Lane Kiffin suspends Stanley Havili
LOS ANGELES -- USC fullback Stanley Havili has been suspended from the team indefinitely after he broke the left cheekbone of cornerback T.J. Bryant during a fight a week ago, coach Lane Kiffin announced Friday.
Bryant underwent surgery Thursday and is expected to miss three to four weeks.
Kiffin informed Havili of his decision Friday morning and wasn't sure if the suspension would include USC's season opener against Hawaii on Sept. 2.
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"I continue to be very disappointed in Stanley's decision-making," Kiffin said. "I saw T.J. this morning and he's doing well and he's expected to make a speedy, full recovery. T.J., after hearing the news later on of me not letting Stanley participate, begged me to let Stanley come out here and that it was between them and that there are no hard feelings, but we don't condone that behavior."
According to Kiffin, Havili punched Bryant near the end of a players-only workout after Havili and Bryant exchanged words during a conditioning drill.
"It was highly competitive and it got pretty wordy at one point, there came an altercation and Stanley took it to the next level," Kiffin said.
Kiffin said he wasn't sure how long the suspension would last.
"I'm still thinking about it," Kiffin said. "I'm just keeping him away right now. I know that hurts him and it should. He needs to be accountable for his actions. Unfortunately for T.J., who had really finished spring strong after a slow start and had put himself in position to compete for a starting spot, he was set back a little bit but as soon he gets back we'll give him a great shot, obviously."
Havili, a fifth-year senior who was USC's fourth-leading rusher and No. 4 receiver last season, addressed the situation briefly after participating in Thursday's practice.
"We were all fired up. It was the last workout of the year, emotions were high. You know when emotions are high, intelligence is down," Havili said. "I let it get the best of me and I feel bad about it."
Havili said he and Bryant would address the incident together after Bryant recovers from surgery, but for now Havili is waiting to hear back from Kiffin on when he will be allowed to return to the team. Kiffin said he would call Havili on Friday night to address his suspension.
"I haven't told him anything about tomorrow," Kiffin said. "I told him to go home and he's going to miss walk-throughs, meetings and practice. He's still in the dorm. I'll let him sit with what happened."
Arash Markazi is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.