says: Aug 13, 2010 5:27 PM

    @ SoFlaTrojan
    You sure have a lot of people to get after….
    It appears there are an awful lot of anti Kiffin bloggers…..looking forward to seeing your posts as there’s no way everyone on here could be right is there? It’s NOT just me there are a lot of the same people saying the same things… EVERYONE obsessed with Lame-O or does everyone just see him for what he IS?

  28. Arizona Buckeye says: Aug 13, 2010 5:34 PM

    At MOST universities, they drill it into the heads of these kids day after day after day. They have special classes that go in depth about the subject not to mention any number of people hired specifically as compliance officers available 24/7. Whether or not they have this type of due diligence effort at USC, I do not know, but it appears to be very lacking on the surface.
    Reggie knew exactly what he was doing and according to the NCAA – everybody else either did or very well should have known.

  29. Shelbs says: Sep 7, 2010 4:18 PM

    Honeysuckle, so far I couldn’t agree with you more. Reggie made some terrible decsions, but he had older people he looked to for guidance, and they mislead him just as much as he did himself. Someone has to take responsibility along with Mr. Bush.

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