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. Drew

    Its simple...if he is found guilty of wrong doing, take it away from him. If not, than dnt. The media loves to spin a situation into such a frenzy that people forget the bottom line of the actual issue.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lori

    Lets not put Reggie and OJ in the same sentence. I am not a fan of either and think that if Reggie was in violation of eligibility terms required for Heisman ... it needs to be stripped. If not, the value of that trophey and the honor that goes with it is lessening. Why wait for a decision Reggie ... give it back.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gillian

      I think it's funny that you just put Reggie and OJ in the same sentence.

      September 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • CR


      September 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tony

    Same people who re-voted,gave the cheater BrainCushing Rookie of the year are for stripping Reggie Bush.How racist is that!

    September 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      When did the heisman trust start voting on NFL rookie of the year honrs?

      September 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      I do agree Brian Cushing also cheated, but unfrotunately, there are different groups that vote on these things. Can't bring race into it if it wasn't the exact same group of people.

      September 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • slake11

      Actually Dee, you're wrong. The Heisman is voted on by sportswriters, same as the ROY award. The Heisman trust doesn't do the voting, only the overseeing and award presentation. Having said that, it may not be the same group of writers but.... However, to your point, it isn't about race. Cushing's doping had no effect on his eligibility, they don't make you ineligible for the period your were using, they just suspend you later. But, per the NCAA rules, Bush's cheating has a direct effect on his eligibility during the time he was cheating. Apples and oranges. Cushing was still technically eligible to win, Bush shouldn't be. Not racism at all.

      September 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Aex

    * asterisk * 🙂

    September 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-man

      Let' s not use the word "cheat". The word cheat implies he was giving some unfair advantage to perform when the truth was he was not. He took money from an agent, But he did not sign with the agent he took the money from. If anyone should be villified, it is USC. When this kid started showing up to practice with items that he nor his parents could afford, a red flag should have went off!

      September 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brent

    "[...] leaving fans to wonder several questions [...]" - whaa? Writing like this leaves me wondering several questions, too, including ones like "Who writes this stuff?"

    September 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RosaFranklin

      LOL – I have to say, that line threw me for a loop as well. Huh??

      September 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. No Way Joe

    Who cares? When Obama is stripped of his Nobel peace prize, now THAT will be news.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      He won't be, Joe.

      September 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Another loser who will use any excuse to try and promote his own political agenda. Can you read, moron? This not a political forum.

      September 7, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Skippy

    Look.... Maybe he really DID believe there were weapons of mass destruc..... What? Reggie not Geo..? Oohhhh! Never mind.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. johny2shoes

    It's Bush's fault! Blame Bush! That's all you liberals have to say... oh wait a minute, wrong Bush. Sorry, I'm just so used to hearing about GW I automatically thought... well, never mind.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Moron – and not even an original or funny moron.....

      September 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobx

      @johny – you are a spudhead of the first degree, congrats clown

      September 7, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gabriel garcia

    Finally they bust him I voted for VInce Young and I think he should get it instead of being left vacant.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. michael

    Cuz he is black... O.J was acquitted of murder guys get over it

    September 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gillian

      Did you watch the joke that was his trial?

      September 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      He was aquitted in the federal case. In the civil case he was found GUILTY

      September 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThaGerm

      NOT THE ISSUE!!!
      OJ's murder happened many years AFTER he won and had no connection with the Heisman trophy.

      BUSH's crime was an NCAA violation and directly impacted his eligibility!


      September 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brent

      @Andrew ~ No one gets found "guilty" in a civil case. He was found liable for wrongful death and battery. Slightly more to the point, good luck getting OJ's Heisman Trophy back - it was auctioned off in '99.

      September 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    Who cares, he won the Super Bowl that's more important than college football trophies and awards, and certainly makes you richer.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bill Trout

    OJ Simpson did not committ any crimes nor violate any NCAA rules that would impact on his eligibility during the year that he won the least that we know of...

    September 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Carolina

    Mybikedied, you are an idiot. And for anybody who thinks for one minute that Reggie Bush is the first college athlete to accept gifts and cash- Think again! It may not be right but it happens everyday. I don't agree with it. The NCAA can't do enough to stop it. USC can thank their coach at the time; he knew it was going on.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Craig

    So, the Heisman Trophy shouldn't be awarded to the best collegiate football player? It should, instead, be awarded to the best player who didn't accept gifts?

    Let's admit it: Athletes in big-time collegiate athletics are really majoring in pre-professional sports. They won't all become professionals after graduation, of course, but the percentage who do is probably greater than the number of art, drama, music, and literature majors who will be able to support themselves as professionals in their chosen fields.

    The schools, much as the AAU of bygone olympiads, are exploiting the 'amateur' status of the "student-athlete" to get free labor and control an impoverished student 'workforce.' That "impoverished" part also serves to keep the workforce more tractable. Low graduation rates in many programs show that this group of students is only being tolerated until they've outlived their usefulness [eligibility] and the college or university can discard them and recruit another batch.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chuck

    If these alledged indiscretions were so obvious that his coaches must have known, then the heisman folks should also have had a clue. Anyone who thinks that O.J. didn't recieve any of these same "donations" is a complete moron. Or any other past recipient of this "earned" award. Or anyone who ever played div. 1 football for that matter. Reggie Bush did nothing that any other Heisman winner hadn't done before him. Leave the trophy with him where it belongs. He "earned" just the same as any other Heisman winner ever has.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Didn't notice any little pesky facts in your tirade, just a bunch of blathering..... so if 'everyone else' does it, its OK? What a moron...

      September 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThaGerm

      Reggie got caught!

      September 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
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