"He's really contrite," Haden said of Bush, according to USA Today. "He knows he made a series of mistakes. It wasn't just one mistake. It was a series of mistakes."
Bush, a running back for the New Orleans Saints, has not been stripped of the Heisman Trophy he won in 2005, though USC has returned Bush's Heisman given to the school. Two trophies are awarded for each recipient.
"He told me, 'If I could turn the clock back, I would. If I could give the Heisman Trophy back, I would,' " Haden told the newspaper.
Uhm. Obviously that raises a whole lot of questions. How the hell does one of the posterboys and superstars of the program make "series of mistakes" without any kind of intervention from the AD or the HC? Ethical Pat didn't provide any explanation for that.
Of course Ted Miller from tWWL just laps up the Trogan spin and puts all the blame on Reggie while remaining in total denial over how it all happened under Garrett and Carroll's watch. It is really pathetic how Miller has gone overdrive in shilling for the Trogans.
As for wanting to give his "Heisman Trophy back," what exactly is stopping one of the most over-rated NFL busts in recent history. Reggie can give his trophy back any time. He certainly can ship it back to NYC if he is really serious about it. What is funnier is this hilarity from Ethical Pat:
"I wish I could ask Reggie to come talk to our football team. I can't," said Haden, who replaced ousted AD Mike Garrett on Aug. 3. "He's not allowed on the campus. But I think he would tell them what a big mistake he made and how sorry he is."
Uh, Pat, if he is so serious about ethics and integrity and wants to keep Bush barred from his cherished little "campus," why is he still displaying the Heisman Trophy won by an alleged double murderer and criminal in his athletic department? Is that something his mother really proud of?
All of this is of course is nothing short of total BS spin. It is all about creating media stories to create a favorable message frame around their bogus appeal to the NCAA. Of course we don't expect dumb reporters to figure that all out (these guys were out to lunch when all that cheating was going on). What we do expect is NCAA to laugh these stunts off and stick to their sanctions which arguably should have been more severe against the most corrupt athletic program in recent history of the NCAA.
UPDATE (N): Wow. That was a fast walkback. Now Ethical Pat is saying there was no "apology":
USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said Friday that he spoke last week with a contrite Reggie Bush, but that embattled 2005 Heisman Trophy winner did not apologize for actions that played a major role in the NCAA’s decision to hit the school with severe sanctions.
That contradicts a report by USA Today that Haden had said Bush apologized for those actions.
“Never did he say I’m sorry or I apologize,” Haden said. “Never did he say, 'I lied to the NCAA or I took stuff.' ”
Whatever. No one knows what the heck is going over at Hello Kiffin's "Touch Football U." GO BRUINS.