The USC men’s basketball team took a big blow Thursday night before their game against West Alabama when senior guard J.T. Terrell was declared academically ineligible for the remainder of the semester.Terrell started the Trojans’ season opener on the road against Utah State, but came off the bench for the team’s next two games and didn’t play at all on Tuesday against Cal State Fullerton.USC head coach Andy Enfield would not release any specifics on the situation, but assured reporters after his team’s 76-62 win over Cal State Fullerton Tuesday night that Terrell was losing playing time for his performance in the classroom as opposed to any disciplinary reasons.“To play for me and be a student-athlete at USC you have to do certain things academically,” Enfield said.The Trojans have benefitted from an easy early non-conference schedule and currently hold a 3-1 record.Terrell’s absence will become a much bigger issue as the Trojans travel to the Bahamas next week to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament with the likes of basketball powerhouses Villanova and Kansas.Terrell was one of the few bright spots in the Kevin O’Neill era, and figured to be a huge contributor for Enfield’s squad this year. The Burlington, North Carolina native was the Trojans’ leading scorer last year, averaging just a shade more than 13 points per game.Even in limited action in the three appearances he has made this year, Terrell was the team’s third leading scorer with 10 points per game.Trouble has always seemed to follow Terrell. While attending Wake Forest University, he was sentenced to a yearlong probation and 60 days in jail after being arrested in Winston-Salem for allegedly driving while under the influence.The former Wake Forest standout resumed his playing career at Peninsula Junior College in Los Angeles before committing to transfer to USC at the urging of former Demon Deacon teammate and then-USC forward Ari Stewart.If he straightens out his academic situation then he would become eligible to play after the end of fall semester, in time for the Trojans’ contest against Long Beach State on Dec. 19.Freshman Julian Jacobs has been starting in his place for the last few games. The Trojans will not be forced to forfeit any of the games Terrell participated in this season, according to the Los Angeles Times.Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan
Photo: All Stars And we’ll hear from Padraic on tonight’s Straight Talk with Jackie Cahill, from 6.Meanwhile, the football All-Stars and the top individual awards will also be announced at the function.No Tipperary footballer was nominated for a 2017 PwC football All-Star award but Mayo and Dublin are expected to dominate the team.The Dubs pair of Stephen Cluxton and James McCarthy are shortlisted for the Footballer of the Year award along with the Westerners Andy Moran and David Clarke.Joe Canning, Kevin Moran and Jamie Barron are the nominations for the Hurler of the Year. Tipperary senior hurling captain Padraic Maher is set to receive his All Star Award this evening.He’s Tipperary’s sole representative on the team, which also sees 7 Galway, 5 Waterford and 2 Cork players collecting awards.Maher will receive his fifth All-Star at a black-tie gala at the Convention Centre in Dublin – which leaves him one award behind Premier County legends Nicky English and Eoin Kelly – who each have 6.
Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah, has yet again supported the Retired National Footballers Association of Ghana (RENFAG).He presented a cheque for ¢10,000 to the ex-footballers at its office at the Accra Stadium.To the coach, the gesture forms part of the Kwasi Appiah Foundation’s quest to support the needy, particularly retired footballers.He described the career of the footballer as short and has therefore admonished the current generation of players to invest wisely.Coach Ibrahim Sunday, on behalf of his mates, expressed profuse thanks to coach Appiah for the gesture.The coach has been consistent in embarking on such charity projects.