Sorry Reggie…You Should Never Have Given It Back In the First Place!

NCAA says Reggie Bush won’t get his Heisman Trophy back despite new NIL rules

Ryan Kartje (LA Times)  —  Reggie Bush isn’t likely to see his 2005 Heisman Trophy returned anytime soon.

The NCAA provided the latest stiff-arm in the former USC running back’s effort to reclaim the coveted trophy, declaring Wednesday that it would not reconsider past NCAA penalties, even in the wake of landmark changes to name, image and likeness (NIL) rules across college sports.

“Although college athletes can now receive benefits from their names, images and likenesses through activities like endorsements and appearances, NCAA rules still do not permit pay-for-play type arrangements,” an NCAA spokesperson said. “The NCAA infractions process exists to promote fairness in college sports. The rules that govern fair play are voted on, agreed to and expected to be upheld by all NCAA member schools.”

The NCAA’s denial of Bush came soon after the Heisman Trust opened the door for the trophy’s return. Days after new NIL rules went into effect, and amid public pressure from Bush, the organization in charge of college football’s most prestigious award said it would gladly welcome back the Trojan legend, “should the NCAA reinstate Bush’s 2005 status.

“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 trust’s statement read.

Any hope of that eligibility being altered by the NCAA likely dissolved Wednesday. However, the Heisman Trust, which administers the trophy, could still decide to reverse course and return it in spite of NCAA rules deeming Bush ineligible.

Bush, at least, seemed to retain some hope.

“Stay tuned,” Bush wrote on Twitter, shortly after the NCAA decision was announced.

Bush did not immediately respond to messages from The Times. His attorney, Alex Spiro, issued a statement critical of the NCAA that quoted from Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s scathing opinion in the recent NCAA v. Alston case.

“Today, in the face of those words, the NCAA doubles down on its decade-plus draconian penalty of a teenage kid who had his award taken based upon a sham investigation,” Spiro said in a statement. “You have to wonder if profiting from kids for this long has clouded the NCAA’s judgment as to why we have student athletics in the first place.”

Earlier this month, just as the floodgates opened on NIL, Bush issued a statement calling for his NCAA records to be reinstated and his trophy returned.

“It is my strong belief that I won the Heisman trophy ‘solely’ due to my hard work and dedication on the football field and it is also my firm belief that my records should be reinstated,” Bush said in a statement.

Bush returned his Heisman Trophy following a four-year NCAA investigation that found Bush to be retroactively ineligible for his trophy-winning 2005 season because he and his family accepted impermissible benefits that included cash, travel expenses and a rent-free San Diego-area home.

In June 2010, the NCAA issued harsh sanctions to USC, which was forced to vacate the 2004 national title, relinquish 30 scholarships, and permanently disassociate from Bush, whose presence was erased from USC and the NCAA record books.

That disassociation ban was finally lifted in June 2020 after 10 years. Earlier this week, the last vestige of the landmark infractions case was decided out of court, as former USC running backs coach Todd McNair settled a defamation suit he had filed against the NCAA for an undisclosed sum, more than a decade after he was handed a show-cause penalty by the NCAA.

Just two days after that settlement was announced, the NCAA decided it would continue to take a hard line with Bush.

latimes.com

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LawyerJohn
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LawyerJohn (@lawyerjohn)
July 30, 2021 6:17 pm

The Reggie Bush Train-Wreck Case is getting a bit long in the tooth, and now it has more legs to it as Bush will soon unveil his version of the Truth of the Tale. When he gave back his trophy I thought he was setting things up to come to the rescue of SC, but that was not his intent. What was his intent?– I don’t get it. I never would have let go of the trophy. Its intrinsic worth is irrelevant, it is what it symbolizes that is one-of-a-kind. And all he had to do was pay off Lake,… Read more »

Terrific Tommy
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July 29, 2021 6:32 pm
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I’m still trying to wrap my head around how I can root for Russell Westbrook. I live-and-die Laker’s basketball. Damn it Jeannie. This will be a bitter pill for me to swallow. 😰

Chris
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July 29, 2021 8:09 pm
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It’s a no brainer. Russ will take massive playmaking responsibility off of Lebron. He will also defend best guard on other team. He is deadly in a pick and roll with either Lebron or AD, with the other sitting opposite wing for easy jump shot or shifting defense for draft drives. A healthy Lakers are easily the best team in the league.

