Reggie Bush Wants His Heisman Back

Reggie Bush spoke to Colin Cowherd today after the news broke that USC was allowing him back after a 10-year, NCAA-imposed ban.

And he wants his Heisman Trophy back.

“Would I love to have it back? Hell yes,” Bush said.

Bush also said the scandal took a toll the past 10 years.

“I went through a lot as a person,” Bush said. “I went through a lot as a man. A lot of my confidence as a man was shot down. I had some struggles throughout my career in the NFL because of the things I went through at USC.”

And what does he want to do now?

“I can’t wait to be around those guys and help bring back some of the greatness to USC,” he said.

Notably, Bush did not address why he did not cooperate with the NCAA or why he and his family took any improper benefits? It’s unlikely he will either during this celebratory return.

25 thoughts on “Reggie Bush Wants His Heisman Back

  1. The Heisman is his, he is a Heisman winner, the physical trophy is irrelevant though his vote isn’t (which is the only other substantial benefit that he may or may not have relinquished.

    He didn’t admit guilt or forfeit, he gave back the physical trophy under undue pressure. If the NCAA or the Trophy committee want to explain why Cam Newton et al were in circumstances of clear personal benefit to attend the school (pay for play) were not penalized and even awarded playing time and the award when benefit was known that would be interesting.

    The NCAA’s has seldom started an investigation post fact went back to retroactively strip people even when, as literally hundreds of players openly confessed to taking benefits. In order to justify it, they admittedly falsified the time of a telephone call, which happened after the awards, the championships and the season (and Reggie didn’t return to play after).

    Reggie always was someone who liked to make fans and coaches and alum happy, and to be a smart, articulate, polite, and kind person, generous with time and effort. But they came down on him like a ton of bricks, with so much vitriol! The line they took was that they were knocking Mr. Goody-Two-Shoes and Mr. Too-Perfect down from his pedestal. It was stark contrast to how they warmed to folks like the aforementioned Newton, who robbed and beat up other students, literally intimidated a student to erase their name from their assignments and give them to him to hand in, got kicked out of schools, etc.

    (That was an attack on both Reggie and USC which prided themselves on having STUDENT-athletes that presented an image that was not like the normal meat-market good-cuz-they’re-bad image. Ponder the psychology of envy and hate there, if you want to be pessimistic about humanity.)

    Parents being late on rent of a house to someone who they personally knew, and had zero to do with Reggie’s attendance at USC is the most far fetched, baseless argument of what the (former) rules existed to prevent or penalize, i.e. pay for play.

    I am definitely not arguing that SC and every other major program doesn’t engage in pay for play either directly or indirectly (like permitting or not stopping the runners for agents that are at any top program, summer jobs, selling old game jerseys, or even letting someone buy you a Goddamn hamburger when you’re hungry).

    The courts have concluded the same thing most fans and virtually al the players have, i.e., that the set up of the NCAA was illegal, something every clear eyed, morally sound person has screamed for years. The courts have even called retroactive remedies, as paltry as they will turn out being (some money for old footage and fotos likeness, etc.) And I doubt whatever is fashioned will be fair going forward but what can you do?

    But the NCAA and Heisman committee at the very least should STFU and smile and applaud his return, since Reggie immeasurably benefited them at no cost, and pretend they just were formerly misguided but now see the light.

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    1. Everyone wants to focus on the negative impact, but how many players came to SC since Reggie played for us? Heck, he is still bringing them in after a ten year ban.

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      1. He helped make SC extra hip again, for players, for non athlete students, for everyone. Football has always been a commonality that we can all have as alum and he did a lot to make that exciting again. And he did it with class, dignity, and excellence.

        That’s largely what made him a target– a lot of folks get jealous when it is the talented, good looking, articulate, charitable, A student grad, who is successful like Reggie as if they don’t work for success. And SC has always had the reputation of wanting to be seen as excelling in all things and usually doing so. It was impossible to paint him as Cobra Kai, but that’s what people like to picture SC as, and Reggie’s success by extension.

        All they did was to point out the hypocrisy in the system– his circumstances were at least part of the catalyst for the current changes.

        But it did have a very visible effect on Reggie, something that I was pleasantly surprised to hear him talk about openly. To have his university, which he’s always been passionate about, have the leadership at the time not fight for him or itself and all the other garbage that ensued at Heritage Hall, etc. (And the rest of the university, with twenty odd schools getting into trouble for the “admissions scandal” but the headline was USC / Cobra Kia U, :-/ )

        You couldn’t escape that even some Reggie’s NFL peers and many sports journalists harbored unusual spite, jealousy, even as he was an exemplary person with his efforts on and off the field.

        But he’s handled it with dignity, and it has only made fans, alum, and former/ current and future SC athletes love and respect him that much more, and vice versa.

        All’s well that ends well, he’s back, dropping some important information to student athletes about navigating career and financial responsibility, and just as a passionate about SC succeeding as ever.

        Fight on!

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    2. Po’, po’, po’, Reggie, he got caught. What a crummy, whiny Bozo.

      “Notably, Bush did not address why he did not cooperate (‘Stonewalled would be more accurate’) with the NCAA or why he and his family took any improper benefits? It’s unlikely he will either during this celebratory return.”

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      1. Just Owns… Loool UCLA lives up to it’s loser rep every single day, every single alum, fixated on hating ‘SC. It’s cool, part of the SC experience, the haters across town that lose but keep hating, sometimes even are funny as hell. loool Thank you Bruins for being the annoying little bro that we didn’t ask for but we wouldn’t really want to entirely go away.

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  2. “If I were to say I didn’t want the Heisman back, that would be a lie. I do want to be completely honest about that. 100 per cent I want my Heisman Trophy back. Hell yes. But also at the same time, I’m more focused on the kids now, because what happened to me is in the past, and we’re not gonna be able to change what happened. What we can do is learn from it, and that’s why I’m so happy that kids will now be able to make money off their names, image and likeness because that is what’s fair, and that’s what they deserve, especially when these kids are in their prime and can capitalize on it. I don’t want to see these players hamstringed again because of the new rules that come out. That’s my focus now.”

    The most exciting player to ever put on cleats..

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  3. I guess Carol Folt does have concerns about USC’s athletic imagine, but she continues to allow Clay Helton to run a mediocre football program, at a school that has the potential to be great. 🤔🤔

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  4. Reggie, please come back and teach, not just the RB’s, but ALL of the offensive skill players how to see. Please. I see in the way you ran that you saw what guys were giving you with their balance momentum, body position, speed and you used it against them. I see that you see what I’m talking about and you KNOW that it can be taught.

    Reggie was beautiful because he was that physical actor that I talk about. He always disguised his next move before he made it and if he was giving you something, it was only because he wanted you to see it. He had it. More people should be able to get it too if they’re taught what they should be looking for and how to take advantage of it. I talked about Pitt taking whatever was there and doing what was called for in a given moment. Pitt just didn’t have the quickness or fast twitch and that’s the intangible thing I don’t know about. However, the rest of the game can be given and I hope Reggie can translate it well. The game is told and not sold when you’re back home. I’m serious, let him pull Kedon’s coat about it too. Come home, big baby.

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    1. He was great at the “setup”. Adoree was too, but in a wholly different way, Adoree could set you up with his speed and lean from 20yds away, then when he got you to commit, bam TD. But Reggie could do you in a phone booth…like no one I ever saw. Maybe Gayle Sayers. Give you a leg, and make it disappear.
      But teaching greatness is not so easily accomplished. Ask Magic or Larry or Michael or Bill Russell…Jerry West or …. That’s why they can’t all coach. They couldn’t understand that what came so natural to them was so hard for us mere mortals.

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      1. Great post, Pudly. Great post. You’re right, but it’s a matter of lecture (theory), film and smart drills. Pudly, look into how they teach people to speed read. They basically teach you to widen your vision and take in more information in the same amount of time. I truly think something similar can be taught with regard to vision on the football field. I would even explore like a virtual reality setup at this point to help with what I’m thinking.

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      2. There was this game we used to play as kids called Smear The Qu*er (it was a different time…we were kids..etc…sorry) and it was a great game that taught you a lot of things about running with the football and getting by people. It’s something I would have Kedon playing with some other skill players, even if it’s 2-hand touch. Another name for it was, “Tackle The Man With The Football” (much more cumbersome and that’s why we went with STQ) and that will give you an idea of the nature of the game.

