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Bush’s Heisman Trophy Sitting in a Museum in San Diego

The Heisman Trophy that once belonged to Reggie Bush is sitting in a museum in San Diego, as a story that Bush’s father went and took the trophy out of the museum last week is not true.

But a story that Bush’s father went to the San Diego Hall of Champions last year and took back the Heisman is incorrect, according to the Hall’s vice president, Angela LaChica. While the museum has not been displaying the Heisman while its exhibits are remodeled, she said the trophy remains in its collection. Talks with Bush and members of his immediate family are under way for the return of the trophy, LaChica said.

Thus, the final — or at least next — repository of the trophy Bush won after the 2005 season remains uncertain. While the Heisman Trust no longer lists Bush among its list of winners, there is no legal mechanism short of a lawsuit that would compel him to return the trophy. Indeed, some staffers at the Hall of Champions, acknowledged Trojans fans, said they are not concerned with judgments handed down by the NCAA — Bush won the trophy on the field, they said, and they see no valid reason he should have to surrender it.

There also are no indications the Heisman Trophy Trust has demanded its return by Bush. In fact, a spokesman for the Heisman even declined comment Thursday on the whereabouts of the copy of Bush’s trophy USC returned, beyond confirming it is back in New York City.

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