Reggie Bush could soon return to USC. An internal operating procedure put in place by the NCCA’s Committee on Infractions in 2017 says that any prior dissociations handed out would be limited to a 10-year period.
USC interim athletic director Dave Roberts, who has served on the COI since 2015, and serves as the committee’s vice chair, said that once the sanctions expire the university will be able to choose whether or not they want to welcome Bush back.
“In June of 2020, the disassociation for Bush will expire and it’s going to be up to the university what the university wants to do," Roberts said to TrojanSports.com
Bush’s permanent disassociation from the university is one of the harshest punishments ordered by the NCAA. With the sanctions, the former running back had all of his records at the university wiped clean and awards, including his 2005 Heisman trophy, stripped away.
In his three years at USC, Bush amassed 3,169 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns, with 1,740 and 18 touchdowns coming in his junior season. Bush was drafted second overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2006 NFL Draft. But as far as the records show, Bush never played a game as a Trojan.
USC appealed Bush’s sanctions in 2011 with precedent but was denied on the grounds that the cases were not directly applicable.
Bush returned to USC this year as a Fox Sports analyst for the Trojans’ game against Utah — the first time since his lifetime ban.
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