Heisman Trust Demands Bush Return His Trophy

On June 7, Paul Pabst of the Dan Patrick Show first broke the news that Reggie Bush’s family had loaned his rogue Heisman Trophy to a San Diego Museum.

San Diego Hall of Champions President Al Kidd and Reggie Bush

(SD Museum President Bailed On Displaying Bush Heisman Trophy)

On June 29 I reported that according to a source close to the Bush family, the now-disgraced, ex-USC Trojan had decided not to return his personal copy of the Heisman Trophy to the Heisman Trust. The next day the president of the museum in possession of the trophy, Al Kidd of the San Diego Hall of Champions, said he had “every intention” of displaying the trophy in a public exhibit.

Kidd has since had a change of heart.
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Heisman Winners Don’t Want Cecil At Ceremony

With the Heisman Trophy ceremony only a few days away, the only uncertainty Saturday night in Manhattan is not whether Cam Newton will win the award, but if his father Cecil Newton will attend the proceedings.

Cecil and Cam Newton photo

(Cecil and Cam Newton)

On Dec. 1, 2010, the NCAA released the following statement:

According to facts of the case agreed upon by Auburn University and the NCAA enforcement staff, the student-athlete’s father and an owner of a scouting service worked together to actively market the student-athlete as a part of a pay-for-play scenario in return for Newton’s commitment to attend college and play football. NCAA rules (Bylaw 12.3.3) do not allow individuals or entities to represent a prospective student-athlete for compensation to a school for an athletic scholarship.

In conjunction with the case, Auburn University has limited the access Newton’s father has to the athletics program and Mississippi State has disassociated the involved individual.

Earlier today ESPN college football reporter Bruce Feldman revealed Auburn’s intentions as it pertained to Cecil Newton’s attendance at the Saturday event.

Feldman Tweet:

Cecil Newton was on the list of the people submitted by Auburn to travel up & get seats in the player’s section of Heisman ceremony.

That news was hardly met with approval by past Heisman winners, including Tim Brown. Read more…

Six Heisman Trophy Voters Boycott Cam Newton

Six Heisman Trophy voters noted today that not only will they not be placing Cam Newton at the top of their ballots - the Auburn quarterback won’t be on their ballots at all. (Five non-votes and one abstention.)

Cam Newton Heisman Voting Boycott

Mike Bianchi of the ORLANDO SENTINEL and longtime college football writer Michael Bradley cited Newton’s off the field issues as it pertains to the “integrity” clause in the Heisman Trust’s mission statement.

Excerpt from Bianchi’s blog post detailing his decision:

That’s right, it says the pursuit of excellence with “INTEGRITY.”  And, yet, here we have Cam Newton, a player who left the University of Florida amid allegations of academic fraud and after he was found with a stolen laptop computer and threw it out the window when police arrived; a player whose recruitment is being investigated by the NCAA and the FBI; a player whose father Cecil, according to the NCAA, tried to sell his son’s services to the highest bidder (but, um, Cam supposedly knew nothing about it.).

And Bradley:

My vote this year is a vote for the trophy. It is designed to protect the Heisman and what it means. If doing that deprives Newton of a spot among the award’s list of luminaries, so be it. I just can’t allow the trophy, which has been sullied in the past year by revelations that 2005 winner Reggie Bush had received more than a half-million in cash and prizes from a prospective agent, absorb another body blow.

Bianchi and Bradley citing the “integrity” clause of the award is interesting considering it was verified in federal court in 1960 that 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon took $10,000 during his football career at LSU.

Billy Cannon took $10,500 from NFL team while still at LSU

So if Bush was stripped of his Heisman and Newton is being shunned by Bradley for Bush’s past misdeeds, why does Cannon still have his Heisman?

The focus of the Heisman debate should not be if Newton is worthy of the award. Or whether he possesses enough integrity. Or how he compares to Bush.

But why he is eligible for the Heisman Trophy in the first place. Read more…

Coach Mack Brown Can’t Spell Heisman With “I”

Randy Riggs of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN has what was likely the reason that Vince Young, after saying nothing about the 2005 Heisman Trophy for five years, suddenly stepped up on Monday and proclaimed, “I definitely want it.

(Brown Eyed The Heisman ‘On Behalf Of Texas’? Hmmm.)

Mack Brown.

Brown credited himself as the reason V.Y. reconsidered accepting the award: Read more…

Bush On Returning Heisman: ‘It’s Not My Choice’

Before he practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, Reggie Bush addressed a Tuesday Yahoo Sports report that the Heisman Trophy Trust would “relieve” him of its 2005 award before the end of September.

