Heisman Trust says it will return Reggie Bush’s trophy if NCAA reinstates him

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After the NCAA granted college athletes rights to profit off of their names Thursday, images and likenesses this week, former NFL running back Reggie Bush said it was his “firm belief” that both his records and his Heisman Trophy should be reinstated.

Bush was awarded the Heisman after his 2005 season at USC, but he returned the trophy at the end of a multi-year NCAA investigation that found he and family members accepted impermissible benefits. USC had 14 wins vacated and the Heisman Trust vacated the award for that year.

Bush said he has reached out to the Heisman Trust multiple times about revisiting that decision, but was told they could not help him. In a statement on Friday, the group said their rules governing eligibility for the award state that “the recipient must be in compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student athlete.”

While rules for current athletes have changed, there has been no retroactive action toward players who were punished in the past. As a result, the Heisman Trust says the NCAA must act before they can.

“Bush’s 2005 season records remain vacated by the NCAA and, as a result, under the rule set forth by the Heisman Trust and stated on the Heisman Ballot, he is not eligible to be awarded the 2005 Heisman Memorial Trophy,” the statement said. “Should the NCAA reinstate Bush’s 2005 status, the Heisman Trust looks forward to welcoming him back to the Heisman family.”

Thursday’s statement from Bush said that he has reached out to the NCAA multiple times as well, but there’s been no more indication that they are considering a change to Bush’s status at this point than there has been that the Heisman Trust would change their rules regarding eligibility for the award.

18 responses to “Heisman Trust says it will return Reggie Bush’s trophy if NCAA reinstates him

  1. He had one of the greatest seasons in history and EARNED that Heisman.

  2. He violated the rules that existed at the time. He was aware of the rules and chose to ignore them. Therefore there is no reason to reinstate his season or trophy.

  3. Money or not. He earned that trophy. Money didn’t make his legs move faster.

  4. To everyone saying he “broke the rules”, the “rules” were BS. The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 the rules were BS. When all of them agree on something, which very rarely happens, that tells you just how BS the rules were. He deserves his trophy back.

  5. If I recall, he received gifts and a rent free house for his mother from an agent. He knew he was breaking the rules, why should he be reinstated or receive back his trophy?

  6. The NCAA is a fraud in this respect. They have no problem pulling in a boatload of money from all these Super Teams like USC was under Pete Carroll. They knew what was going on but they weren’t gonna kill the Golden goose. Instead like frauds, they wait til a program is on the downfall to punish them. Look up history it happens every time when they all the sudden decide oh now we can punish them.

  7. It’s largely ceremonial for the NCAA and doesn’t cost them a dime to reinstate Reggie Bush. It means the world to him and his fans. Take the good PR and give this man back his Heisman.

  8. I’m not sure how anyone can defend Bush’s actions… the real story is one of a an incredibly selfish jerk. He didn’t get money from a booster, Nike or the school to be found out later by the NCAA. He took a over 100k from a guy and agreed to let him be his agent. But, Bush reneged and refused to give back the money. Then, he was threatened with a lawsuit and expose him and USC… he still refused to pay him back. Then he went to court, had all of the dirty laundry put on the record and then settled while the jury was in deliberation after he got his and USC’s accomplishments wiped out from the record book. Then, he lied about his trophy being stolen only to be found in his home 1$2 years later.

    None of his comments have acknowledged the damage he did to his teammates because he is a morally bankrupt con man, liar and borderline thief.

  9. That’s nonsense. That organization can change it’s own rules so that it’s rules don’t follow NCAA guidelines. Take ownership. Yes, he should get — can’t believe he returned that trophy- his trophy back. How is right that everyone but the talent and labor got paid. The small number of deal so far shows what aj injustice has been done. Brands want players as ambassadors not coaches. How many NBA coaches have shoe deals or endorsements?

  10. NCAA have reaped billions off the backs of student athletes for mega decades. If Reggie Bush is corrupt, then the whole NCAA system is corrupt. NCAA indicted itself decades ago. Give RB back his trophy, return the School’s title, & wins. NCAA has many more crimes to answer for than any single player does.

  11. Nathanp: So on the flip side you are defending an agent knowingly breaking the rules and giving a player $100,000. Just want to make sure I understand what you’re actually saying here. Because no offense, the agent is in the wrong here

  12. howboutthemcowboys2020
    There are scenario’s where both parties are in the wrong… this is one of them. At least the agent lived up to his side of the agreement. Bush is the one that wronged the crooked agent, his teammates, his coaches, his university and potential USC grads that lost dozens of scholarships over several years due to his morally bankrupt choices. Reggie Bush is a bad guy.

  13. He broke the rules and he knew it. Enough already trying to please everybody and their feelings.

  14. The NCAA is a cartel and an illegal monopoly. Most of their rules are unconstitutional when it comes to player compensation. Bush broke rules that were racist and were only driven by the NCAA’s greed. I am all for his complete reinstatement.

  15. Give him the trophy!!! He earned it with playing very hard and excelling on the field. Money or no money. He had one of the best years in the history of college football.

  16. And WHY did Bush have such a great season?

    The O-line but they didn’t reap any of the rewards, funny how most fans today believe it’s all one guy, IT’S NOT! One guy does not make a team, never has never will.

  17. All of the stats exist. He won the Heisman. Just bc the NCAA says they erased it from record doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

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