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Former USC assistant rips Reggie Bush

Steve Sarkisian, the head coach of the Washington Huskies, served as an assistant on Pete Carroll’s staff at USC five years ago, when tailback Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy.

And while pretty much everyone associated with Reggie’s college team and his pro team have refrained from saying anything bad about Bush, Sarkisian has unloaded.

“He had a chance to apologize, look like the good guy,” Sarkisian told Shelley Smith of ESPN.  “But in giving it back and not apologizing, he
just looks like an idiot again
.”

Still, Sarkisian needs to tread lightly when throwing around labels like that.  After all, he was among the potential “idiots” at USC who didn’t realize that their star tailback was getting paid by multiple prospective marketing agents.

Sarkisian also defended the team’s achievements during Bush’s tenure.  “No matter how much money he got paid, that didn’t affect how we
prepared,” Sarkisian said. “We weren’t the best team in football
because of what he or his parents took.”  (Actually, in 2005, they weren’t the best team in football at all — Texas and Vince Young saw to that.)

Sarkisian’s candor is surprising, and we’d love to know whether he made his comments with or without the blessing of his former boss, who now coaches the NFL team that plays its home games in the same town where Sarkisian, who once was a finalist for the Raiders’ head coaching job, now works.

Either way, it’s good to see that we aren’t the only ones who were dismayed by Reggie’s attempt to have it both ways.

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  1. Deb says: Sep 18, 2010 12:46 PM

    Why would Sarkisian need Carroll’s blessing? He’s no longer under Carroll’s thumb or paid by USC. He’s finally free to say what he thinks … and apparently that’s what he’s doing.

  2. jayy says: Sep 18, 2010 12:50 PM

    who cares what he thinks one and two ppl dont rly feel that way.. me personally i think he did the right thing.. i mean if ur a poor kid comin up tryin to do something big and u get offered money, ur not privilaged like every rich kid at usc is, ur on scholarships and everyone else has the money. So your gonna take it because you never had it before. Who turns down free money when your poor. Im not sayin that was right but what i did like was the fact that 5 years after he left usc and everyone brings it up, he gives back more honorable award in college football and is probably thinking..screw it im a millionaire football player for one of the best teams in the nfl and already have one ring and 2 championship appearances, lets just give the heisman up and end the bullshit. who can blame him and honestly its noones buisness except the school and ncaa about him takin money. any normal person would of and to judge him is crazy and hipocritical.

  3. bobinpuertorico says: Sep 18, 2010 1:00 PM

    Sarkisian was part of the USC group who would not let NCAA regulations stand in the way of their team’s on-field success. It is just unfortunate that he is permitted to coach the Huskies, while the current USC team is made to suffer due to the actions of Pete Carroll, Sarkisian and others.

  4. nickv360 says: Sep 18, 2010 1:01 PM

    Just another talentless hack trying to hype his own name by playing the contrarion.
    Has anyone ever acknowledged that Reggie Bush is protecting someone other than himself by protecting his name? That he took that money for somebody who needed and still needs it, and to declare now who were the beneficiaries of his gifts would be to create an uproar with the tax man and other government agencies that my see a chance to further cash in on the hypocrisy that is the NCAA financial system.

  5. JИD says: Sep 18, 2010 1:02 PM

    Finally; Steve Sarkisian has been elevated from irrelevant to marginal.

  6. loumann says: Sep 18, 2010 1:03 PM

    DEAR JAYY….your a moron.
    “who turns down money when they are poor?”
    The very decent people of the world with character….who do it the right way ! There are lots of them. But your too busy watching rap videos to learn from them !

  7. xStaticOnRadio says: Sep 18, 2010 1:04 PM

    Jayy, I couldn’t agree with you more.

  8. Schatt Maub says: Sep 18, 2010 1:09 PM

    Jayy. Dude.

  9. MrHumble says: Sep 18, 2010 1:12 PM

    Bush could’ve minimized the damage to his “rep” had he apologized but he will forever now be known as the cheat that he was and still is. He is so selfish that he doesn’t even care about the shame he bought upon his own family….but they probably don’t care either. As the saying goes, “It’s always about the money, everything else is just conversation”

  10. darth_vincent says: Sep 18, 2010 1:18 PM

    for once I agree (hell twice) with Charles Barkley… from PBT http://tinyurl.com/2fvjs3s
    If a guy wants to borrow money from an agent because he’s poor, what is wrong with that?” Barkley told Patrick. “Nobody can tell me what is wrong with that. I got money from agents when I was in college and I went in the 80s. Most of the players I know borrowed money from agents. The colleges don’t give us anything. If they give us a pair of sneakers, they get in trouble. Why can’t an agent lend me some money and I’ll pay him back when I graduate?”
    “Reggie made one mistake. He should have paid those (agents) back and this whole thing never would have happened,”

    when will the NCAA start applying the same rules to the general student body… never would be my guess, making too much money selling the players likeness and jerseys.

