Heisman Voters Sticking With Bush

Should former USC tailback Reggie Bush be stripped of his 2005 Heisman if he is found to have been ineligible by the NCAA?

On this subject, Heismanpundit.com recently queried a portion of its crack cadre of Heisman voters who, for the past two seasons, have proven to be the most accurate gauge of Heisman voter sentiment.

Of the 10 voters canvassed by HP, seven believed that Bush should not have his award taken away.

“Any benefit he received was off the field,” said one voter.  “Thus, it had no impact on how he performed on the field.  If he was found to have used a performance-enhancing drug, then I would take away the Heisman.”

A strong majority agreed with that train of thought.

“Although it appears he was receiving illegal benefits, Bush was playing college football and I’ve got a hunch he’s not the only Heisman winner that received illegal benefits,” said another voter. “Besides, stripping him of the trophy won’t change the fact that he was a Heisman winner. Do you then give it to Vince Young…and would Young even want it?”

One voter contended that Bush shouldn’t lose his membership in the Heisman fraternity “unless they kick O.J. out first.”

This overall vibe in support of Bush didn’t prevent a few voters from feeling cheated by the whole ordeal.

“As a Heisman voter, I would feel as if I had been duped if Bush knowingly took illicit payouts from a wannabe sports agent while in college,” said a voter.  “On the Heisman ballot, it says you are voting for the most “outstanding” college football player, not the most outstanding professional football player masquerading as a collegian.”

The Heisman Trophy has been awarded to the most outstanding collegiate football player since 1935.  In all that time, the award has never been rescinded or vacated.  Bush, who now plays for the New Orleans Saints, is a part of an overall NCAA investigation of USC activities post-2004.

The results of the investigation are expected to be due within the next week.

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll is made up of 13 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for five players each week during the college football season. Tabulations are made on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with five points awarded for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote and so on.  Each of the last two Heismanpundit polls picked the eventual winner and was (overall) the most accurate survey in the country.

Members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Teddy Greenstein and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Olin Buchanan and Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com, J.B. Morris of ESPN the Magazine, Austin Murphy, B.J. Schecter and Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News and Chris Huston of Heismanpundit.com.

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9 Responses to Heisman Voters Sticking With Bush

  1. Anonymous June 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Hey HP, what do you think the proposed mega Pac-16 conference will have on the Heisman and college football?

  2. AUman76 June 4, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    Hey…. panel of so called experts? Yeah you morons? What part of ineligible don’t you understand? If he took one red cent he’s a cheater, GOT THAT? Thus no playee the gamey and no winny the trophy. Geez you idiots will rationalize any type of bull shit.. huh? Your tudes make one wonder how much y’all got to look the other way when it was goin on? Anything to protect the beauty queens of college football.

  3. Nolan Read June 5, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    You have got to be kidding me! Read the Heisman Trophy websites mission statement for the Heisman trophy and it reads at follows, “The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence WITH INTEGRITY.” If Reggie Bush was indeed accepting illegal benefits while at USC, as it seems obvious that he did, he was not displaying the integrity that a Heisman winner should exhibit. Besides, Reggie Bush was not even the best player of the 2005 season. Vince Young had a better year before the balloting, and he certainly proved that he was the better football player with his outstanding performance in the Rose Bowl.

  4. AUman76 June 5, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    Hey Nolan… this new bunch of so called sports writers and experts wouldn’t know “INTEGRITY” if it hit between the FN eyes! Hell… I doubt most can actually spell the word without spell check, much less know what it means. Must be nice to be gettin paid big $$$$$$ for writin bout things of which you know nuthin? lol Of course they will dismiss our opinions as trash cause we don’t rub elbows with em. That’s fine with me…at least I have clean hands and my integrity. Can’t tell me some certain folks on here didn’t know what was goin on with Bush. Especially when they were involved with the program. When the facts hit the fan it didn’t take Petey long to hop the first plane to Seattle did it? So. yeah folks at USC knew they had cheated. Buch was on the take and USC covered it up. Since my team finished #2 in the polls and #1 cheated by using a paid player that 2004 Crystal Ball belongs to my Auburn Tigers. Given the same opportunity as Texas we’d won it on the field too.

  5. RBrucer June 10, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    Question is, when is the Heisman committe gonna snap to the fact that bowl games matter? I think if Heisman voters had voted after the Rose Bowl Vince would have won it anyway. Bowls matter – when is Heisman going to get that?

  6. ChloroxingTheGenePool June 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    Why are these voters afraid to say such without being quoted anonymously?

  7. AUman76 June 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    Hey Reggie must’ve used some of that cash to bribe the FN idiots doin the voting? This is the same group of writers that just chose the second best back on bammers NC team as it’s current winner.

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