Reggie Bush Lobbies For USC’s 2004 National Championship

Reggie Bush: USC Will ‘Absolutely’ Have Title Reinstated After Heisman Trophy Return

EL SEGUNDO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 19: Reggie Bush attends Change The Game Topgolf Shootout Presented by Travis Mathew on June 19, 2023 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Unique Nicole/Getty Images for Change The Game)Unique Nicole/Getty Images for Change The Game

Tyler Conway (B/R.com)  —  Reggie Bush believes USC’s 2004 national championship is headed back on the record books.

Bush told TMZ Sports he “absolutely” thinks the Trojans’ title will be reinstated after the former USC running back had his Heisman Trophy reinstated earlier this year. The NCAA stripped USC of its national title in 2011 amid a probe into impermissible benefits given to Bush during his time at the program.

Those benefits would be considered permissible under current rules, which allow players to make money off their name, image and likeness. The Heisman Trophy Trust returned Bush’s Heisman earlier this year amid the allowance of NIL rules.

Bush was one of the most dynamic running backs in college football history, compiling 3,169 rushing yards and 1,301 receiving yards in three seasons with the Trojans. He compiled 1,740 rushing yards and 478 receiving yards in his 2005 Heisman-winning campaign.

“I’m thinking about my time at USC and just how much of the work we put in produced the results that you saw on the football field, including this Heisman Trophy right here,” Bush said in April. “You can’t get to this—or a national championship—by cheating, I promise you.”

The NCAA has not given any indication that they are considering reinstatement of championships that were vacated by violations of past rules.

bleacherreport.com

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ATL D.D.S.
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June 13, 2024 9:04 am
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I can’t believe we are below Liberty.

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June 13, 2024 9:38 am
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Riley has a lot to prove. Lets hope he can hold LSU to under 63 this time!

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June 13, 2024 3:09 pm
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63, yeesh. But….That LSU team was the best college football offense I’ve ever seen.

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June 13, 2024 5:12 pm
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Yep, spot on Bruddah Chris. Dat LSU O was something else. USC 2005 came in 2nd.

Going back to the 70’s da OU and Nebraska Wishbone triple option running attack were another unstopable O.

One team da has stuck on my mind was da 1995 Nebraska NC team. Dat team crushed people. I think dat has to be the most powerful team ever. They manhandle teams as if they were toothpicks.

https://www.foxsports.com/stories/college-football/ranking-the-top-offenses-in-college-football-since-2000

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June 13, 2024 9:52 am
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Let’s hope the new partnership of Riley and Lynn is the winning combo we are looking for.

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June 13, 2024 5:34 pm
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I believe it is. They just need to recruit and land top players on O and D every year. No down years. I think C.DA Lynn and his A+ AC are doing just dat. So far, the 2025 D class is shaping into top 3 class in nation. The verbal commits must stick though. Cheers

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June 13, 2024 10:29 am
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Something I scrolled past when looking at this list. USC is below Kiffy and Sark on the list. Does that mean we were wrong about those coaches or are we only better than Georgia Southern?

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June 14, 2024 7:24 pm
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Bruddah Allen, I always liked C.Kiffin when he was da HC at USC. Like you said, he was very immature, played favorites, had a strong ego and bad personality. But, hell he was an offensive genius and Xlent recruiter. Some things I did not like, he hired his Dad as DC. Dat did not go well.    Kiff is a different HC at Ole Miss. C.Saban shaped him up; he is no longer a knucklehead. He has Ole Miss in da Top 12 rankings for the last 4 years. Heck he’s doing dat without 5* players. I think if Kiff was at UGA, BAMA, Ohio St, Texas,… Read more »

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June 14, 2024 9:40 pm
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Dis is what I wrote. After thinking things more, if DC.DA Lynn and his AC can produce a D like he had at UCLA last year. And, if QB Miller Moss and company run C.LR O like it should. And, most importantly do not lose key D players to major injuries, heck I believe USC can end up top 8 team and make the CFP. I threw my thought out there. I was not trying to sell an idea, just posting a thought. You do not see dat way, no big deal Brah. It’s about 3 If’s. Last year C.LR… Read more »

