Former USC running back Reggie Bush, who lost the 2005 Heisman Trophy in the wake of scandal that saw the NCAA hammer the Trojans with severe sanctions, said Wednesday that he has not wanted to return to USC and would not go back even if he could.
Bush, appearing on Dan Patrick's national radio show, also said he had returned his Heisman to the Heisman Trust. Tim Henning, a Heisman official, confirmed to The Times that Bush returned the trophy and that the Heisman Trust was in possession of it.
As part of its sanctions, USC was ordered to disassociate from Bush and remove all references to him on campus, including the school’s Heisman that was displayed in Heritage Hall.
Bush, now playing for the Miami Dolphins, said he follows USC football along with all colleges.
“I’m a sports fan,” he said. “I’m not just an athlete who plays football.”
Patrick asked Bush about his “status with USC football” and explained that Athletic Director Pat Haden had said on the show that Bush was not allowed to be around the program.