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 SI.com.

"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.

SI.com: 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. what?!

    "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."

    What?! That isn't the same. One broker the rules during his college career that would have rendered him ineligible during the season he won the heisman. The other did crazy stuff after college. You can't compare the two and you don't want to strip people of athletic awards for things they do after they won the award.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom

    College football is corrupt. College basketball is corrupt. Why do we bother with these people, and why do we think that they will no longer be corrupt when they get into professional sports? And while we're at it, high school sports are one step farther down the road to perdition now that they will be nationally televised. Sports builds character, but what kind of character?

    September 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Reggie

    Get off my Ass, I just want to play football cause I ❤ the game and Kim!!!! $$$ do not mean anything to me. Just want the love of my life back.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I've got problems...

    haha...typical USC. Producing criminals.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. umad

    one question.

    Was he the best person in college football at the time? (what heismann is awarded for.)

    Answer:
    Yes

    He should keep it. Who cares if he took money or whatever, he was the best at the time. That is what the award is for. Whoever the heismann is awarded to after his is stripped that person will be a paper heismann winner with an asterisk next to his name.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    Reggie is like take everything Kim Kardashian is all i need.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • CR

      too bad he doesn't have her anymore. So now he'll have nothing?

      September 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. farquar

    Who cares, it's about stinking foot ball... meaningless drivel isn't news at all.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Todlerone

    This just in.....who cares. We're talking about overpaid people that get placed for to high above the rest of society. Change the tables and treat highly successful surgeons/doctors this way. The men/women that save your kids/family/friends. Professional sports is way out of control and gets feed far too much hype. Sad really.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. eric

    so what?!?! he's still got a great commercial! raggae bush.......... HA!!

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bubba

    Get back to me when they strip Dubya Bush of HIS honors.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. johnnytwotrout

    He was given gifts and people catered to his every need. So, isn't that what college is for, to prepare you for the real world? That trophy has been meaningless for years and obviously continues to be.

    September 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    It is amazing to me how many people have no issue with people knowingly breaking the rules. What ever happened to integrity, and honor and respect? For me the rule that was broke is not the real issue, how large or small, the issue is Reggie knew the rules (there is no doubt here) and still chose to not only break them but do so in a blatant and narcissistic way. He thought he was above everyone else, got caught and now has to pay the price.

    This topic is a microcosm of what is wrong with the world today – no personal responsibility. If you don't like the rules or think they are unfair, then protest or do whatever is needed to change them. Until then however, breaking them will come with a price and Reggie deserves to pay his.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Johnny

    That's what he gets for sending troops to Iraq.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
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    Hey guys, will you visit SaveStan.ORG a man with 4 young babies is fighting for his life……… Thanks

    September 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Smerlap

    Wow, it seems to me this will be a slippery slope for the Heisman Trust. Should anyone who used steroids in college which are discovered later be stripped. I think they should just leave the past in the past, the Heisman is not awarded for being a good guy it is awarded for being the best football player in a given year. It is not a lifetime endorsement.

    September 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
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