A violation of team rules has landed USC defensive end Jabari Ruffin an indefinite suspension from the program.
On Sunday, USC head coach Clay Helton announced the suspension of Ruffin, but he offered no insight on when Ruffin may be welcomed back to the program. Ruffin also did not shed any details on why Ruffin has been suspended.
”Don’t have a crystal ball on if and when he could return.”
Ruffin has played in six games this season. You may remember he was ejected from the season opener for stomping on an Alabama player. That act also landed him a suspension from Helton.
At this point, it would appear Ruffin is in the dog house for a good amount of time.
USC was trampled by top-ranked Alabama in Arlington Saturday night, but one of the most discussed moments of the game may have been the stomping of Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick from the cleat of USC linebacker Jabari Ruffin in the second quarter. It was one of a handful of ugly incidents seen around the college football landscape on the opening weekend, and it led to an ejection from the official standing just feet away. On Sunday, it was announced Ruffin will be missing a little more playing time as well.
USC head coach Clay Helton informed the media the Trojans will suspend Ruffin for the first half of their next game and have him write a formal written apology for his actions.
I almost wondered if Ruffin would have to stay after practice and write 500 times on a chalkboard, “I shall not stomp on opposing players.”
The USC Trojans were dealt a blow in the middle of the defense on Sunday. Linebacker Jabari Ruffin, a potential starter on the outside, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. The injury will prevent him from playing for the Trojans until 2015.
“This is very unfortunate news about Jabari, but I know he will rehab well and come back strong next year,” USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said on the school’s football website. “And I know our team will step up in his absence.”
Ruffin is a redshirt sophomore and will have two years of eligibility remaining after this season. According to the school’s website, Ruffin was injured as he was tackled while returning an interception.
The 6′ 4″, 230 pound linebacker and California native was the nation’s top-ranked outside linebacker in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals. With Ruffin now out of the mix for a potential starting job at outside linebacker in 2014, the Trojans are expecting to see J.R. Tavai, Scott Felix and Quinton Powell to fill the void.