Saints RB Reggie Bush, at the center of the investigation that cost Southern California a two-year bowl ban, 30 scholarships and possibly its 2004 BCS title, said today he’s been shaken by the penalties and that he will aid in USC’s NCAA appeal.
“This thing regarding USC and the NCAA is to me the closest thing to death without dying,” Bush told reporters today. “Because I have such a great love and respect for the University of (Southern) California, this has been one of the toughest things I’ve had to deal with in my life. But at the same time whether it’s all true or all wrong or whether we’re guilty or not guilty, it’s still my responsibility and I have to accept that. I’m going to do everything I can to make it right, to make it better, and that’s really all I can do. … It’s almost like shaming your dad in a sense.”
Asked what he could have done differently, Bush said that what’s in the past is in the past and that the present is what he was worried about. He did say, though, that not everything that’s come out in the investigation is completely true.
“There’s a lot of fabricated lies in this matter,” said Bush, who also said he couldn’t get into specifics. “I can’t sit here and cry about it. I can’t sit here and make up excuses. Ultimately it’s the responsibility that’s placed on USC’s shoulders and my shoulders that it’s because of me.”
He said he’s not worried about potentially losing his Heisman trophy.
Said Bush, who has not spoke with former USC coach and current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: “I’m going to do everything I can to make this right, some way, somehow, if it’s the last thing I do.”
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