No matter what it says on paper, Reggie Bush went to USC, was a star running back for the Trojans, won a Heisman and will forever be one of the program's great players. Before, during and after USC's over No. 10 Utah on Friday night, it was clear how much those things still rang true.
Bush, who played for the Trojans from 2003-05, was disassociated from the program in 2010 following the NCAA's lengthy investigation into impermissible benefits that he received. His Heisman was wiped clean from the record books and he wasn't allowed to return to the program -- unless it was in a work capacity. That just sowith Fox Sports 1 covering the Utes-Trojans game since Bush is an analyst for the company.
Lo and behold, Bush was a storyline all evening. In his pregame analysis, Bush took a moment to criticize USC's warmup routine, taking aim at players who were getting ready without shirts.
Then, Bush made another appearance on the field during the game. When the Trojans scored a 4-yard touchdown to go up 30-20, Bush joined the USC players in the end zone for a celebration. While that was a fun, memorable moment for everyone except Utah, it did cost USC a cool 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct (one of 11 penalties for USC on the night).
Still, despite Bush directly leading to yet another penalty for the Trojans program, no one in the Coliseum seemed to mind. Nostalgic USC fans were heard chanting his name "Reg-gie! Reg-gie! Reg-gie!" towards the end of the game.
Yeah, it seems Bush still means something to the fans of the team, even if the relationship between him and the school infamously soured.