Bush Could Lose Heisman in Investigation of $100,000 in Benefits
Bush refused to discuss the matter, and his agent denies any wrongdoing, but the evidence compiled by reporters Charles Robinson and Jason Cole is substantial: Weekly payments of at least $1,500, suits for Bush and his younger brother, transportation and vacations for his parents, rent-free living at a $757,000 home for a year, and much more.
The NCAA and the Pac-10 are both investigating, and Bush could be ruled retroactively ineligible. If that happens, USC would have to forfeit the games he played, and the Downtown Athletic Club would take away his Heisman Trophy. The DAC runs the Heisman Trophy and prints the words "The recipients must be in compliance with the bylaws defining an NCAA student athlete" on every Heisman ballot. If the NCAA says Bush wasn't in compliance during the 2005 season, there's a good chance that the DAC would decide for the first time in history to take away a Heisman Trophy.
Although Bush would take a public relations hit if he were to lose his Heisman and cost USC all the games it won with him on the field, this ultimately won't have much of an impact on him. No one is suggesting that Bush did anything illegal in accepting the benefits, and now that he's a professional he doesn't have to answer to the NCAA, the Pac-10, or USC.