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College football roundup: Kentucky not courting Petrino, USC fires deflater

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Former Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino is interesting in coaching at Kentucky, his father told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The feeling isn't mutual, according to a CBSsports.com report.

"I just know this, that he's interested in Kentucky," Bobby Petrino Sr. told the Courier-Journal. "He wants to stay in the SEC. That was his life's goal was to go to the SEC."

The location isn't as important as getting Petrino Jr., who was fired amid a scandal at Arkansas, back on the sidelines.

"I know he wants a job; he needs a job," Petrino Sr. told the paper. "He told me, 'I need a job, Dad.' I said, 'Well, you must still have some money. You made 3-and-a-half million dollars.' And he said, 'Yeah, I do. It's not the money.' He just misses coaching so much."

Petrino has led Arkansas to appearances in the Sugar and Cotton Bowl in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

He was fired in April for "knowingly misleading" athletic director Jeff Long about a relationship with Jessica Dorrell, who he hired for a position within the football program.

---A USC student manager was fired for deflating five game footballs to below regulation levels for the Trojans' game against Oregon, the school announced Wednesday.

The unidentified manager admitted to the infraction, according to a report on USC's website. The report specified that no coaches, players, staffers or administrators knew about the manager's actions, which reportedly occurred after the balls were tested prior to kickoff.

"It was a distraction that nobody here knew about," USC head coach Lane Kiffin told reporters Thursday. "It had no effect on the game. If anything it'd have a negative effect ... throwing two different types of balls for our quarterback. I was just disappointed because it was a distraction that we didn't need."

USC announced that it had been fined and reprimanded by the Pac-12 office, and Kiffin said the compliance department concluded that the manager acted alone.

"They don't know why he did (it)," Kiffin said. "(Quarterback) Matt (Barkley) was questioned in this as well, obviously. He had no knowledge of this at all."

---Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 football recruit in the country for the Class of 2013, has decommitted from Clemson University, according to ESPN.com's RecruitingNation.

Nkemdiche's high school coach Mickey Conn told RecruitingNation via text message.

Nkemdiche initially denied reports Wednesday that he had backed away from his commitment, saying, "That is just people talking. I have not done anything or made plans to do anything. They are just talking. I have not decommitted from Clemson."

Conn confirmed Thursday morning that Nkemdiche changed his mind.

Nkemdiche told RecruitingNation on Thursday that he's no longer talking about his status.

Nkemdiche could be considering Ole Miss, where his brother, Denzell, is a linebacker, according to the report.

---A USC student manager was fired for deflating five game footballs to below regulation levels for the Trojans' game against Oregon, the school announced Wednesday.

The unidentified manager admitted to the infraction, according to a report on USC's website. The report specified that no coaches, players, staffers or administrators knew about the manager's actions, which reportedly occurred after the balls were tested prior to kickoff.

"It was a distraction that nobody here knew about," USC head coach Lane Kiffin told reporters Thursday. "It had no effect on the game. If anything it'd have a negative effect ... throwing two different types of balls for our quarterback. I was just disappointed because it was a distraction that we didn't need."

USC announced that it had been fined and reprimanded by the Pac-12 office, and Kiffin said the compliance department concluded that the manager acted alone.

"They don't know why he did (it)," Kiffin said. "(Quarterback) Matt (Barkley) was questioned in this as well, obviously. He had no knowledge of this at all."
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