“I’ve dreamed of this day for 10-plus years,and I’m excited to come home!”
Ask anyone under the age of 30 who the best College Football Player they ever watched was and I promise you will get Reggie Bush nearly 50% of the time. In his three year career at USC, Reggie Bush compiled 3,169 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing, just over 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns receiving, and also 2,121 yards and four touchdowns in the return game. That is 6,591 all purpose career yards and over 30 touchdowns. In 2005 he won the Doak Walker award, the Walter Camp award, and of course his 2005 Heisman Trophy.
In 2010 Reggie Bush was banished and disassociated with the University of Southern California after an NCAA investigation proved Bush received “improper” benefits such as being paid at USC and having a sports agency pay for a house for his parents to live in. (Which is ironically now becoming something legal in the state of California) His ban from the school came down on June 10th, 2010, and we’ve had to act like Reggie Bush didn’t happen ever since.
USC lost scholarships and had to forfeit their 2004 National Championship. Reggie Bush also became the first, and so far only player, to be ordered to forfeit his Heisman Trophy.
In 2017 however, the NCAA ruled any mandated disassociation with a player not to exceed the term length of 10 years. Dave Roberts, USC’s interim athletic director, mentioned the 10 year mark is approaching this year, possibly hinting at the idea of his reinstatement. According to ESPN, and other news outlets, that is exactly what is happening.
USC took to Twitter to welcome back Reggie Bush, posting a video mix of his highlights with text saying how much he meant to the university. Along with Reggie Bush/USC phone backgrounds, and retweeting another article welcoming him back to USC.
Lost in the hype of the return of Reggie Bush was the fact that USC is also lifting O.J. Mayo’s ban from the university. Mayo received improper benefits to play for USC during 2007 and 2008, and was the highest drafted player in program history. Mayo was taken 3rd overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2008.