Cornerback Isaiah Langley has been suspended for the USC vs. Alabama game following an arrest at a UCLA frat party in May.
The lead up to USC vs. Alabama has morphed into an episode of Law and Order, with arrests taking center stage instead of football. This time it’s the Trojans who have suspended a player, Isaiah Langley, ahead of the season opener.
Langly was arrested on three misdemeanor charges of suspicion of trespassing, intoxication and resisting arrest at a UCLA fraternity party back in May, according to the LA Times.
His charges are being diverted in favor of placing him the Neighborhood Justice Program, which is focused on punishing nonviolent first-time offenders without affecting their criminal record.
Though he no longer faces criminal charges, he has been disciplined for violating team rules and will miss out on September 3 as a result.
Langley emerged in the latter half of his freshman season as a member of USC’s rotation at cornerback. This spring it seemed that he might overtake Jonathan Lockett as the Trojans third cornerback and figured to be a regular participant in 2016.
Withouth Langley, the Trojans will turn to Lockett and converted wide receiver Ajene Harris, as well as highly-touted incoming freshman Jack Jones to cover at cornerback.
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This set back come on the heels of the arrests of three high-profile Alabama football players which have put Nick Saban’s disciplinary tactics under scrutiny.
In May, All-American offensive tackle candidate Cam Robinson and safety Lawrence “Hootie” Jones were arrested on felony gun and misdemeanor drug charges in Louisiana.
Those charges were dropped due to lack of evidence and leniency, as described by prosecutors. Though the two players were disciplined internally, neither is expected to be suspended for the season opener.
Most recently, preseason offensive guard Alphonse Taylor was arrested and charged with a DUI over the weekend prompting his indefinite suspension. It is not yet known whether that suspension will continue through the USC game.