January 31, 2010
The University of Southern California is 2-5 since news broke that the team would forfeit its 2009-10 season in the wake of the O.J. Mayo saga, meaning the Trojans are playing for little more than pride at this point. Regardless, team manager Stan Holt is as passionate as ever.
USC coach Kevin O'Neill confirmed that Holt, a graduate student at USC, was fired after he ran his mouth to the officials over foul calls in the Trojans' game vs. Oregon. The box score shows 17 fouls against USC and 11 charged to the Ducks, but since Holt spoke up too frequently and too audibly, he was charged with a technical foul late in the second half of a close game. After that T, Oregon went on a 10-0 run and won the game, 67-57.
O'Neill pulled a George Steinbrenner after the game, firing Holt on the spot.
The call came with 4 minutes 35 seconds left and Oregon leading, 49-47. Stan Holt, a third-year manager, was deemed responsible.
"The referee told me he was screaming obscenities at him," O'Neill said. "That's on me and that will be rectified. It already has been. He's gone. If somebody's getting a technical foul, it's going to be me."
After Holt was slapped with the technical, the Oregon student section chanted "You're fired!" at him, causing Holt to leave the team bench and head into the bowels of the arena. Then, after the game, Trojan Dwight Lewis admitted Holt's technical changed the momentum of the game, and O'Neill apologized to the team for Holt's technical while Holt "stood 30 feet from the locker room" and was protected from reporters.