Joe McKnight stays in L.A. as USC football team heads to bowl


This article was originally on a blog post platform and may be missing photos, graphics or links. See About archive blog posts.

USC tailback Joe McKnight did not accompany the Trojans to San Francisco on Monday night as the team prepares for Saturday’s Emerald Bowl.

‘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,’ Coach Pete Carroll said on the USC athletic department website. He did not give a timetable for McKnight’s return.


‘We don’t know right now how long this will take,’ Carroll said.

The Times reported last week that McKnight was seen driving a 2006 Land Rover registered to a Santa Monica businessman with marketing connections. The businessman, Scott Schenter, is expected to return from a business trip to South Africa on Tuesday and USC officials have said they expect to discuss the situation with him.

Last week, a USC attorney told The Times the situation was ‘under review’ and it was not immediately known whether McKnight, a junior, would be held out of the bowl game against Boston College as questions about his vehicle use were investigated.

--Lance Pugmire