University of Southern Carolina distances itself from OJ Simpson

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July 29, 2017
Former NFL football star OJ Simpson smiles as he entered for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada last week. Simpson was granted parole after serving almost nine years on armed robbery charges. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)

LOS ANGELES (AP):

OJ Simpson will not be invited to watch practice or take part in any official functions at University of Southern Carolina (USC), his alma mater, this autumn following his release from prison.

The Los Angeles Times reports Southern California head coach Clay Helton told reporters at Pac-12 media days Thursday, that the school has decided against welcoming back the former Heisman Trophy winner. But Helton adds that he would be "cordial" to Simpson if he met him.

Simpson was a guest at a USC practice in Florida before the 2003 Orange Bowl.

Simpson is set to be paroled in October after spending nine years in a Nevada prison on a robbery conviction.

Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of the killings of his ex-wife and her friend, but later found liable for their deaths in a civil suit.

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