Safety Bubba Bolden has been reinstated by USC after withdrawing from school back in October as a result of a student conduct violation. To backtrack a little bit, Bolden was set to face a 28-month suspension starting this year until he decided to just fully withdraw from the university. The investigation reopened, which then led to Bolden’s reinstatement into the university today. Bolden will be allowed to schedule classes for this upcoming spring semester if he chooses. The news was broken by Scott Schrader of Trojan Insider Monday morning and reported by Adam Maya of Rivals later in the afternoon.
It was stated that Bolden was suspended due to an incident that occurred back in February of this past year where he was involved in an underage drinking incident at an off-campus party. Details about his behavior at the party later surfaced and it was said that Bolden participated in trash talk with other people at the party, with the host feeling “threatened” by Bolden. This incident was reported to USC’s Office of Student Judicial Affairs which sprung up an investigation. The investigation then led to the suspension.
Bolden was set to start for the Trojans this year opposite of safety Marvell Tell III. Two days before the home opener against the UNLV Rebels, coach Clay Helton announced the suspension of Bolden. When he was suspended, it was anticipated that he would transfer to a new university. Now that he has been reinstated, it will be interesting to see if and when he rejoins the football team. If he does rejoin, the Trojans will be getting someone who can flat out play: