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Old 04-14-2010   #1
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Looks like Reggie Bush has finally been given a demand date to appear for deposition on the long-standing USC issue. The closet seems to be reopening, and the skeletons are seemingly waiting to fall out.

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Reggie Bush will finally give deposition in Lloyd Lake case

Four years ago, days before the 2006 draft, reports emerged that presumptive No. 1 overall pick Reggie Bush's family had been living rent-free in a house owned by a man who had hoped to represent Bush. The story quickly grew tree-trunk sized legs, the Texans got cold feet, the Saints took Bush, and the next Gale Sayers became one of the most overhyped and overpaid average players of all time.

Since then, the story has languished but never died, thanks to a lawsuit filed by one of the two men who claim that a bunch of money and other stuff of value had been given to Bush and/or his family. (Bush settled with the other man, Michael Michaels.) Now, according to the Los Angeles Daily News and other media outlets, Bush finally will placed under oath and questioned about the situation.

On Tuesday, Bush was ordered by a judge to submit to a deposition next week, on April 23. The forced testimony is significant not because it gives Lloyd Lake a chance to prove his case but because it would give the NCAA a clearer picture of whether Bush lost his amateur status while still playing college football -- which could result in penalties for the USC football program and, more importantly from Bush's perspective, could cause the Downtown Athletic Club to request that Bush placed his Heisman Trophy in a large box, ensconce it in Styrofoam peanuts, and mail it to the Nashville address of a guy who likes to party with his shirt off.

As a practical matter, Bush could decide to avoid the deposition by spending some of the $8 million in base salary he'll earn in 2010 on finally buying peace from Lake. Ultimately, Bush will need to ask himself how much it means to keep the Heisman Trophy -- and to avoid converting the vague public sense that he was being paid while in college into a full-blown acknowledgment that he was playing "pro football" long before September 2006.

Even then, avoiding the oath to tell "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you Favre" doesn't guarantee that Reggie will be in the clear. The NCAA has investigated the case without Bush's cooperation, and it has spoken at length with Lloyd Lake. Bush could be found retroactively ineligible even if he never says a single word about the situation.
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"On Tuesday, Bush was ordered by a judge to submit to a deposition next week, on April 23."
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I'll be surprised if that actually happens as Bush has avoided this deal for what, 3 or 4 years now ? I expect another payoff.
Do we have any idea when the NCAA makes its findings public ? Frankley I'm not holding out much hope for justice there either, as USC always seems to get treated in a preferential manner by the NCAA while all the other programs get
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Is this the reason Carroll left his cusy USC job for the Seahawks?
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Is this the reason Carroll left his cusy USC job for the Seahawks?
Could be, but then I wonder how much Lane Kiffin knows about this. Also, I think it's messed up how the NCAA is clamping down on Michigan but seems a bit lethragic when it comes to the Bush-USC problem.
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Could be, but then I wonder how much Lane Kiffin knows about this. Also, I think it's messed up how the NCAA is clamping down on Michigan but seems a bit lethragic when it comes to the Bush-USC problem.
I think by now we should all realize that Lane Kiffin does not give a shit what you or the NCAA thinks.

Edit: Lane Kiffin is a gangster.
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Could be, but then I wonder how much Lane Kiffin knows about this. Also, I think it's messed up how the NCAA is clamping down on Michigan but seems a bit lethragic when it comes to the Bush-USC problem.
Players voluntarily practicing over the required limits is obviously a way bigger threat to college football than earning an unfair recruiting advantage by paying amateur athletes to play.
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Default Re: Shake the Bush, and what do you get?

Reggie Bush, pride of USC, Heisman Trophy winner and the second overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft has lost his bid to tell his tales in a private arbitration. And guess who is most interested in what he has to say? The NCAA, that's who.
The deposition testimony in a civil lawsuit will create a public record about Bush's side of a story that is more than four years old.
Bush sits down under oath on that Friday, April 23. Think those Sports Center updates won't have film of Reggie walking in and out of Lake's attorney's office surrounded by his team? Why wouldn't they? Bush is considered one of the biggest recent success stories of a college athlete making it big in the NFL.
If the stench reaches the vaunted football team, it will taint former coach Pete Carroll and of course the seemingly untouchable and Teflon-like Mike Garrett, the school's Athletic Director. Bush will go about his business without any cares unless there is something more to hide than allegedly receiving free rent for his parents and goodies for himself.
Reggie can write a check and make this all go away if he wants to settle the case with Lake.
http://www.examiner.com/x-42782-LA-S...-the-NFL-draft
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More of the same as reported previously in this thread, but the claim from this LA-based publication that Bush is "considered one of the biggest recent success stories of a college athlete making it big in the NFL." is almost enough hype to make one gag. For god sakes he's virtually a 3rd-string running back in NOLA ! And trust me, Bush pens a check to make this thing go away.
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SAN DIEGO – A source has told Yahoo! Sports that former University of Southern California running back Reggie Bush has reached a settlement in a civil case brought by Lloyd Lake, one of the financiers of failed marketing agency New Era Sports & Entertainment. The settlement comes just days before Bush was expected to give a court-ordered deposition in the suit, centering on $300,000 in unpaid rent, cash and other benefits allegedly provided to the Heisman Trophy winner and his family while he was at USC.

The amount of Bush’s settlement with Lake is not known. When reached by Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday night, one of Lake’s attorneys, Paul Wong, declined comment. Messages left for Lake’s other attorney, Brian Watkins, were not returned.



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