Sarkisian: No One Will Wear Reggie Bush's No. 5 For USC

The speculation can end and the message board arguments can be put to bed.

The question has been asked and answered: You will not see the number five in cardinal and gold anytime soon.

The subject was first broached when incoming cornerback Adoree’ Jackson posted a picture of himself clad in a #5 USC jersey standing beside a Heisman Trophy.

Jackson wore #21 as he tore up high school football fields, but has stated on more than one occasion that the man who wore #5 for the Trojans was one of his idols growing up. The idea that he might request to take the number spread like wildfire.

Unfortunately, Reggie Bush and USC have a complicated relationship at the moment. As part of NCAA sanctions related to Bush’s inappropriate benefits scandal, the Trojans have had to disassociate from the electric Heisman winner.

Bush’s Heisman has been sent back and no longer sits in Heritage Hall. In fact, all traces of him have vanished from the USC campus and his jersey has been removed from those honored beneath the Coliseum peristyle.

Despite the practice of only retiring the numbers of official Heisman winners, there still seems to be a de facto retirement of his iconic number.

Now we know, that retirement will continue.

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  • Michael Castillo

    Good move. It’s too much pressure for a play maker. When it becomes unretired, it should go to a quarterback or a defensive player.


    I say put it back in the Stadium immediately after sanctions end, the NCAA had no love for us anyway.

    • G Man

      Exactly, John. When the sanctions end on June 11 the #5 jersey should re-appear in the Coliseum.

    • TrojanChuck

      It would be pretty interesting to see that happen. I don’t think it will, but it’d be interesting and ballsy.

  • G Man

    It’s great to see Adoree’s confidence, it would be awesome if he can back it up on the field right away. The whole Trojan Nation longs to see another Reggie Bush (sans the illegal benefits), but the #5 jersey should be earned by performing exceptionally well on the college field of play first.

    • TrojanChuck

      Totally agree. It should be that way with all of the great numbers, like No. 55 and No. 1. It was stupid to give Dawson the number before he stepped on campus, but hey, that’s a Lane Kiffin recruiting ploy.

  • Matthew Moreno

    I think No. 5 needs to be put back with all the other Heisman winners and retired.