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Buh-bye stiff-arm: Bush reportedly to be stripped of Heisman

There has been many a word spilled in the last couple of months as to whether or not Reggie Bush will, should or would be stripped of his 2005 Heisman Trophy after being declared retroactively ineligible by the NCAA.

Apparently, the governing body of the stiff-arm hardware is about to put an end to the discussion.  And, in the process, give rise to a whole other debate.

According to a report by the investigative bulldogs at Yahoo! Sports, the Heisman Trophy Trust is expected to strip the former USC running back of his trophy in very short order, perhaps as early as this month.  The website reports that the trust has been conducting its own investigation into the situation since the NCAA levied near-historic sanctions on the Trojans football program in June.  Two sources told the site that the probe is close to wrapping up.

Unfortunately for Mack Brown, this will not be a retroactive boon for his former quarterback Vince Young; the ’05 Heisman will be vacated instead of handed over to the second-place vote getter Young or conducting a revote.

Yahoo! reports there were two overriding factors that are playing/have played into the decision.

Two factors outweighed all others, sources said: The Heisman ballot necessitates candidates be in compliance with NCAA bylaws and concern over the Heisman’s reputation in the wake of the NCAA findings against Bush.

Heisman bylaws clearly state that “the recipient must be in compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student athlete.”  Being declared retroactively ineligible certainly puts Bush in the noncompliance neighborhood, and makes this decision by the trust, in reality, a no-brainer.

Another no-brainer is to simply vacate the award.  Certainly Vince Young had a magnificent ’05 season and was more than worthy of being in the Heisman mix, but to go back five years and award the former Longhorn Bush’s trophy would smell nearly as bad as the stench that arose from Bush’s money grab in the first place.

No, the Heisman Trust is doing the right thing if this situation plays out the way Yahoo! presents it.  And, with the trust having yet to complete its investigation, there’s one more entity that could do the right thing.  And perhaps help begin the process of repairing his tattered image in the process.

Reggie Bush should, right here right now, publicly apologize for the shame he has brought to the university he supposedly holds so dear, admit his role in the scandal and return his Heisman voluntarily before it’s involuntarily stripped.

USC has already returned their copy of the Heisman; Bush should voluntarily and very publicly follow suit.

It’s the right thing to do for anyone that has anything remotely resembling Pat Haden’s soul.  Then again, doing the right thing when it came to NCAA football wasn’t exactly a Bush strong suit, so no one should hold his/her breath waiting for him to start now.

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17 Responses to “Buh-bye stiff-arm: Bush reportedly to be stripped of Heisman”
  1. gator_prof says: Sep 7, 2010 12:02 PM

    Good moves all around for the HT.
    Reggie at this point is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. He has had numerous opportunities to come clean and hasn’t. If he apologizes now, it is like a Pete Rose apology….”I am sorry that I got caught, but I thought that I could ride this out, but it is obvious that I can’t, so I am very sorry…now I can be forgiven so I can get what I want?”

  2. paul says: Sep 7, 2010 12:02 PM

    Like Reggie Bush was the first Heisman Winner to take money under the table? Please.

  3. Slim Charles says: Sep 7, 2010 12:08 PM

    Lame. Why should Bush give it back? It’s not like a bunch of old cranks at the Friars Supper Club or whoever decides that award have the power to make him do so. They should take Jason White’s instead, for impersonating a real NCAA quarterback during his winning season.
    Why should he grovel and beg forgiveness from anyone? It’s pathetic. Bush was the best player in college football that year, regardless of eligibility.
    and I’m a Notre Dame fan.

  4. mrqtte says: Sep 7, 2010 12:17 PM

    The two losers of USC: Leinart and Bush. One now holds a clipboard and the other should. Too funny – another joke from USC.

  5. burntorangehorn says: Sep 7, 2010 12:21 PM

    How anyone can rationalize for Bush to keep this award is beyond me, but here in this thread, we have it.
    Anyway, this would absolutely be the correct action: strip Bush of it, and leave it vacant rather than awarding it to anyone else, just like the BCS championship.

  6. ClanAlpinWolf says: Sep 7, 2010 12:30 PM

    USC should be punished- not Bush. They are the ones that gave him the illegal payments- but if you’re him, and a (formerly) respected big institution like USC gives you free money and a place to live- wouldn’t you take it too with no questions asked? They’re the ones giving it, he’s just a kid receiving it- from a big name college. It’s not like he’s receiving drugs from a drug dealer. Like one guy said- he was clearly the best player in college FB that year- if you strip him of it, we’ll never remember how great he was for the sport in that given year. That’s a shame- Reggie Bushes don’t come around very often.

