Matt Boermeester Seeks To Reverse Expulsion From USC

Former USC kicker Matt Boermeester filed a petition to overturn his expulsion. The most interesting part seems to be USC’s response. It says Zoe Katz, Boermeester’s girl friend,described previous abuse a part of an “ ‘on and off’ again relationship” with Boermeester.

USC says Katz expressed fear of Boermeester’s reaction to her original statement in a text message to a Title IX investigator. At that point, Boermeester was not aware a report had been made.

”He can’t know I made a statement,” one text read from Katz read, according to the filing. “Can you not tell him I made a statement.”

USC’s filing said Katz told investigators she “often had bruises on her legs or arms” from Boermeester, who “would hit her or grab her tightly when he was angry.”

“She reported that the physical contact and become ‘more often and more hurtful’ and that bruising had become more commonplace recently because Petitioner had become ‘more angry,” the filing read. “She said that when she did not do what Petitioner wanted, she would get bruised.”

Read Boermeester’s petition here. Read USC’s response here.

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USC Post-Practice Notes

USC started preparing for Western Michigan game today. Jack Sears worked with the scout team and is officially now the No. 3 QB, which means Matt Fink is the backup. Viane Talamaivao was carted off the field with a foot injury but Clay Helton said he would only be out a couple days. Freshman safety Isaiah Pola-Moa had shoulder surgery and is out for the season. Defensive end Hunter Echols had surgery for an infection in his hip and will be out 6-8 weeks. He was expected to redshirt anyways.

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Hecuba Off To Quite A Start

I wonder if Roger Noble Burnham, who created Tommy Trojan in 1930, would have had trouble spelling Shakespeare like the error on the base of Hecuba at the USC Village.

UPDATED: Here is USC’s statement on the matter: “To E, or not to E, that is the question. Over the centuries his surname has been spelled 20 different ways. USC chose an older spelling because of the ancient feel of the statue, even though it is not the most common form.”

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Max Tuerk Suspended Four Games

Former USC and current Chargers lineman Max Tuerk has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Tuerk: “This offseason, I made the mistake of taking over-the-counter supplements. In doing so, I opened myself up to the possibility of consuming a tainted supplement – something that ultimately led to a positive test for a banned substance. I accept responsibility for my actions and understand the NFL’s policy is very clear on this matter. This is a very hard way to learn a lesson, and I will never make this mistake again.”

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Unique Captains Choice

USC will have three defensive captains and only one offensive captain for the first time since 2004. The captains are Sam Darnold, Chris Hawkins, Uchenna Nwosu and Cameron Smith.

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Morning Buzz: A USC Player To Appreciate That Might Be Unknown

I mentioned the other day there are a lot more important things than Traveler’s name and that led me to learn something new about USC football. The above 1953 picture shows USC running back Addison Hawthorne (23), who joined the team in 1952. Hawthorne was the first African-American to play at USC since All-American Brice Taylor in 1925. But few discuss him today.

He was a well-known player at Pasadena City College and one wonders what he endured if there was a 27-year absence of African-American players at USC. And what changed after Taylor that no African-Americans were on the team for such a long time?

I’ve come across articles that say Taylor wasn’t even officially listed by USC until the 1950’s as an All-American.

If you think it was all just a sign of the times, remember stars like Kenny Washington and Jackie Robinson played at UCLA in 1939. So let’s appreciate Hawthorne, who is a historical figure with USC football.

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