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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.


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  • Anonymous

    Well, on this one I take the other side. Unless you’re an independent, BCS money is split throughout the conference. If USC forfeits games,
    someone else wins the Pac10 and goes to the BCS game instead, and the money is still there.

  • Dodgers Equal Life

    Wait, the sanctions aren’t enough?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Can Pete Carroll be fired for lying on his resume?

  • Gene

    If Desmond Howard wants USC to return its share of the BCS Bowl game money, shouldn’t he also be asking Reggie to return the financial equivalent of his four year scholarship? USC gave him a tremendous benefit. Just ask anyone who has had to take out and then repay student loans to attend USC for four years and live on or near campus.

  • http://twitter.com/bumblepages Joe Bumble

    That’s what $200K? one weeks worth of NFL salary? Howard is right, NCAA college football is a huge industry, where the athletes make very little in comparison to fat cat coaches, executives and schools.

    Haden wants to shame Bush for USC’s institutional negligence. If Haden want’s to do real sacrifice and penance give the real money back.

  • Gene

    Athletes should spend time in the classroom. Maybe 1% of them will play pro football. The rest of them should take advantage of their scholarships and train themselves for an alternate profession in “the real world”.

    I agree that penalties should follow coaches wherever they go, and the NFL should abide by NCAA sanctions. Thus, for instance, Uncle Pete could not go to the Seahawks and make more money and benefit from any cheating he may have done.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Still wouldn’t hurt to return the money earned though …