USC should end Reggie Bush’s disassociation from school

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After 10 years, the old USC Trojans that delay the disassociation of Reggie Bush from the university are expected to end soon, sources told ESPN.The calendar is based on a rule of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, adopted in 2017, which limits any compulsory dissociation between an individual and a school to 10 years maximum. Bush’s dissociation – which was part of sweeping sanctions including a two-year post-season ban, 14 canceled wins (including the 2004 BCS National Championship) and the loss of 30 scholarships – began on June 10 2010.

Once the 10-year period is over, under COI procedures, the NCAA will no longer “monitor or enforce” dissociations and will give individual schools the freedom to decide how to proceed, whether to prolong or end dissociation .

Nothing is official between Bush and the USC, but the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner is finalizing an agreement that would allow him to be reinstated in school, a source said.

A USC spokesperson was unable to confirm Bush’s impending reinstatement when contacted by ESPN.

The sanctions came as a result of a four-year supplementary benefits investigation that determined Bush and his family members, while a student-athlete, accepted money, travel expenses and a house in the San Diego area where Bush’s parents lived on rent. free for more than a year and of which $ 10,000 was provided. Bush returned his Heisman Trophy.

For the past 10 years, Bush has not been welcome on the USC campus or involved in the Trojan horse program in any way. Bush’s name, stats and accomplishments were featured in the most recent USC media guide; however, asterisks were attached to his name to indicate that his participation had been canceled due to an NCAA penalty.

“It was a horrible feeling, one of the worst feelings in the world,” Bush recently told The Athletic of the sanctions faced by the USC. “I felt like I was dead when I had to hear that there would be no scholarships for children because of me or something that was related to me.

“I’m still not done. It’s just something you learn to live with. ”

In September Bush was allowed to return to the Coliseum for the USC game against Utah in his role as broadcaster for Fox Sports.

At this point, it is unclear how quickly Bush’s reinstatement will be finalized and what it would look like, with questions about how he would be present in the program and the possible retirement of his sleeping number 5.

Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach of ESPN contributed to this report.

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