Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush finally returned his 2005 Heisman Trophy. But he did it nearly two years after the award was officially vacated due to his involvement in an NCAA scandal.
Bush told “The Dan Patrick Show” that he personally sent the trophy to the Heisman Trust. A spokesperson for the Trust confirmed it.
“The Heisman Trust has it in their possession,” said Tim Henning, a spokesman for the Trust.
The location of Bush’s trophy has been an ongoing question since the Heisman Trust vacated the award in September of 2010. Bush has remained vague on the trophy’s whereabouts until the interview with Dan Patrick.
The NCAA asked USC to completely disassociate itself from Bush when they announced sanctions against the school in June 2010.
The school returned their copy of the 2005 Heisman Trophy in August 2010. They also removed Bush’s jersey from the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and everything bearing his name from the school’s Heritage Hall.
In September 2010, Bush said he decided to “forfeit” his title of Heisman winner but he kept the trophy until this year.
Patrick: “Where is it?”
Bush: “It’s with the Heisman people last time I checked.”
Patrick: “Wait, I talked to them a couple of weeks ago. They said that you still had it.”
Bush: “No, that’s not true at all. I can assure you that that’s not true…. This is not in our possession, last we checked. I personally sent it to them, so they have it.”
Patrick: “All right. Well, then we should inform the Heisman Trust that they have it or at least it’s on the way.”
Bush: “No, it’s not on the way. It’s been there for awhile now.”
The Heisman Trust confirmed they had the trophy after Patrick’s interview with Bush.
The past two seasons, USC has been ineligible for bowl games because of NCAA sanctions.
The Trojans are bowl-eligible again. They now have the players who could help them contend for a national championship.