O.J. Simpson Not Welcome on USC Campus, According to Football Coach Clay Helton

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2017

LOVELOCK, NV - JULY 20: O.J. Simpson attends a parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center July 20, 2017 in Lovelock, Nevada. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. (Photo by Jason Bean-Pool/Getty Images)
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USC will not welcome O.J. Simpson back to campus after a Nevada parole board granted his early release from prison nine years into a 33-year-term stemming from his 2008 conviction for armed robbery.  

"Right now with USC, what the administration and the athletic department have said is, no, O.J. will not be a part of our functions," USC head coach Clay Helton said Thursday, according to ESPN.com's Arash Markazi"That's been the statement."

Simpson will be eligible to be released as early as October, at which point he will be subject to parole conditions. 

"I've done my time," Simpson said at his parole hearing on July 20, according to CNN's Eric Levenson. "I've done it as well and as respectfully as I think anyone can."

Simpson has not been associated with the Trojans much since he was acquitted of the 1995 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, but the 1968 Heisman Trophy winner did make a surprise appearance at a 2002 practice when Pete Carroll was at the helm.

"I don't think I could ever feel disconnected from 'SC, I really don't," Simpson said at the time, according to the Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein