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. Tommy Mack

    That Super Bowl ring on his finger is much cooler anyway. I'm sure Reggie will be alright.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ed

    Heisman is given to the best college player and he is the best in college during his time way better than Vince Young.

    NCAA can say that they are taking away the their 13 wins and their victory againts Oklahoma. but bottom line is the Trojans kick butt.

    NCAA is business, they take away the best team for two years and nobody would watch it, why would I spend money to watch a second rate team.

    And if you penalized all NCAA players who accept gift, the only people that would be left are the cheerleaders.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You're joking right? Vince Young was clearly the best player on the field when USC – Texas met. could even say Vince Young is the better Pro...right now. Vince Young:
      – NFL Rookie of Year
      – 2 Pro Bowls
      – 27 Wins, 11 Loses as NFL starter

      September 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Vince Young was and is still a much better player than Reggie Bush. They should award the Heisman to Vince and he should turn the tarnished trophy down.
      And OJ was CONVICTED in civil court of the murders. That circus that went on in criminal court was a travesty.

      September 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas Pete

      Best team in NCAA??? Surely you are smoking something.

      September 7, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • SLY1

      LMAO....Vince Young was not better than Reggie....You do remember what happened to Vince and what didn't happen to Reggie right? As far as this bull about the Heismann trophy IF the NCAA can guarantee that Reggie is the only Heismann tropy winner that this has been an issue with then go ahead and take it away, but the fact that these athletes get FULL tme scholorships to schools they probably could not have gotten into in the first place most of the time is probably worse than these gifts that they received. Being an athlete=special treatment. How else are some of these players making the grade especially during season. You can tell me that some college kids who work their butts off day in and day out could afford to take off the days and weekends that these athletes do? Come on!

      September 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stacy

    I think Bush should keep it. The Downtown Athletic Club will just show themselves to be as hypocritical as the NCAA. If they cared about integrity so much, why don't they award an honorary trophy to Jim Brown who was clearly the best player during his senior year at Syracuse and finished fifth in the voting which was a joke.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mcar

    This time it really is all Bush's fault.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Bodacious

      Where is the 'like'?

      September 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corby


      September 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DNA

    It's football. WHO GIVES A F||CK.
    This does not belong in 'Latest News'

    September 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    Anybody who watched the Rose Bowl know's Vince Young should've received it in the first place....

    September 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ed

    Maybe while they are at it:
    a. They might as welll take away his Kim Kardazian.
    b. Get NFL to take his Superbowl Ring and also the Saints 2009 championship.

    September 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fred

    uh oh, yall be ware, bro al shaooier an rev jj will be on this like a snake on grass lol

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


      September 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Bodacious

      Who u slammin on rev JJ?

      September 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    While I do think Bush bears most of the responsibility for the economy, I don't get what taking the Heisman back will accomplish...

    September 7, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kneejerk

    The country is falling apart at the seems and this is what people are concerned with?

    September 7, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chrisa Hickey

    If OJ still has his Heisman (well, the Trust didn't take it back), then Reggie should keep his as well.

    September 7, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shutyourhole

      I told you, no "chicks" commenting on football! It's football for heaven's sake!!!

      September 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shutyourhole

    "jerk" . . . I'm concerned with good grammar and spelling and "seems" is actually spelled, S-E-A-M-S!

    September 7, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lance

    The idiocy on this blog mirrors the idiocy at large. Truly disturbing, it is...

    September 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kee Kee

      Lance, I second your comment 100%....

      September 7, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    Good, take his trophy. But don't stop there. These were infractions committed by Southern Cal on the same level as those committed by SMU – and they go the 'death' penalty.

    September 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Agreed. The NCAA was not nearly harsh enough on USC.

      September 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob Smith

    Reggie, Let them take the little statue, but keep the $8 million annual income!
    Uncle Bob

    September 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
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