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Book Says Bush Received Cash From Marketer at USC

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Friday, January 11, 2008

A San Diego sports marketer claims in a new book that he gave former Southern California running back Reggie Bush nearly $300,000 in cash while Bush still was in college.

Based largely on interviews with Lloyd Lake, who tried to secure Bush as a client for the marketing company he attempted to launch, "Tarnished Heisman" claims the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner was provided with hotel stays, cash for shopping sprees and money to buy and customize a car.

The book's authors, Don Yaeger and Jim Henry, acknowledge that Lake "has been compensated in return for his full cooperation," according to a story posted on the Los Angeles Times's Web site yesterday. Lake's family members also were quoted extensively.

The book hints that USC coaches may have known about some of the arrangements, but it does not provide evidence that any school official was aware of alleged improper gifts. . . .

A University of Washington booster offered $200,000 for law school scholarships if football coach Tyrone Willingham and Athletic Director Todd Turner were fired, the Seattle Times reported.

The offer made by Ed Hansen, a multimillionaire lawyer and former three-term mayor of Everett, Wash., to university president Mark A. Emmert was included in approximately 1,000 e-mails obtained by the Times in a public-records request. The e-mails were written to Emmert, Willingham and Turner over the past four months. . . .

Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden was handcuffed by police and then released without being charged after being involved in a "pretty rowdy scene" at a piano bar in Little Rock early yesterday.

Arkansas' all-American running back and at least four others were at the downtown bar when a disturbance broke out shortly after midnight, police Lt. Terry Hastings said. A bouncer was hit in the face as he was trying to get the group to leave, Hastings said. A police report did not specify who hit the bouncer.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Virginia's Sammy Zeglinski, a freshman reserve point guard, will miss the remainder of the season because of a right ankle injury suffered Dec. 7 against Longwood. Virginia will file paperwork in order for Zeglinski to earn a medical hardship and not lose a year of eligibility.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports


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