USC RB Marc Tyler Reinstated After TMZ Comments, Various Other Indiscretions

USC running back Marc Tyler reportedly faced discipline from the school's conduct board for two off-field incidents in April. More recently, he made a number of ill-advised comments to TMZ while looking a little tipsy.

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Marc Tyler Reinstated By USC Football In Time For Conference Opener

The third strike was the charm for USC Trojans running back Marc Tyler, to mix up cliches, but it appears he's learned his lesson. Coach Lane Kiffin announced Tuesday that Tyler is no longer suspended and will play against the Utah Utes this Saturday.

Tyler was originally suspended in mid-July after making some unflattering comments about the Southern Cal program and program bystander Kim Kardashian, all of which got caught on video. Then there were those incidents involving alcohol, and yeah. Lots of lessons to learn, but thankfully they were all learned by Sept. 6.

The team's leading rusher in 2010, Tyler produced 1,027 yards from scrimmage. His presence against the Minnesota Golden Gophers might've meant the team would not have had to lean on wide receiver Robert Woods and nothing else.

For more on the Trojans, head over to USC blog Conquest Chronicles and SB Nation Los Angeles.


Marc Tyler Suspended By USC Football For TMZ Video Comments

USC Trojans RB Marc Tyler has been suspended by the program for making some silly comments as a TMZ cameraman lapped it all up. In case you've missed the video, Tyler joked (?) about USC players getting paid, Kim Kardashian providing the finish line for every Trojans running back and -- perhaps most egregiously -- Arizona State having a more attractive student population than USC's.

The release from the school is the standard thing, with lots of concern and sorrow, but here are the comments made by coach Lane Kiffin, who's known throughout the Southeast for having student-athletes lotion each other up for group photography and employing globe-spanningly aggressive female hostesses:

I was very disappointed when I learned of Marc Tyler's inappropriate comments that were captured by the media last week.  That is not the way that we expect our players to represent USC and our team. I have consulted with athletic director Pat Haden and I am suspending Marc for our upcoming season opener and potentially further, and in the meantime I am also suspending him from all team activities. Although Marc may find this punishment severe, it is imperative we continue to have a high standard for player behavior.  Marc needs to work hard to show us that he can meet the standards of being a USC football player.    

Tyler produced 913 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010 and was Southern Cal's clear starting option for 2011.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles and SB Nation Los Angeles.


USC RB Marc Tyler Facing Conduct Board For Two Off-Field Incidents Involving Alcohol

USC running back Marc Tyler is awaiting word from the school's Office of Student Judicial Affairs after two off-field incidents involving female students. Tyler is accused of spiting on a female after her and a friend escorted him home on April 15 and inappropriately touching a female at a bar on April 28. Tyler acknowledged he was the party in question in both incidents, which were accompanied by a police report, and is now awaiting a decision from USC on his future.

The report comes from the LA Times, and describes the incidents in detail. Tyler acknowledged the spiting incident, but is challenging the sexual harassment incident. In a statement, he expressed regret for his actions.

"It would not be appropriate for me to comment while I await the result of the Student Affairs hearing except to say that I regret my actions, I have apologized to all parties and I have sought counseling both within and outside the university," Tyler said in a statement.

No matter how you slice it, this looks bad for Tyler. He's already accepted blame for the spiting incident, according to the report, and that alone leaves an unsavory feeling. If he's found responsible for the incident involving inappropriate touching, it's unknown what kind of punishment he'd face from both the school and USC football team.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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