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June 15, 2024 1:13 am
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I do not see things like you and others. Caleb Williams was not da problem last season.  CW competed and fought like heck in every game I saw. Hell, CW was 9th in total O = 315 ypg, #2 Bo Nix = 339 ypg, dat’s 24 ypg difference. Before da season C.LR told Caleb not run & limit scrabbling & stay in da pocket (what pocket?). Shoot extending plays with his feet and legs made CW special and got da wins in 2022. D’s could not contain CW.  If he ran like 2022 he would have been #2 in total offense and maybe beat… Read more »

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June 16, 2024 6:02 am
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Hi Canyon, been enjoying your perspective. Not sure we’ve ever defined “genius offensive mind” around here, maybe we should, that’d be a fun debate itself, but I’d have to include Josh Heupel in that list of yours too. His teams have been near the top of offensive stats each year, and he’s done it without a truckload of 5 stars also. His O has made some pretty good defensive minds look silly, Saban included. He hasn’t figured out UGA yet, but his teams are dangerous to everyone they play. They should be fun to watch this year with the young… Read more »

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June 16, 2024 8:03 am

Howzit & good morning Bruddah Volunteer Trojan, Happy Father’s Day by the way. I like reading your stuff too. Yes, absolutely C.Heupel should be listed as one of the top offensive minds. So many coaches came from the late C.Mike Leach (Air Raid) football tree, C.Lincoln Riley, C.Kliff Kingsbury, C.Josh Heupel, C.Graham Harrel, C.Art Briles, C.Dave Aranda, C.Sony Dykes, C.Dana Hologen-U.Houston, Sony Cumbie-Lousiana Tech to name a few. Each one used his general FB concepts + tweeked it with their own concepts. I like C.LR system, he runs more vs da other coaches. It’s interesting though, C.Leach and his coaches… Read more »

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June 13, 2024 3:38 pm
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They needed to run through the Saban car wash.

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June 13, 2024 9:34 am
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We were so glad to be rid of Helton and get a HC who was getting to the playoffs we didn’t look critical at what we got. Riley coached Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts and Caleb Williams. His prepandemic seasons he went 12-2 three times then 11-3 in 2022. Sounds great but in his first 3 consecutive bowl losses he gave up 54 to Georgia, 45 to Alabama and 63 to LSU. We should have known he is a great QB coach that doesn’t know that defense is 50% of football. Has he finally seen the light? He better… Read more »

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June 12, 2024 4:11 pm

As of right now Darnold is starter for Vikings. I hope he plays lights out.

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June 12, 2024 5:42 pm
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ME too. Hope he finally finds his pro groove.

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June 12, 2024 4:17 pm
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It will be more than three. One or two of our wideouts will make it. Easton, Gentry, Kamari, Paige, Woody all have a good chance as well. I’ll say we end up in that 2nd or 3rd spot. The national media has no idea how bad Grinch was and how good our young WR group is.

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June 12, 2024 5:38 pm
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Yep 2 to 3 WR’s, 1 TE, I RB, QB Miller Moss will make it. USC will have the best O in da Big 10. I think Kamari-S, P.Brown-CB, Muhammad-DE on D will make it as well. My count 3 + 8 = 11 USC players. Cheers.

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June 12, 2024 5:52 pm
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Sadly, but deservedly, the Trojans will likely receive this level of respect until they prove otherwise on the field. It’s just going to be this way until it isn’t.

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June 13, 2024 9:28 am
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I noticed that as well, Allen. 😡🤬

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June 13, 2024 9:45 am
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The “stink of ’23” + losing to Utah twice giving up 43 and 47 points and then 46 to Tulane! Riley flashy offenses soft defenses. If he doesn’t get tough he’s out. Great OC not so great HC.

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June 14, 2024 6:50 am
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That Rose Bowl! I was jumping around the living room, pumping my fists. My wife looked at me with one eyebrow raised and just knew.

