October 24, 2012 9:58 PM by Smash
Yahoo – USC coach Lane Kiffin may have tried to willfully deceive Colorado during the Trojans’ 50-6 win. That’s what the L.A. Times was wondering when the paper asked Kiffin about backup quarterback Cody Kessler changing jerseys while playing on special teams in the first half.
Kessler usually wears No. 6, but he switched to No. 35 during special teams plays, which included a run for a two-point conversion. Punter Kyle Negrete is No. 35.
Kiffin tried to play off the jersey switching by claiming his team did nothing wrong.
“We change jerseys all the time with our guys,” Kiffin said Tuesday. “We’ll change some more this week. Everything’s within college rules.”
Well, yes and no.
Players are allowed to wear the same number as another player as long as they’re not on the field together, but NCAA rules specifically prohibit the changing of jerseys if it’s meant to deceive another team.
Looks who’s back in the game! USC at it again, doing whatever they can to win. I’m not sure if Lane Kiffin is serious. Does he legitimately think you can just swap jerseys whenever he wants? This is straight out of the Gordon Bombay playbook. Throwing Russ Tyler in net to shot a last second knucklepuck. Pretty sure that was illegal but it was a MOVIE. Hey Lane! THAT WAS A MOVIE. A Disney movie nonetheless.
You’re playing Division 1 football. Might as well just make everyones number with velcro so you can just switch them a little easier. Scumbag city.
Not a good look with this being your first year of bowl eligibility again and everything…