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Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL running back Reggie Bush is serious about getting a winning football program at his alma mater, the University of Southern California.
After the Trojans finished 5-7 in 2018 under coach Clay Helton, the school’s first losing season since 2000, Bush says he may team up with former USC alum Matt Leinart in an effort to convince their new broadcast partner — former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer — to come out of retirement to take the job.
“We’ll definitely be recruiting him,” Bush told the L.A.Times. “What makes you think we won’t be recruiters? Nothing is off the table.”
Meyer, 54, has said he isn’t interested in returning to coaching, but he has left the door open to a return in the future.
Bush, Meyer, Leinart and former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn will be part of a new college football pregame show this fall on Fox Sports that will look to replicate the success ESPN has had with College Gameday.
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Though he isn’t allowed to attend USC games or practices because of NCAA sanctions, Bush is still closely following the Trojans’ fortunes. And he sees Helton as squarely on the coaching hot seat.
“They have to win the division,” Bush said. “This is a put-up-or-shut-up season for them, especially for Clay Helton. I’m looking to see drastic improvements. People have to be held accountable and players have to be held accountable.”
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