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Article posted on 09/08/10
Author: Geno Liles

Heisman Trust Says Bush Report Inaccurate

Yesterday all the trends pointed to former USC standout and current member of the NFL Champion New Orleans Saints Reggie Bush to be stripped of his Heisman Trophy by the end of the month, this according to a Yahoo! Sports report. However, now the Heisman Trust is weighing in saying that the Yahoo reports were inaccurate. Heisman Trophy Trust executive director, Robert Whalen, told the Associated Press, "I can tell you the Heisman Trophy Trust has made no decision regarding the Reggie Bush situation." Then later the president of the Heisman Trust commented, "The status of the USC/Bush matter remains unchanged. Any reports to the contrary are inaccurate."

At question is Bush's eligibility for the award, which requires recipients to comply with NCAA eligibility requirements. The NCAA, back in June, found that Bush was not eligible during the 2005 season because of gifts and favors received and levied several major sanctions against the USC football program. And since the NCAA has already ruled Bush ineligible for the season in which he won the award, it seems a likely conclusion to assume the Heisman Trophy Trust will eventually arrive at the same conclusion and take the award.

As for the Saints organization, they have said they will not comment on Bush's Heisman situation as it has no bearing on his pro career. The team's headquarters were closed to reporters after the news came out. Bush's Los Angeles attorney has also declined to comment on the report. If Yahoo's report turns out to be true, Bush would be the first player in the 75 year history of the award to have his trophy taken away.

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