It seems that controversy just seems to continue to show up at the doorstep of the USC football program this season. Of course, most of it is Lane Kiffin’s doing, since he foolishly lied about his coaches’ poll vote and even more foolishly briefly banned a reporter from USC’s practices for doing his job.
Add in the fact that visiting teams were banned from walkthroughs at the Coliseum and a walk-on’s scholarship was pulled and given to a player recently released from jail, and it quickly seems that the “C” in USC is for controversy this season.
But the latest controversy surrounding the program surprising has nothing to do with Kiffin. It has to do with a student manager who was fired for purposely deflating the game balls used in Saturday’s loss to Oregon.
The Trojans said they had fired a student manager who intentionally deflated game footballs below NCAA-mandated pressure levels for Saturday’s loss to Oregon.
The school said it was reprimanded and fined by the Pac-12.