Bush On Returning Heisman: ‘It’s Not My Choice’

Before he practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, Reggie Bush addressed a Tuesday Yahoo Sports report that the Heisman Trophy Trust would “relieve” him of its 2005 award before the end of September.

Vince Young and Reggie Bush after Bush won the Heisman Trophy

(Heisman Trust reportedly will meet Tuesday to “formally discuss” Bush award)

Bush said of the Yahoo report and the possibility of him returning the Heisman Trophy:

“If I’m not mistaken, I think the Heisman Trust people released a statement saying that whatever was said yesterday was inaccurate. So that’s where we’re at. I think at this point it’s kind of out of my hands. … It’s not my decision anymore. It’s not my choice.”

Bush declined to comment on if he’d met with the Heisman Trust recently. Yahoo reported Tuesday that he had previously met with Heisman Trustees as part of the award organization’s investigaton into his conduct while playing for the USC Trojans.

Bush claimed Wednesday that the Heisman controversy was the furthest thing from his mind:

“I’m not even thinking about that. I haven’t gone that far. Here we are the day before the biggest game of the new season [the Saints play host to the Vikings in the NFL opener Thursday], and that’s where my focus is…

“I’ve said all I want to say, and everything else has to play itself out. It’s an unfortunate situation for everybody, including the kids at USC.

Lane Kiffin is a good friend of mine, and we speak on occasion. But I haven’t spoken to anybody regarding this specific stuff, whether it’s the violations or the Heisman stuff.”

Heisman Trust Executive Director Rob Whalen and President William Dockery each released a statement yesterday saying that the organization has not yet made a decision on the status of Bush’s Heisman Trophy.

The Trust reportedly will have a “formal discussion” about the status of Bush’s award as part of a regularly-scheduled meeting next Tuesday. It would take a super majority (six out of eight Trustee votes) for Bush to be stripped of his Heisman Trophy.

Heisman Director: Yahoo Report ‘Completely False’

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.

Heisman Trust Statement

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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. Read more…

Heisman: No Scheduled Sept. Meeting On Bush

Earlier Tuesday, Charles Robinson and Jason Cole of YAHOO SPORTS reported, “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 told Yahoo! Sports.

Linda Cohn notes Chris Fowler appearance on SportsCenter

After the Yahoo report was published, ESPN’s Chris Fowler reported on the network’s SportsCenter show that he had subsequently talked to members of the eight-person panel of Heisman Trustees about the status of Bush’s Heisman award. Read more…