Former USC cornerback Brian Baucham sued the school and former coach Lane Kiffin, claiming that he was forced to play in a game while ill

By SI Wire
September 23, 2014

Former USC cornerback Brian Baucham sued the school and former coach Lane Kiffin, claiming that he was forced to play in a game while ill.

In the lawsuit, Baucham says he suffered "cardiopulmonary damage" and "brain injury with neurocognitive deficits" after he played against California on Sept. 22, 2012. 

Baucham said he was ill and dehydrated before the game and was forced to play by Kiffin. Baucham collapsed on the field during the second half of the game and spent several days in the hospital on a ventilator, the lawsuit alleges. Baucham also says that USC tried to revoke his scholarship after the injury.

“It wouldn't be appropriate for us to comment on this lawsuit, and due to privacy laws we cannot comment on the specifics of this case," USC athletic director Pat Haden said. "I will say that I am confident that we provide excellent medical treatment to our student athletes and that their health is always our primary concern ahead of any athletic competition."

Kiffin went 28-15 in three plus seasons at USC and was fired last year after a blowout loss at Arizona State. He is currently Alabama's offensive coordinator.

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