Heisman Trophy Trust Throws NCAA Under Bus As Reggie Bush’s N.I.L. Debate Continues

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Reggie Bush is inching closer to getting his Heisman Trophy back. Now that student-athletes can profit off of their names, images, and likenesses, the greatest college football player of all-time is asking the NCAA to have his trophy returned.

The 36-year-old was forced to surrender his Heisman Trophy in 2010. An investigation found that he and his family members accepted cash, travel expenses and a home in the San Diego area while he was at Southern California. As a result, the Trojans’ 2005 season was removed from the record books.

Bush is demanding that the NCAA return his hardware and maintains that college sports’ governing body painted him in a targeted narrative.

An official response has not come from the cowardly NCAA. However, the Heisman Trophy Trust released a statement on Friday.

The statement was a little bit (maybe a lot) of a cop-out. While that is undeniably the case, it flipped the narrative entirely on the NCAA and threw the governing body under the bus.

“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 statement reads. “Should the NCAA reinstate Bush’s 2005 status, the Heisman Trust looks forward to welcoming him back to the Heisman family.”

That means that the Heisman Trust is happy to return the trophy, if the NCAA allows.

“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,” they said in the statement. “The Heisman Trust supports any legislation that will protect and benefit all student athletes.”

The ball is entirely in the NCAA’s court, which means that mounting pressure will only continue against the inept organization.