Early Tuesday Charles Robinson and Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports reported that, “the Heisman Trophy Trust is expected to strip former University of Southern California star running back Reggie Bush of college football’s top honor by the end of September. … sources said the trust will relieve Bush of the award and leave the honor for that season vacant.”
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In response to the Yahoo report, Heisman Trophy Trust Executive Director Rob Whalen released the following statement:
“Yahoo Sports claiming Heisman Trust has reached a decision is completely false. The Heisman Trophy Trust has made no decision regarding the Reggie Bush matter.”
The Heisman Trust reportedly does not have a regularly-scheduled meeting in September though Robinson and Cole noted that the investigation into the Bush situation had not yet concluded.
The Yahoo reporters also didn’t necessarily report that a final decision on the status of Bush’s Heisman with the Trust had already “been reached.” Only that the outcome would be determined before the end of the month.
From the carefully-worded Yahoo piece, it appears that Robinson and Cole may have anticipated this sort of denial from the Heisman Trust. One wonders if the exposure of the Trust’s alleged sentiment may actually end up affecting the outcome of what ultimately happens with Bush’s award.
UPDATE: Heisman Trust President William Dockery released his own statement on the matter.
September 7, 2010
The status of the USC / Bush matter remains unchanged. Any reports to the contrary are inaccurate. Please refer to July 2010 statement below.
William J. Dockery
President , Heisman Trust
Re: Heisman Trophy – USC/Reggie Bush
“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
Heisman Trophy Trust