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USC manager tampered with game balls

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08:16 AM ET 11.08 | USC's high-scoring, 62-51 loss to the Ducks was deflating in more ways than one. The Trojans said they had fired a student manager who intentionally deflated game footballs below NCAA-mandated pressure levels for Saturday's loss to Oregon. The school said it was reprimanded and fined by the Pac-12. Underinflated footballs are thought to be easier to catch and throw. USC said game officials discovered some of the underinflated footballs before the game and others at halftime, fixing the balls before the second half. USC said the student manager, who was not identified, acknowledged he deflated the balls of his own accord after they had been checked by officials before the game.

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November 8, 2012  08:24 AM ET

Good grief.

November 8, 2012  08:36 AM ET

It's USC.

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November 8, 2012  08:55 AM ET

Underinflategate.

November 8, 2012  08:56 AM ET

This so funny on so many levels.....

glad you are feeling better Old Man.

My wife posted a link on FB to some Cardiologist trying to sell his Good Health paper....had some good tips on eating healthy and such...something about eating like a CaveMan....figured that meant lots of dinosaur cooked over an open fire, I signed up.

November 8, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Did that say Flatulence?

November 8, 2012  08:59 AM ET

I am guessing the Song Girls have tampered with a few balls during recruiting visits by some "blue chippers..."

November 8, 2012  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Underinflategate.

Well done

November 8, 2012  09:03 AM ET

I'm surprised they didn't inflate them to match Lane's ego.

November 8, 2012  09:05 AM ET

I would not be surprised if Kiffin was behind it.

November 8, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Underinflategate.

Who is **** going to be?

November 8, 2012  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Who is **** going to be?

You can say deeep throaat on here, I smell cover up already!

November 8, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Where is Old Timer, see your team is a bunch of cheaters.

November 8, 2012  09:13 AM ET

These are very serious charges,, this could be big, really BIG! It just might bring down the whole program. Very interesting, we have our eye on you SC.
GO IRISH!!!

November 8, 2012  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Who is **** going to be?

Eric Mangini was the first name that came to mind, but it couldn't be.

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November 8, 2012  09:19 AM ET

What's this? A new under-the-radar way to improve your offense?

Expect SEC coaches to be interviewing that student manager within 24 hours.

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