By Paul Pabst
With the news that USC has to give up the BCS title from 2004, we revisited the status of Reggie Bush’s ’05 Heisman Trophy. We reported in December that the Heisman Trust had yet to receive Bush’s trophy. According to a source at the Heisman Trust, as of Monday Reggie Bush has still not returned his Heisman Trophy, just short of nine months after the decision came down that he had to give up the honor.
After the Heisman Trophy Trust met in early September 2010, the Trust worked with Bush on an mutual decision to return the Heisman Trophy. On Sept. 14, Bush announced he would forfeit the trophy:
“One of the greatest honors of my life was winning the Heisman Trophy in 2005. For me, it was a dream come true.But I know that the Heisman is not mine alone. Far from it. I know that my victory was made possible by the discipline and hard work of my teammates, the steady guidance of my coaches, the inspiration of the fans, and the unconditional love of my family and friends. And I know that any young man fortunate enough to win the Heisman enters into a family of sorts. Each individual carries the legacy of the award and each one is entrusted with its good name. It is for these reasons that I have made the difficult decision to forfeit my title as Heisman winner of 2005.”
One day later, the Heisman Trust issued a statement stating their appreciation for Bush’s cooperation and declared there would be no winner for ‘05.
To be clear, there are two Heisman Trophy’s based off Bush’s 2005 season. One went to USC, the other to Bush. USC gave its back when Pat Haden took over as Athletic Director. Bush, according to sources, had not made any attempt to return his Heisman Trophy.
We called Bush’s agent Joel Segal for comment about the status of the trophy. Segal said he would contact his client about the situation. We did find out where Bush’s Heisman Trophy currently resides.
According to management at the San Diego Hall of Champions, they are currently in possession of Bush’s Heisman trophy.
The source at the Heisman Trophy Trust told us that there was no specific agreement with Reggie Bush to return the trophy, but that it was “alluded to in Reggie’s statement and the whole world reasonably expected him to return it.”
The Heisman Trust source added that they had been in touch with Bush’s agent “more than once” about the status of returning the trophy. Also, Bush would not even have to pay for shipping. The Heisman Trust would send him a case for the Heisman Trophy, with shipping paid for.