Here’s what a Pac-12 spokesperson told me tonight about Chimezie Metu’s attempted trip of an Oregon player: “It was reviewed and has been addressed with USC.”
So it sounds like he will not be punished by the conference.
USC finished 29th in this morning’s AP Top 25 poll after its split with the Oregon schools. Full poll after the jump:
USC is currently a No. 8 seed in ESPN’s mock NCAA Tournament bracket.
USC has rehired former strength coach Keith Belton to be its associate strength and conditioning coach. He spent the past two seasons at UNLV. Belton is best known for being a sideline cheerleader, whether jumping around, waving a towel or celebrating with Steve Sarkisian, who brought Belton to USC from Washington.
USC forward Chimezie Metu (on the bench) tried to trip Oregon forward Chris Boucher in the second half last night. The video of the play is below. If that wasn’t enough, Metu received a Flagrant 1 foul for slapping Oregon’s Payton Pritchard in the back.
Big Game Benny is back and better than ever for @USC_Hoops!
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) February 12, 2017
Matt Corral, a five-star QB for the Class of 2018 and USC commit, is no longer enrolled at Oaks Christian High School. His departure is allegedly related to a disciplinary matter, according to this story.
In a since-deleted tweet, Corral said: “I did not get expelled nor did I punch anyone. I ran into problems at a school that is biased towards money.”
Oaks Christian, where Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky and Will Smith had sons playing at one time, biased toward money? Who would ever guess that?
Corral did not say where he would transfer. It would make sense to go to nearby Westlake, where Corral’s Oaks Christian offensive coordinator, Tim Kirksey, was hired in December. Corral would likely need to attend another school for the rest of this year, so he does not violate a CIF rule about following a coach to a new school. He could also transfer to Chaminade, which lost QB Brevin White to Paraclete.