At the end of a multiyear investigation and the onset of a series of ramifications that will impact the USC football program for years to come, Reggie Bush called his alma mater last week to clear the air -- but athletic director Pat Haden says Bush isn't sorry:
“Never did he say I’m sorry or I apologize,” Haden said. “Never did he say, 'I lied to the NCAA or I took stuff.' ”
If this seems out of character for Bush, consider that this is a prime opportunity for him to cast himself as a wronged party:
As part of the sanctions, USC must disassociate itself from Bush. That means removing all images of the tailback from campus and the Coliseum, and images and records from the football media guide. USC has removed Bush’s retired No. 5 jersey from Heritage Hall and returned its copy of the Heisman Trophy to the Heisman Trust.
SB Nation's Trojans community, as you might imagine, isn't too thrilled with Bush right now:
"When this is all said and done, everybody will see at the end of the day we've done nothing, absolutely nothing wrong," Bush declared back in 2006.
Now, Bush seems to be humming the same tune. Let me guess.
"We've done nothing wrong. We're the victims here."
Sorry Reggie, we're not buying it.