Chat with Reggie Bush
Bush, the 2005 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, and his Trojans are gearing up for Saturday's game against crosstown rival UCLA. Top-ranked, two-time defending national champs USC host the No. 11 Bruins in the Coliseum. A USC win would give the Trojans the conference title outright and propel Troy -- already a lock for the Fiesta Bowl -- into the Rose Bowl for its second consecutive BCS Championship game.
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The ShowGirl (9:56 AM)
Hey football fans, welcome to The Show! Defensive backs can't catch Reggie Bush, but we can! We caught up with El Presidente and he's making a special appearance today to answer your questions!
The ShowGirl (3:36 PM)
Hey folks, we're starting a little early ... let's roll!
Reggie Bush (3:38 PM)
Hi everybody. Thanks for joining me in this chat room. The support is greatly appreciated.
Alex Jackson (Richmond, VA)
If you guys are up by enough points on Saturday and you get into the endzone will you strike the Heisman pose?
Reggie Bush (3:39 PM)
(Laughs) Nahh, I don't think I'll do that, I've never been that type of player ... but I don't know. You never know -- you just never know. We'll see.
Who is the toughest team you've played all year? Who is the best player (offense or defense) you've played against?
Reggie Bush (3:41 PM)
Toughest team this year was probably Notre Dame -- although I hate to admit it. (laughs) They took us all the way down to the wire and gave us a run for our money. We made a lot of mistakes too, to give them the chance to remain in it. As for the toughest player, I don't know. The guy that sticks out is #42, the safety for Hawaii, he was just everywhere, involved in everything. I don't know his name but he was fast and he was a great player and everytime I got tackled, he was there.
Chris, Boise ID
You played them both, so which would be the better team fit for the Fiesta Bowl, Notre Dame or Oregon?
Reggie Bush (3:42 PM)
I don't know. It's a toss up, but I guess I would say Notre Dame.
Max (Newark, NJ)
Do you think you should have been flagged for aiding Leinart into the endzone against Notre Dame?
Reggie Bush (3:43 PM)
No I don't. Just because, I mean, obviously I'm not going to say I'd flag myself. Maybe if it was somebody else. But, it helped us win the game, of course I'm going to say no.
Charles McClurg (Lynchburg, VA)
What do you think your biggest challenge will be in your up coming game against UCLA?
Reggie Bush (3:44 PM)
I'd say just the game itself. It's a bigtime rivalry for us and a big one in college football. In these types of games, you can never really just look at stats or records because anything is possible!
Matt (Eugene, OR)
Reggie: Has Matt Leinart's ballroom dancing class improved his footwork on the field?
Reggie Bush (3:45 PM)
(Laughs) Yeah, he has rushed for some more touchdowns than he has in the past. He is looking a little more mobile lately!
Karen, Hollywood CA
What are you thinking about when you dance around the defense?
Reggie Bush (3:45 PM)
Score. Score and don't get hit. It's as simple as that.
Alex Jackson (Richmond, VA)
If you guys get past UCLA and Texas stumbles in the Big 12 Championship who would you want to play in the National Championship?
Reggie Bush (3:46 PM)
I'd rather play Texas because I feel like they are the next best team, or the best team, or whatever. I want a chance to play them and I think that's what the people want and of course we want to play the team we think is the best out there.
BDG (Los Angeles, CA)
How is your back? Are you a 100% for this Saturday? Will White be ready to go for Thunder and Lighting? Fight On!
Reggie Bush (3:47 PM)
I don't think I've been 100% for a game since Hawaii, so, no, but that's just something you have to deal with. You just keep playing football, being a gladiator out there. As far as LenDale is concerned, he will be ready for Saturday.
Seth, Friendswood, Texas
Hey Reggie if you decide to come out you're not gonna pull an Eli/Elway and refuse to play for my Texans are you?
Reggie Bush (3:49 PM)
(Laughs) No, I just want the opportunity to have the chance and make my mark. Wherever I go, I'll go. As far as Eli, he felt like he didn't want to play for a team for whatever reason and I don't think he should be held for that. Maybe the way he went about it wasn't a popular choice, but if he didn't feel right about something, then he has the right to make that decsion.
Davis, (Cd'A, Idaho)
Hey Pres, you obviously bulked up since coming to SC, but do you think you've mantained your speed? You think if you got a rematch in the state 100M you would take the gold now? I think so, FIGHT ON!
Reggie Bush (3:50 PM)
I don't know, I haven't ran track since high school. I was supposed to run track here but I held back after surgery and my focus is now on football. I don't know if I could do it again, I'm definitely not in track shape, though!
Brad (Tampa, FL)
Reggie, Even with all of your amazing displays of freakish athleticism, don't you feel that Vince Young (equally freakish in ability) has been equal or more important to his team?
Reggie Bush (3:51 PM)
Vince Young is a great player and I have the utmost respect for him and what he has been able to do for his team. He is a competitor and a playmaker. He too is exceptionally talented and gifted, he has so much God-given ability and has led that program to a possible national championship. You have to respect a guy like that. Of course.
Reggie...when was the last time your team LOST a game while your were starting...even in High School?
Reggie Bush (3:52 PM)
Uhhhh. Man. It was the championship game of my senior year, we lost to Oceanside High School.
Reggie Bush (3:53 PM)
That was a big loss for us. Not the ideal way to end your senior year but nevertheless that was a great year and career there.
Matt L. (Heritage Hall)
You've made us proud, Mr. President, but nothing would make us happier than a press conference to announce you will be back next year. You're pretty good, so SC would welcome you back. As you know, I don't think the NFL is much fun so I think you should stay here. Whadya say?
Reggie Bush (3:57 PM)
Ahha. Well, Matt, I would definitely love to come back and play for USC another year. SC has given me nothing but great memories and support. I haven't made my decision yet and I am not going to do that until we have accomplished our goals and that is, beating UCLA this Saturday and winning another national championship. Right now, I am focussed on that and then I will make my decision.
Michael (Los Angeles, CA)
Hi Reggie, how do you feel about your high school football videotapes making the New York Times??
Reggie Bush (3:58 PM)
I just heard about that today, I haven't seen it yet!
thank you. the way you play gave me inspiration in playing and more confidence
Christian (Woodland Hills)
Reggie, just wanted to thank you for coming to SC and representing yourself as an incredible student and athlete.
Reggie Bush (4:00 PM)
Thanks so much for logging on and joining me today everybody. I have to get going, but I really appreciate all of your questions and comments and all of the fans' support.
Reggie Bush (4:01 PM)
Take care, fight on.
Reggie - I still remember the day you said you were coming to USC (Army All-American game). It's an honor to have you in the Trojan family. I'm not sure USC football players really--TRULY--understand just how much we support you guys and how much enjoyment we get from knowing you represent USC.
Al Davis (Oakland)
Reggie, wait, we need you. RAIDER NATION
jesse (rhode island)
reggie you are awsome, i hope i can see you in a 49ers jersey, u would look good dominating the nfl in red and gold
Joe (Houston Texas)
Reggie, I wouldn't have a problem with you coming out early. You have a chance to be the first pick in the draft and the Texans can definitely use a guy like you to take the pressure of David Carr. Whadya say?
The ShowGirl (4:06 PM)
Alright everybody, hold all those NFL requests, The President has left the building. Thanks for joining Reggie today. Sorry it was a short one, but he's a busy man! Take care.