Holland kicked off team
USC receiver Jamere Holland was dismissed from the team, Coach Pete Carroll said late Sunday night.
Carroll declined to comment about why Holland was dismissed, but said it was not a violation of team rules.
“It was just the right thing to do,” Carroll said.
Carroll said Holland, a redshirt freshman from Pacoima, would remain on scholarship this year, “but would weigh his options I’m sure.”
Holland, who played at Woodland Hills Taft High, redshirted last season after breaking his collarbone. He reinjured his collarbone during spring practice and was counseled several times by coaches about a seeming lack of commitment to football.
Holland was the California state 100- and 200-meter champion in 2005 and competed for USC’s track team last spring.
Holland could not be reached for comment.
With an ongoing NCAA investigation surrounding former running back Reggie Bush still hovering over the program, USC for the second year in a row is conducting a comprehensive rules seminar for players’ parents.
The Bush inquiry began more than a year ago, spurred by allegations that the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner and his family received improper benefits from agents in 2004 and 2005 while he was playing at USC. Investigators interviewed Carroll and some assistants, but Pacific 10 Conference officials have said the probe has been stymied because Bush, his family and others allegedly involved had not agreed to speak to investigators.
Dennis Slutak, USC’s director of football operations, addressed parents of new and returning players before training camp, which ended Sunday.
He is scheduled to do so again today as players move into fall semester housing on and off campus.
Parents are required to acknowledge that they were informed of NCAA rules.
“We want parents to call us or the compliance office if they have any questions about anything,” Slutak said. “Even if they are 99% sure about something, they should ask.”
Teressa Knox, mother of senior cornerback Terrell Thomas, said the seminars help parents understand what they can and cannot do.
“The smallest things can be violations, so you learn a lot,” she said Sunday.
USC compliance officials address NCAA rules with all of the school’s athletes.
Carroll was hoping for an uneventful conclusion to training camp Sunday night. “We’ve got to get through tonight,” he said, chuckling. “Make sure it’s a nice quiet evening and set the guys on their way . . . and then we finish up this preparation leading into the season.”
Carroll summoned defensive end Kyle Moore to his office after practice following the second on-field skirmish involving the junior from Georgia.
Moore, who appears on track to start, tangled with junior offensive guard Chilo Rachal during a drill. Carroll counseled Rachal on the field after practice.
Moore got an earful later.
“He just told me to chill out,” said Moore, who had to be separated from freshman defensive end Everson Griffen earlier in the week.
“It gets chippy out there. Tempers get hot and there’s a lot of big egos. He told me to tone it down. I can do that.”
Senior offensive tackle Drew Radovich took part in more drills and said afterward that his back was sound enough for him to start the opener against Idaho on Sept. 1.
Carroll, however, said, “Right now, it’s going to be a long shot for him to do that.”
Sophomore Charles Brown has taken the majority of snaps at right tackle.