  11. NoHomeTeam says: Sep 18, 2010 1:29 PM

    # jayy says: “who cares what he thinks one . . . ”
    Please tell us you’re typing on your mobile phone — ideally while driving. It’s really the only excuse for post like this.
    Yes, I know: everybody hates a grammar nazi. Here’s the thing, though. Nobody will take your post seriously if you can’t communicate. Whether or not you have a valid opinion becomes immaterial.
    You could have an IQ in excess of 150, but if this is how you communicate, people will assume you are a moron.

  12. Fonetik says: Sep 18, 2010 1:33 PM

    @jayy
    After attempting to read your comment, I am now literally bleeding from the ears. Please, go back to elementary school and learn how to properly construct a paragraph.

  13. Canyonero says: Sep 18, 2010 1:35 PM

    I’m sure to Reggie Bush as long as Reggie Bush is still Reggie Bush it’s all Reggie Bush.

  14. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 18, 2010 1:36 PM

    Apparently he never got his cut.

  15. DarkHorse81 says: Sep 18, 2010 1:37 PM

    Normally I wouldn’t post but give me a f**king break Sarkisian, I mean seriously, while I don’t agree with Reggie Bush’s method in how he handled the situation, but you Mr Sarkisian don’t get to act like your white ass is squeaky clean in all of this, while Bush was on the take you were in charge along with that snake Pete Carroll, Bush was the number 1 player on USC. not that hard to figure out what was going on but you Mr Sarkisian and that Pete the snake Carrol chose to turn a blind eye, so you don’t get to act like you knew nothing about what was going on, Pete the snake Carroll and all his staff ran a dirty program, period you had Bush getting PAID, Cushing on the JUICE Sanchez getting hit with SEXUAL HARASSMENT but I’m sorry you and the snake Pete Carrol knew nothing my bad.

  16. reo says: Sep 18, 2010 1:38 PM

    “No matter how much money he got paid, that didn’t affect how we prepared”
    yeah probably but if they hadn’t offered him so much money, he might not have been on your team to begin w/.

  17. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 18, 2010 1:42 PM

    LMAO…Steve Sarkisian? Call me when somebody relevant speaks.

  18. CaptainMarvel says: Sep 18, 2010 1:43 PM

    The ONLY way to stop college players from taking money is to penalize the parties involved – the player, and the person giving the money. How is penalizing the school gonna do anything??? Reggie Bush couldn’t give a crap about USC – he’s not there, he’s making millions in the NFL. The only way I see to stop it is to have the player lose his NFL eligibility for a time.

  19. prmpft says: Sep 18, 2010 1:43 PM

    …sarkisian – kardashian…is there a connection to the kind of bitter trash that reggie has left behind???i can assure you that if either one of those golddiggers could’ve gotten their piece (well – kim did) so the jackass “coach” is just talkin’ to hear himself talk…reggie accomplished what he accomplished (which is virtually impossible for only one person to know about – i’ve been there) and the stinkin’ ncaa can’t change history no matter how many pages they rip out of the book!!!

  20. BigEasy says: Sep 18, 2010 1:49 PM

    Reggie was probably one of many on a payroll when he was at USC………Amazing how none of his former teammates are raising shit over this because……they all know it was a professional franchise that played in the NCAA!!!

  21. Tombstone7 says: Sep 18, 2010 1:50 PM

    When the NCAA , USC and all of its sponsors who made cash money when promoting RB, then it would be fitting for him to apologize! Until then, STFU!

  22. robert ethen says: Sep 18, 2010 1:53 PM

    Reggie’s feeble attempts were bush.

  23. Canyonero says: Sep 18, 2010 1:55 PM

    Nobody can “judge” unethical behavior unless they have a personal stake in it?
    Great logic, Jay.
    If that’s the case then why do prosecutors throw murderers in jail? The DA didn’t know the victim! Why did I get a speeding ticket? The cop wasn’t even in the car with me!
    I get the “poor kid” thing –having been one– but USC football players are treated like kings. He took the money because he wanted the money. And that is against the rules.

  24. rraider says: Sep 18, 2010 1:56 PM

    i like Sarkisian but didnt he get busted for a minor rules infraction like the 1st week he was at UW?

