When USC won the Rose Bowl in thrilling fashion over Penn State in January, nobody knew then that it would send two of the game’s heroes in completely opposite directions by the time the 2017 season rolled around.
While quarterback Sam Darnold has been the talk of the college football world and a Heisman Trophy favorite, kicker Matt Boermeester — who actually won the game for the Trojans as time expired — has been nowhere near the team as a controversial Title IX case against him works its way through the legal system. According to the LA Times however, there was a significant ruling in the mater on Friday and it brought the kicker both closer and further away to returning to school after he was kicked out two months ago.
Per The Times:
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Amy D. Hogue stayed the expulsion Friday — but barred the man who kicked the game-winning field goal in this year’s Rose Bowl from enrolling in classes or coming within 100 yards of campus.
“I have a hunch the order doesn’t make anybody happy,” Hogue said.
USC expelled Boermeester in July after authorities alleged he violated the school’s policy on intimate-partner violence by putting his hands around the neck of Zoe Katz, his girlfriend, and pushing her against a wall after they returned from a late-night trip to McDonald’s in January.
The case has been so noteworthy that the U.S. Secretary of Education even referenced it this week in discussing changes related to Title IX enforcement. The next trial date is set for January 3rd, 2018 but it certainly appears things are nowhere near over when it comes to USC, their kicker and the legal system in this case.