Heisman Trust: Reggie Bush decision is NCAA’s call
The Heisman Trust deferred to the NCAA Friday regarding Reggie Bush’s request to reinstate his 2005 Heisman Trophy.
“The Heisman Trophy ballot used by voters has a rule governing eligibility for the award, which was in effect in 2005, which states: ‘In order that there will be no misunderstanding regarding the eligibility of a candidate, the recipient of the award must be a bona fide student of an accredited college or university including the United States Academies. The recipient must be in compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student athlete,'” the Heisman Trust’s statement read.
“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.”
When the NCAA’s interim policy allowing college athletes to capitalize on name, image and likeness rights went into effect Thursday, Bush put out a formal statement seeking his records from his days at USC, including his Heisman, be reinstated.
Bush and his family received money and other illicit benefits from sports marketers while he starred at running back for USC.
When the improprieties were uncovered in 2010, the school was sanctioned and Bush forfeited his trophy.
But Bush has argued that not only are the rules he broke now null and void, they did not impact his ability to win the Heisman as the most outstanding college football player in the country.
“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 issued by EAG Sports Management.
Bush also said that he tried to get in contact with the Heisman Trust himself, but was told that the trust’s president, Michael Comerford, did not plan to return his calls.
In its statement, the Heisman Trust added that it supported any legislation that allowed college athletes to control their NIL rights.
–Field Level Media