USC Football Players Pad Stats After Official Scoring Change

STATS A LITTLE SOFT? JUST GIVE USC’S CARROLL A JINGLE: Scott Wolf of the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS reports that QB John David Booty and wide receiver Patrick Turner of USC were successful in padding their stats last weekend.

John David Booty

No, not in the blowout win over Washington State last Saturday. But the next day, thanks to a rather fortuitous change made by the game’s official scorer.

Wolf: “USC is changing John David Booty’s passing stats and Patrick Turner’s receiving stats from the Washington State game. The second play of the second series, originally ruled a backwards lateral, is being changed to a pass. That means Booty is now 29 for 36 for 289 yards and Turner has seven receptions for 74 yards.

And Wolf reports this isn’t the first time Pete Carroll’s charges have employed such methods a scorer has given a Trojan a little postgame pump-up:

This ‘practice’ of changing stats after the game also occurred last year. The problem is that even if it’s legitimate, it reeks of stat padding if you’re in Florida or Louisiana (or at a school with a Heisman candidate).

Pete Carroll’s closest-guarded secret? The contact information of that official scorer, since Charlie Weis (among others) is certainly in the market for some boxscore alterations.