KNOXVILLE – The University of Southern California has again drawn the ire of many Tennessee fans.
Approximately four years after hiring away head football coach Lane Kiffin and several assistant coaches, a brief signing day video from the team’s official Instagram account is now causing a stir.
A voice in the background of the video can be heard discussing Tennessee freshman running back Jalen Hurd. It describes Hurd as “soft” and “terrible,” though the full context of the statement can’t be heard.
The voice is unidentified, though the video was shot inside USC’s signing day “war room,” meaning it was likely a coach or a staff member from the school.
The Trojans, which according to Hurd’s recruiting profile on 247Sports, did not offer Hurd a scholarship, have since deleted the film (though it was saved and can be seen here) and offered an official apology:
USC Athletics apologizes for an inappropriate comment overheard on a video created on National Signing Day. The video has been deleted.— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) February 17, 2014
Hurd, who enrolled at UT in January, was ranked as a 5-star prospect, the best player in the state of Tennessee and 32nd best player in the 2014 class, according to 247Sports. He is expected to compete for immediate playing time at Tennessee in 2014.
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga