Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N
Just a couple notes on the train wreck that is Reggie Bush. First off, Deinart writes that Reggie should be stripped of his Heisman:If the allegations are true, selfish Bush should lose his Heisman
Don Yaeger's book "Tarnished Heisman" chronicles allegations swirling around Bush's USC tenure (2003-05). The most egregious: receipt of improper benefits in 2004 and 2005.
... A fascinating sidebar to his sordid tale is the debate about whether Bush should be stripped of his 2005 Heisman if he is found to be in violation of NCAA rules.
I received an e-mail from Yaeger last October, and soon thereafter we talked. He wanted my thoughts for his book on how I would react as a Heisman voter if these allegations were true. He also wondered what I thought the Heisman committee should do if Bush is found in violation of NCAA rules.
I told Yaeger I thought Bush should be stripped of his Heisman.
Deinart also summarizes the latest revelations that threaten both Reggie and USC:Yaeger's book claims Bush received $47,000 out of an overall $291,000 that went to his family from sports marketer Lloyd Lake. Bush also allegedly was lavished with money for shopping sprees, hotel stays and cash to buy a sweet custom car. ...
If what Yaeger has chronicled is true, it doesn't bode well for USC. The biggest hit the Trojans could take if the NCAA finds them guilty: forfeiture of the 2004 national championship and 25 wins from 2004-05.
A big key in the NCAA's investigation figures to hinge on the classic axiom: What did the USC coaches and administrators know, and when did they know it? Even if everyone at USC was clueless as to what Bush was doing -- and the NCAA finds Bush guilty -- the school still could feel a heavy NCAA hammer.And it appears that Deinart and I share the same high opinion of Reggie Bush: If Bush knowingly broke the rules, he clearly and blatantly disrespected USC, his teammates, the Heisman and college football.
It's just a selfish act on Bush's part.
Maybe more amusing, for your viewing pleasure, it looks like Don Yaeger's Tranished Heisman website has now gone live.
The site is a nice PR move to try to sell books (which you can do by visiting here). But the new stuff is the documents, which establish some of Bush's wrongful conduct, and other assorted business documents from New Era.
Interesting stuff. Who knows what will happen? But we all know what should. We'll see.