LOS ANGELES -- USC coach Lane Kiffin insists that a student-manager who intentionally deflated five footballs before the team's loss Saturday to Oregon acted completely on his own.
USC announced late Wednesday night that an unnamed student manager had been fired after admitting to the school's compliance department that he deflated five balls before kickoff against the Ducks.
A year that was supposed to showcase USC football succeeding in the face of sanctions has gone awry with three losses, lots of questions across the board and a series of off-field distractions involving Lane Kiffin, writes We Are SC's Garry Paskwietz. Blog
The Pac-12 accepted USC's self-discipline Wednesday, reprimanded the school and added a $25,000 fine to the football program.
"As a conference, our paramount goal is to provide a safe and fair competitive environment for our student-athletes, their teams, and their fans," a statement from the Pac-12 said.
Athletic director Pat Haden said USC accepted the Pac-12's reprimand and fine.