San Diego Trojan
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San Diego Trojan (@san-diego-trojan)
July 30, 2021 8:44 pm
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My first choice for the Lakers would have been the combo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowery. Because the Lakers need a sharpshooter guard who can create their own shot and create space, but they did good with what they had to trade, and if Westbrook can play within the framework of what LeBron and the Lakers want to do, then it’s a great move. I have no problem losing Kuzma, who regressed, Harrell, who wasn’t being used much the second half, and the inconsistency of KCP. Hopefully, LeBron can recruit some shooters to play for the minimum

RialtoTrojan
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RialtoTrojan (@rialtotrojan)
July 29, 2021 3:44 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

If the 8 Million figure is accurate, Reggie may have cost McNair the money. Assuming McNair signed a non disclosure agreement, and Reggie still works in the media, then McNair probably broke the terms of the agreement. The NCAA isn’t a charity and wouldn’t stop at claiming this in court.
The best thing that could ever happen is for a group of universities to tell the NCAA “we’ve decided to go in another direction.” Take the money they’ve deposited and find a better way.

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
July 29, 2021 12:45 pm

I’ve never heard a single interview or read a single article that has ever sounded different about off season conditioning. All of them talk glowingly about physical changes in the players, change in culture, change in competition, and how (insert strength coach name here) is the best. every school and player everywhere says the same stuff.

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
July 29, 2021 1:11 pm
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I hope so. I am a die hard koolaid drinker, but I find interviews about off season to be funny.

UtahTrojan
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July 29, 2021 1:16 pm
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I used to be too, but as long as hugs has his name associated with USC in any way I am a non-believer. Not to say I don’t have hope, I always hope things will be different. But as long as I see that guy with the stupid look on his face (like he just missed his bus) I will need to see the actual change on the field.

UtahTrojan
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July 29, 2021 1:26 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

I read that too and hope it is true and will lead to improvements. But I also remember Slovis saying he was fine last year (although he is now saying he didn’t trust his elbow).

Chris
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Chris (@chris)
July 29, 2021 2:29 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Yep! Do you think it’s weight room? Coaching? Or just a culture problem?

RialtoTrojan
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RialtoTrojan (@rialtotrojan)
July 29, 2021 10:11 am

I wonder what is meant by, “stay tuned?” Honestly I know it’s the principle of the thing for Reggie, but does he really want to go to court or whatever for a chunk of cast pot metal? He can buy a replica and in about ten years nobody will remember that he returned the original. I feel he earned the trophy whether or not he was considered an amateur. He has maintained that he did nothing wrong, but he has also failed to provide proof of his claim. In the end this rhetoric might generate more viewers for the upcoming… Read more »

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TrojanRJJ (@trojanrjj)
July 29, 2021 8:32 am
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Allen, While a bit off topic for this Board, your post above raises a very interesting point. What is “elite” in this “Brave New World” (reference to Huxley is intended) of “systemic racism”. Are not elite admissions standards “racist”? Are not grades themselves “racist”? Is not the very concept of elite “racist”? Joel Kotkin (joelkotkin.com) has posted a very interesting article on the death of academic merit in American public education. Per that article, groups on college campuses are now claiming that STEM (science, engineering and math) is “racist” and are seeking to ban it. A comment I loved in… Read more »

UtahTrojan
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UtahTrojan (@utahtrojan)
July 29, 2021 1:23 pm
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The reality is if somebody does not like something (no matter what it is) they will call it racist So if science, engineering and math are racist then what will be taught in schools? Might as well cancel education.

Golden Trojan
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July 28, 2021 5:31 pm

My question now, Kedon Slovis has signed with an agency but has yet to announce any endorsement deals. Can he or anyone else get an advance from an agency, in Slovis’ case Klutch? If they can get an advance now, that is essentially what Bush got, right?.

Last edited 1 month ago by Golden Trojan
TrojanRJJ
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July 29, 2021 8:39 am
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Golden, your comment is very well taken. From what I can gather, Kedon (a two year starter at SC at QB) has not made a nickel off NILs, but the kid from Mater Dei who is projected to start this year for AL (and has yet to play a meaningful down) has made about a million. If Kedon gets injured early in the season (a high probability in my opinion), his NIL income will be close to zero. The same will happen if SC as a team bombs (and there is a high probability of that occurring as well). Do… Read more »

Jalenbuck1
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July 28, 2021 5:23 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Isnt he returning?

ATL D.D.S.
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July 28, 2021 5:41 pm
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His big brother is…. bummer, I wish they were both coming back. So does Enfield.

Last edited 1 month ago by ATL D.D.S.