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Dietlin: Is Reggie Bush Still the Judas of College Football?

Posted on July 5, 2021

  By Mik Dietlin, SportsPac12

Reggie Bush is speaking once more. No, not on a Fox Sports College Football telecast, although we’re only some months from the beginning of the 2021 season.

He’s speaking about himself on Twitter.

Since leaving USC, when Reggie talks about himself, very often it’s in reference to how he must be given again his Heisman Trophy.

And now that July is right here, the official Name, Image, and Likeness Era (NIL) of school athletics has begun, and with it, one other alternative for Bush to attempt to depart the Heisman Trust in his mud.

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Since the invention of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1946, a principle has floated round esoteric circles that Judas was not the evil scum guided by Satan to betray Jesus, however a prepared participant in His seize, chosen particularly by Jesus as a result of he was the one disciple mentally robust sufficient to perform such a morbid deed.

In that state of affairs, Jesus is claimed to have identified the function He needed to play for mankind, and trusted Judas to assist carry it out.

It’s unlikely Bush is aware of something about this.

But primarily based on his incessant yapping over time, I get the sensation he believes he’s a modern-day Judas—the Judas generally considered by your complete world, destined to be remembered by historical past as a traitor involved solely with buying 30 items of silver.

Now, Number 5 is flashing and hurtling throughout social media with as a lot pace and shiftiness as he ever displayed on the sector.

Well, probably not. In distinction to these elusive powers of escapability he as soon as displayed on grass, he’s been fairly simple to chase down off it.

His message on Twitter, effectively timed on NIL Day (July 1st—quickly to be declared an unofficial vacation by school athletes throughout the nation and celebrated for eternity), is curious, to say the least, for its lack of breadth and element.

Former USC working again Reggie Bush gained the Heisman Trophy in 2005, however needed to return it in 2010.

“Over the last few months, on multiple occasions, my team and I have reached out to the NCAA and the Heisman Trust in regard to the reinstatement of my college records and the return of my Heisman. We left multiple messages for Michael Comerford, the President of the Heisman Trust, but instead received a call from Rob Whalen, the Executive Director, who stated that Mr. Comerford would not be calling us back and that, in any event, they could not help us. We reached out to the NCAA on multiple occasions and received no help or got no response at all. It is my strong belief that I won the Heisman trophy ‘solely’ due to my hard work and dedication on the football field and it is also my firm belief that my records should be reinstated.” (@ReggieBush, Twitter)

Let’s get this bothersome truth out of the way in which actual quick.

Bush makes use of the phrase “multiple” thrice, which for any tweet ensures a tiresome learn. It’s redundant—about as redundant as his ego-driven redundant tweets can get.

On a number of events (twice) he states that his crew reached out to the NCAA, however aside from a call-back from Rob Whalen, who occurs to be the Executive Director of the Heisman Trust—and never chopped liver—his “team” (i.e. propaganda machine) “…received no help at all or got no response.”

Reggie, you probably did get a response that the President of the Heisman Trophy Trust wouldn’t be calling you again. It could not have been the response you needed, however sure, it was a response.

Nevertheless, someday later, the Trust appeared to provide Bush the response he needed in spite of everything—albeit not directly—writing in a public statement that, “Should the NCAA reinstate Bush’s 2005 status, the Heisman Trust looks forward to welcoming him back to the Heisman family.”

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I do agree with Reggie that he gained the Heisman “solely” resulting from his dedication and onerous work on the sector. No school soccer fan would dispute this.

The drawback is, he misplaced the Heisman “solely” resulting from his dedication to breaking NCAA guidelines off the sector.

We all know the NCAA will empty the barrel if backed in opposition to a nook. We’ve seen it time and time once more. If you instantly admit to wrong-doing, in order that they don’t must spend money and time investigating you, they’ll decrease their weapon, pat you on the again, then slap your wrist.

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Bush and his University didn’t do this. Arrogance prevented a much more favorable manner out of bother. And they’ve paid a heavy worth since. They should be paying for it.

Two minutes after his preliminary tweet, Bush had one other. “I never cheated this game. That was what they wanted you to believe about me.”

This comment is extra delusional than the primary.

I’ve by no means learn or heard anybody claiming Bush cheated soccer. It’s a press release he could make that’s irrefutable, but completely meaningless to the dialog, supposed as a fact permitting validation of his arguments.

It’s merely extra deception, exhibiting he actually hasn’t realized something since school.

usc logoHe did cheat his teammates, nonetheless, who’ve been oddly silent for probably the most half because the NCAA handed down their penalties. He’s cheated all of the Trojan soccer gamers and coaches since then, and the followers who worshiped him.

At occasions, I feel I anticipate an excessive amount of. I’m not an elite school athlete adored by maybe a whole lot of 1000’s of followers, confronted with quite a few temptations regularly to compromise my ethics.

There’s a humorous phrase: ethics.

It’s a kind of phrases like “integrity,” or a phrase like “faith, family, and football,” that rings hole in modern life.

We all know these aural symbols don’t symbolize in any manner what really is. Hearing them spoken doesn’t even present consolation anymore. They’re simply thinly veiled remnants of which means used to get an compulsory nod from others so a tepid type of communication can proceed.


Maybe if I put myself in Bush’s Nike’s I’d assume otherwise. I would. I may by no means say I’d be the identical man I’m now, unwilling to shed my honesty for the sake of rapid wealth.

Some psychological change must happen.

But all that doesn’t matter. It all comes right down to this: Did you violate guidelines that on the time warranted a stiff penalty? If so, you will need to settle for it, and be taught from it.

Additionally, do you imagine, years later, that we must always all reside like your violation by no means occurred as a result of collegiate athletes can now financially profit from their talents?

If the NCAA grants Bush’s needs, then it should revisit and overturn each related case which it has investigated.

It ain’t occurring, Reggie. Move on.

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