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Sarkisian: No apology makes Bush 'look like an idiot again'

We have long thought that it would take an admission of guilt and a public apology to, among others, the USC football program before Reggie Bush is truly able to put his collegiate mess behind him.

While Bush thought voluntarily stripping himself of the ’05 Heisman was a step in that direction, his bizarre and self-serving statements from Thursday — the forfeited Heisman was “definitely not an admission of guilt” being chief among them — did nothing but open himself up to further scrutiny and criticism from both fans and media alike.  And, as it turns out, from one of his former coaches as well.

Speaking to ESPN‘s Shelly Smith, Steve Sarkisian, current Washington head coach and former USC assistant during Bush’s time with the program, blasted the ex-USC back for not including an apology with the “Return to Sender” sticker he slapped on the Heisman.

“He had a chance to apologize, look like the good guy,” Sarkisian said. “But in giving it back and not apologizing, he just looks like an idiot again.”

We get the feeling that Coach Sarkisian just got off his chest what many, many people with current or past ties to the football program have been thinking about and biting their tongues on for many, many months, if not years.

As evidenced by Sarkisian’s words, an apology would go a long, long way for Bush in the eyes of many.  Apparently, however, that’s simply too much to ask of Bush, even as it was his actions — and the actions of those around him — that put his former football program into a hole that could take years to climb out of.

Then again, based on Bush’s own words a couple a months ago, it really might be too much to ask for something as simple as an apology.

None, just whatever happens, happens,” Bush said back in June when asked if he had any thoughts on USC possibly facing sanctions from the NCAA for things he did.

Whatever happens, happens.  Kinda like with your crumbling-by-the-day legacy, eh Reggie?

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20 Responses to “Sarkisian: No apology makes Bush 'look like an idiot again'”
  1. ShaKey says: Sep 17, 2010 11:37 PM

    Character- Speaks volumes….

  2. burntorangehorn says: Sep 17, 2010 11:41 PM

    Bling, however undeserved, does not apologize.

  3. AAA bob says: Sep 17, 2010 11:54 PM

    Total hypocrisy. The NCAA, it’s member schools and conferences and major conference coaches rake in millions and insist that the purity of the game requires that the athletes remain slave labor.

  4. BAtkins63 says: Sep 18, 2010 2:14 AM

    You’d actually have to be a man to step up to issue an apology. Clearly, Bush hasn’t made the necessary step unto manhood as of yet.
    On the legal side, if Bush were to issue an apology he may open himself up to further scrutiny. He has two seperate confidential mediation settlements with Michael Michaels and Lloyd Lake that prevent either party from discussing or divulging facts, dates, times and exact settlement dollar amounts, etc. I’m not a lawyer, so I’m not sure what the exact reprecussions would be.

  5. Sean Martin says: Sep 18, 2010 2:48 AM

    When did Reggie initially look like an idiot? I cannot wait until this is fully over just so that we will not have to deal with it.
    There are players on every team who receive financial help illegally. Yes.

  6. nps6724 says: Sep 18, 2010 2:51 AM

    It’s hilarious how all these people are attacking one of the main guys who helped them win that one NC they actually earned on the field. Without Bush, USC wouldn’t have become what they did.

  7. TJ says: Sep 18, 2010 3:30 AM

    Mr. Taylor, just who are you referring to when you say “those around him”? The program was sanctioned because the program itself (of which Sarkisian was a member) was turning a blind eye. Rappers and movie stars running around on the sidelines and players being treated like celebrities and pro sports figures right under the noses of Sarkisian and other coaches? Give me a break.

  8. chapter3 says: Sep 18, 2010 6:41 AM

    My problem with RB is two fold, he didn’t keep his word with Michaels and Lakes, and he didn’t give two craps about his teammates. If had kept his word with Mr Michaels and Mr Lakes non of this would have come out. I don’t blame him for taking the money for his family’s benefit, the NCAA is a joke but rules are rules. The coaching staff and USC had to know what was going on so they are just as culpable as RB, do the right thing and give back the $$$$15 big ones you received for the national championship. I really don’t give a rats a– about an apology. Do the right thing RB the next time someone helps you, KEEP YOUR FREAKIN WORD. Your word is your bond.

  9. Terry says: Sep 18, 2010 6:47 AM

    Once again Ornstein has advised him improperly!

  10. mikeminnc says: Sep 18, 2010 7:19 AM

    Look, I think Reggie Bush is a tool. A self-centered narcissist who fails to take responsibility for his own actions. He probably deserves all the bad press coming his way. But I am soooo tired of hearing people blast public figures for refusing to “apologize publicly for their misdeeds” when their are potential criminal and/or civil legal issues pending in their lives….everything a public figure says or does now is captured electronically for posterity, and it all can be played back in court to haunt them. How many of you would be willing to expose yourselves to even greater civil or criminal liability in order to “do the right thing” and bare your souls? If people expect an apology, then they cannot turn right around and use that apology against the other person in court….that’s the same reason why doctors never apologize for honest, unforseeable medical errors….they know the second they do, the patient’s family will lawyer up and try to take them for all they are worth (just an example, I am not a doc). So stop the hypocrisy people.

