The former USC star believes his Heisman trophy and college statistics should be restored after the NCAA approved a policy giving college athletes the right to profit off their names, images and likeness.
“It is my strong belief that I won the Heisman trophy ‘solely’ due to my hard work and dedication on the football field and it is also my firm belief that my records should be reinstated,” Bush said in a statement.
In the statement, Bush said he and his team have reached out to both the Heisman Trust and the NCAA on multiple occasions but the outreach has not resulted in any steps forward.
“We left multiple messages for Michael Comerford, the President of the Heisman Trust, but instead received a call from Rob Whalen, the Executive Director, who stated that Mr. Comerford would not be calling us back and that, in any event, they could not help us,” Bush said.
Bush returned his Heisman Trophy after a investigation determined that he and family members accepted cash, travel expenses and a home in the San Diego area where Bush’s parents lived rent-free for more than a year and were provided $10,000 to furnish.
In 2010, sanctions from the investigation mandated that Bush disassociate from USC and included a two-year postseason ban for the school, 14 vacated victories (including the 2004 BCS national championship) and the loss of 30 scholarships.
His 10-year disassociation period ended in June 2020.