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Football Manager At USC Fired For Deflating Footballs

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USC head coach Lane Kiffin


A student manager for the USC football program has been fired for intentionally deflating, some game footballs used by the Trojans during the first half in last Saturday’s game against Oregon.

Game officials reportedly discovered and re-inflated three of the balls before the game and two others at halftime. All balls were regulation in the second half.

After the allegation, which was reported to the Pac-12, and an investigation by USC, the student manager confirmed that he had deflated the game balls.

He went on to say that he did it without the knowledge of, or instruction from, any USC student-athlete, coach, staff member or administrator.

This is strictly my opinion, but you have to credit the student manager for not taking anybody down with him.

Seriously, I don’t believe for a second that a student manager would just go ahead and deflate game balls, without a coach, or a staff member knowing about it.

Is it possible? Yes. But I’m not buying it.


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