Reggie Bush gets his shot at revenge on Saturday

When the Saints hosted the Seahawks during the regular season, former USC running back Reggie Bush didn’t get a chance to face the team now led his former college coach, Pete Carroll.  Bush, at the time, was still recovering from a fractured fibula suffered back in Week Two.

On Saturday, the Saints will be relying on Bush perhaps more than ever, given the recent placement of Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas on injured reserve.

And Bush will have motivation, given the failure of Carroll to fully support Bush regarding the scandal that claimed Bush’s Heisman Trophy.

“There’s no question here that something happened that really put us in a very difficult situation,” Carroll said during his Win Forever book tour, during which Carroll repeatedly dodged and deflected questions of what he knew and when he knew it regarding the money and benefits received by Bush and/or his family when Bush played for USC.

Former Carroll lieutenant Steve Sarkisian, now the head coach at the University of Washington, inflamed the situation with a supposedly off-the-record remark that made its way onto ESPN:  “[Bush] had a chance to apologize, look like the good guy.  But in giving it back and not apologizing, he just looks like an idiot again.”

We’ve got a feeling that Bush will be doing everything he can to make Carroll look like an idiot today.

The game, by the way, can be seen at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.  Coverage starts at 4:00 p.m. ET.

And don’t forget to tune in for the U.S. Army All-America Bowl on Saturday, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Yours truly and Peter King are slated to invade the studio at halftime.

13 responses to “Reggie Bush gets his shot at revenge on Saturday

  1. Your storyline is completely naive. Bush is playing to keep his job – not get revenge on Pete Carroll. He is owed over 11M next season as a part-time RB. Many speculate he will be cut if he doesn’t become more productive as a RB.

  2. I don’t think that is on his mind at all. Bush just wants to win the game and advance in the playoffs. There are no hidden motivators here so no need to scramble up a story. The Saints are not worried, but cautious and they should win.

  3. I’m no fan of Mr Pumped & Jacked, but he’s supposed to support Bush’s illegally receiving funds ?

    With all the preaching you do about integrity over everything from injury reports to every other portion of the game and process, I am stunned you seem to think Carroll did Bush wrong by not supporting his scummy behavior.

  4. “Reggie is good for ~77 yards total”

    50 will come on 4 punt returns too. And the announcers will use the classic “All-purpose yards” to bump up his numbers

  5. That’s a bunch of crap. During their first meeting Reggie and Pete Carroll greeted each other with a big hug and a brief conversation. They don’t have a problem with each other. Pete has been protective of the entire USC situation and never threw Reggie under the bus.

  6. & I guess the Steelers beat the Seahawks in the Superbowl because they were motivated by Jeremy Stevens “bulletin board material” comments.

  7. “And Bush will have motivation, given the failure of Carroll to fully support Bush regarding the scandal that claimed Bush’s Heisman Trophy.”

    Huh? Did Carroll make Bush take the cash? Nope. Did Carroll buy a house for Bush’s parent’s? Nope.
    Bush lost his heisman because of what Bush did. The only thing Carroll is guilty of is playing Bush.

  8. The only great thing to ever come out of Seattle is Jimi Hendrix. Might be reason enough to root for the Seababies:)

  9. The only “revenge” being sought should be USC players and alums for Reggie Bush’s greed. He delibertly accepted cash and housing for his parents in full knowledge that they are forbidden by NCAA rules. Now players and coaches far removed from any wrong doing are suffering the consequences.

    Take a night class on ethics or logic before posting anymore crap like this.

  10. iluvwikileaks says:
    Jan 8, 2011 1:36 PM
    The only great thing to ever come out of Seattle is Jimi Hendrix. Might be reason enough to root for the Seababies:)

    Right on about Jimmy and I don’t know where you are from but don’t forget your ability to give you opinion on blogs like this is because Paul Allen and Bill Gates founders of Microsoft-so just remember that came from Seattle too.

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