2005 Heisman Trophy, Returned By Reggie Bush, Won't Go To Vince Young : The Two-Way The Heisman Trophy Trust has decided not to award the 2005 Heisman Trophy to anyone, following running back Reggie Bush's decision to return it, amid allegations he violated NCAA rules.
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2005 Heisman Trophy, Returned By Reggie Bush, Won't Go To Vince Young

In this Dec. 10, 2005, photo, Reggie Bush pauses while giving his acceptance speech as the winner of the Heisman Trophy award. Julie Jacobson/Associated Press hide caption

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As we reported yesterday, running back Reggie Bush has decided to return the 2005 Heisman Memorial Trophy. That begged this question: Would the award go to that year's runner-up, quarterback Vince Young?

Today, the Heisman Trophy Trust of New York City answered that question. No.

Its president, Bill Dockery, appeared on ESPN earlier today:

The 2005 trophy has been vacated. Reggie Bush's visage has been removed from the Heisman Trophy Trust's website.

Earlier today, Young, now a quarterback for the Tennessee Titans NFL franchise, told reporters he wasn't interested:

I would not want to have it, and don't want the trophy. Like I said, 2005 Reggie Bush is the Heisman Trophy winner. Why would I want it?

Last week, Young told ESPN's Hannah Storm something different:

I definitely want it. I definitely want it. But he won it fair and square definitely, and its' much respect to Reggie, man. He had a great career and he's already won a Super Bowl before me. I'm already mad about that.

Earlier today, his former coach, Mack Brown, said Young deserves the award:

I talked to Vince and told him that it would be very important for The University of Texas football program if the Heisman was brought back here. I told him I'd like for him to stand up and say you want it because it's important to bring it back here. So more than anything, he's trying to help the team, he's listening to me and is trying to help the athletic department rather than himself.

This summer, the NCAA ruled Bush was ineligible for the 2005 season. According to an investigation, he and his parents received improper benefits, including housing, a car and money from would-be sports marketers.

Bush is the first player ever to return the trophy.