One of the shadier practices in college football (the conditional one-year scholarship to a walk-on) took place earlier today. Pedro Moura has more.
Lane Kiffin confirmed that some of the 3 former walk-ons have had their scholarships taken away tentatively.— Pedro Moura (@PedroMoura) August 22, 2012
This was a possibility going into the season. The USC Trojans are short on scholarships because of NCAA sanctions, forcing them to hand out only 75 rather than 85 a season. It's quite possible that when Trojan players transferred out of the program and allowed opportunities for walk-ons to pick up their spots, those scholarships were given to walk-ons. But on one condition: They were one-year scholarships. They would serve as placeholders until talent replenished the Trojan ranks.
Still, it's a bit distressing to see a group of college football players give up scholarships they probably worked really hard to earn.
- Offensive guard Kevin Graf has returned to practice. Running back D.J. Morgan also saw action.
- Quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Robert Woods are starting to connect at a fast rate.
- The offense got the better of defense in practice for the second day in a row.