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Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

Posted on: September 7, 2010 6:12 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the statement just released by the Heisman Trust in response to the day's earlier reports (emphasis ours):

The status of the USC / Bush matter remains unchanged. Any reports to the contrary are inaccurate. Please refer to July 2010 statement below.

The Heisman Trophy Trust, is a 501(c)(3) charitable trust, which each year contributes significant monies to the underserved of our country.

The Trust will be considering the issues raised in the USC/Reggie Bush matter, and after reaching a decision will publish it, but due to the complex issues involved and the Trust’s desire to reach an appropriate decision, no definitive timetable has been established. Until the matter has been fully considered and a decision is reached, the Trust has no further comment."

William J. Dockery
President
Heisman Trophy Trust

That, of course, stands in direct contrast to Yahoo! Sports' report that the Trust had, in fact, decided to rescind Bush's trophy. How that would work, logistically, is unclear without knowing what (if any) the contractual obligations are between a Heisman recipient and the Trust. If Bush is the rightful owner, after all, what would the Trust actually have to do to get the trophy back?

But fortunately for Bush, that question's still in the realm of the hypothetical--for now.

Comments

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2010 7:21 pm
 

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

and yes, if the ballot states that recipient must be in compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student athlete, then they need to look at the bylaws defining a student athlete. Now, do the bylaws state that a student athlete must be in school, play footbal, and maintain a certain grade point average? To me that would define a student athlete. I'm sure Reggie Bush was all of the above. Does it state anywhere in the ballot that a student athlete cannot accept gifts from an outside source at anytime? I don't know, I haven't read the bylaws for either entity. Where can I go to read these bylaws. Honestly, I think it is in the hands of the governing bodies.



Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:12 pm
 

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

So if you win the lottery, but then later authorities discover that your ticket was counterfeited, do you get to keep the money? Does it matter whether you knew it was counterfeit at the time you bought the ticket? Does it matter if you never knew it was counterfeit at all? If your numbers are called, you are going to step up to claim "your" money. But suppose a week after you are paid, your "winning" ticket is proved beyond all doubt to have been a counterfeit ticket. Would it matter that you really needed the money? Would all the crybaby, morally challenged media come to your defense and say you should keep the money?
If the Heisman Trophy ballot said "recipients must be the best football player at an NCAA school, regardless of compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student athlete," then it wouldn't matter what USC or Reggie Bush did off the field. Sure, he's a great running back worthy of recognition, but  the ballot says "recipients must be in compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student athlete," making counterfeit his "qualifications" to win the Heisman Trophy. Might as well open up the Heisman Trophy to the NFL.





Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:51 pm
 

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

All I know is that Reggie Bush is one heck of an athlete and the Heisman Trophy goes to the most outstanding athlete in college football and it was Reggie Bush in 2005



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:42 pm
 

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

  

Why wouldnt they care? you are not a college athlete if you get paid. plain and simple. If you get paid you are a professional and not eligible to play for a college. Make since to me.

What about the players who dont get paid? (your saying take the bribes?)



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:35 pm
 

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

I have a very good question.

IS IT LEBRON BUSH OR REGGIE JAMES.  They have to be related as dumb as both of them are.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:34 pm
 

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

looks like its time to pay the piper. does the 'c' in USC stand for cheaters. Your boy Pete Carrol pimped you guys hard, how does it feel? I know this isnt the last we hear about how shady your program is especially with the biggest mercenary in fball as your new coach. Karma is a m*therf%cker!!!



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:32 pm
 

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

OJ was eligible for the heisman. Bush was not eligible to play college football. What OJ did years after football doesnt matter. But of course he is still an as*hole



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:04 pm
 

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

Please, The NCAA can make TONS AND TONS of cash because of these players and that is not probelm. Sure a college education for free is a GREAT thing but you offer a poor kid some $$$$$ and he is going to take. So what? I would have done the same thing and all of you people crying would as well. It is not like he sold Top Secret to the enemy, he took some money. I am sure it happens everyday. I work with a guy that played at LSU and he said the day he showed to campus there was a brand new car waiting for him. That sounds like an special gift for a freshman. Does everybody at LSU get new cars? I think not. Reggie just got caught because people were looking harder at him. Shut up all you crybabies.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Heisman Trust denies Bush story, issues statement

I think they should award the Heisman to the runnerup in these cases. If they are vacating wins and BCS Championships too, runner up is as good a candidate as any to receive it. On OJ getting to keep his, whatever legal troubles he had, those were long after his college playing days.


Hamon49
Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:44 am
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