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Knee injury knocks USC OL Jordan Simmons out for season

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USC offensive lineman Jordan Simmons has suffered a ‘freak’ injury to his knee that will require season-ending surgery, Trojans interim head coach Ed Orgeron told assembled media after practice on Tuesday.

Simmons is a reserve guard who has seen limited playing time this season. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound redshirt freshman was a five-star recruit from the class of 2012.

His injury is just the latest to hit the already-decimated USC roster, which could sink below 50 scholarship players this Saturday against Utah.

Simmons was the back up to starter Max Tuerk at left guard, so look for third-string junior Giovanni Di Paulo to move up to that spot as the result of his injury.

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8 Responses to “Knee injury knocks USC OL Jordan Simmons out for season”
  1. soundsofsuccess7 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:05 PM

    You guys should write an article about how screwed over USC is getting now that the Miami sanctions are out.

  2. dhalb34 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:25 PM

    Man…I can’t wait for our ‘Death Penalty’ to be over….

  3. Anoesis says: Oct 22, 2013 10:47 PM

    The Paul Dee saga of hypocrisy continues to decimate the Trojans.

    Dee was the head of the NCAA Committee on Infractions during the USC hearings, getting that job after quitting as Athletic Director at Miami in ’08.

    USC’s football case was about one person, Reggie Bush, and USC’s basketball case was about one person, OJ Mayo.

    Miami’s case involved 72 players over nearly a decade of willful disregard for NCAA rules.

    Isn’t it ironic that Dee was the AD at Miami during what NCAA investigators have called the worst violation of the rules they have ever seen?

    Both the Reggie Bush and OJ Mayo issues at USC involved agents trying to secure their patronage once these vaunted players went pro. This is not a competitive advantage.

    Miami, during the watch of Dee on the other hand, was involved in an eight-year, 72 player pay-for-play scandal that involved all manner of illegal activities as well as bonuses for bounties on competition such as Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and a three-year standing bounty on Florida State quarterback Chris Rix. Those were most certainly competitive advantages.

    Dee was also AD during the Pell Grant scandal in 1995. Eighty students, 57 of whom were football players, falsified their Pell Grant applications, illegally securing more than $220,000 in federal grant money. Federal officials described the scam as “perhaps the largest centralized fraud … ever committed in the history of the Pell Grant program.”

    Now, consider the fact that Dee, as Chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, sat in judgment of USC when they presented their case for leniency before the NCAA in the matter of Reggie Bush. USC’s now much-mocked defense was that we (loosely) “did not know, could not be expected to know.”

    Dee, who famously sat on the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions (while infractions committed during his reign as AD and were still being committed at Miami) famously told USC that even though the extra benefits a wannabe sports agent paid to Reggie Bush’s family happened in San Diego, some 130 miles from campus, USC “should have known” it was happening.

    Fifty seven football players stole money from the Pell Grant program, but Dee didn’t know.

    Shapiro’s support of Miami football and basketball players was right under Dee and University President Donna Shalala’s noses, but they didn’t know.

    Shapiro got into a physical fight with the U’s director of compliance in the press box at a Miami football game. Dee didn’t know.

    Shapiro paid for Devin Hester’s girlfriend’s engagement ring, got the stripper another player got pregnant an abortion, made his home and his yacht available for parties and provided cars and clothes and cash and VIP club access. Dee didn’t know.

    Yet, while hammering USC for “not knowing,” Dee & Co. used the exact same excuse for violations at Miami that made USC’s look infinitesimal in comparison.

    I’d love to thank Paul Dee in person, but fortunately that hypocritical piece of shit died last year. The biggest irony of all is that the Trojans are now decimated personnel-wise because of Dee’s draconian elimination of 30 scholarships, while the school whose athletic department he headed as it spent years cheating its ass off gets away with losing all of nine.

  4. tttrojan4life says: Oct 22, 2013 11:39 PM

    The above post is the best I have read on this site. Outstanding Anoesis!

  5. addict2sport says: Oct 22, 2013 11:50 PM

    Good stuff Anoesis!

  6. kicksave1980 says: Oct 23, 2013 1:01 AM

    I really hate USC. But…that was a beautiful comment, Anoesis, and I couldn’t agree more.

  7. scbaby2013 says: Oct 23, 2013 2:31 AM

    @Anoesis well said, fight on

  8. Anoesis says: Oct 23, 2013 7:34 AM

    Credit where credit is due: A lot of that stuff came from Bleacher Report and there’s plenty more posted recently regarding the Todd McNair lawsuit against the NCAA (several legal minds say he has a good case for defamation) as well as the possibility of USC filing suit regarding the grossly unfair sanctions for the Bush/Mayo situation.

    To be clear, I wish Miami no ill will. If I were a fan I’d be glad that was all behind the team. My problem is an NCAA that is pathetically incompetent and grotesquely out of control. If they had any integrity whatsoever they would have revisited the penalties imposed on USC in light of the obvious conflict of interest Paul Dee brought to that organization as the former AD at Miami.

    A couple final thoughts regarding that fine character Dee:

    ESPN’s Ted Miller pointed out Dee’s hypocritical statements regarding USC’s violations while more severe violations were being committed under his watch while serving as Miami’s athletic director:

    “Here he waxed sell-righteously — and inaccurately — over the USC case: ‘This case strikes at the heart of the principles of amateurism.’ (Inaccurate because booster pay-for-play strikes at the heart of amateurism, not agents trying to lure players AWAY from amateurism).”

    Even more compelling is that Dee’s former employer (Miami) benefited from the sanctions he oversaw as the Committee On Infraction’s chair—the No. 1 prospect in USC’s 2010 recruiting class (according to, among others), Seantrel Henderson, decommitted from USC after the sanctions were doled out and eventually signed with Miami.

    Justice can be a slippery bastard and I don’t expect that USC will get any from the NCAA without a long and costly lawsuit, but if they do choose to sue then for the first time in college football history nobody would be rooting against the Trojans.

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