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USC’s Head Coach Lane Kiffin has done some pretty shady stuff during his time as a College Football Head Coach. Whether it’s piling up secondary NCAA violations at Tennessee, or having his backup quarterback wear his kickers’ jersey, he’s built up quite a reputation for himself. This time though, USC is in the headlines for something a Student Manager did.On USC’s website, they released a statement saying that a Student Manager admitted to deflating game balls prior to the game, after they were inspected by officials. The officials said that they noticed it, and reflated three balls before the game, and then two more during half time.It should be noted that the Student Manager said that “he had, without the knowledge of, or instruction from, any USC student-athlete, coach, staff member or administrator, deflated those game balls after they had been tested and approved by officials prior to the game.” USC did receive a fine and a reprimand from the Pac-12 conference.What is the advantage of deflating football’s you ask? It makes them easier to throw and catch, perhaps as a way of enhancing the USC passing game, since the home team controls which footballs each offense uses. While it obviously didn’t help USC, since they lost 62-51 and gave up 730 yards of total offense, it is peculiar that this Student Manager would do this on his own.Personally, I think that he was ordered to do this. Whether it was by Lane Kiffin or another one of the coaches, no Student Manager would do this without being told to. If this kid had really done it and acted alone, I feel like they would have released his name in their press release. Instead, allowing him to take the fall anonymously allows him to keep his reputation intact and allows the coaching staff to stay out of trouble. Trust me, this won’t go unnoticed, and this kid will be rewarded for taking the fall for this incident.Regardless of what actually happened, this incident has gotten one of the best nicknames of the year, being called “Deflategate.”Lane Kiffin would prefer it if we talk about Marqise Lee at DB than #Deflategate. Okay fine: sbn.to/SPqLE3— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) November 8, 2012H/T: Larry Brown Sports
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As they entered the practice facility to set up the field for Thursday morning's workout, USC Coach Lane Kiffin and football student managers declined to comment about the latest controversy surrounding the Trojans.
The Pac-12 Conference reprimanded and fined USC because a student manager intentionally deflated, below NCAA-regulated levels, several balls used by the Trojans...
After yielding an atrocious 730 yards of offense in last week’s 62-51 loss to Oregon, embattled University of Southern California (USC) head coach Lane Kiffin is under intense scrutiny to axe the team’s defensive coordinator, his 72-year-old father, Monte. The … Continue reading →
Southern California: In the matter of the curiously, and criminally (in terms of NCAA rules) deflated footballs and coach with the over-inflated sense of self, the question is not whether we can believe Lane Kiffin – we already know that we cannot – but whether we should here.
On Wednesday USC reported that it had fired a student manager who deflated footballs that the Trojans’...
LOS ANGELES Inevitably, if you are fortunate enough to have a father you revere live long enough, there comes a time where you have to begin searching for reminders of the man you once knew.
They gradually become obscured by uncertainty, frailty and other diminishing curses of age that no amount of determination can seem to beat back.
Now imagine that you are not only this mans...
USC Coach Lane Kiffin speaks with the media following the Trojans Thursday practice.
USC Coach Lane Kiffin speaks with the media following Wednesday's practice. The No. 21 Trojans are preparing to snap their two-game skid against Arizona State on Saturday.
USC Coach Lane Kiffin says no one on the coaching staff or team knew about a student-manager deflating game balls during the Trojans' game against Oregon.
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...
Tweet Whether or not he had anything to do with it, Lane Kiffin is the most entertaining head coach in college football. Per the university’s website, the USC Trojans have been fined by the Pac-12 for under-inflated game balls that were used in USC’s loss to the Oregon Ducks Saturday Nov. 3: Game officials discovered [...]
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist School officials at Southern California fired a student manager after he admitted taking the air out of some footballs before last week's home game against Oregon.
Good. Now they can resume searching for who took the wind out of Lane Kiffin's sails.
Just kidding about that last part, if only because Kiffin hardly needs...
LOS ANGELES ---When Robert Woods got the call on Monday night, he immediately had to stop what he was doing.
He was in the middle of a Twitter war of words with UCLA freshman defensive back Randall Goforth. Or so he thought.
Apparently Goforth's Twitter account was hacked and sent out a tweet directed to Woods saying "We will beat you guys on November 17th. Believe the...
The two top stories on AL.com, the Internet voice of Alabama, this morning: football stories. Then, you go to the Alabama football page and they’re still talking about the LSU game – on Wednesday. Roll Tide, indeed.
Meanwhile, at USC, Lane Kiffin fired a student manager after he deflated footballs below NCAA-mandated levels before the Oregon game. Poor, USC...