Thursday USA TODAY’s David Leon Moore reported of a recent conversation between Reggie Bush and USC Athletic Director Pat Haden about the role the former USC running back played in the school football program’s NCAA sanctions:
(Apparently Bush has still not had a change of heart)
Reggie Bush apologized to new Southern California athletics director Pat Haden and expressed tremendous regret for his actions that landed the school on NCAA probation.
But in a statement today, Haden said that Bush never apologized:
“Never did he say I’m sorry or I apologize. Never did he say, ‘I lied to the NCAA or I took stuff.’ I would say it was conversation of him being contrite, but not an apology. It was basically just a conversation about him feeling bad about what he put the university through.”
Bush reportedly took $300,000 worth of improper benefits from two sports marketing agents while he attended USC. The NCAA subsequently cited Bush’s conduct as playing a role in the harsh sanctions levied against the USC football program.
Moore also reported in USA Today yesterday that Haden said of Bush:
“He told me, ‘If I could turn the clock back, I would. If I could give the Heisman Trophy back, I would.’”
Haden nor Bush have clarified why in fact the USC running back could not still give the Heisman Trophy back to the Heisman Trust. The Trust has yet to make a definitive ruling on whether it will indeed demand the trophy be returned by the current NFL player.
USC President Max Nikias directed Haden to return USC’s copy of the trophy to the Trust last month.