  25. GeeBee says: Sep 18, 2010 1:58 PM

    I guess a free ride through USC wasn’t enough. What does that cost the average student? $200,000? Enough is never enough for some. Glad he and that program will always have a big asterisk next to them. Everything was a sham.

  26. capt_obvious says: Sep 18, 2010 2:09 PM

    Ummm What proof do we have that Reggie ever acepted money in the first place. By the way, you guys are too hard on Jayy. I played football in school on a scholarship. Now, I don’t know what you guys know about the rules but you are not permitted to work, and you are limited to what you are allowed to do outside of football if your on a scholarship. Now, I’m not going to say that the kid was poor, or nothing like that. I don’t agree with what he did or is being accused of doing, however being in that situation I can see why he did it…if in fact he did. What gets me is that the same people who are constantly talking about how wrong or immoral his actions were; are the same hypocrites who have extra marital affairs, beat their wives, steal from work, lie on their taxes, steal from the government etc. I never seen so many perfect people in my life. It is sickening. I agree that if he is guilty he should have some kind of penalty. (his Heisman though? really?) So what punishment is being done to the vultures that gave him the money? Why do the kids at USC have to suffer? They were in high school when all of this madness was going on. The NCAA really need to take a deeper look into this issue.

  27. FinFan68 says: Sep 18, 2010 2:23 PM

    There is no reason for him to say anything at all. He needs to be talking about his current team rather than a player on his team of 5 years ago. Obvious attention whore

  28. KC_Cisco says: Sep 18, 2010 2:29 PM

    Here’s the thing. This all came out because Reggie did not want to sign with the marketing firm who gave him the money. The agent asked for the money to be repaid. Bush said no. Seems like he should have just paid the 200k or whatever and let everyone save some embarassment. So no character. and cheap.

  29. 90ragtop says: Sep 18, 2010 3:04 PM

    “Sarkisian… was among the potential ‘idiots’ at USC who didn’t realize that their star tailback”
    *****************
    Don’t give me that. He and Pete Carroll knew EXACTLY what was going on.

  30. sportsbruh3 says: Sep 18, 2010 3:05 PM

    Reggie Should BLOW THE LID on USC’s money giving..
    but if he do…they will paint him as a Maurice Clarett.

  31. reno76 says: Sep 18, 2010 3:20 PM

    his candor surprising…..???only to lil’ people who fear to step on toes with truthful comments

  32. NoRingForYou says: Sep 18, 2010 3:30 PM

    @ nick
    Has anyone ever acknowledged that Reggie Bush is protecting someone other than himself by protecting his name?
    ————————————————
    Its been said a few times on espn radio this past week. And it makes sense. He isnt “ratting” out anyone else. For this jackass to act as if Reggie was the only one at USC on someones payroll is just retarded.

  33. FLORIDA PACKER says: Sep 18, 2010 3:51 PM

    I wouldn’t call this cheating, not like he videotaped another teams signals or something…
    Seriously, if your a young college student and someone offers you a LOT of cash for nothing, what are you gonna do? Easy decision really.
    Anyone judging him for that needs to get off their might Computer chair high horses.

  34. kristoff says: Sep 18, 2010 4:06 PM

    90ragtop: best post of the day!!!!!

  35. MrSalamander says: Sep 18, 2010 4:16 PM

    Reggie Bush got busted because he was a tight ass who didn’t wanna pay up when his card deal came through – bottom line. What i’d like to see from the high & mighty bus throwers is for THEM to do the “right thing” and forfeit all the dough made off of Bush playing and selling millions of dollars worth of tickets, merchandise and marketing $$$ – just so Alabama, Florida and the next round of sanctimonious hypocrites have an idea of what’s waiting for them. 3 sides to every story – what he said, they said… And what really happened.

  36. FireFlorio says: Sep 18, 2010 4:35 PM

    re: “Still, Sarkisian needs to tread lightly when throwing around labels like that. After all, he was among the potential “idiots” at USC who didn’t realize that their star tailback was getting paid by multiple prospective marketing agents. ”
    ————————————————–
    You are the only “idiot” Florio – for continuing to beat this dead horse. Nobody cares. If the NCAA investigated every Heisman winner the last 20 years……Bush would have plenty of company as far as high profile players that have taken gifts or money. His mistake was not paying these two goons the money they thought they were owed back and he obviously has paid the price. He doesn’t owe you, me or anyone else an apology for doing what he had to do to help his family.
    You are a moron.
    I am a huge Notre Dame fan and hate USC, but I hope Reggie made a clone of his Heisman and is displaying it proudly on his mantle. He was the best college football player in the nation in 2005, on the best team in the nation. His taking of $ to help his poor family did not add or detract from any competition on the field.
    Nobody cares about this. Move on! Just report the break news. Nobody is interested in you making this site your personal pulpit for such dead beat stories as what Favre is having for dinner, how many times Mike Wise has made you look a fool, or Reggie Bush’s trials and tribulations.
    Idiot.

