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.