  11. The Count says: Sep 18, 2010 8:24 AM

    Like everything else, the dogooders (super moralists) condemn every chance they get. These tunnel visioned Gurus never see the big picture on anything. AAA Bob nailed it. Of all the players in all the schools maybe 1/2 of 1% will ever make it to NFL. The schools milk these players, the NCAA milks these players and down deep don’t give a damn about these players. As far as the Heisman is concerned, that is the biggest joke of all. In 1980, Hershel Walker took Georgia, which had gone 6 and 5 in 1979 and brought them to a 12 and 0 season, and a national championship. Not a single player could match his stats or impact but the Heisman was awarded to George Rogers of South Carolina (no knock on Rogers). They did this because Walker was a freshman. I was always under the impression that the award is for the outstanding football player of the year. Now, if Denard Robinson of Michigan contiues tearing up the gridiron, will the Heisman Trust give it to someone else because he is a freshman. Reggie should apologize to no one. The NCAA and USC should apologize to him

  12. stolie says: Sep 18, 2010 8:38 AM

    Only two college football players lost their Heisman trophy. The irony is that both are from USC. OJ Simpson lost his to his ex father-in-law. Also note that Pete Caroll escapes to Seattle when the dogs were closing in much like Jimmy Johnson of Miami U. Does Bush have to pay taxes on under the table donations? Shouldn’t USC and Miami U give back all trophies won when these schools fielded professional teams? Boston College, Stanford and Notre Dame looks mighty good right now.

  13. TStull1979 says: Sep 18, 2010 9:50 AM

    Why should Reggie need to apologize? Is it just so he is “tagged” as the one and lonly person to blame here? Really? It is not possible for all of this to have happened without someone ( or more than) one person within the USC organization to know what was happening. This is an attempt by the University, plus past and present associates (ex-coaches , etc.) to wash their hands of a “dirty” situation and remove some of the tarnish that the school has put on. Why do you think Pete Caroll bailed?

  14. mwcarolina says: Sep 18, 2010 10:38 AM

    (“Without Bush, USC wouldn’t have become what they did.”)
    and that is the problem. that’s why USC is under sanctions and why the Heisman people thought about taking Bush’s Heisman away. If Bush was caught earlier, he wouldnt have been playing those games.
    (“Why do you think Pete Caroll bailed?”)
    two reasons why, one sanctions at USC and the second reason is Seattle was willing to let Carroll pick his team.

  15. BILL52 says: Sep 18, 2010 11:15 AM

    “Total hypocrisy. The NCAA, it’s member schools and conferences and major conference coaches rake in millions and insist that the purity of the game requires that the athletes remain slave labor.”
    Since when is a free education worth upwards of $150,000 slave labor ? That post is hypocrisy.

  16. mrlaloosh says: Sep 18, 2010 12:46 PM

    Wasn’t Sarkisian at USC when all this was going on? Who’s the idiot now. Sak didn’t know? BWAAAAAA!!!!
    Why would Jake Locker stay at UW KNOWING it will cost him MILLIONS in guaranteed money from either a lock-out or new CBA?
    Something is rotten in Seattle.

  17. Deb says: Sep 18, 2010 12:55 PM

    @chapter3 …
    Are you aware that NCAA athletes sign an agreement that they will not take ANY compensation of any kind from anyone while they are playing an NCAA sport? So before giving his “word” to accept a bribe from those men and then allow them to represent him in the NFL, he gave his “word” that he would not accept any bribes. You’re right … none of this would have happened if he’d kept his word–to the NCAA.
    What you’re advocating is nothing more than honor among thieves. Don’t get too caught up in fictions like “The Sopranos” and “The Godfather.” Yes, they’re fact-based, but if you study real organized crime, you’ll find the ideals of omerta are usually abandoned fairly quickly when people are trying to save their own skin.

  18. gruntersdad says: Sep 18, 2010 1:41 PM

    AAA Bob, no one forces them to play. Slave, I think not. they are spoiled from the 8th grade on and when they mess up, they blame the system, as you are, or someone else. He knew what he was doing, got caught and needs to man up. Have him talk to a real slave(obit) and ask them if they had the option of playing. You are way off. They get to go to school for free and still don’t get it. But with supporters like you they never will.

  19. ralph says: Sep 18, 2010 1:51 PM

    one of the reasons that Regie returned that stupid trophy was so all you idiot haters would stop talking about this .. so get over it ! and go on with your lives. and Im glad the heisman trust decided to simply vacate the trophy and not give it to the crying mack brown and vince young, I could understand it the voting at that time was close but it wasnt in fact it was a landslide ! so please try to move on and talk about the current season and not about something that happened 5 yrs ago .

  20. gruntersdad says: Sep 18, 2010 1:53 PM

    This just in. The mighty Florida Gators now have a 5.0 average. Yep. 30 arrests in the last 6 years under Urban Legend. 27 guys, 30 arrests. Good job florida.

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