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USC football: Reggie Bush says it's 'the closest thing to death without dying'

June 16, 2010 | 12:13 pm

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Reggie Bush finally spoke publicly about the sanctions USC received from the NCAA as a result of a four-year investigation that centered largely on the former Trojans running back.

USC is banned from bowl games for two seasons, will lose 30 scholarships over three years and must vacate wins in which Bush participated while he was receiving extra benefits. The university also has disassociated itself from the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner. USC has said it will appeal the sanctions.

"For the people who say ... well I've heard people say that I don't really care about this too much and I just brush it off my shoulders. Those people don't know me. Because this thing regarding USC and the NCAA is to me the closest thing to death without dying," Bush, a running back for the New Orleans Saints, told the New Orleans media. 

Bush said he would "aid USC as much as possible" in its appeal.

Once again, the New Orleans Times-Picayune story can be found here.

-- Gary Klein

Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press.

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