Vince Young and Reggie Bush after Bush won the Heisman Trophy

(Heisman Trust reportedly will meet Tuesday to “formally discuss” Bush award)

Bush said of the Yahoo report and the possibility of him returning the Heisman Trophy:

“If I’m not mistaken, I think the Heisman Trust people released a statement saying that whatever was said yesterday was inaccurate. So that’s where we’re at. I think at this point it’s kind of out of my hands. … It’s not my decision anymore. It’s not my choice.”

Bush declined to comment on if he’d met with the Heisman Trust recently. Yahoo reported Tuesday that he had previously met with Heisman Trustees as part of the award organization’s investigaton into his conduct while playing for the USC Trojans.

Bush claimed Wednesday that the Heisman controversy was the furthest thing from his mind:

“I’m not even thinking about that. I haven’t gone that far. Here we are the day before the biggest game of the new season [the Saints play host to the Vikings in the NFL opener Thursday], and that’s where my focus is…

“I’ve said all I want to say, and everything else has to play itself out. It’s an unfortunate situation for everybody, including the kids at USC.

Lane Kiffin is a good friend of mine, and we speak on occasion. But I haven’t spoken to anybody regarding this specific stuff, whether it’s the violations or the Heisman stuff.”

Heisman Trust Executive Director Rob Whalen and President William Dockery each released a statement yesterday saying that the organization has not yet made a decision on the status of Bush’s Heisman Trophy.

The Trust reportedly will have a “formal discussion” about the status of Bush’s award as part of a regularly-scheduled meeting next Tuesday. It would take a super majority (six out of eight Trustee votes) for Bush to be stripped of his Heisman Trophy.

USC AD: If Bush Had My Soul He’d Return Heisman

Former star USC quarterback and NFL player Pat Haden guested on the Dan Patrick Show today. Haden, who was recently hired as USC Athletic Director, was asked by Patrick during the interview: “If you were Reggie Bush, would you give back the Heisman?

Pat Haden on the Dan Patrick Show

(Audio of Haden’s comment about Bush returning Heisman below)

Haden, after a long pause and sigh, replied: Read more…

CBS Not Taking Tebow’s Heisman Snub Very Well

It’s been almost 9 months since the 2008 Heisman was awarded, which should tell you what a nightmare the college football offseason is. That one went to Sam Bradford, who’s on the Oklahoma sidelines and ruefully eying Matt Stafford’s mammoth rookie contract as we speak. And hey, Bradford set a record for passing efficiency, and anyone who watched the season knows the performance wasn’t exactly a fluke; kid can ball.

Tim Tebow headphones
(Enjoying the pregame ritual by getting CBS’s feed: “You’re great, Tim… you’re the best, Tim… If I had a daughter, I’d personally hand her to you, Tim…”)

But that, of course, means the Heisman didn’t go to eventual champion Tim Tebow, and after the shameless, near-fellatial fawning that Tebow enjoyed, some broadcasters obviously thought Tebow deserved the trophy in what was a remarkably close ballot race. One broadcaster for CBS - who held the rights to most of the Gators’ games last year - still hasn’t forgiven the voters for, in his mind, robbing Tebow of the Heisman.

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Heisman Homeless As Sports Museum Shuttered

The Heisman Trophy has become an itinerant worker the last few years. After 9/11, the Downtown Athletic Club sent its baby ’round to various venues for the ceremony.

Eventually, the DAC settled on a deal with the brand-new Sports Museum of America in Lower Manhattan last year to give it a proper home and a job as unofficial greeter and legitimizing force for the museum.

Heisman Trophy

(If it’s okay, could the Heisman stay with you just for a few days?  You know, till it gets back on its sturdy base.)

Unfortunately, the DAC’s bronze buddy couldn’t stiff-arm financial troubles for the Sports Museum of America, which reported cutbacks in December. Now the museum has apparently gone under, closing shop overnight and dropping its Web site off the face of the Internet in the last day.
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Billy Sims is arguably the most decorated tailback in Oklahoma’s proud history. Sims won the Heisman Trophy in 1978, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and was the first overall pick by the Lions in 1980. And no, Wikipedia, he’s not dead. Stop that.

Sims is not dead

It’s fine that Sims is proud of his collegiate career, of course. At last night’s Heisman ceremony, however, when fellow Sooner Sam Bradford took home the trophy, Billy Sims tried to start the “Boomer Sooner” chant. Lord, how he tried. Over and over. 11 times. And unless you think that is anything but wildly annoying, we have video after the break. Read more…

Speed Read: Carmelo Drops 33 In Third Quarter

To say that Carmelo Anthony was merely “feeling it” during the third quarter last night is a pretty big understatement. While any accomplishment achieved against the dreadful T-Wolves comes with an asterisk, ‘Melo was in the zone of zones when he dropped 33 on Minnesota in the third frame, leading the Nuggets back from a 12-point halftime deficit. Anthony tied George Gervin’s NBA record for points in a quarter. Not even Wilt (or Kobe) ever put up 33 in a single quarter. The Nuggets took sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division with a 116-105 victory, and Carmelo ended up with 45 points overall.