        The object of the game was to pick up the ball and with no blockers, make it into the end zone without getting tackled. If you got tackled, you would drop the ball where you fell and someone else would pick it up and try to score in the same direction you were heading. Usually there was a mad scramble for the ball and you were always trying to get a cheap scoop and score on the run if the ball was moving. It taught those kinds of skills in addition to running: getting after loose balls, picking them up on the hop and getting away. What you would win as a reward for scoring was to turn around and try to score in the other end zone. You were safe as long as you stayed in the end zone, but you were live as soon as you came out. I’m not using hyperbole when I say this… There were times in junior high where there would be like 40 boys out on the field and only one ball. Those were the crazy days and I got sent off to the nurse’s office leaking badly on one of those days. It was just really good at making look for ways around people and getting used to your eyes recognizing certain cues that the defense is giving you.

        The funny thing is that later on in H.S, I was playing football in a completely different part of the state from this junior high. I will hopefully stop saying this kind of thing soon, but there were two stars on my H.S team and by the middle of my junior year, the other star had accepted his ride to USC. The next season, I tune in to see my boy and I see him, but I also see one of those kids that I played STQ with in junior high. Can you believe that? You want to know what else? They are not only at the same college, playing the same sport, but on the same side of the ball and competing for the SAME POSITION. No lie, dawg. This isn’t when recruiting sites were ubiquitous, and I heard the cats back home were ripping it up, but I didn’t know one was at ‘SC already. It was crazy and it’s all true. One of those funny little things that happens in sports…how many people does USC take at one position and I mixed it up, hundreds of miles and years apart with 2 of them??

        Anyway, what I see in today’s players is that they are much more athletic than they used to be, but they aren’t as savvy and kind of schoolyard knowledgeable. If you remember that pitch Reggie tried vs Texas that pisses everyone off…that was schoolyard instinct. That wasn’t the first time Reggie has lateraled before and I can guarantee that. I never saw him do it on TV, but he’s done it. I know people hated it, but it was the same sort of instinct that allowed him to do what he would do. It’s just: See? “bam” react, it’s that same thing that you always go with, that thing that always amazes people normally, but he got a little too happy in the middle of a big play. You know you’re in the middle of a big play when you’re in it and he did too much. Honestly, if that dude he was trying to get it to had some kind of schoolyard about him, he would’ve been part of one of USC’s most historic plays ever, and ‘SC probably runs away with that game. It wasn’t an all that unreasonable pitch for somebody who’s on that same kind of wavelength.

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      3. My only problem with the pitch wasn’t him trying to make a play. It’s just he shoulda not lateraled it forward. That shouldn’t have been a fumble, at least in my eyes. Should have been an illegal forward pass. Just saying. IMO

        BTW, we called it “keep away”. And we played on asphalt because in those days Catholic schools hadn’t heard of grass yet.

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      4. I’d have to look at the play again to make a determination on that point, but i don’t doubt you’re right.

        I’m familiar with keep away, but with STQ, you don’t get to pitch it to anyone. It’s one against however many are playing. That’s what i mean about it making you find things that people are giving you and being creative. You had to create and/or be Billy Badass to score and to turn around and score again.

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      5. Nah man, that’s a good lateral and not a forward pass. Even if they’re parallel, it’s good. Wrong guy to be trying to get it to though. I don’t know who that was, but he didn’t move like the kind of guy who can help you in that situation. Was that a TE or FB?

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      6. Also, as it turns out Pudly, there were 2 future NFL ALL Pros out there playing STQ. Probably more NFL’ers that I just don’t know about too. It would be quite a scene sometimes.

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    2. It’s such an amazing coincidence that Clay Russell the flaming lib returns and senileobama the flaming lib ruin fan disappears.

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  5. After some Big Time stupid decisions on Reggie Bush’s part, I would like to see a formal apology to USC and USC Football and its team’s that we’re impacted.
    He needs to come clean and address the past football players and coaches.
    He can’t play dumb about this.. On TV, he’s very articulate and precise about football and all topics.
    He’s great to listen to,..
    It’s time to settle with the coaches, ex players, fans and administration and say he was wrong! That’s All..
    I saw him play from the sidelines, and he deserved the Heisman that year.
    He should get it back!

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    1. There are legal implications to anything and everything Reggie says about the Lake affair. I’m sure he’d like to say some stuff….and equally sure his legal team is telling him it’s not worth it….
      #He’sJustEmergingFromAllTheCrap,HeDoesn’tWannaDiveBackIn

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    2. Well some of those Trojans are weighing in…on Reggie’s side. So there’s that.

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