As if USC really needs more trouble from the NCAA.
Trojans coach Lane Kiffin suspended senior running back Marc Tyler for the season opener for comments made to TMZ last week. Tyler joked that USC players are paid more than NFL players. He also made lewd jokes about Kim Kardashian.
Kiffin said in a statement: “I was very disappointed when I learned of Marc Tyler’s inappropriate comments that were captured by the media last week. That is not the way that we expect our players to represent USC and our team."
Kiffin said that Tyler's suspension could be "potentially further" than one game. Tyler led USC with 913 yards rushing last season. USC opens up against Minnesota on September 3.
USC is already on probation for committing major rules violations during the Reggie Bush era. The Trojans will lose 30 scholarships over the next three seasons, received a two-year bowl ban and is on four years probations.
“Although Marc may find this punishment severe, it is imperative we continue to have a high standard for player behavior," Kiffin included in the statement. "Marc needs to work hard to show us that he can meet the standards of being a USC football player.”
Tyler also issued a statement, which read: “I want to apologize for embarrassing USC, my teammates and coaches. I am disappointed that I let down all the people who have supported me as I have been working through some personal issues. After meeting today with Mr. Haden and Coach Kiffin, I realize how my behavior and my statements, even though I was joking, can reflect poorly on so many people. As a veteran player, I should know that my job is to be an example for the younger guys. I accept my punishment, and I regret that I will miss the opening game of my senior year. I am committed to doing everything the right way so that I can be reinstated to the team.”