"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
SB Nation has a story up detailing how a California judge is unsealing the documents related to the Reggie Bush investigation, specifically McNair's defamation suit. This may be hard to believe, but apparently the NCAA does not come out smelling sweet.
I'm of two minds. On the one hand, I wish that could be done about the apparent rampant cheating in football recruiting. On the other hand, the NCAA is an awful organization.
Reggie Bush took money that was offered to him by an agent. That was against the rules and he or SC should be punished for it. He did not beat up anyone, kill anyone, drink and drive with the Heisman Trophy, steal, take performance enhancing drugs, or on any way cheat on the field, nor did SC. This idea that he does not "deserve" the Heisman is completely ludicrous. As is SC returning its trophy, As is SC stripping every mention and piece of evidence from their halls that Bush ever existed, and the continuing Pat Haden tour of self-flagellation.
You can not dump the records down the rabbit hole and pretend none of this happened. It is also silly and tragic to strip away the accomplishments of the other 100 guys on those teams because a guy took money from an agent. Reggie Bush won the Heisman fair and square on the field. Perspective please. Let's not go from legitimate contrition to the overboard position that we're wiping all of this "shame" away.
To be clear, I'm fine with the NCAA sanctions, just not the stuff I'm discussing here.
The Heisman Trophy Trust is expected to strip former University of Southern California star running back Reggie Bush of college football’s top honor by the end of September, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Bush would become the first player in the 75-year history of the award to have the trophy taken away. The NCAA found major violations in the Trojans’ football program in June and levied serious sanctions against the school.
I'm not a big fan of Rick Reilly, but I'm intrigued by his Aug. 16 column on "Random Wallet Testing." The Fab Five (along with Nick Saban, Pete Carroll, Steve Fisher John Calipari, Reggie Bush, et. al.,) come in for Reilly Bashing. In brief, he suggests that if coaches had the cajons to ask for receipts for expensive items (diamond studs, wheels, living quarters, etc.,) they could protect themselves and their programs from disgrace and NCAA sanctions. The article is at http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=5468374.
Honestly, I've often wondered the same thing. I remember the Mercedes that Rich Rellford was driving his senior year, and it sure wasn't paid for with per diem money. It doesn't seem like it takes a rocket scientist to figure out something's wrong when one or more of your players is sporting expensive toys like that. It just takes balls that many coaches don't have. I can't imagine Bo turning the other way if one of the guys on his team was cruising in a Hummer or wearing $1,000 threads. Too many coaches (and fans, for that matter) figure, if I don't ask about it, and pretend I don't see it, then it doesn't exist.
After his half ass apology back in June, he finally owns up to his transgressions.