Reggie Bush-USC ‘Disassociation’ Ban Appears To Be Over

The Reggie Bush-USC disassociation ban that went into effect 10 years ago, and strictly enforced by the NCAA, is expected to be dropped soon. ESPN reports the disassociation, which “included a two-year postseason ban, 14 vacated victories (including the 2004 BCS national championship) and the loss of 30 scholarships — began June 10, 2010” will now be up to the school to keep enforcing it or move on with life and bring back Reggie.

Keep in mind USC was forced to erase any association with Bush over that 10-year period after an investigation revealed Bush and his family received improper benefits. Bush lost his Heisman Trophy, images of him were removed from the USC campus. His No. 5 jersey was removed from USC’s roster.

Here’s what the NCAA found during its investigation: Bush accepted cash, travel expenses and a rent-free home in the San Diego area for his parents, plus money to furnish it. Oh, and a limousine ride to the 2005 Heisman Trophy presentation.

Now in 2020, the NCAA no longer has the power it once wielded, including making Reggie Bush get approval to even be on the field during USC Fox Sports broadcasts, according to the L.A. Times.  Less than a year later, the NCAA is working on allowing players to profit off their likeness and Reggie Bush’s disassociation ban appears headed for the history books.

LenDale White put it best:

“You can never really take Reggie away,” White said. “Reggie is a part of that history. He’s a part of USC. Maybe once we get Reggie back, we can get back to our glory days again.”

 

Written by Joe Kinsey

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