USC will be without another linebacker for the remainder of the season. This time for discipline issues.
Sophomore linebacker Levi Jones was dismissed from the team on Tuesday for violation of team rules. The report came out Tuesday afternoon per Chris Trevino of uscfootball.com. USC Head coach Clay Helton confirmed that Levi Jones was dismissed from the program due to violation of the team rules following Tuesday’s practice, however Helton wouldn’t give any more details other than that he was no longer on the roster.
Clay Helton said linebacker Levi Jones is no longer on the team. He violated team rules and there is no further comment.— Ryan Abraham (@insidetroy) November 14, 2018
Jones apparently ran into some trouble during the summer when his info matching his name, birthdate, and age appeared on the Pasadena police department records. The arrest was made for public intoxication in the early morning of July 8th. Bail was at $250. During the summer Jones declined to comment on the arrest when asked about it.
Levi Jones was rated as a 4 star linebacker out of Austin, Texas. He committed to the Trojans over Florida State and Florida during National Signing Day back in 2017. Jones only played 8 games and had 15 total tackles in his freshman season. During his sophomore season, Jones managed to see rotational time and filled in for an injured John Houston Jr at the Will Linebacker position during the 2nd half against Arizona. This season he’s record 13 total tackles and three for loss.
There were rumbling of Jones dismissal when Scott Schrader of Trojan Insider posted a tweet in regards to the situation. Everything came to light the next day, especially when more reports started coming out and Helton addressed the matter after practice. Jones is the 4th USC player to leave the Trojans program and the 2nd to be removed from the program due to violation.