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    Reggie Bush Forfeits Heisman Trophy
    Joe Schad on Reggie Bush's decision to forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy
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    Reggie Bush Forfeits Heisman Trophy
    Running back Reggie Bush has decided to hand over the Heisman.

    Under pressure since his award winning 2005 campaign at USC was vacated, Bush said in a statement on Tuesday that he will forfeit the Heisman Trophy.

    "One of the greatest honors of my life was winning the Heisman Trophy in 2005," the statement released by the New Orleans Saints reads. "For me, it was a dream come true. But I know that the Heisman is not mine alone. Far from it. I know that my victory was made possible by the discipline and hard work of my teammates, the steady guidance of my coaches, the inspiration of the fans, and the unconditional love of my family and friends. And I know that any young man fortunate enough to win the Heisman enters into a family of sorts. Each individual carries the legacy of the award and each one is entrusted with its good name.

    "It is for these reasons that I have made the difficult decision to forfeit my title as Heisman winner of 2005."

    The NCAA passed down heavy sanctions on USC relating to improper benefits received by Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo. The Heisman Trust was scheduled to meet on Tuesday, but it was not clear if Bush was on the agenda. The group has been reviewing whether Bush should have his award taken away.

    "For the rest of my days, I will continue to strive to demonstrate through my actions and words that I was deserving of the confidence placed in me by the Heisman Trophy Trust," Bush's statement continues. "I would like to begin in this effort by turning a negative situation into a positive one by working with the Trustees to establish an educational program which will assist student-athletes and their families avoid some of the mistakes that I made. I am determined to view this event as an opportunity to help others and to advance the values and mission of the Heisman Trophy Trust."

    It's the first time college football's top award was returned by a recipient. One of the few guidelines given to Heisman Trophy voters is that a player must be in compliance with NCAA rules to be eligible for the trophy.

    The eight-member Heisman Trophy Trust, based in New York, had said it would have to consider what to do about Bush, who won in a landslide vote over Texas quarterback Vince Young.

    There was no immediate word from the Heisman Trust if the award would be vacated or given to Young.

    During a Monday morning interview with Hannah Storm on ESPN's SportsCenter, Vince Young, the runner-up in the 2005 Heisman voting, said he wouldn't turn down the trophy if Bush lost it.

    "I definitely want it, I definitely want it,'' said Young, who guided Texas to the national championship. "But he won it fair and square definitely, and it's much respect to Reggie, man. He had a great career and he's already won a Super Bowl before me. I'm already mad about that.

    "But at the same time I am definitely happy for him, man, and he is definitely the Heisman Trophy winner for that year. But if they send it over to me I am not going to say no to it," Young said.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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    What a crock. Big freaking deal. The NCAA is a joke.

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    You know, this is after the fact. I don't think making Bush forfeit his trophy that he earned on the field really matters much....too little too late and I am the biggest USCheats hater out there saying this. A bunch of hypocrites those NCAAers are, really.

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    Sorry,but I find this hysterical.

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