One of the heroes of the 2016 bowl season on the field has found himself with some issues off of it as the 2017 offseason hits its stride.
While the details are very scant at the moment, USC officials have confirmed that kicker Matt Boermeester has been suspended while he’s under investigation for what’s only being described by the university as a “code of conduct issue.” Deadspin.com is reporting that “[t]wo tips have described a January incident involving Boermeester and his ex-girlfriend,” although details of that alleged incident are non-existent.
Below is the school’s official statement on Boermeester’s status with the football program:
The university is investigating a code of conduct issue with Matt Boermeester. Student disciplinary records and proceedings regarding any matter of student conduct are confidential and protected by law.
While this student code of conduct issue is being investigated, the student will not be representing the university as a member of its athletic team.
In his first season as USC’s starting kicker, Boermeester connected on 75 percent of his 25 field goal attempts and all but one of his 54 point afters. His 46-yard field goal with no time left on the clock pushed USC past Penn State in an epic comeback win in the Rose Bowl.
Boermeester, a rising senior, is one of two kickers currently listed on the Trojans’ official online roster. The other is Michael Brown, a rising sophomore who has yet to attempt a kick at the collegiate level.