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Sarkisian: Bush looks like idiot again

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09:08 AM ET 09.18 | Steve Sarkisian, current Washington head coach and former USC assistant during Reggie Bush's time with the program, blasted the ex-USC back for not including an apology with the "Return to Sender" sticker he slapped on the Heisman. "He had a chance to apologize, look like the good guy," Sarkisian said. "But in giving it back and not apologizing, he just looks like an idiot again."

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September 18, 2010  09:20 AM ET

Maybe, just maybe, Bush didn't think, he did anything wrong!!

September 18, 2010  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe, just maybe, Bush didn't think, he did anything wrong!!

Or differently from other players he knew of and heard about. And not just at USC.

September 18, 2010  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe, just maybe, Bush didn't think, he did anything wrong!!

He knew his situation was different. His agent , no doubt, convinced him it was ok. The problem is the agent. The NFL will never license agents because it cannot. You cannot tell someone who will represent them. It would never stand up in any court.
But...USC should sue the agent for damages. The schools are the only ones who can get to the problem. And theyjust do not seem to have the cohones to do anything but whine about sanctions when things go bad.

September 18, 2010  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE:

Sarkisian got his current gig in part due to the Pro football team otherwise known as the USC Trojans. The coaches were not blind to all the dealings surrounding the team and its players. They just choose not to see.

Damn good point! Wasn't Sarkisian at USC, at the same time as Bush! I'm thinking he was!
By the way, Go Huskies, today!!!

September 18, 2010  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe, just maybe, Bush didn't think, he did anything wrong!!

IMHO...If Bush didn't think he did anything wrong, then U$C has a major problem on their hands with the compliance dept of the school. Isn't it their responsibility that the players are to know what is right and what is wrong, especially dealing with outside agents/dealers/whatever?

And don't you think that getting a fancy house for the family while you went to school, MIGHT have set off a couple of red flags? And the player should have asked someone to clarify? Or if the house was OK...to let the school know that this was going on and make sure it was OK?

September 18, 2010  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He knew his situation was different. His agent , no doubt, convinced him it was ok. The problem is the agent. The NFL will never license agents because it cannot. You cannot tell someone who will represent them. It would never stand up in any court.But...USC should sue the agent for damages. The schools are the only ones who can get to the problem. And theyjust do not seem to have the cohones to do anything but whine about sanctions when things go bad.

Very good comment and I totally agree with you!!

September 18, 2010  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

IMHO...If Bush didn't think he did anything wrong, then U$C has a major problem on their hands with the compliance dept of the school. Isn't it their responsibility that the players are to know what is right and what is wrong, especially dealing with outside agents/dealers/whatever?And don't you think that getting a fancy house for the family while you went to school, MIGHT have set off a couple of red flags? And the player should have asked someone to clarify? Or if the house was OK...to let the school know that this was going on and make sure it was OK?

I agree with your comment, but the fact is (and I know we are beating a dead horse), did Bush really take the money from the Agent (Lake) and can you trust a felon's (Lake) testimonial? Hell, I just don't know? But I do know, that if, I didn't do anything wrong, then I wouldn't have said I was sorry.

September 18, 2010  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He knew his situation was different. His agent , no doubt, convinced him it was ok. The problem is the agent. The NFL will never license agents because it cannot. You cannot tell someone who will represent them. It would never stand up in any court.But...USC should sue the agent for damages. The schools are the only ones who can get to the problem. And theyjust do not seem to have the cohones to do anything but whine about sanctions when things go bad.

the NFL does in fact register agents (776 currently)....as I recall, this guy Lake that Bush took money from is not what is normally thought of as an agent (only agents can negotiate contracts)....this agent versus financial handler business was discussed in detail by George Dohrmann in an article on the CNNSI web page yesterday....it's still there today under the Special Features section and is entitled "Little Known Source of Corruption"...even the agents are complaining about these guys

September 18, 2010  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

the NFL does in fact register agents (776 currently)....as I recall, this guy Lake that Bush took money from is not what is normally thought of as an agent (only agents can negotiate contracts)....this agent versus financial handler business was discussed in detail by George Dohrmann in an article on the CNNSI web page yesterday....it's still there today under the Special Features section and is entitled "Little Known Source of Corruption"...even the agents are complaining about these guys

Good post. But tell me, who cannot "register" as an agent? Everybody but mass murderers? I do not think it is a very exclusive club with any known standard.
Only the schools can go after these guys for damages. And they do not do it. And the ex players too. By the time the NFL is part of the equation, the damage is done and they have no vested interest in anything past.

September 18, 2010  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

the NFL does in fact register agents (776 currently)....as I recall, this guy Lake that Bush took money from is not what is normally thought of as an agent (only agents can negotiate contracts)....this agent versus financial handler business was discussed in detail by George Dohrmann in an article on the CNNSI web page yesterday....it's still there today under the Special Features section and is entitled "Little Known Source of Corruption"...even the agents are complaining about these guys

When agents complain about ethics, then that is really sad. They are just ticked to find someone lower on the human scale.

