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O.J. Simpson at USC practice? Not any time soon, Clay Helton says

O.J. Simpson at USC practice? Not any time soon, Clay Helton says
O.J. Simpson looks on during a parole hearing in Lovelock, Nev., on July 20. Simpson is scheduled to be released from prison as soon as October. (Jason Bean / AFP / Getty Images)

By October, O.J. Simpson could be released from a Nevada prison and free to go where he pleases. In theory, that could include USC.

Simpson, who starred at running back for the Trojans, was once welcomed to a practice by then-coach Pete Carroll nearly 10 years after being acquitted of murder — and before his conviction for robbery and kidnapping that put him in prison for nine years until his parole was granted earlier this month.

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Such an invitation will not be extended again soon, Coach Clay Helton said on Thursday. He was asked about Simpson during the Pac-12 Conference's media days. If Simpson walked into his office, Helton said, he'd be cordial.

"I'm cordial to every person that I've ever met," he said.

But watch a practice?

"Currently, right now, what USC, the administration and the athletic department have said is, 'No, O.J. will not be a part of functions or invited,'" Helton said. "That's been the statement by the university."

Follow Zach Helfand on Twitter @zhelfand

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