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Heisman Trophy Awarded to Cam Newton in a Landslide

Auburn‘s Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy this past weekend, and really, it was a competition devoid of drama. Take away some moral grandstanding, and this was an out and out landslide.

Yes, there were a number of voters-105 to be exact-who, perhaps wary of the possibility of a Reggie Bush-type “vacating” of the award down the line, left Newton completely off the ballot.

But of the 781 ballots that did have Newton’s name on them, 729 of them saw the Auburn signal-caller’s name at the top- with good reason. This year, the Tigers’ QB had 4,000 yards of total offense and 48 touchdowns and was a threat with his arm and with his legs. He guided his team through the gauntlet that is the SEC and let several stirring comebacks. He was, without question, the deserving winner.

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Reggie Bush Gives Back His Heisman

reggie bushUSC running back Reggie Bush announced he would return his copy of the 2005 Heisman Trophy, the latest fallout from NCAA findings against him and the school.

However, Bush should not be praised for what he did. The move was simply a public relations decision, something done to gain him some sympathy in the public eye. This is not being done for the greater good of the game, or future players, despite what Bush said in his statement:

“I would like to begin in this effort by turning a negative situation into a positive one by working with the Trustees to establish an educational program which will assist student-athletes and their families avoid some of the mistakes that I made. I am determined to view this event as an opportunity to help others and to advance the values and mission of the Heisman Trophy.” Read the rest of this entry »

Reggie Bush Forced To Give Back Heisman Trophy

reggie bush heismanUSC announced today that it will give the 2005 Heisman Trophy, won by the school’s former star tailback Reggie Bush, back to the Heisman Trophy Trust. The Trust will meet July 27, and according to Rivals they have declined comment on what will come of the trophy.

In June, USC was slapped with a laundry list of NCAA sanctions after it was discovered that Bush, and former basketball star OJ Mayo, were both receiving “benefits” under the table, which is not allowed in the NCAA. The sanctions included a ban from bowl games for two years, a loss of 30 scholarships for three years, and the removal of their 2005 national championship over the Sooners from the record. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Heisman Odds From Vegas

Even though college football is months away, it’s never too early to discuss the Heisman Trophy. Vegas NCAA football odds makers have released a list of 26 candidates for college football’s top honor, and Alabama running back Mark Ingram, last year’s winner, is the favorite. heisman-trophy

You can find the full list here. And here are my thoughts:

Tyrelle Pryor at number two seems way high on the list. Yes, he finally seemed to hit all of his potential in the Rose Bowl, and maybe Jim Tressel has finally figured out a way to utilize Pryor’s amazing potential.

But consider that Pryor was ranked 62nd in the country’s quarterback rating last season, and 85th in completion percentage. Or the fact that he had as many games (four) with under 100 yards passing as he did games with over 200. Read the rest of this entry »


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