==> USC Deflated Ball Controversy
USC coaches and players had no knowledge that a student manager deflated balls used by the Trojans during their game against Oregon last week, Coach Lane Kiffin said Thursday.
“Obviously as head coach, everything falls on you,” said Kiffin, who called it “a distraction that nobody here knew about.”
The Pac-12 Conference reprimanded and fined USC because the manager intentionally deflated, below NCAA-regulated levels, several balls used by the Trojans in the first half of their 62-51 loss to the Ducks at the Coliseum. Deflated footballs presumably can be easier to throw and catch.