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Bush finally meets with the NCAA

More than three years after he left USC, running back Reggie Bush finally met with NCAA investigators looking into the question of whether his eligibility was compromised via the receipt of cash or other benefits while playing college football.

According to Jason Cole and Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, the interview occurred prior to the 2009 NFL season.

Per the report, Bush denied receiving cash or other benefits from a prospective marketing agency while he was playing for the Trojans.  The claims previously have resulted in a reported settlement with one of the principals of the agency, and a lawsuit filed by one of the other owners of the firm.

The problem is that the NCAA can’t force Bush to talk — and they have no ability to impose any consequences on him for failing to tell the truth.  If the NCAA ultimately uncovers sufficient evidence to prove that the allegations are accurate, Bush could be required to pack his 2005 Heisman Trophy up in a box and send it to Nashville with a packing slip that reads “Vince Young.”

The fact that the NCAA is still pushing the matter might have had something to do with coach Pete Carroll’s decision to leave USC for the NFL, especially since Yahoo! Sports reports that the NCAA has broadened its probe of the Trojans’ athletics department in the past year.

With Carroll possibly in line for a black eye once the NCAA issues a notice of infractions, which according to Yahoo! Sports could come as soon as March, it arguably makes sense for Carroll to escape now.

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15 Responses to “Bush finally meets with the NCAA”
  1. Wrathchild says: Jan 11, 2010 11:26 AM

    “With Carroll possibly in line for a black eye once the NCAA issues a notice of infractions, which according to Yahoo! Sports could come as soon as March, it arguably makes sense for Carroll to escape now.”
    Sure, but he’ll be back in the NCAA ranks within two years…something to consider.

  2. HarrisonHits says: Jan 11, 2010 11:30 AM

    “If the NCAA ultimately uncovers sufficient evidence to prove that the allegations are accurate, Bush could be required to pack his 2005 Heisman Trophy up in a box and send it to Nashville with a packing slip that reads “Vince Young.””
    Wow that would be really harsh. Poor Bush and his millions of dollars will be shedding a lot of tears over that one.

  3. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Jan 11, 2010 11:40 AM

    “The problem is that the NCAA can’t force Bush to talk — and they have no ability to impose any consequences on him for failing to tell the truth.”
    “Bush could be required to pack his 2005 Heisman Trophy up in a box and send it to Nashville with a packing slip that reads “Vince Young.””
    Nice contradiction there, Mike. Looks like your logic skills are right up there with your prognostication skills regarding this week’s NFL playoff games.

  4. RIP__21 says: Jan 11, 2010 11:45 AM

    Its almost a certainty sanctions will be imposed on USC when the investigation is complete. Carroll is getting a 2.5M dollar rise and will avoid being in a program will undoubtely be barred from postseason play for years.
    Plus the NFC west will be wide open when Warner retires; which it looks like he’ll do after the playoffs.

  5. topcide says: Jan 11, 2010 11:56 AM

    NFL contracts are not guaranteed, and neither is being drafted, and since lots of them are not smart enough to be in college and don’t attend classes working toward a applicable degree,I don’t blame them for taking the money.
    Ok kid, here is some money for making our school millions, if you get caught nothing will happen to you, just us.

  6. Swag11 says: Jan 11, 2010 12:02 PM

    @God’s Own Silver and Blue
    He’s not contradicting himself. He said they can’t make Bush TALK, and there won’t be consequences if he doesn’t tell the truth should he do so. If they find evidence elsewhere, or he does actually decide to cooperate and it turns out he’s done wrong, then they can take his trophy away.

  7. Anarcho Purplism says: Jan 11, 2010 12:09 PM

    You’d think schools would wise up & insert language that would allow them to forgo future comp (should coach leave pre-contract completion) or sue to get a specified % back in the event NCAA allegations prove true.
    Schools & players that play for punished schools are the ones that get harmed.

  8. aloud2judge says: Jan 11, 2010 12:24 PM

    Wrathchild says:
    January 11, 2010 11:26 AM
    “With Carroll possibly in line for a black eye once the NCAA issues a notice of infractions, which according to Yahoo! Sports could come as soon as March, it arguably makes sense for Carroll to escape now.”
    Sure, but he’ll be back in the NCAA ranks within two years…something to consider.
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  9. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jan 11, 2010 12:37 PM

    Mike Florio said:
    “The problem is that the NCAA can’t force Bush to talk”
    Then Bush should have the NCAA spend a few hours with the Kardashian family while they wait for him not to show…Bruce Jenner can run marathon circles around them in the living room.

  10. bake says: Jan 11, 2010 1:01 PM

    Carroll’s leaving suddenly makes sense…… Like when a sitting Senator or Congressman announces they won’t seek re-election right before they know they are about to get indicted…………..

  11. Roboto says: Jan 11, 2010 1:32 PM

    Ha! I thought the article was about George W. Bush. A kind of delayed reaction like Katrina:)

  12. SF Saints Fan says: Jan 11, 2010 2:10 PM

    I seriously doubt Bush would pack up his Heisman and send it back. He would just say he “lost it” and to take a hike.
    Florio, if this was about somebody who played for West Virginia, I doubt you would have ever “reported” this. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I hate USC too.

  13. patsSB44champs says: Jan 11, 2010 2:27 PM

    SF Saints Fan says:
    January 11, 2010 2:10 PM
    I seriously doubt Bush would pack up his Heisman and send it back. He would just say he “lost it” and to take a hike.
    Florio, if this was about somebody who played for West Virginia, I doubt you would have ever “reported” this. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I hate USC too.
    ___________________________
    Everyone should tell the NCAA to take a hike.
    This is the equivalent of a high school principal tracking down someone who graduated five years ago because he skipped school on the last day. I guarantee you that’s how Reggie Bush feels right now.

  14. buckifan4life says: Jan 11, 2010 2:27 PM

    Fans knew LONG ago that Carroll was cheating the system,…the Bush fiasco started to surface 3 years ago for God sakes! The NCAA drag their feet when it comes to those institutions they “favor.” It’s NEVER a level playing field when your dealing with NCAA politics.
    OSU got hammered as soon as the Clarett issue reared it’s ugly head. How come it was so swiftly attacked by the NCAA? It’s called a double standard!
    Shame on you, NCAA!

  15. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Jan 11, 2010 2:40 PM

    So Swag11, how’s married life with Mike treatin’ you?
    Seriously, the two statements were and are contradictory on their face. Having your Heisman taken away from you is the definition of possible “consequences”.in this case, a purported fact that renders the first sentence I quoted meaningless. Whether Reggie Bush lies about it or not is immaterial.

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