Silence forever? Bush settles lawsuit

After four years of fighting, former USC running back Reggie Bush opted Tuesday to settle a civil law suit against him filed by a failed sports marketer, rather than provide sworn testimony in a deposition this week, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.

Yahoo cited an anonymous source and terms of the settlement weren't revealed.

If Bush had been deposed, the NCAA would have been able to review the material, which potentially could have supplemented its investigation into the USC football program. Now Bush, who denied wrongdoing in a 2009 meeting with the NCAA investigators, won't have to speak in detail about the cash and gifts he allegedly received from would-be agents while playing with the Trojans.

For USC, this means Bush won't be in position to potentially describe whether or not coaches or administrators had knowledge of his relationship Lloyd Lake and Michael Michaels, men who allegedly lavished him with cash and gifts in order to convince Bush to allow them and their now-defunct company to represent him once the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner entered the NFL draft.

The NCAA infractions committee and USC met for three days in late-February, though Bush didn't appear. The infractions committee's ruling, which could include sanctions against the football and basketball programs, could be made public at any time over the next few weeks.