USC linebacker Simione Vehikite was released from jail last week after serving a little more than three months for leaving the scene of a car accident. At the time, Vehikite was driving with a .08 percent blood-alcohol level. Vehikite plead no contest to two felony counts and was sentenced to a year in jail.
Upon his release, Vehikite was welcomed back into the USC program by Lane Kiffin and put back on scholarship. Which we have no problem with since we’re all for giving kids a second chance. But his second chance came at the expense of walk-on player Will Andrew who didn’t have his scholarship renewed because of Vehikite being reinstated to the team.
“They’re never granted longer (than a year),” Kiffin said. “He was fortunate to have one for a year.”
Andrew tried to be diplomatic about his predicament.
“Whatever the coaches ask me to do, I’ll do,” Andrew said. “The situation was out of my control.”
College football is a cut-throat business. Kiffin’s job is to put the best team out on the field on Saturday or. And because of that reality, someone who has been busting their tail in practice every day can lose their scholarship to someone who just spent months in jail.