Bring Reggie Bush Back?

Petros Papadakis addressed the idea of USC restoring Reggie Bush as a full-fledged member of the football program now that NCAA sanctions are over.

“Reggie Bush did not lift one finger or toe . . . to help a whole generation of football players. He could have talked to the NCAA. It would have undoubtedly helped lighten the load of the sanctions coming down on USC.

“He never cooperated to this day and a whole generation of players suffered.”

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  • Pudly76

    I say “bring him back.” Not that he deserves any favors from SC, but if we can stick it to the ncaa in any way, then we ought to. It just doesn’t look right without that jersey out there.

    • steveg

      Aren’t all the individuals that put the sham together all departed now? I know the guy from Miami died but I thought the rest bailed out also. Am I wrong, are they still around?

      • Pudly76

        I’m not sure but somehow I think Emmert is still involved. The rest were mainly bit players on the COI and some consultants that weren’t supposed to give opinions but did nonetheless, as evidenced in several emails

  • Brutus Beefcake

    bless Mr. Reggie!! all he had to do was pay Lake the money he was rightfully owed per their agreement!! but he was a deadbeat as well as a cheater!

    cost the Dummies at least a couple of REAL NATTYS too!!!

    love this guey!! bring him back!!!!

    #AndOJToo

    • USCDAN1986

      Will bring OJ back when the ruins bring back Henley .. #killthejudge

      • j metaphor

        OJ, will be back. You bozos still proudly display his trophy in your trophy case and his number in your stadium.

        • USCDAN1986

          What OJ did sadly was after his career at USC.. Try again pinhead!

  • Brent4c

    Petros asked about USC…Petros says all negative stuff. There can we now stop posting Petros quotes, we all know he has nothing positive to say. He hates Bush, Carroll and Leinart. He loves Lendale who likes to tweet criticism from his couch.

    • Linkster

      Petros is a total tool right Traveler? Loud mouth, self serving, biased fool.

      • j metaphor

        I think you meant to say: Loud mouthed, self-serving Trojan

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    ncaa has been exposed and I guess papadakis has not heard about the trial they are losing and stalling …Bush parents were the ones to talk to; reggie was a kid…sc rejected him ,should have fought ncaa,like PennSt ,Ohio st, N.Carolina…they all did and ncaa backed down

  • LamontRaymond

    I have to agree with Petros on this one. But if they ever do allow Reggie back into the fold, the school should maintain an absolute ban on his parents. Those idiots allowed their son to give them money from an agent while he was in school. Any parent who would allow that doesn’t give a crap about that kid or the school he attends. They’re done.

    • USCDAN1986

      Agree!

    • Linkster

      The parents are divorced and the step dad is out on the streets in San Diego.

      • AtlDDS

        Karma’s a beotch, as they say….

      • Michael Guarino

        On the streets in San Diego? Oh, that’s too bad. Is there anything we can do to make things worse?

        • steveg

          Move him to El Centro

        • RegalTrojan

          There actually is, MG. Make him a janitor at Heritage Hall. LOL!

          • trojan_1972

            He could join owns and cakes cleaning the fryers each night…

          • RegalTrojan

            LMAO!

          • gotroy22

            Have him work with Owns.

          • RegalTrojan

            They’ll make a perfect duo. Yes!

      • LamontRaymond

        Yeah, a national scandal like that does put pressure on a marriage. Can’t say I’m happy to hear the man is on the streets.

    • j metaphor

      I think you Trojans should bring Reggie & O.J. back as a package deal and have them act as honorary team captains to remind everyone that winning football games is everything and that character is nothing. P.S. Ask St. Pat if he’ll do the coin toss.

  • Old Trojans never die

    The thing is, is that Reggie was being blackmailed and not a student st the time of the investigation, so under no obligation to speak to the sham organization known as the NCAA.
    They had no right to tell private citizen Bush what he could or couldn’t do and yet based on evidence that would not pass the eye test (Scott’s new favorite)he was convicted and sentenced. Would you want to return to that system?

  • USCDAN1986

    Petros is still angry for getting booted from his USC PA job. The truth is he messed up by talking smack about the school and admin.

    In Reggie’s case his stepdad and mom took advantage of the kid ‘Reggie’ and the $2 dollar fake agent bs by making a deal on the rented property that became subject to Reggie and USC getting the shaft by the NCAA.

    In the end Reggie is a Trojan, he deserves to be welcomed back, even if some may not like it.

