USC running back Joe McKnight has been cleared to rejoin the Trojans and practice Thursday in preparation for the Emerald Bowl, coach Pete Carroll said.
USC is still awaiting clearance to see if McKnight, the team's leading rusher, can play in Saturday's game against Boston College following an investigation into whether he improperly used an SUV registered to a local businessman.
"Compliance hasn't made a final ruling, but this is a most favorable sign," Carroll said Thursday.
Again, just think back to 2001 when Foster's SUV story broke in the LA Times. The UCLA compliance officials made sure he never played in another college game so enraging Foster that for years he would say he is from "Tustin High School" instead of "UCLA" when being introduced in MNF (Foster has gotten over it now it seems).
In this case, we have a renegade program which is already seen as the most corrupt athletic program in the country, is so obsessed with winning that they are doing everything they can to drag this out and somehow get this guy in the game. Of course this allows Petey to tell his recruits, "See! We are $C! Nothing happens to us. Ever."
Meanwhile, the blowhards on ESPN will go on and on and on about how the Trojies are showing "character" and "resilience" dealing with their "adversity," just marveling at Petey's ability to keep everyone's spirits up and have some fun on the sidelines. And on the other end, the NCAA will open another file on McKnight, which will push back their "investigation" closing date sometime around 2019.