A few days ago I noted that the talent level at USC had dropped so much that arguably their best senior prospect was fullback Stanley Havili.
Lane Kiffin's Trojans are that much less talented now with the news that Havili has been banned from USC practices and other team activities indefinitely after punching teammate T.J. Bryant during a fight at practice.
Havili reportedly apologized "profusely" to his teammates and the coaching staff for the incident. Bryant, a junior cornerback competing for a starting role this fall, was forced to undergo surgery Thursday after x-rays revealed more significant damage had been done than originally thought. Despite the injury and his expected month-long rehabilitation putting him behind in his quest for playing time, Bryant reportedly "begged" the USC coaching staff to not discipline Havili.
Kiffin, however, felt he had no choice but to ban Havili, a three year starter who currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated fullback and a potential mid-round selection.
"I continue to be very disappointed in Stanley's decision-making," Kiffin said. "We talk about protecting this team, and it's just very disappointing from somebody I don't know if I've ever been disappointed in. I've been so disappointed because it's so unexpected."