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HCA: USC Suspends Chimezie Metu after flagrant foul on Carter Skaggs

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The suspension was approved and praised by Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott

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In the Cougars 89-71 loss to the USC Trojans basketball team last Sunday, Trojans leading scorer Chimezie Metu closed out on a Carter Skaggs shot in the first half and swung a closed fist with intention to the groin of Skaggs. Metu was assessed a flagrant foul on Sunday and on Monday the team and the conference announced that he would be suspended for the Trojans first half of their game on Thursday against California.

Metu wrote a letter to Skaggs, Cougars head coach Ernie Kent, and the rest of the Cougars basketball team to issue an apology that included “I understand there is no place in the game of basketball for such unsportsmanlike action.”

Metu was also forced to give up his Captain tag along with his suspension.

In a post game interview, Skaggs said that after the incident when he got up an assistant coach looked at him and asked why he was faking it. He also talked about how this is something that has never happened to him before.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott agreed with the schools suspension and said that there would be no further discipline regarding this situation.

While nothing seemed to carry over from the incident on the court, the Cougars and the Trojans will not play each other again this season unless they find themselves in a matchup in the Pac-12 tournament.

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