Reggie Bush's Heisman to stay vacated
The Heisman Trophy Trust announced Wednesday that the 2005 Heisman will remain vacated following Reggie Bush's decision Tuesday to forfeit the award.
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"It was a difficult decision to return the Heisman Trophy and he exhibited great character in acknowledging his mistakes and accepting the consequences," the Heisman Trophy Trust said in a statement.
"As a result of Reggie Bush's decision to forfeit his title as Heisman winner of 2005, the Trustees have determined that there will be no Heisman Trophy winner for the year 2005," the statement read.
The Heisman Trophy Trust's decision means Vince Young, who finished a distant second to Bush in the 2005 voting, will not receive the trophy.
"I would not want to have it, and don't want the trophy," the Tennessee Titans quarterback told reporters on Wednesday. "Like I said, 2005 Reggie Bush is the Heisman Trophy winner. Why would I want it?"
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Under pressure since his award-winning 2005 campaign at USC was vacated, Bush said in a statement on Tuesday that he will forfeit the Heisman Trophy.
"One of the greatest honors of my life was winning the Heisman Trophy in 2005," the statement released by the New Orleans Saints read. "For me, it was a dream come true. But I know that the Heisman is not mine alone. Far from it. I know that my victory was made possible by the discipline and hard work of my teammates, the steady guidance of my coaches, the inspiration of the fans, and the unconditional love of my family and friends. And I know that any young man fortunate enough to win the Heisman enters into a family of sorts. Each individual carries the legacy of the award and each one is entrusted with its good name.
"It is for these reasons that I have made the difficult decision to forfeit my title as Heisman winner of 2005."
The NCAA passed down heavy sanctions on USC relating to improper benefits received by Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo.
It was the first time college football's top award was returned by a recipient. One of the few guidelines given to Heisman Trophy voters is that a player must be in compliance with NCAA rules to be eligible for the trophy.
"Reggie's got to do what he's got to do on this stuff and make his determination," Bush's former college coach, Pete Carroll, said Wednesday.
"I support whatever he's doing. I'm sure he's figured it out and he's living it. I'm not really focused on it. There's nothing I can really do about that," the new Seattle Seahawks coach added. "All of our attention is on Denver and getting ready for the game. I wish him the best and hope they figure it all out."
ESPNLosAngeles.com reporter Arash Markazi contributed to this report. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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