Markeith Ambles One-and-Done
The mystery surrounding Markeith Ambles is over. The Georgia native is no longer with the USC football program and out of the school.
There was early speculation that grades were the culprit behind the receiver’s lack of a camp presence. Those assumptions then became fact, when scores revealed Ambles’ failure to qualify academically for the 2011 season. When academics are grouped with off-field issues and football sanctions, you get a player that not only victimized himself, but also became one of the earliest victims of scholarship reduction.
Ambles was first recruited by Lane Kiffin at Tennessee, with his name surfacing among other prospects in the Volunteers’ hostess scandal. When Kiffin left Rocky Top for the west coast, Ambles’ interest remained with the shirts that would coach him, and not the skirts used as greeters. As a freshman in 2010, Ambles appeared sparingly in four games for the Trojans, catching just one pass.
Redshirting was one of the options at both the coaches and player’s disposal, and may have been an answer in years past. But with a track record of defiance and a scholarship that can be served to another, it was an option not in the best interest of the program.
The bottom line is, USC football scholarships are now gold. The program will not waste any on players that may be wasting its time.
Best of luck to Markeith in whatever he decides for the future. Take the Trojan motto with you, and continue to ‘Fight On’.