Players whose stats and records have been erased from NCAA history due to NCAA violations will not be restored anytime soon. And that means Reggie Bush won’t get his Heisman Trophy back.
The NCAA said Tuesday it would not make any changes to its stats following rule changes that allow players to receive approval and sponsor money for their image rights. NCAA statement comes after the Heisman Trust said that Bush would only get his Heisman back if the NCAA made the decision to reinstate Bush and his stats.
“Although college athletes can now benefit from their names, images and likenesses through activities such as endorsements and appearances, NCAA rules still do not allow payment-type arrangements for the game,” the NCAA said. “The NCAA offense process exists to promote fairness. In college sport. The rules that govern fair play are voted on, accepted and should be followed by all NCAA member schools. including those that are several years old, will not be reassessed or reconsidered based on recent changes to the NIL rules. “
Bush had demanded the return of his Heisman and his records were restored once the NCAA said players could make money by their name, image, and likeness. Bush’s Heisman was released with his stats at USC after an investigation found Bush’s family received benefits from an agent while playing at USC. The school was forced to undo Bush’s victories with the Trojans, received a playoff ban, and scholarships were cut.
Shortly after Bush made his request public, the Heisman Trust said it would recognize Bush as the 2005 winner if the NCAA took action.
“Bush’s 2005 season records remain vacant by the NCAA and, therefore, under the rule set forth by the Heisman Trust and stated on the Heisman ballot, he is not eligible to receive the Heisman Memorial Trophy. 2005, “said the Heisman Trust. in a July 2 press release. “Should the NCAA restore Bush’s status in 2005, the Heisman Trust is delighted to welcome him back to the Heisman family.”
Bush ran for 1,740 yards in just 200 attempts and made 37 catches for 478 yards with 18 total touchdowns in 2005. He beat Texas QB Vince Young – who led the Longhorns to an epic BCS title against the USC a few weeks later – and Heisman in 2004 winner and teammate Matt Leinart for the award.
Bush is not the only major player affected by the NCAA’s refusal to reassess its past eligibility decisions. Former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor and other former Buckeyes called on the NCAA to reinstate their 2010 records after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA. The Ohio State tattoo in exchange for Ohio State equipment scandal led to the departure of coach Jim Tressel and, ultimately, the hiring of Urban Meyer.
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