Needing to finish strong down the stretch to potentially gain its first postseason berth since 2005, the USC baseball team just did some losing.
The Trojans lost their top source of power as Vahn Bozoian is no longer enrolled at the University of Southern California after being dismissed for a student disciplinary issue.
A jovial giant on the field, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Bozoian led the team with three home runs, but he also was second on the team with 26 strikeouts despite starting less than 75 percent of USC games. Bozoian was hitting .269 with 13 RBI in 30 starts. He did not play over the weekend as the Trojans lost a road series at Washington State.
USC head coach Dan Hubbs released the following statement through the school’s sports information department:
“I’m aware of the situation, but because it was not an issue handled by Athletics I am not involved. This was a student conduct matter that was handled through our university’s student disciplinary process, so I am not in a position to say anything more.”
Not knowing the severity of the infraction, I asked the school’s Assistant Vice President of Media Relations, Carl Marziali, if the school has the option of allowing a student to remain in school, but not allowing the student to represent the school in extracurricular activities.
Marziali could not answer the question but referred me to USC’s Student Code of Conduct, which does have an ambiguous “Other Sanctions” section at the very end. It leaves open the potential for that option: “Other sanctions may be imposed instead of or in addition to those specified in the above list.”
Instead, Bozoian is no longer at the university at this time.