The NCAA will not consider reversing penalties or previously vacated records from past years based on recent changes to name, image and likeness regulations that went into effect this month, according to an NCAA spokesperson.
“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,” the NCAA spokesperson said. “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.”
Earlier this month the Heisman Trust issued a statement stating it would look forward to “welcoming him back to the Heisman family” if the NCAA were to reinstate Bush’s status from the 2005 season. For now, that doesn’t seem to be happening.
“Bush’s 2005 season records remain vacated by the NCAA and, as a result, under the rule set forth by the Heisman Trust and stated on the Heisman Ballot, he is not eligible to be awarded the 2005 Heisman Memorial Trophy,” the statement said.
Bush’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, issued a statement Wednesday that was critical of the NCAA’s decision.
“The NCAA doubles down on its decade-plus draconian penalty of a teenage kid who had his award taken based upon a sham investigation,” Spiro said in a statement. “You have to wonder if profiting from kids for this long has clouded the NCAA’s judgment as to why we have student athletics in the first place.”