USC announced today that it will give the 2005 Heisman Trophy, won by the school’s former star tailback Reggie Bush, back to the Heisman Trophy Trust. The Trust will meet July 27, and according to Rivals they have declined comment on what will come of the trophy.
In June, USC was slapped with a laundry list of NCAA sanctions after it was discovered that Bush, and former basketball star OJ Mayo, were both receiving “benefits” under the table, which is not allowed in the NCAA. The sanctions included a ban from bowl games for two years, a loss of 30 scholarships for three years, and the removal of their 2005 national championship over the Sooners from the record.
The university’s president, C.L. Max Nikias, is trying to make right the school’s good name. This news was provided in a memo to USC’s athletic department, along with his instruction to have murals of Bush and Mayo removed, and their jerseys, from university locations like Heritage Hall, the Galen Center and the LA Memorial Coliseum. This is to be done by the middle of August so that the 2010 incoming class will not see them.
“The Trojan family honors and respects the USC sporting careers of those persons whose actions did not compromise their athletic program or the opportunities of future USC student-athletes,” said Nikias.