Reggie Bush Heisman not returned

Updated: June 9, 2011, 5:59 PM ET
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Reggie Bush said in September that he would return his Heisman Trophy after the NCAA levied heavy sanctions against USC.

So, where is Bush's trophy?

It's been in storage at the San Diego Hall of Champions, museum vice president Angela LaChica told ESPNLosAngeles.com Thursday.

"We have it in our possession and we are now working with the family to coordinate the next step," LaChica said.

LaChica said Thursday she has been "fully aware" of the trophy's presence in the museum for quite a while. The San Diego Hall of Champions is a local multi-sport museum in Balboa Park that honors pro and collegiate athletes with San Diego ties, like former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis and famed closer Goose Gossage.

Earlier this week, the BCS stripped USC of the 2004 BCS title and took that trophy. Last July, USC removed the Bush Heisman one month after the sanctions were levied against the football program.

USC received one copy of the Heisman and Bush and his family another in December 2005.

USC was required to disassociate itself from Bush's name, so the school returned its copy of the trophy to the Heisman Trust in New York. And, amid speculation the Heisman Trust would strip him of the trophy and order it returned, Bush later announced in a statement in September that he would return his copy as well, saying the decision to do so was "heartbreaking."

Heisman Trophy Trust spokesperson Tim Henning said earlier Thursday he could not comment on the trophy's whereabouts. When asked if he anticipated he'd be able to announce receiving the trophy soon, he was noncommittal.

"I believe that at some point in the near future we will have further comment," Henning said. "But at this point we do not."

Bush received the Heisman for his efforts in the 2005 season, when he ran for 1,740 yards and 16 touchdowns and added nearly 500 receiving yards and a punt-return touchdown. He won the award handily over Texas quarterback Vince Young and teammate Matt Leinart, who finished in third place.

But Bush's name no longer appears in any Heisman record books, including on the trust's official site, where the list of award-winners skips from 2004 (Leinart) to 2006 (Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.)

The eight-person trust's monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in New York.

Pedro Moura is co-author of the USC blog on ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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