Frustration is a part of life, but it should never lead to disruptive behavior. Apparently, Southern California’s linebacker Jabari Ruffin didn’t get the memo in Saturday’s game against Alabama.
The Trojans started losing momentum in the second quarter, after the Crimson Tide opened with 10 unanswered points. Ruffin’s anger got the better of him on the ensuing kickoff, as he stomped sophomore defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick in the groin.
An immediate ejection would follow, bringing delight to Alabama fans and a much needed intensity to the players. Alabama ripped off 42 points in Ruffin’s absence, including an 18-yard interception returned for a touchdown (Marlon Humphrey) off the arm of Trojans’ quarterback Max Browne.
Head coach Clay Helton addressed the media on the mistake of his senior linebacker after the game, while handing out his punishment on Sunday afternoon. Ruffin has been suspended for the first half of the Utah State game and is required to write an apology letter, per Zach Helfand of the LA Times.