    Trolls do not throw stones, Ucla is not clean and never has been.

    It is what it is!

    • Old Trojans never die

      Reggie’s parents are to USC as Papa Ball is to Ucla. The see a cash cow and they were the farmer.

      • USCDAN1986

        Exactly. Ucla dodged a bullet with the younger Ball not attending Ucla now that 5 finger Louie was kicked out of Ucla. Papa Ball didnt pull him out, they said take your kid and get lost.. He’s done here!

        USC should have sued the parents of Bush!

        • Pudly76

          We should have sued the ncaa. The Bush’s parents ‘ deal with the agent wasn’t illegal by any law I’m aware of..on the other hand the ncaa broke their own bylaws and regulations… I hope McNair and his team puts it to them like no one ever has

          • trojan_1972

            NCAA is a cartel, plain and simple. Unfortunate that there is no competition by another organization for D1 teams to coordinate athletic competitions.

          • Michael Guarino

            That’s 100% true.
            #SomebodyCouldMakeAMint

          • Pudly76

            People already make mints, all kinds of mints

          • Michael Guarino

            Ha! [Ed should have said that]…..

          • trojan_1972

            Can you distort the spelling of mints, and still have it appear to be mints?

          • steveg

            That sounds right up your alley amigo. Something to do in your spare time.

          • steveg

            Get some of the great minds on here and develop a new one.

          • trojan_1972

            NCAA is a protected cartel. There would be enormous resistance to introducing competition.

          • Michael Guarino

            Are you talking Mafia- type “enormous resistance”?

          • trojan_1972

            Nice! It depends on your view of university presidents and NCAA lobbyists….

          • Michael Guarino

            Good point, trojan_1972……

          • Michael Guarino

            Even if McNair proves (which I’m confident he will) that the NCAA violated it’s own procedures to “get” him, his damages are no where NEAR the damages suffered by USC —which is not a party to the lawsuit.
            #DoesThisMakeSenseToYou?

          • Pudly76

            I understand, and neither are the players who had to play with reduced rosters and suffered higher rates of injury and due to that lower income on their original contracts…muddy water, to be sure

          • Michael Guarino

            Higher injury rates, reduced contracts, ruined careers —the NCAA has a hell of a lot to answer for.

          • gotroy22

            And Reggie.

          • steveg

            ..”.Lower income on their original contracts”,

            Whose contracts? The players? I thought that was Auburn and Alabama with the high dollar contracts.

          • Pudly76

            Ha, very funny!!

          • gotroy22

            And Reggie let SC take the fall while he made his millions.

          • Michael Guarino

            I don’t get it either. It would have been so easy to pay Lake his $200,000 and pull the rug out from under the NCAA.

          • gotroy22

            That’s why Reggie can never be forgiven. The whole NCAA investigation should have never happened. Reggie made a hand shake deal and welshed on it. Think about it…He was about to become a multi-millionaire and simply refused to wait 365 days for it to happen. He would be worth $30 million on draft day 2016 but that cheapskate stiffed the agents on the $300,000 he owed them. His cheapness was his weakness and it destroyed SC football for the rest of us for a decade. Sam brought it back last year and for that I will be forever grateful.

          • Michael Guarino

            Knowing the way attorneys think, I’m willing to bet some ding dong was counseling him that this was the smart play on his part. But that’s no excuse —honor dictated that he do otherwise. He sold out an entire program, including a whole bunch of athletes who had nothing to do with his crap —and whose only “crime” was wanting to play for USC.

    • j metaphor

      Truth is that Petros spoke the truth and the administration doesn’t deal well with truth and reality.
      It’s kind of a hard concept for them to grasp.

      • USCDAN1986

        Lol.. Like Ucla does, GTFOH idiot!

  • Linkster

    Reggie did not do USC any favors. However, the real culprit in this debacle was his step dad. He was the guy taking free rent and supposedly negotiating with agents regarding his pro career. The whole deal will come out in the McNair trial that the NCAA was out to destroy USC. Revenge will be sweet.

  • Lunderful

    Petros is spot on correct on this matter. Bush and his family are low-end protoplasms.

    • Pudly76

      This is a truly divisive issue and there will be passion on both sides, neither of which can be construed as wrong.

      • trojan_1972

        Absolutely. The degree of the NCAA decision was completely nuts, and I believe that part of it had to do with Mike Garrett’s attitude at the hearings (trial).

