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Sources: Heisman Trust to strip Bush of trophy

Posted on: September 7, 2010 10:17 am
Edited on: September 7, 2010 6:14 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE (6:15 ET) - The Heisman Trophy Trust has issued a statement calling the Yahoo! report inaccurate.

UPDATE (3:30 ET) - Heisman spokesman Tim Henning told the LA Times, "The Heisman Trophy Trust has yet to make a decision, and until such time they do we have no further comment."

UPDATE (NOON ET)- ESPN's Chris Fowler just called into SportsCenter to claim that the Yahoo! report "is completely false."  We will continue to update this story as it develops.

athletic director Pat Haden publicly demanded that it be given back, but it is beginning to sound like Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush will have to give back one  of his most valuable pieces of hardware.

Tuesday morning, a Yahoo! report detailed reports from sources that indicate that the Heisman Trophy Trust is expected to strip Bush of college football's most prestigious individual award by the end of September.

Two sources close to the Heisman trust said the body’s investigation is coming to a close, and will ultimately concur with the NCAA's determination that Bush was ineligible during his Heisman-winning season in 2005. Because of that independent conclusion, sources said the trust will relieve Bush of the award and leave the honor for that season vacant.

The sources said Bush met with Heisman representatives last month at the New York law offices of Emmet, Marvin & Martin. The sources would not reveal details of that meeting.

The report continues to detail the investigation process, which was done internally by the Trust and took place over the last three months.  It also reports that Bush was given an opportunity to "impact the decision."

The NCAA has already ordered USC to remove all references to Bush from its sporting venues and promotional materials, as well as erase any statistics from games when he was ineligible.  The school has given back its copy of the award, but Bush has yet to speak up except for a brief apology to the school through Haden.

If the sources are correct, the ruling from the Trust would eliminate any possibility of the award being given to the runner-up, former Texas quarterback Vince Young.  Awarding Young the trophy was a suggestion that was supported by many, particularly Longhorns head coach Mack Brown.

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Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2010 3:07 pm

Sources: Heisman Trust to strip Bush of trophy

714area  Shut the BLEEP UP ! Because I just happen to be a Bush supporter. Why don't you go back and read ALL of the posts here before you just go and GENERALIZE and LABEL a whole message Board !

Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2010 6:53 am

Sources: Heisman Trust to strip Bush of trophy

I'm glad that so many people hate Reggie so much. your posts are documented proof that you are all hypocrites. not to mention the ugly in you people shines for wishing negative actions on a young man you do not even know. being an USC fan i am proud of the fact that the NCAA could only find one player this decade that took  improper benefits off campus. that is it one player. Alabama averages one a year. not one every ten. your posy are insulting when you think that their school is spotless.

             "so give it to Vince". if you people remember the vote count was not even close. the second largest margin ever. so apparently your Vince was not as good as you remember. Sre he won the NC but one game please. you got to have something better than that.























Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:51 am

Sources: Heisman Trust to strip Bush of trophy

Re: Jimania

Ok I agree with you, take the trophy away from Reggie Bush and give it to Vince Young. To be fair since Vince is now the Heisman Trophy winner let’s just go back and negotiate his contract to reflect the fact that he won the trophy.

Since Bush is now not the winner, we would  have to go back and negotiate his contract as the non winner.

In order to make this entire thing about taking the trophy all these things would have to be redone so the correct person would get the correct salary they deserve.

But this is ridiculous, no one is gonna do this because history has already been written. Taking the trophy is equally asinine and stupid.

I am still waiting on the answer is this was an independent decision or  by an investigation done by the Heisman Trust. When did the Heisman Trust get an investigative body?

This situation get more twisted as the days go by.

As for cheating it has always been improper to cheat, I find that Bush did not cheat in winning the trophy. Did he take any drugs or other things into his body to make him faster or stronger?

Oh yeah he is being accused of taking money or stipends from an unscrupulous wanna be agent that would want to sign him after his college career is over.

Did this guy give Bush drugs to make him faster or stronger so he would be able to make the necessary cuts and moves on the football field?

Well if you know the answer to those questions perhaps he should be stripped of the trophy.

Things that happen off the field should not affect things that happen on the field.

Everyone on these sports boards are always talking about winning it on the field, to include a national playoff system for college football. Now they would want to take away a trophy for winning a trophy on the field

For the record so you would not have to look it up, I am a SC fan, as well as appreciate what Bush and the team at the time did for our program.



Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2010 9:04 pm

Sources: Heisman Trust to strip Bush of trophy

It has always seemed for me highly hypocritical that the term Student Athlete even exists.  The concept of using Colleges for the development of Pro Football and basketball players is absurd. Most people who go to collage have jobs. It is not a new concept. How we as a society have created an evil act of making money while going to school is ludicrous.  It is not the student's fault that his or her talent is so in demand and marketable. I dare say Bush earned every penny he made, honestly. The dishonor lies with the NCAA's concept of student athlete. He or she is a good person whether paid or not. And by the way, if one cannot live with the idea that colleges are not the place for big money sports extravaganzas and maybe that go ahead and let universities sponsor a BIG team and they can among themselves 
;form a sports commission to deal with their semi
-pro teams and no one need be a student, then the hypocrite might be in the mirror. How we got to this point with the Bad Heisman is almost laughable. 

Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2010 7:30 pm

Sources: Heisman Trust to strip Bush of trophy

Heisman Director: Yahoo Report ‘Completely False’

Posted by Brooks on Sep. 07, 2010, 3:21pm

Early Tuesday Charles Robinson and Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reported that, “the Heisman Trophy Trust is expected to strip former University of Southern California star running back Reggie Bush of college football’s top honor by the end of September. … sources said the trust will relieve Bush of the award and leave the honor for that season vacant.”

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In response to the Yahoo report, Heisman Trophy Trust Executive Director Rob Whalen released the following statement:

“Yahoo Sports claiming Heisman Trust has reached a decision is completely false. The Heisman Trophy Trust has made no decision regarding the Reggie Bush matter.”

The Heisman Trust reportedly does not have a regularly-scheduled meeting in September though Robinson and Cole noted that the investigation into the Bush situation had not yet concluded.

The Yahoo reporters also didn’t necessarily report that a final decision on the status of Bush’s Heisman with the Trust had already “been reached.” Only that the outcome would be determined before the end of the month.

From the carefully-worded Yahoo piece, it appears that Robinson and Cole may have anticipated this sort of denial from the Heisman Trust. One wonders if the exposure of the Trust’s alleged sentiment may actually end up affecting the outcome of what ultimately happens with Bush’s award.

UPDATE: Heisman Trust President William Dockery released his own statement on the matter. Read more…

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2010 6:21 pm

Sources: Heisman Trust to strip Bush of trophy

So, take away a team award and punish the team for Bush's wrong doing but let him keep his individual award? That makes no sense at all.
very true.
So what the man was acquitted. He was accused of KILLING TWO PEOPLE.
did i say he desereved the Heisman!!!!??? RE-read what i wrote.
You tell me what's the more serious offense taking money from an agent or possibly killing two people???
No, it's not, BUT the NCAA makes the rulses, not me, if it were up to me OJ Simpson would've lost ALL awards given to him, either that or the awards would've been taken from him and given to the families of the people he killed.
If you're gonna strip a guy of his Heisman for taking some money you better go strip a guy accused of killing two people as well
i think both players should lose their Heismans, BUT it's the NCAA.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2010 6:12 pm

Sources: Heisman Trust to strip Bush of trophy

Why don't they strip Bush of his girlfriend?  Or better yet strip his girlfriends Bush!

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2010 5:45 pm

Sources: Heisman Trust to strip Bush of trophy

I say sure, have strip it from him.  And while you're on the way, strip ALL the money the NCAA, the BCS, and the media MADE off this guy.   Oh...what was that? don't want to do that do you???

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2010 5:30 pm

Sources: Heisman Trust to strip Bush of trophy

He took money and gifts not steroids, he earned the heisman. And im sure more than just reggie bush and mayo took money, gifts etc. USC is just trying to cover their own asses by pulling all this non sense, distancing themselves from only half the problem. Stop worrying about the past and find out a way to stop all this from happening again.getting to a ridiculous level.

Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2010 5:25 pm

Sources: Heisman Trust to strip Bush of trophy

Remember when the Heisman trophy actually meant something?  Now it's just handed out to whomever is the best player at a Florida school or USC.  It's a shame.  Just look at all Heisman winners over the last 10 years and see what they did in the NFL.  Matt Leinart?

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