  7. Donna says: Sep 7, 2010 12:32 PM

    Dammitt!!!!!
    This means he’s got to suck up to Kim K and pray that she still has some emph of feeling and is kind enough to give it back!!
    Aaawww well, unhand the stiff armed gentleman Reggie, he’s no longer a valid member of your trophy collection!

  8. SoFlaTrojan says: Sep 7, 2010 12:48 PM

    ClanAlphinWolf,
    Nice post way to make stuff up as you go along. Reggie was paid by a wannabe sports marketer not USC.
    As for the Heisman I could care less if they take it. Reggie was an unbelievable player in college. Its just to bad his step dads greed trickled down to him.

  9. Algernon says: Sep 7, 2010 1:09 PM

    After VY’s Rose Bowl performance, I don’t see how anyone can say that Bush was the best player in the country in 2005. Young is still the only player in college football history to throw for 3000 and run for 1000 yards in a season. VY is about to be robbed again by the HT vacating the award.
    Those who thought Bush was better (and those who still do) are just a product of ESPN hype. “OMGZ did u see what RB did against that awsum Fresno St.!!!1″
    The Heisman should do it the same way the Olympics does. Carl Lewis got the gold when Ben Johnson cheated, same with the American gymnasts when the Chinese used ineligible athletes. Give it to VY, just like would have happened had the voting been done after the season actually ended.

  10. Chuck Wavy Dean says: Sep 7, 2010 1:15 PM

    The article is right — it is a no-brainer decision to strip Bush of his Heisman Trophy.
    He knowingly violated the rules while a college athlete and that makes him ineligable for the Heisman.
    Knowing that there is clear and convincing evidence that Bush took illegal cash and gifts while at SC, if the Heisman Trust didn’t take Bush’s trophy away it would be like condoning Bush’s behavior. There’s no way the Heisman Trust can allow Bush to keep his trophy without tarnishing it’s image.
    Bush and his family are cheaters and liars. They will get what they deserve when Bush is stripped of his Hesiman Trophy.

  11. Tornadoes28 says: Sep 7, 2010 1:51 PM

    I hate Reggie Bush that greedy bastard. This was all Bush and that agent. SC had nothing to do with it. It’s not as if the coach gave money to the player. And don’t give me that crap about lack of institutional control. There is no way SC could have known or prevented that greedy a-hole Bush. SC should sue Reggie Bush.

  12. Rawdoglet says: Sep 7, 2010 2:02 PM

    Seriously this was 5 years ago and the dude now has a superbowl ring. WHO CARES.

  13. jsterlingf says: Sep 7, 2010 2:43 PM

    The guy who really got stiffed in this was Vince Young. Yes, I am a UT fan, but his performance alone in the championship bowl that year was proof enough that he was the best college football player in the country that year. If you want to argue that, then you cannot dispute that he was at least the best college football player on the field that night of the championship. He dismantled the USC defense and won the game with his legs, arm, and gutsy performance. You can’t argue from the stand point of how they turn out in the NFL, it is a different ball game than college. There are Heisman’s a plenty who never made it in the NFL and many who never were even on the Heisman ballot that are shining in the NFL now so cut out those comparisons. Since we are a litigious society, and it seems always to be about the money, especially for Bush, someone ought to put the bug in Vince Young’s ear to sue Bush (and USC) for illegally putting himself in place to win the Heisman and thereby depriving Vince Young of millions more he could have contracted had he won the Heisman. Wouldn’t that send a signal to future hopefuls, that if you want to cheat your way to the top, be prepared to pay the price if you get caught.

  14. Tornadoes28 says: Sep 7, 2010 2:55 PM

    ClanAlpinWolf, are you brain dead. USC did not give the money to Bush. It was a sports agent. USC actually had no knowledge of the infraction. Why don’t you try reading the news if you know how to read.

  15. blitz4848 says: Sep 7, 2010 3:07 PM

    Reggie is more than guilty by association with his step dad. Bush KNEW what his family was getting & he KNEW it was WRONG. He was a great player on the field but a selfish, inconsiderate human being when it came to his teammates and USC. He validated this by never having any contrition as USC and 95 innocent
    players suffered because of HIS INACTION!
    Reggie Bush was a truly gifted college athlete but his actions made him a “PRO” and by any defintion that makes him INELIGIBLE! Since he chose to not “MAN UP” I hope that I never watch a USC game where he is allowed down on the sidelines. He was never a REAL teammate nor an alumni that USC can be proud of…….

  16. Ilbert Phillips says: Sep 7, 2010 3:21 PM

    The NCAA and the various universities make hundreds of millions of dollars off of the efforts of these young men. We need to stop pretending that they are amateurs. What is difficult to understand is that many of these young teenagers come from poverty sticken home and need to be innoculated with money from legitimate sources so that they have no excuse to take money from illegitamte sources. Until that change is made I consider the NCAA middlemen to a slave master system.

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