A familiar face returned to practice a week ago wearing No. 39 as Simione Vehikite once again took the field with the Trojans. Vehikite sat out during the spring due to legal issues.
As those of us who watch college athletics know all too well, coaching at a high-profile Division-I program is typically more about winning than anything else. Players who contribute to the winning cause are constantly allowed to bend the rules both in the classroom and in everyday life. At USC, for example, a player can be sentenced to jail time and have his scholarship waiting...
Lane Kiffin reinstated linebacker Simione Vehikite, who was released from jail last week, and his return to the team was at the expense of a walk-on player's scholarship.
LOS ANGELES --- There was a familiar face at Howard Jones Field on Wednesday. Wearing a white No. 39 USC practice uniform, there was Simione Vehikite.
The 511 225-pound redshirt junior linebacker has rejoined the team, the school announced Thursday.
Vehikite missed all of spring practice dealing with legal issues.
His involvement in a July 2011 accident led to his arrest in February...
JUSC linebacker Simione Vehikite pleaded no contest to two felony counts and was ordered to serve one year in county jail Thursday for his involvement in a 2011 automobile accident.
Vehikite, 21, was remanded into custody after appearing before Commissioner John R. Johnnson in Inglewood Superior Court.
"He's felt horrible about the whole thing," Michael Norris, Vehikite...