Carmelo Anthony

The Heisman finalists were announced yesterday. Colt McCoy? Yup. Sam Bradford? Check. Tim Tebow? Of course. Graham Harrell? Not so much. Mike Leach isn’t particularly happy about this. Perhaps voters had visions of Kliff Kingsbury and B.J. Symons dancing through their head.

Graham Harrell Santa

(Perhaps Heisman voters saw this alleged pic of Harrell [top left] and couldn’t bring themselves to vote for him)

There were a pair of big trades that went down last night. In baseball, the Mets acquired J.J. Putz from the Mariners to be their new set-up man for K-Rod. The Mets finally rid themselves of Aaron Heilman, who joins Endy Chavez and four others who are going to Seattle. The Mariners also sent Sean Green and Jeremy Reed to New York. The Indians were also involved in the trade, with minor pieces moving to and from Cleveland as well.

In the NBA, the Suns shipped Boris Diaw and Raja Bell to Charlotte for Jason Richardson. Richardson is a big-time scorer who should be pleased to be getting out of Charlotte, though this article makes it sounds as if he’s upset by the trade. The Suns played short-handed last night against the Lakers, and nearly pulled out a win, going down 115-110.

I may be getting ahead of myself here, but don’t be surprised in March if Gonzaga is one of the #1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Mark Few called off the dogs last night when the Zags took a 32-point lead against Washington State or the 74-52 win could’ve been worse. They’ve already beaten down Tennessee, Maryland, and Oklahoma State. In the coming weeks they have games against Arizona, UCONN, and Tennessee (again), and if they negotiate that stretch they probably won’t lose a regular-season game. Of course, now I’ve just guaranteed they’re losing to Texas Southern.

The Arena Football Season is supposedly back on again. We reported yesterday that the league was close to shutting it down for 2009, and multiple league owners went on the record as saying the shutdown was a near certainity. The NEW YORK TIMES’ Mark Viera says that the league’s board of directors decided against suspending the season in a conference call last night, but there’s still a cloud of uncertainty.

Arena Football empty arena

(Tens of people are really upset about all of this)

Says Cleveland Gladiators owner James Ferraro:

“We don’t really know what’s going on, whether we’re playing the season or not playing the season,” Ferraro had said earlier. “We’re going to work on the economic model either way. I don’t know where it’s going to go either.”

Ferraro, who said the league did not make money, had also said, “I think there’s a pretty clear majority that think we should take the season off in this economic environment we’re in.”

So, the majority of owners think they should shut it down, but the season is still “on.” Not sure I’m convinced.

In the meantime, let’s look at some links:

• Engineers in England are going to make an attempt at breaking the world water speed record on the same lake where British speed demon Donald Campbell died trying to do the same thing in 1967. One of them is going to try and drive this thing 317 miles per hour. What could go wrong?

super fast boat

 • The SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER’s Robert L. Jamieson, Jr. presents the ludicrous theory that universities might recruit athletes of questionable moral character just because they’re good at sports. Jamieson lives comfortably in the year 1981.

•  Mark Teixeira’s main suitors are the Nationals and the Orioles. Tex grew up in Baltimore, and now has the choice of which team he wants to spend the next 3 1/2 crappy years with before he gets traded to the Yankees. MLB.COM says the Nats have offered $160 million over 8 years.

• I’m sure that John Daly was just enforcing the “no pictures on the course” policy at the Australian Open when he took a spectator’s camera and bashed it into a tree, according to ESPN.

• The DALLAS MORNING NEWS’ Cowboys blog says Terrell Owens is mad at Emmitt Smith and Keyshawn Johnson for criticizing him on TV. T.O.’s response? A very timely “Dumb and Dumber” reference while wearing a Santa hat.

Brian Sabean had a bit of a meltdown in the presence of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS’ Andrew Baggarly about the Giants’ apparently non-existent bid to land CC Sabathia.

• FIGHT ON STATE reports that Penn State quarterback Pat Devlin has left the team and will transfer, meaning that he won’t be available for the Rose Bowl. Devlin ultimately lost the QB job to Daryll Clark, but it was Devlin who engineered the game-winning drive against Ohio State.

Matt Cassel’s father has passed away in California. The BOSTON GLOBE says the Pats are unsure if Cassel will play this weekend.

• Another day, another congressman thinking that he can just legislate the BCS out of existence. The AP (via the HOUSTON CHRONICLE) reports that Rep. Joe Barton of Texas wants to make a college football championship game illegal unless it comes at the end of a playoff system.

• According to the NEW YORK TIMES, the Giants are not paying a $1 million portion of a signing bonus owed to Plaxico Burress. Something to do about some trouble he’s in. I’m not really sure what that’s all about.

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