September 7th, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Heisman official disputes report on Reggie Bush

Former USC star Reggie Bush poses with the Heisman Award after winning the prestigious title in 2005.

[Update, 5:29 p.m.] An official with the Heisman Trophy Trust has taken issue with a Yahoo Sports report that former University of Southern California star running back Reggie Bush is expected to be stripped of the Heisman Trophy by the end of the month, according to the "Dan Patrick Show" blog on

"Yahoo! Sports claiming Heisman Trust has reached a decision is completely false," Rob Whalen, executive director of the Heisman Trophy Trust, told Dan Patrick Show Producer Paul Pabst, according to the blog. "The Heisman Trophy Trust has made no decision regarding the Reggie Bush matter."

The trust then released the following statement: "The status of the USC / Bush matter remains unchanged. Any reports to the contrary are inaccurate."

The Yahoo Sports report, however, did not say that the trust had reached a decision. It said that two sources close to the trust claimed the trust eventually will rule it agrees with the NCAA's assessment that  Bush would have been ineligible to play during 2005 - and therefore ineligible for the Heisman Trophy he received for that year.

[Original post, 11:44 a.m.] Former University of Southern California star running back Reggie Bush is expected to be stripped of the Heisman Trophy by the end of the month, Yahoo Sports is reporting.

Yahoo Sports cited two sources close to the Heisman trust, which oversees the award given to college football's top player, as saying the group is finishing its investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at USC during the 2005 season. The sources told Yahoo the Heisman trust will eventually rule it agrees with the NCAA's assessment that Reggie Bush would have been ineligible to play during 2005 - and therefore ineligible for the award.

The decision would make Bush the first player in the 75 years of the Heisman to be stripped of the title.

Sources told Yahoo the Heisman trust would strip Bush of the award and leave it vacant - instead of awarding it to another honoree like Texas quarterback Vince Young who finished second in the voting, but by a wide margin.

But on Tuesday, after the news began to spread online, ESPN's Chris Fowler said on SportsCenter that a decision had not yet been made, stoking even more speculation. Do you think Trust should take back Bush's Heisman?

In June the NCAA ruled Bush had violated rules by accepting gifts, cash and other benefits while he played for the Trojans - violations that would have impacted his eligibility. The NCAA infractions committee also levied heavy penalties against the program as a whole - vacating its 13 wins, include their Orange Bowl victory against the Oklahoma Sooners, taking away 30 school scholarships and banning USC from bowl games for two years.

USC incoming and outgoing presidents involved in the matter have said they would be returning their recognitions associated with Bush's Heisman win - and that the now-New Orleans Saints running back would do so himself if and when he was asked.

News of the expected ruling has sent the Web into a tizzy, with Bush beginning to dominate Web and social media trends, and leaving fans to wonder several questions and debate the apparent decision.

Some wondered why Bush would be stripped of the award when O.J. Simpson was not, given his post-college run-ins with the law. Others questioned if Bush would have to publicly give back the trophy with the famous pose or how it might shake the star's confidence when he takes the field for the New Orleans Saints' opener Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings.

soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. herringman1

    i thought mighty mouse was just a comic..ty..cnn

    September 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dwk

    The Heisman Trust would have to review ALL past Heisman winners for their indiscretions if they take it away from Bush. I know for a fact certain Heisman winners have taken large amounts of gratuities, especially a highly popular Southern winner who got $300,000 cash for signing to his school. Can you say, Pandora's Box?

    September 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Terry - Indiana

    Let's face it. At the end of the day, all college sports are nothing more than professional sports, less the big signing bonus. The majority of college athletes do not graduate, and most are provided a scholastic schedule that any high school freshman could complete. So, trophies, like the Heisman Trophy, mean absolutely nothing in the end. A Super Bowl Victory and the Super Bowl Trophy are another story all together. Who needs the Heisman?

    September 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. macguysea

    He is HOT HOT HOT!

    September 7, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard

    Could everyone please quit referring to a brutal killer as O.J.? The least we can do for Ron and Nicole is to refer to their murderer as Simpson, not as O.J.!

    September 8, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. RobertAllen

    College athletics do bring in the money. BIG money. Many things are overlooked by these colleges every single day because of the huge bucks that flow into the program. When college coaches make over $1,000,000 a year, which is ridiculous, does anyone think they are going to go out of their way to make sure their program is squeaky clean?

    A friend once remarked about college athletics and athletes when he said, "When they say 'it's not about the money' – It's about the money."

    September 8, 2010 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Elizabeth

    How sad that our society is such that we teach our young people to lie and cheat at such a young age. The very people who are SUPPOSED to be mentoring these kids and keeping them from the influences of professional agents, the money and temptations of the pro games, etc. are the people who feed them to the lions. Why? TO WIN. When college coaches make millions, far more than college/university presidents and scholars, the system is seriously out of balance. WHO CARES if college sports make money? So does tuition and other pursuits. Colleges have been around a LOT longer than football. Get rid of the prima donna athletes and coaches and back to academics.

    September 8, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. brianscamaro

    These guys get paid alot of money to be an example in or out of the game! But he is not the only one in sports to do things!

    September 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yah

    ummm...looks like Yahoo was right after all.

    September 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
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