After the NCAA granted college athletes the rights to benefit from their names, images, and likes earlier this week, the former USC running back Reggie Bush issued a statement saying that he believes both his records and his Heisman Trophy should be reset.
Bush was awarded the Heisman Trophy after his incredible 2,218 total yard, 18 touchdown in the 2005 season. However, following an NCAA investigation, he returned the trophy after it was revealed that he and his family had received nearly $ 300,000 in cash, living arrangements and other benefits.
The 36-year-old said he has contacted the Heisman Trust several times to return his trophy. In a statement Friday, the organization said its rules governing eligibility for the award say that “the recipient must comply with the statutes that define a student athlete in the NCAA.”
Since there has been no action towards the punished players in the past, the Heisman Trust said the NCAA must reinstate him before they can give him the award.
“Bush’s records in the 2005 season remain vacant by the NCAA and, as a result, under the rule established by the Heisman Trust and stated on the Heisman Ballot, he is not eligible to receive the 2005 Heisman Memorial Trophy,” the trust said. according to ESPN. “If the NCAA restores Bush’s status in 2005, the Heisman Trust looks forward to welcoming him back to the Heisman family.”
Bush is not alone in advocating for the return of his award. Several other college athletes have voiced their support for the star runner in recent days, including Johnny Manziel and George Kittle.
Despite the support, it doesn’t look like Bush is going to get his prize back. He has contacted the NCAA but has received no response.