  37. PFTalktothehand says: Sep 18, 2010 4:44 PM

    So apparently a free education at one of the most prestigious schools in the world is not enough. Free rent in a 500k house and a car is required even though its a given they will come soon enough after graduation. Tell that to the kids who didn’t need to feed their ego and worked in class to make it

  38. the immortal SCURDS says: Sep 18, 2010 4:47 PM

    who is going to apologize to all of the unpaid slaves in the ncaa who finish with nothing but a busted up knee and a headache that wont go away in exchange for generating millions of dollars for the school they played for? and dont give me scholarship education talk please. these guys are in football class 14 hours a day and dont get to eat unless coach says so. reggie bush beat their system and they are angry about it. reggie bush is a role model if you ask me. take the money boys, cuz they are.

  39. Bruiseddeath says: Sep 18, 2010 4:55 PM

    I can not agree more Florida Packer. I would not consider myself poor when I was in college but offering a kid a good deal of money (poor or Not) would be very hard to refuse. He could have all the talent in the world but if he is hurt then financial stability via football is not a given. To tell you the truth if one is poor then it would be nuts to NOT take the money.
    Also I agree…Cheating does not fit hear as it did not give him or his team a competitive advantage……

  40. Bruiseddeath says: Sep 18, 2010 5:13 PM

    PFTalktothehand says:
    “Free rent in a 500k house and a car is required even though its a given they will come soon enough after graduation”
    That is not a guarantee…Injuries can and do happen.

  41. PFTalktothehand says: Sep 18, 2010 5:59 PM

    So apparently a free education at one of the most prestigious schools in the world is not enough. Free rent in a 500k house and a car is required even though its a given they will come soon enough after graduation. Tell that to the kids who didn’t need to feed their ego and worked in class to make it

  42. PFTalktothehand says: Sep 18, 2010 6:11 PM

    Don’t give me that BS bruised death. Injurys have been present in sports from the beginning. Its todays youth that feel entitled by agents, espn, etc that feel they deserve more than an oppurtunity given to them to succeed with their minds. I got my education in war. Guess how often my peers got injured there. Please. Such bs.

  43. comment_submission_error says: Sep 18, 2010 8:00 PM

    Sarkisian spent too much time talking about Bush and not enough time getting ready for Nebraska.

  44. pga5 says: Sep 18, 2010 11:06 PM

    Carroll and Sarkisian knew Bush was on the take, and the only real surprise is that other players haven’t yet been exposed. That is, unless they didn’t know Bush’s parents were living someplace else than when they started recruiting him. They turned a blind eye, and did it for the sake of winning ballgames. Which I don’t entirely blame them. Their livelihoods depend on it. The boosters, alumni and sports talk radio hosts demand they win. You bet they all know, despite what any “erasure from records” occurs, Bush won that trophy and USC won a national title in 2004. If Carroll finds out about Bush’s antics, what’s he going to do? Suspend his meal ticket?
    I do think it’s interesting people talk about NFL careers as if they are guaranteed for college athletes. The NFLPA says only 310 college players out of 9,000 make it to an NFL roster. Less than 2.5%.

  45. shenanigan says: Sep 19, 2010 7:35 AM

    I don’t even understand how it gets this far. I see this star college athletes on T.V. and you see them driving a brand new Cadillac Escalade. They don’t have a job, and supposedly they can’t take any money, and their family is broke. Doesn’t anyone ever ask the question “Who’s paying for that thing?” It’s not rocket science, if someone makes less money than a Mcdonalds employee and drives a car or lives in a house that only someone making over 100,000 a year can afford than it’s obvious they’re taking money.
    I don’t know if players should be allowed to take money but it looks to me that the NCAA is more interested in making sure the players pretend they don’t take money so they can say that they have upheld their sanctimonious rules, than in actually resolving the issue through a little proactivity and common sense.

  46. Go Saints says: Sep 20, 2010 12:22 PM

    loumann says: September 18, 2010 1:03 PM
    DEAR JAYY….your a moron.
    “who turns down money when they are poor?”
    The very decent people of the world with character….who do it the right way ! There are lots of them. But your too busy watching rap videos to learn from them.
    ———————————–
    Thanks loumann!!! Your post says more about you than anything else on this board. Absolute loser.

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