Reggie Bush’s 2005 Heisman Trophy could be coming home.
Following the NCAA’s decision to allow student-athletes to begin profiting from their name, image, and likeness, the Heisman Trust issued a statement on the former USC Trojans star after the running back requested that his statistics from his Heisman campaign be reinstated.
Bush was forced to return his trophy after it was found that he and his family members received improper benefits (cash, travel, and a home) during his playing days.
While no decision is imminent, the Heisman Trust released a statement saying they would return the trophy if Bush is reinstated.
“The Heisman Trust believes the recent decision by the NCAA to allow student-athletes the ability to control their name, image and likeness is a positive step in the right direction,” the statement said. “The Heisman Trust supports any legislation that will protect and benefit all student-athletes.
“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. Should the NCAA reinstate Bush’s 2005 status, the Heisman Trust looks forward to welcoming him back to the Heisman family.”
Let’s hope that the NCAA reinstates Bush’s stats, so one of the best college football seasons in recent memory can officially return to the record books.