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NCAAF: Bowl-bound USC leaves McKnight home

December 23, 2009

Joe McKnight’s chances of playing for USC in the Emerald Bowl appeared to dim Monday when the junior tailback did not accompany the Trojans to the Bay Area for the start of practices and activities leading into Saturday’s game against Boston College. Coach Pete Carroll said that the Trojans were preparing as if their 1,000-yard rusher would be available for the game at AT&T Park.

We’ll just go one day at a time and see where it stands,” Carroll said.

Upon arrival in San Francisco, however, Carroll said in statement posted on the school’s website that McKnight remained at home to complete “compliance-related” business.

He has some paperwork he needs to do and it’s best for him to stay in L.A. so he can be available to finish it,” Carroll said.

Todd Dickey, USC’s senior vice president for administration, has said that school officials planned to speak this week with the vehicle’s owner, Scott Schenter. Schenter, 47, owns and has worked for several companies with marketing interests, but he has said that he “has nothing to do with agents, marketing players or representing athletes.

In the wake of McKnight’s situation and the announcement regarding the ineligible players, Carroll said after practice that USC was attempting to be vigilant in its oversight

YouIn the wake of McKnight’s situation and the announcement regarding the ineligible players, Carroll said after practice that USC was attempting to be vigilant in its oversighthear me say one word about trying to back off the fact that we have to work to keep control of what’s going on as much as we can, and we learn as we go,” Carroll said. “Relationships can extend beyond and beyond and beyond. We have to keep digging and working and making sure that we know stuff.

Of McKnight’s situation, he said, “If it comes out where this is just a normal relationship and everything is OK, we’ll have taken a lot of time and lot of effort and all that to chase down a very normal situation, possibly.

If McKnight were ruled ineligible, junior Allen Bradford probably would start in his place. Bradford said he would welcome the opportunity, but he felt for McKnight.

He’s got to handle the situation that got brought up,” Bradford said. “I haven’t talked to him about it, but I wish him the best.

Sophomore Rhett Ellison will start in McCoy’s spot at tight end. Redshirt freshman Matt Kalil is on track to start in place of Smith at right tackle.

Los Angeles Times

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