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. Doc

    They need to enlist Kim Kardashian in a special episode of Bounty Hunter, where she's the one who repossesses his Heisman.

    September 7, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hulkspazamaniac

    what an overrated d ouche bag.

    September 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hasc

    Then we should take back the New Orleans Saints Superbowl Trophy as well.

    September 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I Back Obama

    If you really want to hurt Bush, take away his Super Bowl ring, that Peyton Manning gave him.


    September 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. grammadee

    It SHOULD BE surrendered and ALL reference to his football records as well. At LEAST O.J. became a CREEP after he LEFT SC .

    September 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Barbara

    If you cheat, which he did, he should be stripped of trophy. End of story.

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

    But what would be the logic in leaving the award vacant, rather than giving it to the runner-up in the voting? I mean if they had ruled Bush ineligible before he was awarded the Heisman, they would have awarded it to someone else. I guess you could argue that most of Bush's votes would not necessarily have gone to Vince Young had he not been eligible, and that perhaps another person would have won the award had Bush not been in the picture, but you would think a committee could look at the candidates and determine that.

    September 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill C.

    The idea that it's an ethics violation for the players in a multimillion dollar industry like college football to be paid for playing is just absurd.

    September 7, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jose

    He is still the heisman winner, still the best player that year with or without the trophy. Like floyd mayweather is still the champ even though manny has the belts

    September 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Holy Heisman Batman

    OMG! OMG! OMG! Who the hell is Reggie Bush?

    September 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GAPeach

    OJ earned the Heisman Trophy at the time he won it.

    September 7, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GAPeach

    Holy, he is best known for sleeping with Kim Kardashian

    September 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Holy Heisman Batman

    Ah.... Then he deserve a trophy.... and a free urinary tract exam

    September 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Benjamin Lonetree

    Gee and here I thought the headline ment George W. Bush!

    September 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. k3citizen

    It's only fair that he gives the trophy back, he was rewarded before the voting even took place! As far as OJ, sorry, he earned his fair and square. OJ should, however, give back his degree because he obviously didn't learn much. College athletes are the highest paid amateurs on earth!

    September 7, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
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