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June 12, 2024 2:43 pm

Elijah Vaikona looks big the way he’s built as a OT but also may be slow and not too agile. He looks like he just goes through the motions in his weekend drills. Hope I am wrong about all this.

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June 13, 2024 9:28 am
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Looks a big time project. Heck, all HS OL are basically projects.

Recruiting a HS OL, Ideal size/measureables (IOL 6-3 to 6-4, T 6-5 to 6-7), quickness, Xlent balance and footwork, strong base/stance, flexibility, strength. I would look into HS players dat played basketball and wrestle and players dat made All State and All League… Cheers.

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We haven’t offered him, at least as far as I know.

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June 13, 2024 9:36 am
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Oh, the irony. Brennan was definitely the “Fredo” of the Pete Carroll dynasty….

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June 13, 2024 5:28 pm
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Apparently Brennan is a very good recruiter, like father like son. Bet you he learned the recruiting craft from his father, Kiffin, Sark and Ed O while at USC…

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June 13, 2024 6:04 pm
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It was awhile ago, but I read dat while at Miami and Zona he was responsible for landing some very good players. And, the players said good things about him.

Not sure how good of a coach he is though. But, it seems C.Fisch thinks highly of Brennan. Like I said in an earlier post the coaching fraternity is kinda weird. Cheers.

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USC just offered him. Saw a short HL tape, he needs to really work on movement-quickness, agility, footwork and technique. He’s a project, at least 2 solid years of development. Dang, he has size (big boy), he makes C.Henson look small.

https://sports.yahoo.com/usc-offers-massive-offensive-line-135837912.html

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I hope Caleb is correct in his assessment of his new partners. Many athletes have been fooled and became poor from poor partnerships/associations in bidness ventures.

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June 12, 2024 8:54 am
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Where do you begin talking about a legend like Jerry West? He was beloved by everyone, even his competitors respected him as a friend off the court but feared him on it. I never heard or read anything derogatory about him. I never read his biog West by West, but I will now. We were so lucky to have him be a Laker.

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June 12, 2024 10:14 am
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Has to be in top 5 most influential people in basketball history.

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I was out all day today, but heard da bad news on my car radio. What a sad day. May the Great Jerry West, #44, Mr. Clutch RIP. Deep condolences to his wife and family. Yes he had a very successful GM career post playing days. He had a keen eye for talent and was well liked by players and other GM’s.   But, for me, Mr. Jerry West will be remembered as a Great basketball player. I began seeing (TV) some of his games in college and I knew he was gonna be a great Pro.  In college JW average 29 pts, 16 RB’s,… Read more »

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My Top 10 Lakers of All Time   Jerry West Dr.Jerry Buss-owner Magic Kobe Kareem Eligin Baylor Shaq George Mikan   Lebron Wilt Chamerblin   I have Jerry West #1 because he had da biggest impact to the lakers overall success as a player and keen leadership and team architect as da GM. #2 Owner Jerry Buss, very good basketball sense, business savy, keen eye for talent and hired the right people and players to run his Laker teams.   Lebron and Wilt are listed but they weren’t really true Lakers.    Note: Jennie Buss does not have the right… Read more »

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June 13, 2024 9:40 am
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Really? I cannot believe that Jeannie Buss made that kind of bone-headed decision. Not one of the best 5 lakers of all time? Jerry West is one of the TOP FIVE OF THE ENTIRE NBA, imho….

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June 13, 2024 11:30 am
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Not sure if anyone noticed but the official announcement of Jerry West’s passing was made by the Clippers and not the Lakers. Jerry West wanted nothing to do with the current Laker organization and his family respected that and they contacted the Clippers.

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June 13, 2024 5:58 pm
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Yeah Bruddah John it’s sad dat Jeanie could not put aside her past issues with Jerry and show compassion and epathy at his death. Hah, so she sends a warm public message 1 day later. Little to late for dat PR move.

