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Journal FortKnox's Journal: [NFL] Reggie Bush... BUSTED! 13

Feel free to look at this if you aren't familiar with what I'm talking about.
Basically, Reggie Bush's family abruptly and quickly moved out of their $750k house when yahoo sports asked them about the ownership of it. It was purchased by someone in charge of a sports agency. That's a BIG no-no for a college student.
Of course, even if this is true, USC will lose scholarships, possibly even lose their record from last year, and Reggie Bush will have over 25 million reasons to forget the whole thing in 6 days...
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[NFL] Reggie Bush... BUSTED!

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  • To me, the biggest news here is that Yahoo Sports does investigative journalism! I hadn't realized there was anyone there besides some perl scripts and syndicated content.

    The NCAA really ought to come up with less draconian ways of dealing with these violations in team sports. It's one thing to strip an individual title but to sanction whole teams for something they knew nothing about seems execessive.

    • If they want to be harsh and effective, I'd say if Bush is guilty, make him ineligable for the draft. That will really hit home for players that consider cheating the rules...
      • cheating the rules?

        Ok, fine, yeah, they broke the rules. The rules suck though.

        How much monie$ did USC make off of Bush and Co?

        Give a little, get a lot. Sounds right to me.
        • The athletes get a great deal out of athletic scholarships - a free college education that for most of them would have been completely out of reach if not for their athletic ability. If they don't like that deal, then go play in the numerous professional avenues to major leagues sports (the minors in baseball, USDL/overseas for basketball, arena/NFL Europe for football, minor league hockey, etc.).

          College sports is about the institutional rivalry far more than its about individual players, and the colleges
          • and the colleges make some money off sports, but on balance it's not a huge amount (when offset against costs).

            This is false. For playing in the national championship game, they make a huge amount of money, in ticket sales, advertising, not to mention team memorabilia and jersey/t-shirt/hats/coffee mugs/bumper stickers/license plate holder sales alone.

            These kids are getting a free education, yes, but what these universities are making off of them is criminal. Don't get me wrong, it's completely immoral fo
            • But then again, how is it criminal? At most big schools, the athletic department is split off into its own corporate entity, with its own set of books, so the revenue generating sports (football, basketball, in some places hockey or baseball) basically subsidize the non-revenue sports like track & field, wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, etc.

              It's not like the university staff are raking in mega-$$$ while the kids go hungry. When the coaches do make huge money, it's usually due to endorsement deals and
              • You missed the point on most of the issues:

                1. It's *NOT* criminal. It's against the NCAA's rules. The rules say that all players *MUST* be amateurs and cannot accept payment in any way, shape or form for their athletic performance. It's the NCAA's league. It's their rules. If an athelete doesn't like it, he doesn't have to play there. As you said, there are other leagues in other countries (or even the AFL). It may be harder and take longer to break into the NFL that way, but then again, he could've
                • Huh? I think you completely misread my post:

                  #1) You're repeating exactly what I said

                  #2) Most is a repeat of what I said, and I think you're wrong about the bowls paying to fly everybody in and paying for hotels. I've seen many news stories explaining exactly the opposite.

                  #4) I never proposed suspending Bush from the draft. My suggestion is for USC to sue his a$$ if they get nailed for serious penalties as a result of this.

                  Did you just hit reply to the wrong post???
      • If they want to be harsh and effective, I'd say if Bush is guilty, make him ineligable for the draft.

        I really have been reading too many politics sites lately. I read "Bush" and "guilty", thought "censure/impeachment", and really had a hard time parsing the sentence...

        As for punishing colleges for the actions of individual players, yeah, it sounds harsh, but OTOH it also removes plausible deniability for colleges and forces them to investigate and police themselves. I doubt the NCAA would actually pun

      • by what mechanism do you want to do that? The NCAA doesn't have a thing to say about the NFL draft.
  • I must preface this post: I hate USC.

    I hate EVERYTHING about USC.

    That said, USC is a victim of their own boosters and players. How, in the information age, do you think for a moment that living in a $783,000 home will go unnoticed?

    I have access to public records and from the little I have seen so far, there are a litany of VERY interesting things in regards to Michaels' properties (not just the one on Apple St).

    I think you're going to see USC slammed with multiple NCAA sanctions. In addition, I think you'
  • Always saying everything is Bush's fault.

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