Thursday, November 8, 2012
USC Can't Even Win When They Cheat
USC was fined and reprimanded by the Pac 12 today after officials discovered three USC game balls without enough air in them on the Trojans sideline before the game, and found two more after halftime. If you're unfamiliar with this phenomenon, or physics, it's easier to catch, kick and throw a football if it's a little bit flat. Since teams control their own balls for their offensive possessions the NCAA sets a level that all balls must be filled to. Once is a coincidence...five times in a day is cheating. Period.
Lane Kiffin and his staff took their usual high road in this incident, blaming it all on "a student manager who had, without the knowledge of, or instruction from, any USC student-athlete, coach, staff member, or administrator, deflated those game balls." If you believe a student-manager, who is so low on the college football totem pole that he can't even see the people it's foundation is buried on, actually did this on his own then I've got a slightly deflated bridge to sell you.
Throw in Kiffin's track record of bending the rules recruiting, and the Trojans recent jersey switching violations against Colorado, and you have to wonder if the USC athletic department thinks any of this stuff is cute anymore.
(Photo: SF Chronicle)