NCAA on How They Won’t Give Reggie Bush His 2005 Heisman Trophy Back, Even Though Athletes Are Now Able To Profit Off of NIL – BlackSportsOnline
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Reggie Bush, University of Southern California tailback holds the Heisman Trophy during the 2005 Heisman Trophy presentation at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City, New York on December 10, 2005. Bush received 2,541 points in the ballot. (Photo by Michael Cohen/WireImage)

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NCAA on How They Won’t Give Reggie Bush His 2005 Heisman Trophy Back, Even Though Athletes Are Now Able To Profit Off of NIL

Reggie Bush was one of the most dominant college football players ever, as he was legendary at USC, from 2003-2005. He even went on to win the 2005 Heisman Trophy. Unfortunately, though, that ended up being taken away from him, due to NCAA violations of accepting cash and a home in his hometown of San Diego.

The NCAA recently revealed that athletes can profit off of their name and likeness. This soon resulted in questions of should previous NCAA athletes’ punishments get reversed, such as Bush and the Michigan Fab Five.

According to ESPN though, an. NCAA spokesperson has said that they are not considering reversing penalties or previously vacated records after the latest NIL rules.

“Although college athletes can now receive benefits from their names, images and likenesses through activities like endorsements and appearances, NCAA rules still do not permit pay-for-play type arrangements,” said the NCAA spokesperson. “The NCAA infractions process exists to promote fairness in college sports. The rules that govern fair play are voted on, agreed to and expected to be upheld by all NCAA member schools.”

The Heisman Trust was even open to welcoming Bush back, if the Heisman Trophy was returned to him by the NCAA. This is something that needs to be changed immediately, as many fans agree that Bush deserves his Heisman returned.

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