He took his sweet time, but former USC star Reggie Bush finally returned the 2005 Heisman Trophy that was rescinded five years later due to major NCAA infractions.
The Miami Dolphins running back said in a radio interview on “The Dan Patrick Show” Wednesday that he personally mailed the trophy to the Heisman Trust. Spokesman Tim Henning told ESPNLosAngeles.com that the trophy is in the Trust’s possession, and that Bush had returned it “some time” ago.
USC returned its copy of Bush’s award in August 2010, shortly after the NCAA levied heavy sanctions against the school’s football program for violations relating to improper benefits Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo received during their time on campus.
As part of their punishment, the Trojans were required to completely disassociate their program from Bush, who later announced he would “forfeit” his Heisman Trophy. But until this year, Bush retained possession of the iconic statue.
In September 2010, Bush explained his reasons for returning the trophy.
“The persistent media speculation regarding allegations dating back to my years at USC has been both painful and distracting. In no way should the storm around these allegations reflect in any way on the dignity of this award, nor on any other institutions or individuals. Nor should it distract from outstanding performances and hard-earned achievements either in the past, present or future.”
Last summer, the trophy was found in storage at a San Diego sports museum, which returned it to the Bush family. Bush had previously donated the award to the museum.
Bush remains banned from the USC campus as part of the NCAA penalties against him, and in his interview with “The Dan Patrick Show,” he said he did not plan on returning.
“I haven’t wanted to go back,” Bush said. “I don’t feel like that’s an issue. Even if it was, I wouldn’t go back.”