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Heisman Trust opts to vacate '05 award

Well, that was fun while it lasted.

Almost exactly 24 hours after Reggie Bush issued a statement declaring he was forfeiting his 2005 Heisman, the Heisman Trust has issued their own declarative statement as to the future of Bush’s hardware.

According to the trust, they have opted to vacate the Bush’s ’05 award.  No re-vote, no handing it to runner-up Vince Young.

It will be simply be vacated, as if it never happened.

We are very appreciative of the respect Reggie Bush demonstrated for the Heisman Trust, the whole Heisman fraternity, and the continuing legacy of the Trophy in his public statement issued September 14, 2010. It was a difficult decision to return the Heisman Trophy and he exhibited great character in acknowledging his mistakes and accepting the consequences. We intend to explore further his offer to support jointly ‘an educational program which will assist student athletes and their families’ to avoid the pitfalls that plagued him during his college years as this is a part of our charitable mission as well.

“As a result of Reggie Bush’s decision to forfeit his title as Heisman winner of 2005, the Trustees have determined that there will be no Heisman Trophy winner for the year 2005.”

So, that’s that.

Now, with the Bush situation out of the way, it’s time to deal with the pesky issue of Billy Cannon’s 1959 trophy, right?

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9 Responses to “Heisman Trust opts to vacate '05 award”
  1. JaggedMark says: Sep 15, 2010 5:18 PM

    Sports Call Out of the Year: Desmond Howard to USC’s Pat Haden (today on collegefootballlive)
    “You know it’s interesting. Everyone’s demonizing Reggie Bush as if he’s the lone soldier. You can’t tell me that no one in that football program knew what was going on with that young man. All the adults in this whole sorry scenario, they get away scott-free. The only one who is being picked upon is the kid who was involved in this, which is Reggie Bush, and to me, that’s just so hypocritical. And another point, how do we spin this forward? Now Pat Haden, the new athletic director, earlier in the month he said, and I quote: “if I were Reggie Bush with Pat Haden’s soul, yes, I would give back the Heisman.” “Okay, the Heisman’s given back, but Pat Haden, what are you gonna do now, as far as correcting these transgressions? Because they played with an ineligible player, they went to BCS bowl games with an ineligible player. You don’t have the wins no more, but you still have the money! What is your soul telling you to do with that money now that you got with an ineligible player? That’s what I want to see. That’s the big question I wanna hear answered now.”

  2. Slim Charles says: Sep 15, 2010 5:28 PM

    Haha, awesome. I was hoping this can of worms would get opened. What a bunch of morons.

  3. blitz4848 says: Sep 15, 2010 5:47 PM

    This isn’t going to go away anytime soon until Haden/USC address it head on. I agree–curious to see how this gets spun from the USC end……

  4. 8man says: Sep 15, 2010 6:18 PM

    This award now means nothing. The title of best college fooltball player goes to the kid who gets drafted number 1 by the NFL.
    The gutless cur that run this show basically did nothing. They didn’t ask for it back and when they got it, they refused to find a worthy recipient.
    World Series and Stanley Cups have been cancelled because of strikes, wars and labor stoppages. Now there is a gaping hole in the Heismann Trophy because someone cheated, and it took the powers that be so long that the cowards who eventually inherited the decision on what to do were too timid to do anything.
    I’d like to hear how Heismann Trophy winners feel.

  5. SonofCalifornia says: Sep 15, 2010 6:30 PM

    Wait until Mack Brown gets on his knees and does what he does best…blow for Texas. It got them into the Rose Bowl ahead of Cal in 2004…open wide again, mack.

  6. SoFlaTrojan says: Sep 15, 2010 8:08 PM

    Charles Woodson your next!! Sorry Troy Smith but I wonder how many of these Heisman winners were getting $1000 handshakes (Troy Smith).
    I know Marshall Faulk didnt win the Heisman but I know for a fact he was on the take at SDSU.
    This has been going on in all college sports forever and will never stop. I can’t say I blame the kids. I listened to an interview the other day with Eddie George where he talked about how he would knowingly bounce checks for pizza all the time because he was broke.
    In a interview the other day Desmond stated that the only way a guy should lose the Heisman is if it is proven he used performance enhancers and I agree.

  7. aligreene says: Sep 16, 2010 11:21 AM

    Can someone tell me how much money USC made off of ticket sales bush t shirts,and bowl appearances,tv contracts,during the Bush years,i bet you its more than that free ride Bush got to attend school.And its not a free ride anyway because he has to play football to keep the free ride,will someone do the math for mePLEASEHE WAS WRONG BUT SOMEONE CRUNCH THE NUMBERS FOR ME AND THEN POST IT ON HERE,at least 20 million im guessing

  8. brasho says: Sep 16, 2010 7:10 PM

    Would you idiots quit calling these guys “kids”? Enough already! They are adults, they know better, if they don’t want to make money for the NCAA then maybe they should shoot for an academic scholarship instead of an athletic scholarship. They know what they’re getting into… enough of the boo-hooing for these “kids”. Sure, the programs are at fault, but it’s the athletes taking money on top of their free education (that some people pay $40-60,000 for). So I forgot, how is it again these “kids” aren’t getting paid?

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