USC Football: Marc Tyler Can't Stay out of Trouble

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Marc Tyler #26 of the USC Trojans warms up before the game against the California Golden Bears at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Pete DymeckAnalyst IJune 4, 2011

USC has had its fair share problems over the last seven or eight years. Whenever the problems with student-athlete's began is not important here.

What is important is that USC continues to put up with their players violating the law and norms of a civilized society.

Hopefully, this latest incident by a Trojan will be the straw that broke the camels back.

Running back Marc Tyler is awaiting word on what will happen to him in as far as disciplinary action after two ugly off-the-field incidents.

The two incidents in question occurred back in April yet Tyler is still listed as a student at USC and a member of the football program.

The first incident deals with Tyler, a fifth-year senior, was allegedly heavily intoxicated and spit on a female.

The second incident involved Tyler and a female student. At a bar off campus, Tyler allegedly touched this female in an inappropriate fashion.

Last year, Tyler was USC's leading rusher with 913 yards and nine touchdowns.

In America, everyone is innocent until proven guilty but these kind of incidents seem to happen en masse at certain institutions. The lack of a moral precedent is evident at USC with Lane Kiffin as the head coach.

At most institutions, just the mere charges of what Tyler has allegedly done come with an immediate suspension pending the outcome of the investigation. In Tyler's case, that has yet to be seen.

With Dillon Baxter and D.J. Morgan churning out a strong spring rushing the ball, Tyler's job as the incumbent starter at running back is not secure. The two incidents from back in April only make his job as the starting tailback much more less secure.

Let's allow the system to work itself out and see what the USC Office of Student Judicial Affairs hands down to Tyler, after its investigation. Then, if found guilty of these infractions and more importantly, inappropriately touching a female student off-campus, the legal authorities may get involved.

When will the USC football program act? Now or never?

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