Marc Tyler may be disciplined
LOS ANGELES -- University of Southern California running back Marc Tyler confirmed Tuesday he is awaiting potential discipline from the school after two alleged recent off-campus incidents involving alcohol and female students.
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Tyler, a redshirt senior, met with the university's Office of Student Judicial Affairs last month and expects to hear the final word back on his punishment within the next 2-3 weeks.
"The worst-case scenario is them kicking me out of school," Tyler, 22, said Tuesday after a players-only workout on the USC practice field. "The best is nothing happening, just me having to do some classes in the fall, probably."
Regardless of the school's decision, Tyler said, he did not expect any further football-specific punishment from coach Lane Kiffin or athletic director Pat Haden. He said he has been in constant contact with a number of football coaches, including associate head coach John Baxter, who accompanied him to one of his judicial affairs meetings.
"They've all just been really supportive, and I feel like I've come closer to the coaches since this all happened," Tyler said. "Because now I have to go up there all the time and they've all been supportive of me.
"I think me and Lane's relationship has become a lot closer."
Kiffin and a school spokesperson declined to comment.
No charges were filed in regards to either incident, Tyler said. He said he could not comment on incident specifics, but added that he continues to meet regularly with a university-employed therapist.
Tyler, the presumed starter at running back for USC next season, has had an up-and-down four years with the Trojans. A number of nagging injuries sapped away possible playing time early on in his career, and he started off the Kiffin regime last year buried in the running back depth chart before seizing the starting spot just before the season opener.
He finished the season as the Trojans' leading rusher. On 212 career carries, he has run for 1,183 yards and 11 touchdowns.
A school spokesperson declined to comment on the alleged incidents or any potential punishment.
Pedro Moura covers USC for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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