        • Pudly76

          Makes no difference, and perhaps in hindsight I’d go so far as to say that Mike was right and we should have continued that tack. The fix was in and they needed to shut SC down so as to make the South more competitive with SC as they had no idea how Pete was doing it. They completely fabricated the evidence and then fabricated the results of a hearing, this much has been revealed already. Their time is short. They NEVER had evidence that McNair nor anyone else had an inkling of what was going on..

          • trojan_1972

            As you note, hopefully McNair sticks it to them.

        • Pudly76

          Hope I didn’t offend you, not my intention

          • trojan_1972

            Not in any way! The penalty was a complete sham and really disgraceful in terms of how it impacted the Trojans and college football more broadly. IMO NCAA is largely an unprincipled organization.

          • steveg

            Garretts problem was he had Nikias to overcome and Nikias has no backbone.

        • Michael Guarino

          Mike had a right to feel the way he did about the NCAA’s sham “investigation” —-but he shouldn’t have telegraphed it so loudly & clearly.

          • Pasadena Trojan

            Garrett has no filters but he will tell u the truth.

          • Michael Guarino

            I know. And I always respected him as a player and as a man. He did a lot for USC.

        • j metaphor

          Mike Garrett’s attitude, Pete Carroll’s attitude, Reggie’s attitude and the alumni that still criticize St. Pat for not suing.

    • gotroy22

      I love when people call a 20 year old man who could be fighting in Afghanistan a “kid”.

      • Pudly76

        Nonetheless a kid is what he is. The fact we send kids to fight doesn’t make him any more mature, until he returns…tell me you made the same choices for the same reasons at 19-20 that you do now?

        • fast fred

          All Reggie had to due was pay the agent what he owed—greed was the problem—that’s why it was not all the parents.

          • Pudly76

            Fred you assumed that the deal was made by Reggie and not his parents, why should he pay the scheister of an agent when he didn’t receive the benefit. The agent wanted Reggie as a client the money was a piddling compared to having Reggie’s account.

    • j metaphor

      And so was Carroll

  • Sandy Underpants

    Bush being deposed wouldn’t have helped anything. It couldn’t have made the undeserved sanctions worse, but it would not have helped because the NCAA had it out for USC and stuck it to them. Programs have been proven to have done much worse than what USC was accused of since the sanctions and faced punishments not even similar to the punishment USC received. I didn’t think USC should have painted over Reggie’s picture in the tunnel or taken his jersey out of the Coliseum. I was really disappointed that SC didn’t stand behind their player and at least make a statement that nothing he and the university were accused of doing made Reggie any better or helped USC win any single game. Even if the allegations were true it would actually hurt their team to have agents trying to get their players to leave school early to turn pro.

  • SucKiffin

    Kiffin and Sark doomed a decade of players at USC … Sam Darnold saved some

    • steveg

      You are right, and Helton is bringing some dignity and calmness back to the chaos that was USC football.

  • Paul Muad’dib

    Petros is bitter against USC. Please stop quoting him. All he has to say about USC is negative and pessimistic. Just like a beat writer we all know…

    • j metaphor

      Petros and Wolf are both SoCal alumni and apparently still have enough pride to call out the many things that embarrass them about how their school is run.
      You should thank them for trying to improve the moral character of your school.

      • Kurt Gally

        No i will not thank them. Theres a difference between calling out things they feel are wrong and criticizing every tiny little detail after the fact. They never give credit where credit is due and they only judge from a high horse. Its the same old story with these two

      • Anything that comes out of metaphor’s mouth smells fishy.

  • gotroy22

    Pete left under the NCAA cloud due to Reggie’s greed.

    • Pudly76

      Due to his parents greed perhaps?

    • j metaphor

      Pete ran like a little girl that got caught using mommy’s make up.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    Pass the gravy, Petros.

  • Pudly76

    Interview with Reggie last night on the 24/7 website, and it’s free!

  • USC85

    Reggie has been a pathological liar since his days at Helix. He had a chance to go straight to the University when his worthless ex-stepfather got involved with those crooks. He’s never apologized or did anything to make things right. F him.

  • Pasadena Trojan

    Reggie needs to apologize to Swann, the durrent AD. It doesn’t have to be public, just that Swann would make a statement that Bush talked to him and apologize would be the right thing to do. If he does that, then I think most fans and alumni and the school would welcome him back. If that happened maybe Bush could make his presence felt more often at usc