Not just footballs are deflated at USC

Not just footballs are deflated at USC »Play Video
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2012, file photo, Southern California head coach Lane Kiffin, left, looks on as quarterback Matt Barkley walks on to the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Colorado in Los Angeles. A student manager's dismissal for underinflating game balls is just the latest embarrassment for USC. Coach Lane Kiffin says he and quarterback Matt Barkley knew nothing about this. But Kiffin's gamesmanship has been evident in other parts of the Trojans' season. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's not just the game balls that are deflated at Southern California this fall.

An unimpressive season reached a new, weird low late Wednesday night when No. 21 USC announced a student manager had been dismissed for underinflating several game balls during the Trojans' loss to No. 2 Oregon last weekend.

Coach Lane Kiffin insists he and quarterback Matt Barkley knew nothing about the manager's actions on the Oregon sideline before the game.

Kiffin says he's disappointed in the distraction. He also realizes people will wonder whether his team has a culture that makes it acceptable to try such questionable tactics.

Earlier this season, a USC player changed jersey numbers during a game against Colorado, apparently to facilitate a trick play. The tactic is legal, but usually considered unsportsmanlike.