September 18, 2010  10:38 AM ET
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But I do know, that if, I didn't do anything wrong, then I wouldn't have said I was sorry.

agreed. and I probably wouldve put up a lot more of a fight to keep my Heisman tropht too. I get the 'respect the decision of the Heisman trust' thing....but if he is innocent, I imagine he wouldve raised holy hell about it. Never heard a peep about it until he gave it back.

September 18, 2010  10:39 AM ET

"Rand Getlin, whose company, Synrgy Sports, provides agent-education assistance for college athletic departments, believes that no real change will come unless state and federal authorities begin prosecuting unethical agents. (An Associated Press review found that more than half of the 42 states with sports agent laws have yet to revoke or suspend a single license"

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/stewart_mandel/09/16/ncaa-ag ents/1.html#ixzz0ztN9oIeQ

September 18, 2010  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

"Rand Getlin, whose company, Synrgy Sports, provides agent-education assistance for college athletic departments, believes that no real change will come unless state and federal authorities begin prosecuting unethical agents. (An Associated Press review found that more than half of the 42 states with sports agent laws have yet to revoke or suspend a single license"Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/stewart_mandel/09/16/ncaa-ag ents/1.html#ixzz0ztN9oIeQ

will go there now. thanks.

September 18, 2010  10:44 AM ET

Whoa!! Sark finally has a voice... I never thought he had it in him after all those years at SC... This might get interesting down here in trojan land...

September 18, 2010  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

"Rand Getlin, whose company, Synrgy Sports, provides agent-education assistance for college athletic departments, believes that no real change will come unless state and federal authorities begin prosecuting unethical agents. (An Associated Press review found that more than half of the 42 states with sports agent laws have yet to revoke or suspend a single license"Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/stewart_mandel/09/16/ncaa-ag ents/1.html#ixzz0ztN9oIeQ

Read it. Interesting. Is a start I suppose, but this one comment is telling " there are no plans to expand the AGA.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/stewart_mandel/09/16/ncaa-ag ents/1.html#ixzz0ztPSjcBK

September 18, 2010  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

IMHO...If Bush didn't think he did anything wrong, then U$C has a major problem on their hands with the compliance dept of the school. Isn't it their responsibility that the players are to know what is right and what is wrong, especially dealing with outside agents/dealers/whatever?And don't you think that getting a fancy house for the family while you went to school, MIGHT have set off a couple of red flags? And the player should have asked someone to clarify? Or if the house was OK...to let the school know that this was going on and make sure it was OK?

You might be right... but I do know, from a friend who used to tutor USC players, and this commonplace for many D1 universities.... that Carroll did do many clinics before after seasons for the players on just what you're saying... then it falls on the players to follow the directives they've been given... and I believe that falls on what 50 year-fan is alluding to in quote 5... Bush simply believes he was doing nothing wrong... I don't justify what Bush did, but remember, and I often forget, these are 18-19 year old boys that are being targeted many from backgrounds with broken families and no parental guidance... it's just sad, period

September 18, 2010  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

You might be right... but I do know, from a friend who used to tutor USC players, and this commonplace for many D1 universities.... that Carroll did do many clinics before after seasons for the players on just what you're saying... then it falls on the players to follow the directives they've been given... and I believe that falls on what 50 year-fan is alluding to in quote 5... Bush simply believes he was doing nothing wrong... I don't justify what Bush did, but remember, and I often forget, these are 18-19 year old boys that are being targeted many from backgrounds with broken families and no parental guidance... it's just sad, period

Good point...and there is also the problem with these kids want it to be OK and alright so bad....coming from poverty or distressed homes and suddenly seeing money....and these "men" have a very good way, I'm sure, of couching it in terms that make it seem legal....

And I'm sure it does go on it all schools, but I think that some schools have better compliance/training programs than others. E was on a while back and telling about trying to get a Texas player to speak at a program....the hoops she had to go through and the fact that the person she was talking to knew where every player was going, where they were and what they were doing...very impressive. But, even with Texas, there is always the chance that some young kid, just can't refuse.....true....very sad...

September 18, 2010  11:13 AM ET

Sarkisian was part of the environment that allowed Bush to do what he did......so his words are somewhat hollow.

September 18, 2010  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe, just maybe, Bush didn't think, he did anything wrong!!

Morning Ole Timey, is this story ever going to be put to rest? Its CFB Saturday, are the Gophers gonna give you guys any troubles today?

 
September 18, 2010  12:01 PM ET
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Sarkisian got his current gig in part due to the Pro football team otherwise known as the USC Trojans. The coaches were not blind to all the dealings surrounding the team and its players. They just choose not to see.

As a long time Dawg fan not yet convinced of the Sark (he did come from the evil empire of course), I'd agree with the notion that the coaches either knew about everything involving Bush or they are the dumbest nimrods to ever have walked the face of the death star.

Although this country is full of nimrods who remain ignorant by choice.

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