USC’s Matt Boermeester Suspended For ‘Code Of Conduct Issue’

    USC kicker Matt Boermeester has been suspended as the school investigates a 'code of conduct issue.' He hit the game-winning field goal against Penn State in the Rose Bowl.

    February 8, 2017

    USC kicker Matt Boermeester has been suspended as the school investigates a ‘code of conduct issue.’ He hit the game-winning field goal against Penn State in the Rose Bowl.


    USC’s depth will surely be tested during the 2017 college football season, as Clay Helton’s squad does not have a built-in bye week.

    The Trojans’ kicking depth, however, is being tested before the new season even begins.

    The school has suspended Matt Boermeester while it investigates “a code of conduct issue,” according to an athletic department spokesman. The junior from San Diego is most notable for connecting on a game-winning 46-yard field goal as time expired to beat Penn State, 52-49, in the 2017 Rose Bowl.

    “While this student code of conduct issue is being investigated, the student will not be representing the university as a member of its athletic team,” USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said in a statement.

    Tessalone did not specify the nature of the suspension nor whether Boermeester has been barred from all team activities or only games. The statement included the qualifying line: “Student disciplinary records and proceedings regarding any matter of student conduct are confidential and protected by law.”

    However, Deadspin reports that there was an incident involving Boermeester and an ex-girlfriend.

    The Trojans have had to deal with some other off-the-field incidents with student conduct recently, as just a few months have passed since they parted ways with Osa Masina, Don Hill and Jabari Ruffin. Masina is awaiting trial in Utah on sexual assault charges, while Hill was booted from the school after he was implicated in another incident involving Masina. Ruffin was removed from the program this fall over an undisclosed violation.

    Boermeester’s first season as the starting place-kicker was culminated with his effort in Pasadena, which featured three made field goals against the Nittany Lions. He was 18 of 25 on field-goal tries during the season and 53 of 54 on extra points for a team-high 107 points.

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