The passing of Jerry West shows Jeanie’s true character. I did not know much about her until now. I have little respect for her and da Lakers front office.

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June 13, 2024 3:48 pm
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I think we all know if Jerry Buss was still around, he would not have let West go. But offspring usually become jealous of people who are smarter than them, which surely was the case of Jim Buss and Jeannie didn’t have the humility to ask West to come save the franchise. MHO

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June 13, 2024 2:55 pm
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Yeah Bruddah Allen, my bad for not listing the flamboyant & colorful Chick Hearns in my Top 10 list. Sports announcer extraordinaire. Chick deserves a Top 10 Lakers acknowledgement. No one has come close replacing da great Chick Hearns game time voice. He made watching the Lakers fun & exciting. CH had so many one of kind phases. He was a genius at improvising & adlibbing during games.  Shoot I miss Chick mucho.

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June 13, 2024 4:57 pm
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Remembering da one and only Chickie Hearns.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWWAwWNl5SM

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June 11, 2024 6:53 pm
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I get that mind set from a driven coach but no thanks. The best part of my life is my family, wouldn’t trade time with them for any success.

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June 11, 2024 2:50 pm
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How about we take out 8 and 9, then beat 1 for the Big10 CC! Gotta dream big!

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June 11, 2024 3:03 pm
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Who is #4? Brain lock can’t match the logo.

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June 11, 2024 4:10 pm

Kansas State

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June 11, 2024 6:54 pm
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Doh, that’s crazy. No wonder I couldn’t instantly ID the logo. My brain went, PSU? No. Northwestern? No. Hmm….

No way that happens. KSU to win the B12 and be ranked in top 4 on bowl selection day? Nah. The summary mentions losing OK and TX, but no mention of the additions of AZ, AZ St and CO. They might make the playoffs, but not as a top 4.

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I thought it was Penn St. I can’t see Penn St as #4 with the coach they have.

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It’s hard to do something like this so early. But, heck I’ll give it a shot. My final 4 in this order: UGA, Ohio St, Oregon, Bama. Championship game: UGA vs Oregon. NC = UGA My top 4 have Ace QB’s, solid run game, A+ D. I really like QB Carson Beck, UGA. I think he wins the Heisman. Wow, Kansas St in final 4? Boise St making the CFP 12 teams, hmm. 2 weeks ago I did my top 12, it has changed. This is my top 12 this week. Georgia Ohio St Oregon Bama Texas Florida St ND… Read more »

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Bruddah Allen, No, I think USC pulls out a close, high scoring game winning by 6 pts (2 FG’s). Both teams will score in the mid to high 40’s. Both teams have ? D’s, but with DC.DA Lynn and his A+ staff our D will be better than LSI D. LSU will have a very hard time with C.LR O. I predict USC 48, LSU 42   I’m always in with C.LR O. I think QB Miller Moss will shine in da game and da run game will complement the passing game. LSU will not be able to cover our A+ WR’s,  I think our… Read more »

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June 11, 2024 6:44 pm
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Vegas gambling book lines predicts LSU winning a close game.

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After thinking things more, if DC.DA Lynn and his AC can produce a D like he had at UCLA last year. And, QB Miller Moss and company run C.LR O like it should. And, most importantly do not lose key D players to major injuries, heck I believe USC can end up top 8 team and make the CFP.

I just hope the D boys work their ass off in the next 2 1/2 months… Cheers.

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Without doing an in-depth analysis on early team predictions, I pretty much go by who has da best talent, top QB, A+ run game, balance O, very good D, A+ coaching & previous year ending rankings. Cheers…

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June 11, 2024 8:47 am

Does the record book of a corrupt institution really matter? I remember watching that game and wondering how Oklahoma was able to get a spot against USC. The fact that some of the best players on that team were professional fizzles points to the fact that it was a team effort, not a one man show. However the killing of USC football was a one man show leading a team of jealous players producing a sham penalty. Looking at revealed emails and fabricated evidence in the process of penalizing USC makes it clear who really cheated in this case. Restoring… Read more »

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