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Reggie Bush No Longer Listed as Heisman Trophy Winner on Heisman Website

When Reggie Bush forfeited the Heisman Trophy, I was curious to see how the Heisman Trust would handle his name in the record books. Would they list an asterisk by his name and explain that he forfeited the Trophy for being ineligible that year? Would they wholly strike his name from the list? I thought such an action would be extreme and that listing an asterisk would be the proper way to address the situation. I checked the Heisman site on Tuesday after Bush made his announcement and there was no change to the list. Returning a few days later to see if an adjustment was made, it appears as if the Heisman Trust took as strong a measure as possible — they’ve completely wiped out the 2005 year from the Heisman list:

Like I said, I think an asterisk would have been more appropriate to explain the situation. What do you think was the right thing for them to do?

Desmond Howard Calls Out Pat Haden for Keeping Reggie Bush BCS Money

When Reggie Bush officially decided to “forfeit” the Heisman Trophy he won in 2005, I said it would end the hotly debated topic. Boy was I wrong. A good portion of the day was spent discussing the morality of Bush giving back the Trophy, and maybe Desmond Howard made the best point of all. For someone who didn’t have a lot of opinions on all matters college football last week, the former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner was outspoken on College Football Live Wednesday. He called out new USC athletic director Pat Haden for a hypocritical act:

“Pat Haden, the new athletic director, earlier in the month he said ‘If I were Reggie Bush with Pat Haden’s soul, yes I would give back the Heisman.’ OK, the Heisman’s given back. But Pat Haden, what are you going to now as far as correcting these transgressions? They played with an ineligible player, they went to BCS Bowl Games with an ineligible player, you don’t have the wins no more but you still have the money. What is your soul telling you to do with that money now that you got with an illegal player? That’s the big question that I want to hear answered now.”

Howard’s not the first person I’ve heard say USC should pay back the BCS money they earned while Bush was an ineligible member of the team, but he did a good job relating Haden’s “soul” comment with what Bush finally did. He’s absolutely right. Bush gave back something for which he gave his butt off and rightfully earned on the field (but lost based on what he did off of it). Where’s Haden now to make good on his end? Wouldn’t that be the right, just, and moral thing to do too? Desmond’s absolutely correct. Next move is on you, Pat.

Randy Shannon Puts Kibosh on Canes Twittering, Result of Middle Finger Tweet?

Something died within the Miami Hurricanes football program on Wednesday afternoon. As of 2:30pm, all the players’ twitter accounts were closed down. Even though many players use their twitter pages as a form of expression and interaction, it has been known to get people in trouble. Earlier we told you about Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen making a Tim Tebow-like promise on his account and later deleting it. Ty Lawson got in trouble for an inappropriate tweet about the Kardashians. For all the benefits of using an accounts, there can be a lot of negative issues that arise.

With that in mind, Coach Randy Shannon decided to put an end to all twittering by his players saying, “The goal is to limit distractions and help them focus. There are bigger goals than tweeting.” I agree completely, especially after players tweets’ becomes the central focus of the program.

Last week, the whole internet world was buzzing over Jacory Harris’ Raiders overalls picture. Things probably went overboard when Harris tweeted “Middle fingers everywhere. This is why you play college football” prior to Miami’s game against Ohio State (pictured above). Shannon is a no nonsense coach who was probably willing to put up with things until they became a problem. A big loss to the Buckeyes, four interceptions, a 1-1 record, and making fun of Jim Tressel is not what he wanted out of the program. Until things are turned around, all the screwing around is over for the Canes. It’s all about business now.

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Miami Hurricanes players ordered to shut down Twitter accounts [The Miami Herald]

Tyler Hansen Vows Colorado Will Not Lose by 45 Points Again

After beating rival Colorado State 24-3 on the road in their first game, I made the mistake of believing Colorado might be decent this year. Then they went out and got rolled by Cal 52-7 and I realized how wrong I was. If there was one positive to come out of the 45-point beatdown, it was that it yielded one of our most humorous moments of the college football season. Following the game on Saturday, quarterback Tyler Hansen went all Tim Tebow with a promise on twitter:

“Buff nation, I promise you this type of thing will never happen again. Going out there and playing like that will never happen again while I’m at Colorado and I can promise that! It’s unacceptable.”

