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. Mrs. Tiger Woods

    First off – ESPN bites. They report too much woods stuff.
    And it will be vacant. I've talked to Deon Mitchell, Peter Burgiowitz, and Jeff Longview. They are all in the know with the Heisman Trust and confirmed it will be vacant.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Patrick

    Man, the Obama enthusiasts are really into punishing the Bush legacy.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Castro

    If anyone is guilty of anything, it's the NCAA for taking advantage of student athletes. When you look at how much money the schools/conferences/NCAA makes off of these students, and see how much the students get back, it's laughable. Yes, some of the student athletes get a free ride through college, but most do not. Also, most will not become professional athletes, and most who do turn pro do not succeed there and do not get multi-million dollar contracts. Meanwhile, the schools, conferences, and NCAA take in hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

    I'm not saying we should start paying student athletes millions of dollars, but if you look at some of the reasons why they take gifts is because they can't actually afford some things on their own. Why not give them a monthly stipend to take care of extra costs? Right now, at best, they don't have to pay for tuition and room/board... but we all know there are more expenses than that.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      This – if anything – is an argument for changing eligibility rules, etc. It does not mean that the NCAA is guilty here. And it does nothing to show that USC and Bush are not both guilty.

      September 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Three Dog Mama

    Bush did his deeds while still in college as per NCAA. OJ, as guilty as he is, did them after his college career, such as murdering his wife and armed robbery. And when does it matter how many hours you have towards a degree as to whether or not you are eligible for the Heisman?

    September 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Yeah, seems to me that the NCAA stand is only the NCAA itself should be able to accept money and/or gifts and not the athletes themselves.

    Also it seems to me that if they are going to do this then they should be consistant and go back and look at all the other people to recieve the award as I'm sure Bush isn't the only one to get cash and/or gifts.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry

    They should have stripped him of his presidency instead of a trophy.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. johny2shoes

    "My name is sheppard and if you try to post anything I don't like I'm going to call you a moron!"

    September 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard


      September 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Beetlejuice

    My name is sheppard and I live with my momma in the basement. Ramen noodles is good!

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

      Sonny, I own the whole building... aren't you late for school? Or have you already dropped out – in the sixth grade.

      September 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    What is it? If you have the last name of Bush are you just automatically evil? They should award a Heisman to G.W. Bush just so we could enjoy ripping it away from it! I fully blame Former President Bush for this scandal BTW...

    September 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bobby Sox, Slidell

    I'll bet Reggie wishes Kim Kardashian would take her herpes back instead.

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

    But he did play and deserved the trophy......I know a swimmer that lifeguarded an empty pool when he went to a certain Western state college...He got bucks for nothing.....paid study time/ scholarship.......USC must be slipping....

    September 7, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. beasterdamas

    The College Sports System (at that level) is so corrupt that what Reggie did was almost heroic. He took care of his family while playing for USC. All the other Colleges that played on that schedule, the advertisers who made millions of dollars on those broadcasts got paid...What would have happened if Reggie had gotten hurt so bad that he never made it to the NFL? Is there a pension program for College Athletes? The whole thing is kind of like slavery...Greed and Slavery and people are so blind they can't see it...It's like paper money someone made paper money valuable, but guess what? It doesn't do jack s...t if your ship-wreaked on a deserted Island...does it...

    September 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trover Marie

      You are exactly correct!

      September 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pam

    Again, He is not the only one who would have done this. Let the man keep it. Start looking at all Trophy winners for that matter, not only the Heisman, but the Charle Connerly, etc. If you started to investigate all the winners I am sure you would be collecting more than his.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. onyxlove

    I wonder how much history has been changed by him getting that trophy going to the New Orleans Saints...had he not got the trophy, what do you think would be different?

    September 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    I thought this was a story about bikini waxing.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      You are my hero.

      September 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
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