Reggie Bush said his decision Tuesday to relinquish his Heisman Trophy shouldn't be seen as an admission that he and his family improperly accepted cash and gifts from sports agents while he played for USC.
"It's definitely not an admission of guilt. It's me showing respect to the Heisman Trophy itself and to the people who came before me and the people coming after," Bush said after Thursday's practice with the New Orleans Saints. "I just felt like it was the best thing to do, the most respectful thing to do. ... I felt like this would be the best decision to do right now so I could focus."
The running back said he consulted family and friends before making a decision.
"My mom and dad didn't want me to give it back," Bush said.
Allegations that Bush and his family had accepted improper benefits surfaced in 2006, and the NCAA began an investigation soon afterward. It concluded this year, and in June the NCAA imposed a two-year postseason ban on USC, reduced scholarships and put the program on probation for four years.
"How do I clear my name? I don't know," Bush said.
The Heisman Trust on Wednesday said the 2005 award would remain vacant. Texas quarterback Vince Young finished a distant second in the voting.
North Carolina State 30, Cincinnati 19: Russell Wilson threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns and the Wolfpack (3-0) beat the visiting Bearcats (1-2). Cincinnati didn't run a play inside the
Florida: The Gators won't have receiver Chris Rainey at Tennessee on Saturday, but safety Will Hill will return from a two-game suspension. Rainey was suspended indefinitely after being arrested earlier this week for allegedly sending threatening text messages to his girlfriend. It marked the 30th arrest -- involving 27 players -- during coach Urban Meyer's tenure.
Notre Dame: Dayne Crist, who suffered a head injury during last week's loss to Michigan, will start Saturday at Michigan State. "I'm 100 percent now," the quarterback said. ... Defensive line coach and special teams coordinator Mike Elston, who's been hospitalized for a viral illness, rejoined the team but won't coach against the Spartans.
Michigan: The school's board of regents voted to spend $1.8 million to add permanent lights at Michigan Stadium. Michigan has been using temporary lights.
LSU: Mickey Mangham, who scored the Tigers' only touchdown in a 7-0 win over Clemson in the 1959 Sugar Bowl, died of a heart attack in Lafayette, La. He was 71. Mangham scored on a 9-yard pass from Billy Cannon.
Cal: Seven-game ($196) and four-game mini packs ($100) are available for the 2010-11 season. For information, go to www.calbears.com or call 800-462-3277.
Cal 2, Santa Clara 1: Hector Jimenez had a goal and an assist, leading the Bears (3-1-1) over the host Broncos (2-3) in the Bay Area Classic.
USF: Dr. Gary Nelson is the interim athletic director, replacing Debra Gore-Mann. Nelson has coached the men's golf team since 2005. Gore-Mann resigned last week to pursue other opportunities.
Wire services and Chicago Tribune contributed to these notes.