Hansen deleted the tweet but that’s what The Denver Post reports it said. Even if the post was erased, Hansen’s mindset hadn’t changed a few days later. He essentially repeated the words from the tweet to reporters after practice on Tuesday. Hansen says he’s not trying to be like Tim Tebow which is nice. I guess the takeaway is that Colorado is now free to lose by 50 points since 45 is out of the question.

The Buffs have been garbage for five years now. They’re not an addition to the Pac-10. Rather than hit us with strong words and guarantees, I’d rather see actions on the field. After all, how did that guarantee work out for Adam Wainwright?

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CU Buffs’ QB Tyler Hansen vows never again [Boulder Daily Camera]

Reggie Bush Wisely Giving Back Heisman

One of the hottest topics in sports won’t be debated for much longer now that Reggie Bush has decided to forfeit the Heisman Trophy. We’ve touched on this issue many times before, saying it’s the right thing to do. The premise is simple: Bush was an ineligible player and non-compliant with the student athlete bylaws. Giving back the Trophy does not mean Bush was not the best player in the country that year, it just means that he can’t have the highest individual honor because his actions off the field took it away. Here’s a portion of the statement Bush’s lawyers/P.R. people wrote for him:

“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.

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Trevor Matich: Pac-10 Lacks at the Top

I was sitting down and getting set to pound out a post on our college football conference power rankings when I heard ESPN college football analyst Trevor Matich doing the same thing. Apparently one of their computer guys had the Pac-10 listed as the second strongest conference in the country and Matich wasn’t buying that. He said:

“I think they’re solid, they’ve got good depth, but I think they lack at the top. You talk about the early returns, I think that’s what’s important. We don’t know. We thought the ACC — at least I did — would perform better than it did, certainly this last week when it just got wiped out. The Pac-10 has the opportunity to either be annihilated this week like the ACC was last week, or to show that they are now stepping up.”

I agree with his assessment for the most part. The conference has really good depth and does not have one standout, national title competing team. Oregon made a statement by smashing Tennessee in the second half of their game on Saturday but I would not call them a number one type of team. Still, I think the Ducks are a better representative for the Pac-10′s top team than what most other conferences have to offer. Like Matich said, this weekend is huge for the conference.

The Pac-10 needs wins from Cal (at Nevada), Stanford (home against Wake Forest), Oregon State (home against Louisville) and USC (at Minnesota) to maintain its respectability. Arizona State beating Wisconsin on the road, Washington beating Nebraska, or Arizona defeating Iowa at home would be nice bonuses for the conference, but I’m not expecting a victory for any of them. As for UCLA and Washington State, they appear to be the two worst teams in the conference so any non-conference win would be welcomed and unexpected. I’d say the Pac-10 at number two in terms of conference strength is a little high, but it’s certainly strong this year.

Chris Rainey Not Part of Team After Arrest

Following the model of Elijah Dukes, Florida Gators receiver Chris Rainey was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated stalking. Rainey went over to his on-and-off girlfriend’s place after she missed his call. The two apparently talked for 10 minutes before she asked Rainey to leave. When he left, he sent her the now infamous “Time to Die Bitch” text message. The woman’s sister called police after the text message was received.

Florida’s offensive coordinator Steve Addazio has said Rainey “is not part of the team right now” following the arrest. Addazio’s words have been reported differently by others. AP writer Mark Long quoted Addazio as saying Rainey is “no longer a part of the team.”

The difference between the two quotes is significant. In The Gainesville Sun’s version, the implication is that the move is temporary. In Long’s version, the implication is that the situation is more permanent.

Knowing Urban Meyer’s history of weak discipline, I’m guessing this is a temporary situation. With the way Florida’s looked in their first two games, they’ll need all the play makers on offense they can get and Urb will do his best to get Rainey back on the field quickly.

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Update: Gators: Rainey ‘not part of the team’ after arrest [The Gainesville Sun]