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Marc Tyler suspended for USC’s season opener — at least

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It was thought that, given his already-shaky standing with the USC football program, Marc Tyler could be facing some type of sanctions from the program for his alcohol-fueled (allegedly) monologue over the weekend.

And, as it turns out, that was exactly the case.

In a statement, head coach Lane Kiffin announced that, after a conversation with athletic director Pat Haden, the senior running back has been suspended for at least the season opener.  Additionally, he has been suspended from all team activities, meaning he will not be permitted to take part in voluntary summer workouts and his availability for the start of summer camp next month appears to be up in the air as well.

“I was very disappointed when I learned of Marc Tyler’s inappropriate comments that were captured by the media last week,” Kiffin said in a statement. “That is not the way that we expect our players to represent USC and our team.  I have consulted with athletic director Pat Haden and I am suspending Marc for our upcoming season opener and potentially further, and in the meantime I am also suspending him from all team activities.

“Although Marc may find this punishment severe, it is imperative we continue to have a high standard for player behavior.  Marc needs to work hard to show us that he can meet the standards of being a USC football player.”

Suffice to say, Kiffin’s boss has his employee’s back on the decision.

“We have very high expectations for all of our student-athletes at USC.  While the vast majority of our student-athletes act appropriately, Marc did not and stepped way out of line.  He did not represent himself, his university or his team the way we expect.   Marc has a lot to do to prove he belongs on our team.  We hope Marc learns from this and comes back a changed and better person.”

Tyler, who prior to his string of one-liners in front of the TMZ cameras was already awaiting a decision on disciplinary action following two previous offseason incidents, led the Trojans with 913 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2010.  Whether he will be permitted to repeat that feat in 2011 remains very much uncertain.

“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.”

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5 Responses to “Marc Tyler suspended for USC’s season opener — at least”
  1. Deb says: Jul 18, 2011 3:42 PM

    Kudos to USC for doing the right thing. I can’t resist pointing out this phrase “after a conversation with athletic director Pat Haden” was superfluous because Haden’s handwriting was all over this decision. I’d like to believe Pat is extremely serious about restoring USC’s reputation and ensuring players uphold that standard going forward.

  2. thekatman says: Jul 18, 2011 4:22 PM

    Tyler should utilize this “time off” and get his body back into fighting condition and to be a bulldozer of a running back, and not one that once hit stops. He could’ve had more yards gained if he had continued to keep those powerful legs moving upfield and pushing the pile backwards.

    MT. Be wise, healthful, dedicated and focused. This is your year to shine. Don’t blow it.

  3. mdnittlion says: Jul 18, 2011 8:19 PM

    I just hope USC doesn’t do with this kid what Va Tech did with Marcus Vick and keep giving him chances till it blows up in the university’s face. I know Frank Beamer regrets going out on a limb for a kid that didn’t listen to anybody.

  4. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Jul 18, 2011 9:47 PM

    It’s clearly the least they can do. Haden certainly made this decision. I find Kiffen lacking in authority given recent history at UT.

  5. cosanostra71 says: Jul 19, 2011 4:27 AM

    mdnittlion says:
    Jul 18, 2011 8:19 PM
    I just hope USC doesn’t do with this kid what Va Tech did with Marcus Vick and keep giving him chances till it blows up in the university’s face. I know Frank Beamer regrets going out on a limb for a kid that didn’t listen to anybody.

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    A great point, but Marc Tyler does have the fortune of having Wendell Tyler as his father. Wendell was on the Mason and Ireland show on ESPN 710 today and spoke about how he agrees entirely with Pat Haden’s decision, and how he is extremely disappointed with his son. I got the feeling from what he was saying that he is going to be willing to step back into his son’s life and be a more hands-on mentor after stepping back (like all parents should when their kids go off to college as part of the maturing process).

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