Monday, January 14, 2013

USC recruit decommits after Lane Kiffin pulls scholarship days before he's set to start classes


USC Trojans head football coach Lane Kiffin has done some questionable things during his coaching career. And the latest story involving a recruit alleging that Kiffin pulled his scholarship three days prior to arriving on campus isn't likely to help Kiffin's reputation, either.

From Yahoo! Sports:

Defensive end Kylie Fitts, a four-star recruit Rivals ranked seventh nationally at his position, was committed to USC and took extra high school classes so he could graduate early and enroll at the university in January.

Fitts talked to a couple USC coaches at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 and they said they were ready to have him on campus. But the following Monday, he received a call saying his scholarship was no longer available for the spring semester.

Fitts was supposed to be on campus on Jan. 10.

The Trojans didn't pull his scholarship entirely, but deferred him to the fall. However, since Fitts had already graduated high school, he had nowhere to go and didn't want to wait.

The talented prospect has since decommited from USC and reopened his recruitment. His high school coach, Kurt Bruich, said that Notre Dame, Washington, and UCLA were among the leaders to land Fitts' services at this point.

Bruich expressed his displeasure with the whole situation, and the USC football program in general, in the following tweet from Friday:

"When people are desperate, their true colors show. Take the USC coach, captain of an underachieving ship. His true color: SHADY! #goKylie"

The Trojans do have a highly-touted recruiting class set to enter the program this fall, however, Fitts won't be included. USC is coming off a 7-6 season, which resulted in a bowl defeat to Georgia Tech.


  1. Shady is right! But to pull a kids scholarship and not let him enroll early with such short notice is just down right despicable, and the coach and whole athletic department should be held accountable for this one! Recruits beware!

  2. I'm surprised that Athletic Pat Hayden didn't intervene. I thought he had more class than that but I guess I was wrong -- he's on the same page as Kiffin in my book!

  3. AD Pat Hayden just displayed the same class as Lane Kiffin -- NONE!