Following USC’s loss Saturday to Stanford, Coach Kiffin had a few choice words about the officiating crew from the game. In response, Larry Stern and the Pac-12 fined Kiffin $10,000 for his comments.
Not only that, but safety T.J. McDonald was also suspended for the first half of USC’s game against Colorado this Friday, because Stern felt that the 15-yard penalty McDonald received for an unnecessary roughness call was fair.
Well, if you take a look at this clip, where it is CLEAR that McDonald led with his shoulder, it’s not.
The USC is obviously very upset about both of these things, not even necessarily because of the punishments but because of the way the Pac-12 too seems to be unfairly targeting USC. It is common knowledge that Pac-12 refs are terrible, yet are never held responsible for their bad calls. In the real world, if you don’t preform at par on your job, you lose it. In the college football world, if you don’t perform at par on your job, the person complaining about you gets punished.
Makes perfect sense to me! Oh wait.
And when you look at players like ASU’s Vontaze Burfict, who notoriously commits late hits like it’s his job but NEVER gets in trouble for it, it supports the notion that the Pac-12 has it out for the Trojans.
The USC athletic department issued a statement says that they “respectfully disagree” with the Pac-12’s decision, but that is all the information available as of now.
As a result of McDonald’s suspension, safety Drew McCallister is expected to start in his place for the first half of the game.