Reggie Bush To Be Stripped Of Heisman Trophy

Bleacher ReportContributor ISeptember 7, 2010

Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy in 2005.
Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy in 2005.Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

By the end of this month, the Heisman Trophy Trust is expected to strip Reggie Bush of his Heisman Trophy, according to Yahoo Sports.

Bush, who will be the first player stripped of the award in the award's 75 year history, was ruled by the NCAA to be ineligible in 2005 and part of 2004 due to committing multiple violations by accepting cash, gifts and other impermissible benefits while playing for the Trojans. The NCAA also ordered the USC program to remove all references to Bush from its sporting venues and promotional materials and vacate his statistics from all games in which he was ineligible. The investigation by the trust is expected to concur with the NCAA's.

The two major factors in the trust's decision are that the Heisman ballot necessitates candidates be in compliance with NCAA bylaws and concern over the Heisman’s reputation in the wake of the NCAA findings against Bush.

Whether or not USC's 2004 Bowl Championship Series national title will be vacated has yet to be determined.