East County Sports

Heisman heads home to Heritage Hall



From staff and wire reports

LOS ANGELES – Nearly two decades after capturing the 2005 Heisman Trophy as the top collegiate football player in America, former USU tailback Reggie Bush will have his award returned.

Bush, who started as the East County and CIF-San Diego Section player of the year at Helix High, then capped his NFL professional career as a Super Bowl champion after getting drafted second overall by the New Orleans Saints in 2006.

However, in between when leading USC to the national championships, officials with the Heisman Trust committee rules Bush received illegal benefits and stripped him of the award.

The 2010 ruling has now been reversed.

Encouraged by “enormous changes in college athletics.” Bush will shortly re-gain his award. A duplicate will be placed inside USC’s Heritage Hall, which honors great Trojans in history.

Changes include direct monetary payments to student-athletes, which was the basis to force Bush to first forfeit the award, despite a lawsuit against the Trust and the NCAA to recover the award.