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. R Bush

    Don't take my trophy!

    September 7, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nalor55

    Told Mr. Bush stay out of Iraq, or he could lose his Heisman Trophy, but he had to and listen to Chaney a guy who cannot shoot straight, and now he is losing his Heisman. No WMD = No Heisman.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Missy M

    Who cares about the trophy. I want to know if he's still dating Kim Kardashian! They're such a cute couple!

    September 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bl

    I am not a football fan, but there is no way I would be on a field getting slammed, thrown, pummeled, drug, etc. and not take EVERY penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar I could get my hands on. Everybody else is making money. Why shouldn't the players? Why is it they can't capitalize on the situation just like everybody else is? And please don't tell me that Bush is the first to do this. He isn't. It's not like a football player has a definite period of time to play and make his money. A lot of them are lucky if they last 10 years. So, why shouldn't he take advantage of his situation just like everybody else is.

    September 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. buke56

    So Reggie Bush doesnt keep the Heisman but Dubya Bush doesnt get brought up on war crimes. Oh the humanity!

    September 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Evil

    Take the Trophy, you can't take away Kim Kardashian

    September 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bmussberger

    Sports-rules violators must be punished when discovered...or there is nothing to stop and give
    the next athlete pause before they break the rules...ask Pete Rose...just don't ask Barry Bonds, though...
    rules aren't for him and Clemens and Sosa and McGuire and ...

    September 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brent

    Don't take away the boy's award. He ran his A** off to get that, NCAA violations or not. Those don't change the fact, that year he was without doubt the best college player in the game.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Horns

      Long live Vince Young! The best college football player that year and he can claim National Champion without being a cheater.

      September 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mike

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The country is fallen apart and you idiots are worried about a millionaire losing a stupid trophy!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Texas Pete

    I have my doubt Brent.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. msgyrl

    Oh well...he has a Super Bowl ring now...I'd rather keep that. - On to the next story...blah, blah, blah...

    September 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Beetlejuice

    Portrait of Kim Kardashian's Bush:


    September 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. a lausen

    Really Bush is on here stating NFL football players not going to have health insurance WOW I know I don't have it now with no option to make millions next year or a staff a Dr's

    September 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. moblack29

    This is clearly a case of MODERN day racism! The NCAA, College Football, and Basketball discriminate against underprivileged minorities by making Billions off of their services from marketing and television contracts without paying the players or their families a cent. This is MODERN day SLAVERY!!! Why doesn't the African-American and Hispanic Lawyers sue these Slave Owners for all the Billions of monies owed! Calling all Black and Brown attorneys – STAND UP AND TAKE A STAND for Humanity!!!!

    September 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • AL Sharpton

      Are you serious??? Why do you hurt are race making stupid remarks like that....

      September 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    Bush don't care about that Trophy anymore he has got what he went to USC for and that was to get in the NFL. But I can tell you onething if I was Bush I would sit out in my yard and dare somebody to come up and ask me for a Trophy or a ring.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
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