USC walk-on loses scholarship to make room for Simione Vehikite, who was just released from jail

As those of us who watch college athletics know all too well, coaching at a high-profile Division-I program is typically more about winning than anything else. Players who contribute to the winning cause are constantly allowed to bend the rules both in the classroom and in everyday life. At USC, for example, a player can be sentenced to jail time and have his scholarship waiting for him when he returns.

Linebacker Simione Vehikite was sentenced to a year in jail back in mid-May after pleading no contest to leaving the scene of a car accident and driving with a .08 percent blood-alcohol level and causing injury. He served slightly over three months of his sentence and returned to the team on Wednesday. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, head coach Lane Kiffin said he was no longer a part of the program when he was arrested last March.

That didn’t last very long. Not only was Vehikite welcomed back to the program, but a walk-on named Will Andrew did not have his scholarship renewed to make room for him. Kiffin does not feel as though he owes anyone an explanation for the situation.

“They’re never granted longer (than a year),” Kiffin said. “He was fortunate to have one for a year.”

While that may be true, it’s also not all that common for a player to serve jail time and still be able to have his tuition taken care of when he gets out. Andrew said the situation is “out of my control” and that he will do whatever the coaches ask of him, but he has to feel slighted. Who wouldn’t? I guess Vehikite fits into Kiffin’s plan of winning with style and Andrew doesn’t.

H/T No Guts, No Glory

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PWZQZ3TA7INZDHAGQGSYKKIAIM ToddB

    So much USC hate on here.  I know you guys love UCLA, but c’mon.  I had to pay for college, this kid got a year for free. USC is the number 2 team in the country and ol’ foot shackles can help the team.  OU had cocaine dealers on their team in the 80’s, and Urban Meyer ran an asylum (but ESPN just covered the Tebow crap), so no big deal in my book.  Lane Kiffin is here to win!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MLYN6MAFQ3KY75CJFONSGFD5GQ Charles

    Till the NFL comes knockin, and he will leave you guys in the middle of the night, just like he did us.  He can’t help himself, his ego trumps his loyalty every time.  One more thing while I stopped by.  If he’s gonna win the BCS he needs to put Pops in the Senior Home and hire a young, coherent coordinator.  Monte was great, but just like JoePa, and Bobby, his mind isn’t as sharp as it once was, and there’s holes in that defense.  When you guys get into the Pac 12 schedule you’re gonna play alot of 52-48 games, and it’s awful hard to win all of those.  Even though he set our program back 5 years, I’m lookin at it from a logical perspective.  I hope he doesn’t leave ya in the middle of the night, but I know Monte is losin his edge. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001500835324 Greg Rogers

    Lame Kiffen is trash.  He will tell you what you want to hear then leave every time.  If you are a USC fan and hope for a big season the safe bet is if you get one he is gone to the nfl the next day..  If LIENAA kiffen says he is here to stay that means nothing at all.  History does not lie!

  • http://twitter.com/LNSIII Lonnie Shull

    Lame Kitten is a POS. Win at any cost. What’s the over/under til the NCAA comes knocking again?