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Johnny Manziel wins Heisman Trophy

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy award for the 2012 college football season, becoming the first freshman ever to win the honor.

Manziel led A&M to a 10-2 season that included a victory over No. 1-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He amassed 43 touchdowns and 4,600 combined yards between rushing and passing. His incredible yardage total topped Cam Newton’s SEC record set two seasons ago.

Prior to Manziel winning the award, the closest a freshman had come to winning the Heisman Trophy was in 2004 when Adrian Peterson ran for nearly 2,000 yards at Oklahoma and finished second. Herschel Walker and Michael Vick each finished third as freshmen.

Manziel beat out Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein for the trophy. He won the voting with 2,029 points compared to 1,706 for Te’o and 894 for Klein. He received 474 first-place votes; Te’o had 321, while Klein had 60. Manziel won the voting in five of the six regions.

The honor was incredibly well deserved for Manziel, who led A&M to surprising success in its first season in the SEC with some incredible play.

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?

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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Returning Bush’s Heisman Won’t Change History But Is Right Thing to do

A move many of us figured was coming before too long finally happened on Tuesday. USC athletic director Mike Garrett was replaced by Pat Haden who promised to “compete ferociously but also ethically.” Haden’s first order of business is to patch up the public image of USC after the Trojans suffered numerous hits within the last several months. On top of all the gaffes by Lane Kiffin, the school was punished by the NCAA for multiple violations mostly related to O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush. Now, new school president Max Nikias isn’t messing around:

“I have instructed the senior vice president for administration to remove athletic jerseys and murals displayed in recognition of O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush by mid-August – before the incoming class of students moves on campus – from Heritage Hall, the Galen Center, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Nikias also said Reggie Bush’s 2005 Heisman Trophy will be revoked and returned to the Heisman Trophy Trust in August.

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