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Miller: De’Anthony Melton remains in the only place USC can put him – on the sideline

By in Press Enterprise on December 23, 2017

By Jeff Miller

All of it is understandable, from the online petition to the postgame pleas to the T-shirts expressing discontent.

Everyone wants De’Anthony Melton back, wants the sophomore guard reinstated to the USC men’s basketball team.

Everyone wants the 19-year-old to be free to nurture the talents that could carry him to a better life, to pursue the potential he so generously possesses.

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Understandable, yes, because isn’t that what college is supposed to be about? Nurturing? Pursuing? Fulfilling a life?

Melton’s case, of course, isn’t nearly as simple as sending a message of support, no matter how poignant or heartfelt.

It involves USC and the NCAA and the FBI, the alphabet soup of bureaucracy a knotted mess that has entangled someone who reportedly did nothing wrong, who evidently broke no laws.

But guilt and innocence have nothing to do with eligibility and ineligibility, the court of public opinion here as powerless as Melton himself.

And this is a communications major who most recently could express himself only through a social media post that read “Just wanna hoop man” followed by one of those sad-face emojis.

The situation […]    

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