USC suspends DB Patrick Hall
LOS ANGELES -- USC freshman defensive back Patrick Hall has been suspended from the team indefinitely for unspecified reasons, coach Lane Kiffin announced Sunday.
Hall was informed of the decision Saturday, just five days before the Trojans' 2010 season opener in Hawaii.
"We have a team of 99 percent of the guys right now that are fully committed to being a championship student-athlete on the field and off the field," Kiffin said. "We didn't feel like Patrick was doing that."
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Hall, who was not at practice Sunday, was not immediately available for comment.
Hall, a product of Southern California prep powerhouse St. Bonaventure of Ventura, signed with the Trojans as a member of the 2009 recruiting class but tore knee ligaments during his first practice with the team and was deemed out for the season.
He then failed to qualify academically for the fall semester and was sent home to Oxnard, Calif., where he rehabbed the injury on his own. In January, he re-enrolled at USC, qualified and began taking classes but was still not cleared to practice with the team.
Hall had been with the team throughout 2010 fall camp, but his practice participation was limited in scope. Kiffin listed him on the injury report with the same knee injury as recently as Saturday.
Asked to clarify what Hall had done to warrant suspension, Kiffin was vague.
"Just really a combination of everything," he said. "We take everything into account, we look at everything. This was not one major incident by any means. This is not something that you can go and find that he did something really wrong over the last week or anything to do with the law at all.
"This is a combination of everything coming together -- meeting with him and not feeling like he's got the same goals as the rest of our players do."
Hall, 6 feet, 190 pounds, was a five-star recruit as an athlete in high school, earning a variety of All-American honors and leading St. Bonaventure to a California Division III state title. His cousin, Keary Colbert, is a former USC receiver now working as a tight ends graduate assistant for the Trojans.
Said Kiffin: "Patrick may have a chance to come back some day but not until he changes his focus to being a championship student-athlete here at USC like the rest of our kids are doing."
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