Steve Sarkisian rips Reggie Bush

Updated: September 18, 2010, 10:00 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian didn't mince words when asked about Reggie Bush's decision to return the Heisman Trophy.

"He had a chance to apologize, look like the good guy," Sarkisian told ESPN's Shelley Smith. "But in giving it back and not apologizing, he just looks like an idiot again."

Bush forfeited the legendary award Tuesday, but said Thursday that his decision was "not an admission of guilt," just the best way to end the controversy.

The Heisman Trophy Trust had discussed reviewing Bush's eligibility for the award after an NCAA report concluded Bush and his family had improperly accepted cash and gifts from sports agents while Bush was playing for USC.

Sarkisian was part of the offensive staff at USC during 2005, the year Bush won the Heisman.

"No matter how much money he got paid, that didn't affect how we prepared," Sarkisian told Smith. "We weren't the best team in football because of what he or his parents took."

It's the first time college football's top award was returned by a recipient. One of the few guidelines given to Heisman Trophy voters is that a player must be in compliance with NCAA rules to be eligible for the trophy.

Information from ESPN's Shelley Smith and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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